Hi, I’m Maureen.
- I help people find their voice and start using it to change the world–or at least a corner of it.
- I’m obsessed with the Internet–especially how it connects people.
- I’m really good at translating technical concepts into normal-person language. (In other words, I can tell you what your IT guy means and what to do about it.)
- I believe every person can help make the world a little (or a lot) more awesome.
- I really like to use parentheses when I write (even when a comma would do).
- I love people and their stories. This makes me a really good listener.
- I also love to brainstorm, which means when you are done telling me about what’s broken, I’ll usually have an idea that might fix it.
- I’m a crier. Sentimental commercials and injured animals are a sure path to the water-works.
- I love “geeky” pastimes. Science fiction and fantasy, boardgaming, internet memes–if the stereotypical lover of a hobby has no fashion sense, you can bet I dig it.
- When I’m not amplifying small voices, I’m busy helping more people play more games more often.
- I’m totally clueless about current popular culture.
- I believe every meeting can be improved through effective use of a flip chart.
- I’m a Diet Crusher.
- If Sonia Simone were open to having disciples (which I’m pretty sure she’s not), I’d be one.
Looking for more traditional qualifications?
I have over ten years experience working in and around nonprofit organizations, most recently as the Workforce Development Program Manager for the Dayton Tooling and Manufacturing Association, where I managed a robot competition based on the BattleBots Television series. Previously, I managed the Orchestra Forum program for the Institute for Cultural Policy and Practice and served as House Manager for the Delaware Theatre Company.
I hold an MFA in Arts Administration from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
You can check out my resume on Linkedin.
How I work
If you are looking for someone who has all the answers and is ready to tell you what to do, I’m not your girl.
If, however, you are looking for a partner, someone to ask you the right questions, and help you explore your options by providing a map of the potential treasures and pitfalls along each path, I can help you.
Thanks to my work as a facilitator in a co-housing community (where all major decisions are made by consensus) and my experience with appreciative inquiry(thanks to John and Judy) I approach consulting much differently than most. I know your situation is unique–not because you are facing unusual challenges, but because you are facing them with a unique set of people, experiences, viewpoints, and goals.
Rather than telling you what you should to to get more people to listen, I will bring my experience with a wide range of tools and techniques and work with you as a partner to explore what is possible. We will start with small experiments to test the waters and move on from there with the ideas that show promise. I will encourage you to stretch–but will never insist I know best. I can best serve you by helping you find your own best solutions.
Ready to get to know me better?
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- Check out my consulting packages
- Contact me to say hello or ask a question
Can’t wait to meet you!
*perhaps I should have added “really likes puns and silly word games” to the list. . .