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I have over 20 years of organizational experience as an internal employee, consultant, and educator. The first 18 years of my career were spent in the corporate world.  For the past 20 years I have combined my time teaching full time at the UMN and working with clients. 

My mission in life is to "Help People Play Well Together."  My goal is to help individuals and teams improve their communication, problem-solving, and team building skills so they can get back to achieving their goals.  By  teaching team members how to have challenging conversations and use structured processes to make decisions, I can help them better engage each other to find solutions that work.

Currently I am the course coordinator for Comm 3411:  Small Group Communication and teach this full time.  I have also taught Organizational Communication and Public Speaking.   My committee work at the U of M includes being a member of the  Women's Faculty Cabinet and Courage Conversations Arounds Race (CCARS).  I also teach Critical Thinking, Internal Consulting, Team Communication, and Managing Change Simulation for CCAPS here at the U.  Outside the U, I am on the faculty at the Graduate School of Banking Madison as a leadership and change management expert.  

My prior corporate experience includes being a Change Enablement Manager for a global accounting firm, running the Training and Development function for one of six districts for a division of the US Treasury, Director of Training and Development for an $8 billion bank holding company, and a bank regulator.  For health and family reasons, I left the corporate world to spend more time with family.  

I am qualified to administer and train in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Conflict Dynamics Profile, and the Life Styles Inventory.

I published through the American Society of Training & Development (ATD today) a workbook on “Implementing Strategic Learning." As a past board member of the local ASTD chapter, Nan helped the chapter achieve its transition from losing members and money to one of the top 10 chapters in the country.

Educational Background
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Educational Background

  • Certificate: Training & Development, University of Minnesota
  • BA: Economics, University of North Dakota, 1985 -
  • Masters: Organizational Communication, University of Minnesota, 1991 -