Public Engagement

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    Lori is a consultant specializing in professional development for mid-level and senior managers. She has approximately 20 years of experience in executive education, first as executive director of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-profit Management and member of Columbia’s Executive Education faculty, and then as an independent consultant. In these roles she has managed, designed and/or directed over 100 programs with over 2000 participants from community-based organizations, established regional organizations and large public-sector institutions. She also served as a coach and facilitator in Columbia Business School’s Emerging Leaders, Essentials of Management, Senior Executive, and High Impact Leadership, and Executive MBA Programs. In 2010 she founded Strategic Learning Associates to continue this work and related research and evaluation. In 2013 She began teaching at the New School for Public Engagement, two Master's seminars that include a substantial fieldwork component, Organizational Assessment and Diagnosis (fall) and the Science and Art of Leadership Development (spring).
    Lori is known for her collaborative approach, engaging clients and program participants in both design and evaluation of the educational experiences she develops. She is valued for her broad knowledge of management, leadership, and adult learning theory and its practical applications at work. Clients while at Columbia include: Robin Hood Foundation, The After School Corporation, UJA-Federation, United Neighborhood Houses, Girl Scouts, Fire Department of New York, NYC Police Department, and US Department of Homeland Security. Areas of particular interest include Strategic Management, Personal Leadership, and Conflict Resolution.
    Lori earned her EdD in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation explores CEO succession and strategy development in the not-for-profit sector. She earned her Masters degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management and her BA from Brandeis University. In addition to consulting, teaching and research Lori enjoys landscape painting and hiking.