Collaborators

If the Deeper Funner Change Project were a dinner party – which it sometimes is – everyone would hang out in the kitchen. Good wine, great food, provocative conversation… What else would you expect when relentlessly curious anthropologists, coaches, Ph.D.s in organizational leadership, and theater artists get fired up about organizational evolution and co-creating? (Read: Our mothers still can’t figure out what kind of work we do.)

Julie Huffaker

Secret Weapon. Designs wow-we-did-that experiences that help teams and organizations build collaborative capacity. Part facilitator, part strategic thought partner. Passionate about her paddle board and travel to hard-to-reach places. Past lives: Partner at improv-based consultancy On Your Feet; leadership educator in North America, Europe, Asia and Central America; author of The Deeper Funner Facilitation Cookbook; barista-to-marketing-strategist at Starbucks Coffee Company in 1990’s. Faculty at the Banff Leadership Centre. Cultural anthropologist as Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, MBA from Portland State University, MA in Human Development and PhD in Organizational Leadership & Change from Fielding University. Portland, Oregon USA


Karen Dawson

Elephant Whisperer* Coaches executives, facilitates team and organizational experiences that build collaboration muscles while getting important work done. Asks provocative questions that help people get unstuck. Loves a good glass of red and cracking open the conversation at a cocktail party. Past lives: theatre teacher; lieutenant in reserve military; instructor with the Canadian Cadet Gliding Program; short stint as a jail matron. Faculty at The Banff Centre, University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business and Royal Roads University. Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, and PhD from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Calgary, Alberta Canada

 

Leslie Bevan

Force for Good.  Develops leadership in individuals, teams and Boards through coaching, assessment, facilitation and consulting. Deep experience growing teams and leading change; x-ray vision for having the right conversations to drive mission-strategy alignment, innovation and partnership. Crazy about the alchemy of Indian cooking and spending time in nature. Past lives: 20+ years of leadership in the social sector and higher education as Executive Director, Academic Dean, research and program director, and scientist. MS in Exercise Physiology and PhD in Human Physiology from University of Arizona. Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching from Fielding University. Portland, Oregon USA


Alex Kerr

Double Agent. Temporarily embeds with client partners to help accelerate new ways of working. Consultant, educator, catalyst of alignment, detractor of routine. Passionate about equal-opportunity-education and black holes. Past lives: Dean of Academics at Memphis College Prep, an elementary for economically disadvantaged youth, where he “looped up” with the same students from first until fifth grade; Superhero at improv-based consultancy On Your Feet. Burning the midnight oil finishing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Johns Hopkins University. Portland, Oregon USA

Jess Lee

Extreme Collaborator. Teaches – and models – highly collaborative leadership by giving teams experience with an extreme form: improv theater. Optimistic, organized and ready to go. Passionate about behavioral psychology, leadership development, and creativity in a world of rules. Doubles as an independent creativity consultant, improv performer and teacher with Washington Improv Theater School, and baker of bread. Usually found near the coffee. Past lives: Executive Coach with InsideTrack, ensemble and faculty, Brody Improv Theater; professional improviser with Portland-based improv troupes Brainwaves, Holy Trinity and others; English teacher and health coordinator in Ghana, West Africa. BA in English, Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Washington, DC, USA

Jessica Wallenfels

Superhero. With cape: coordinates strategic operations, manages online and social media for Deeper Funner Change. Without: professional director/choreographer and educator. Makes a killer playlist, has her own theatre company, choreographed six shows in four seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Past lives: public relations and interactive strategy, commercial real estate. On faculty at California State Summer School for the Arts, has guest directed at several PNW universities and been adjunct professor at Portland Community College. BFA from California Institute of the Arts, attended clown school, and is a four-time Drammy winner. Creating novel work as she pursues her MFA at University of Portland. Portland, Oregon USA

Melissa Moore

Ninja. Master scheduler, bookkeeper extraordinaire, working behind the scenes on all things administrative. Mom of three beautiful girls. Following a longtime dream, opened her own fitness studio, Fulcrum Fitness + Nutrition. Loves donuts and lifting heavy things. Motto: it’s all about balance. Past lives: purchasing manager for Rona Inc., Administrative Assistant at Cenera and Personal Trainer at Goodlife Fitness. Calgary, Alberta Canada

Nick Rothenberg

Leadership Anthropologist. Helps organizations build mastery in strategic planning, innovation, and change effectiveness. Heads 2Be, a cooperation of consultants and consultancies that focuses on the human dimension. Passionate about helping kids be empowered consumers of media, makes a mean ravioli. Past lives: Documentary film maker; dotcom era survivor; partner and worldwide Entertainment & Media specialist for USWeb/CKS and marchFIRST (overseeing new media biz dev for Hard Rock Cafe, NBC, and The Guggenheim Museum, among others); co-founder of independent film company Urban Nomad Productions. BS from Harvard University, Masters in Anthropology from University of Southern California. Portland, Oregon USA

Ian Prinsloo

Creative Inquiry Facilitator. Helps people use their inherent ability to create as a leverage point for change. Develops the relational quality of groups as a platform for developing innovative solutions as a consultant with Reos Partners. Passionate about long-distance motorcycle riding – including above the Arctic Circle – and devouring a provocative book. Past lives include: 20+ years in professional theatre as an actor, director, and artistic director. Faculty at the Banff Leadership Centre, ongoing lecturer at Kaospilots in Denmark. Continues to direct professionally and teach acting. Toronto, Ontario Canada


Our clients

The leaders and teams who are our partners inspire us (and keep us on our toes trying new stuff). Smart, creative, and fueled with purpose, they do things that matter. They work around the globe at places like:

  • Nike
  • Intel
  • Disney
  • GE
  • Shell
  • Cenovus Energy
  • Encana
  • Therapeutic Associates, Inc.
  • Nike Foundation
  • Clinton Foundation
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Drop-In Centre Calgary