Kelly Hunt Lyon
Strategic Planning and Development Manager
Arkansas Department of Career Education
In her 30-year career in Arkansas, Kelly has managed people, projects, policy, and programs at state agencies, universities, and constitutional offices. She is also an experienced grant writer, meeting facilitator, strategic planner, and researcher. In her current role, developing and implementing strategy at a state agency, she introduced StrategicDoing™ into the agency as a capacity-building initiative.
In addition to work with state agencies, she has both applied and academic experience in community and economic development. Her introduction to economic development was at the state policy level; she served as a Liaison for Economic Development for Governor Jim Guy Tucker from 1993-1996 before moving into higher education. Highlights of her university-based community development work include leading the Center for Community and Economic Development at the University of Central Arkansas from 2009-2012 and authoring the Ed.D. dissertation, The Evolving Role of Higher Education in Community Engagement and Economic Development.
In addition to StrategicDoing™, she has been trained in meeting facilitation by the Kettering Foundation and mindfulness in the workplace at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lyon College, a master’s degree in professional and technical writing and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kelly is a fifth generation Arkansan with a mission to use her experience and skills to contribute to Arkansas. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @kellyhuntlyon on LinkedIn.
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