District of Columbia
A native of the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Michon serves as the Strategic Initiatives Program Lead for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for the Department of Employment Services (DOES). She was instrumental in working with management to redesign, what is now, the agency’s compliance unit. In her role as Strategic Initiative Lead for OIT, she has also been instrumental as one of the IT design architects for the deployment of customer-facing technical solutions within the agency’s American Job Centers (AJC). She has an extensive background in academic instruction; training and development; and project management with government, nonprofit and educational organizations.
Michon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Communication–both from Howard University in Washington, DC. She has also completed all coursework and comprehensive exams toward a doctoral degree in Intercultural Communication from Howard University. Michon has over 20 years of education and experience in the fields of human communication and mass media; project management; community relations; and compliance.
Michon’s expertise in these areas has allowed her to work in a variety of contexts ranging from academic institutions to law enforcement agencies. Maintaining such a wide range and scope allows her to provide a unique skill set for all organizations. Her professional positions include: Professor at Prince George’s Community College; Community Relations Specialist/Public Affairs at Prince George’s County Department of Corrections; Public Affairs Specialist & Compliance Manager at the DC Department of Corrections; Public Relations/Development at Christian Brothers Conference; and Transportation Security Specialist at the Transportation Security Administration.
Michon has used Strategic Doing to train over 700 local government employees and contractors which in turn helped the agency re-define its approach to navigating complex problems and designing a landscape for “attainable and doable” actions that met specific desired outcomes.
Dr. James K. (Jim) Woodell helps to realize the economic and societal impact of higher education. He provides professional services to institutions of higher education, and to their current and prospective partners in the private, civic, and government sectors.
Dr. Woodell recently served as vice president for economic development and community engagement at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), where he worked closely with member institutions to develop tools and resources to enhance their regional engagement and economic development efforts. Dr. Woodell’s expertise includes: R&D and innovation, including technological advancement, entrepreneurship, and regional technology-based economic development; education, training, and workforce development, including strategies for design and delivery of programs; and community development and improved quality of life in regions through higher education engagement, outreach, and public service.
Woodell holds a doctorate in higher education from Penn State University, a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in communications (television, radio, and film) from Syracuse University.