Jessica Bell is a Project Manager in the Grants Hub at Iowa State University. Jessica is experienced in research development, team science and project management best practices that are used to improve funding and project success for research and research teams. Her thirst for knowledge, along with the connections made help foster and grow research networks and create an environment where researchers and their teams thrive.
Strategic Doing has been proven as an effective tool in higher education to utilize existing networks and resources to address complex problem universities face. Jessica uses Strategic Doing to advance departmental, college, and university initiatives towards measurable outcomes quickly through applying the Strategic Doing credo to instill concepts of civility, psychological safety and equity of voice in the process.
Jessica graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelors of Science in Animal Ecology and is working towards her Masters in Project Management from Colorado State University Global.
Jennifer Horn-Frasier of Bluebird Sky, LLC (BluebirdSkySolutions.com) helps people and organizations get to where they want to be. Equally at home in established systems and in startups, with the big picture and the details, and with structure and ambiguity, Jennifer is a skilled facilitator and problem solver. She approaches facilitation engagements in a collaborative style and with an emphasis on listening first.
She focuses on evolution management—the art and science of imagining a desired future state, then mapping a path to achieve it. Jennifer became a Strategic Doing practitioner in 2019 and a Certified Workshop Leader in 2020. She has applied the Strategic Doing discipline with for-profit and nonprofit clients and community groups in K – 12 and higher education, the pharmaceutical industry, economic development, public health, human services, conservation, the arts, and more.
Prior to founding Bluebird Sky, Jennifer taught junior high and high school language arts; edited science books for an educational publishing company; managed workforce development research, directed strategic partnerships, managed international test development, and was a marketing and communications director for ACT, Inc.; and launched, operationalized, and served as director of strategy and programs for ACT Foundation.
For fun Jennifer rides bicycles on gravel, dirt, and pavement; plays bass guitar, sings, and occasionally plays flute in various bands; writes poems; volunteers in her community; and goes on adventures with friends and family
Travis Kraus is an Associate Professor in the University of Iowa School of Planning & Public Affairs and is the Director for the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, a community engagement program that helps create more sustainable futures while enhancing teaching and learning at the University of Iowa. Travis views Strategic Doing as a tool to enhance the capacity of rural and urban communities in Iowa to address the environmental, equity, economic, and cultural issues they face today.
Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Travis led the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organizations in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, worked as a regional planner for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, and was a successful small business entrepreneur for many years. Travis earned a masters degree of Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a secondary teaching certificate.
Travis is involved in the Iowa City arts scene as both an artist and a board member for the local arts non-profit Public Space One.
About Leslie Wright
Leslie Wright is the founder of Collective Clarity, LLC, Her work is built on an enduring belief in:
• The power of collaborations and collective creativity
• The power of diversity
• The driving need for an inclusive and just community
• The transformative power of curiosity
• A future built on networked and interdependent systems
Before launching Collective Clarity, Leslie served as the Senior VP of Community Building for United Way of East Central Iowa. She was a visionary leader and successful intrapreneur. She led teams focused on designing and implementing innovative solutions to human challenges. Projects included collaborative care coordination networks, leadership development programs for underrepresented people, and disaster response and recovery coalitions.
For more than a decade Leslie focused on learning how to better understand how complex systems operated and how they could be influenced to achieve healthier outcomes. This required the ability to work in the spaces “in between”, to sense emerging forces, and to identify and connect key stakeholders. She has demonstrated strengths in building inclusive networks to achieve collaborative community solutions.
Leslie brings a “sense-making” and data driven mindset to her work. Experience as a corporate buyer, business analyst and nonprofit community researcher resulted in highly developed skills in trend spotting and data synthesis. These essential skills contribute to powerful environmental scans and priority setting results.
Leslie has been a speaker and trainer for the United Way Worldwide network, a facilitator and trainer in organizational development and performance improvement, and a strategic planning consultant.
Training and Certifications
Technology of Participation, Facilitation
Futurist Camp, Strategic Foresight Training
NewBoCo, Intrapreneur Academy
Purdue Agile Strategy Lab, Strategic Doing
Center for Creative Leadership, Community Coalition Leadership Program
Pacific Institute, Investment in Excellence and 21 Keys
Diversity Focus and United Way of East Central Iowa Leadership Development Program in Organizational Cultural Competence Training and Consultation
Compasspoint, Institute for Nonprofit Consulting, San Francisco, CA
Certificate in Nonprofit Consulting
BoardSource – Advanced Professional Development for Nonprofit Governance Consultants
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Master of Arts Human Development – Transformational Leadership
Certificate in Community, Spirituality and Work
Coaches Training Institute, Certificate in Advanced Training
Carleton College, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology