Dr. Doug Dunston is Professor Emeritus in Humanities at New Mexico Tech and KEEN Program Coordinator at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he designs and leads workshops that help School of Engineering faculty leverage research and ideas from the areas of curiosity, motivation, empathy, listening, improvisation, systems thinking, and experiential learning.
He has a deep technical and artistic background and divides his time between New Mexico and Minnesota. When weather and schedule align, he can often be found several thousand feet above the ground, regaining his sense of perspective in a two-seater RV-9A experimental airplane.
Executive Director, World Alliance for the Volunteer Economy
Dan has a degree in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Fla with extensive experience in neuroscience-informed Leadership and Organization Development consulting and training. He has worked with government, for-profit and non-profit organizations in the US, Europe and the Far East, focusing on improving productivity and results through optimizing strategies, leadership, communications and employee engagement.
Dan’s partial client list includes: Sandia National Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, University of NM, NM State University, Bueno Foods, United Way, ABQ Public Schools, Public Service Co of NM, US Dept of the Interior, US Corps of Engineers, Philips Semiconductors, NM Society of Human Resource Managers, NM’s Children Youth and Families Department, Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Zia Trust Company and Chavez-Grieves Engineering.
In addition to Strategic Doing, Dan has been certified in many Organization Development assessments and practices including DiSC Workstyles, Social Styles, Myers-Briggs, experiential team building activities, Crucial Conversations, Open Space Technology, Strategic Planning, Appreciative Inquiry and Future Search Conferences.
Dan is active with education advocacy, community development and veterans support services in Albuquerque, serving as past Chair of the Albuquerque Business-Education Compact and on the Board of ABC Community Schools. He also plays French Horn with the Albuquerque Concert Band and volunteers his time with the No Veteran Dies Aloneprogram at the Albuquerque VA Hospital.
Dr. Lauren Goldstein serves as Strategic Engagement Specialist in the Office of the Chancellor at New Mexico State University (NMSU). In her position, Lauren works directly with departments, units, colleges, and administration to revise and optimize university processes. She provides support and expertise in organizational writing, communication, and facilitation related to the NMSU LEADS 2025 strategic plan.
She is currently PI on a Thornburg Foundation-funded project, Aligning Our AgriFuture (bit.ly/aligningouragrifuture), which uses multiple Strategic Doing convenings to address the question, “Imagine the Village of Los Ranchos is the center for sustainable urban agriculture in central New Mexico–what does that look like?”
At Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s innovation and entrepreneurship center, she piloted the integration of Strategic Doing with NSF I-Corps site teams to foster momentum toward commercialization. She is currently working with community champions across New Mexico to utilize Strategic Doing for strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems through the Arrowhead Community Entrepreneurship Program.
Outside of work, she’s an avid silversmith, a poet, and a dog-whisperer.
Lauren earned her B.A. in English at Creighton University, her M.F.A. in creative writing at Virginia Tech, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at New Mexico State University