SD Certified Workshop Leader
Liz Via-Gossman is the Community Development Director for the City of Manassas, VA and a Principal with Gossman Group Design & Planning with 30 years’ experience in local government city and strategic planning. She is a results-oriented city planner and strategic leader with a passion for small cities, neighborhoods, historic preservation and downtown “main street” revitalization. Gossman Group, started by her husband, Architect Craig Gossman, is a small boutique design and planning firm that focuses on carefully evaluating the unique characteristics of a project, crafting plans that are grounded in community realities and focused on implementation. Liz employs the discipline of Strategic Doing™ to help communities realize that the assets that they need to realize their vision and implement a plan are already in their community. They just need to find them and get them involved.
Liz holds a B.A. in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College and a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning from George Washington University. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), in 2020 Liz was inducted into the College of Fellows which is the highest honor the AICP bestows upon a member. Fellows of AICP are nominated and selected by their peers to recognize and honor their outstanding contributions as a professional planner.
Morgan Wills is a Project Development Specialist with the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE) at Kansas State University. As a full-service evaluation center, OEIE provides program evaluation for a broad range of clientele in educational institutions, governmental agencies, and foundations. In her role, Morgan collaborates with internal and external Principal Investigators to prepare proposal materials for large- and small-scale funding agencies. Her work includes the design of responsive evaluation plans, logic models, indicators and metrics of success, budget justifications, letters of commitment, and other grant application materials. Morgan’s expertise includes project development and coordination, budgeting and finance, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and composing technical reports.
Morgan received an M.P.A. from Kansas State University and a B.S. in Political Science with a Secondary Major in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Morgan is a member of the National Organization for Research Development (NORDP). Prior experience includes four years of service at both the local and state levels of government.
Morgan has experience implementing S.D. in cross-disciplinary settings to convene investigators from diverse disciplines in the development of convergent proposals. She also has experience implementing S.D. to advance offices and departments within higher education. Namely, identifying opportunities for advancement followed by creation of tailored Pathfinder projects designed to leverage team members’ existing assets toward a shared vision and determined end.
Morgan was born and raised in Liberal, KS. Home to Dorothy’s House and the beautiful, windy open planes of Southwest Kansas. She enjoys making frequent road trips to Kansas City, Augusta, KS, and Sun City, AZ to visit family.
Please contact Morgan at email@example.com.
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
As the Vice President at Grow Wabash County, the county-wide chamber of commerce and economic development organization in Wabash County Indiana, Tenille Zartman is passionate about community development. Strategic Doing is a tool she employs to get groups of people working together quickly to solve complex problems.