Sustained Collaboration & Change Management Advisory for Social Enterprise
Working with you to close the opportunity divide, to innovate equitably & inclusively, and to create sustained collaborations.
Indigo Pheasant helps mission-driven organizations improve performance.
* Design, planning , facilitation & execution for sustained collaboration (shared service arrangements, strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions), including project management.
* Design, planning , facilitation & execution for other structural changes such as start-up, new product / service launch, spin-off / disposal, retrenchment & repositioning.
* Putting diversity, equity & inclusion at the heart of the proposed change(s).
* Board recruitment and leadership succession planning, including acting as Interim Executive Director or equivalent when required.
* Help ensure smooth transition post-change event(s), e.g., governance & control issues, continuity of funding, team building, aligning operations with new goals, knowledge & relationships
management, marketing & communications, and performance metrics.
August 27th, 2020: "We're gonna need a bigger boat!" : Sustained Collaboration for Increased Impact. Guest blog-post at Student Success Network.
July 31st, 2020: Participated as Committee Member at final drafting meeting of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine project "The Role of Authentic STEM Learning Experiences in Developing Interest and Competencies for Technology and Computing." Subject to external peer review and NASEM board approval, the Committee's final report may be anticipated spring 2021 (via National Academies Press). Previous Committee meetings June, September and November, 2019, and February and May, 2020, besides numerous sub-committee meetings.
July 17th, 2020: Panelist with David Garza (President & CEO of Henry Street Settlement) on “Let’s Make a Deal: Sustaining Impact in the Time of COVID,” hosted by Lucy Herz, Co-Founder & COO of the Student Success Network and facilitated by Jessica Cavagnero, Partner at SeaChange Capital Partners.
May 6th, 2020: Guest speaker at Nonprofit Finance Fund Dialogue.
May 4th & May 29th, 2020: Panelist on "Sustained Collaborations, Part One & Part Two" webinars hosted by CUNY Baruch College's Center for Nonprofit Strategy & Management (led by Professor Cristina Balboa), facilitated by Jessica Cavagnero, Partner at SeaChange Capital Partners.
February 28th, 2020: Panelist at NYU Social Innovation Symposium.
February 20th, 2020: Interviewed by Rhea Wong on her Nonprofit Lowdown podcast: " #73-Nonprofit Mergers and Acquisitions with Daniel Rabuzzi."
December 11th, 2019: Guest speaker at Youth INC quarterly Executive Director roundtable.
July 25th, 2019: The Jacobs Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland) published my essay in their Bold: Blog on Learning & Development: “In this age of complexity and ambiguity, learners need new skills."
"Saving Small Nonprofits" (March 22, 2020).
Why work with Indigo Pheasant?
For over three decades, I have crafted, led & executed significant organizational change, in business, government, education and youth services. Examples:
Led the 2015 wholesale rebranding of Mouse as their Executive Director, led gut renovation & custom build-out of new Mouse HQ & test kitchen/ sandbox in NYC plus simultaneous move of entire curriculum delivery into the cloud, and led the 2018 merger of Mouse with Code / Interactive. Restructured Mouse's operations in the Twin Cities, Chicago, and across California.
Led the 2011 expansion of Year Up NYC to its second & larger site (in Brooklyn) as first-ever Chief Operating Officer for the unit, while collaborating within a rapidly expanding national Year Up system; was co-Interim Executive Director in NYC in 2012; on the team that partnered with SUNY so that Year Up students earned collegiate credit.
Led the expansion of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) from six to twelve program offices as their first-ever National Program Director 2005-2010, including acquisition of two offices from other organizations (Dallas, Miami) and greenfield growth elsewhere (Philadelphia, Los Angeles, etc.), while coordinating with NFTE co-branded partner offices such as Atlanta and Cleveland, and ultimately spinning off the Pittsburgh office; led the launch of NFTE's national business plan competition; led the collaboration with Scholastic and with 50 Eggs Productions on the documentary film & book about NFTE, Ten9Eight.
Led the 2004 transition of the Peter Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management to The Leader to Leader Institute.
On the team at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (1999-2003) seeking to align & reorganize all 50-some public campuses as part of the 1996 Postsecondary Reform Act; on the team that restructured & re-accredited the entire Kentucky Community and Technical College System; on launch team of the Kentucky Virtual University.
As a banker 1983-1991 in global shipping finance at Manufacturers Hanover, engaged in numerous corporate restructurings / redesigns across multiple constituencies & geographies – both for our clients and at the bank itself; was in the first cohort 1987-1991 at the bank's new subsidiary in Oslo, Norway; on the team that helped pioneer financing for new maritime technologies and for use of new financial instruments in the shipping industry.
Earned my doctorate in history at Johns Hopkins (1996), studying the nature & impact of rapid economic & technological change in late 18th- and early 19th-century northern Germany -- providing me with a broader theoretical framework and a deeper understanding of the vectors driving organizational change to the present day.