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Family

Family

We make fun of each other.  It is what we do in life, to show our love, to show a familiarity.  It is how Irish Catholic families pass on their traditions of storytelling and guilt at the same time.  I love sparring with my brother Michael (who alternately works for ...

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Listening

Listening

Strategy... How to make things better? How to push on one lever to impact another? How to support and sing real praises? How to listen, really listen? How to let others speak first.... How to engage smart young people? How to speak from the heart... How to engage in real discussions on real topics that people care about? How ...

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Travel

Travel

Each time we embark on something new, we open our eyes in a different way. We notice elements of the experience differently. When you land in a new place, you have to take it in differently, for guideposts, markers, unique characteristics. Each time I land in ...

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Education

Education

For all those interested in education reform, most will concede we have failed MANY our youth by giving up on them, left them with a system designed for the industrial revolution, instruction with limited to no relevancy for today's world and often encourage youth to find a ...

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What People Are Saying!

“Colleen has helped me focus my work with my students and my staff. She brings fresh insight and is deeply committed to serving and empowering youth! She listens carefully and then manages to find the thread that brings us together as we solve a problem or brainstorm our way onto new pathways. She is both a trusted listening post and guiding light.”

Judy Long – Education and Programming Director at Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center

“For the past seven plus years, Colleen has worked with me on a wide variety of projects ranging from youth development to organizational development to program evaluation. And, we continue to work together, because she brings to these involvements a combination of analytic rigor, high standards, and curiosity ‑‑ along with passion, compassion, and listening skills. She is especially strong in field observations and data set analysis.”

Gary J. Miller

“Besides her tremendous depth and breadth of experience, it has been Colleen’s immense passion which has made her such a pleasure and inspiration to work with. Her insights have helped us to reimagine what we can do and how we can do it, and her energy and enthusiasm have kept us going, even in the toughest of economic climates. Her genuine belief in the importance of our work makes her an incomparable adviser and advocate for our organization – she wants to see us succeed just as much as we do. She is much more than a consultant to us; her vision is invaluable.”

Kasia Paprocki - Research and Program Manager
Goldin Institute

Working with colleen is not only beneficial but fun! She truly enjoys what she does and has helped my team with a strategic vision for how to better do our work. Colleen goes above and beyond to best serve her clients and does it all with enthusiasm and passion. She is a wonderful motivator, has endless energy, and will push you to think in new ways. Colleen is very giving and has a huge heart–she cares about the people she’s working with and wants to see the best outcome and will work really hard to get you there.”

Christa Perkins – YWCA, Minneapolis, MN

Members of the Central/Phillips Youth Action Crew, Minneapolis

Jennifer is a talented writer and communicator that puts her skills to work in the service of youth development. She has an excellent grasp of the large societal forces shaping youth development but never loses sight of the needs of individual young people. Jennifer is a tireless advocate for our youth and the organizations that serve them.

Brad Brown, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners