Albert Linderman, Ph.D., CEO of Sagis Corporation, is a cultural anthropologist guiding community change and leadership transitions. He recently led a backbone team of eight in a two year collective impact effort in Rapid City, SD. The city-wide system approach is the first of its kind. The initiative has been transferred to local leadership which is currently overseeing initiatives in 4 areas in 2017, Food Security, Affordable Housing, Behavioral Health and ACEs, as well as coordinating the work around the development of wrap around services for individuals and families in the most vulnerable situations. Over thepast few years, Linderman worked with collective impact work in Woodbury, Minnesota, Cairo, Egypt, and leadership transitions for several major Minnesota health care organizations as well as for the Alliance of Community Health Plans in Washington, D.C. He is author of Why the world around you isn’t as it appears (2012, SteinerBooks), and several recent articles including, “Rapid City Collective Impact: A City-Wide Effort to Create Quality of Life for all its Citizens”, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol. 3, 2016.
Megan Odenthal, MSW, is an experienced facilitator, process designer and teacher in community-led programs and research. Megan has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Social Work from the #1 ranked Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied International Social and Economic Development with a specialization in System Dynamics. Megan has conducted community based research in numerous international settings, including South Africa, the Kingdom of Tonga, and India, where she used Community Based System Dynamics to explore social and ecological issues in a dryland village. Domestically, while acting as a Project Coordinator for the renowned Social System Design Lab, Megan founded the Changing Systems Youth Conference, which empowers youth in St. Louis to engage with complex problems in their communities using system modeling and mapping. Megan is a passionate teacher and has instructed the Group Model Building course for graduate social work, public health and engineering students and has also designed and led trainings and workshops on community-based projects in numerous settings.
Donald R. Greer, of Greer Black Company, has worked with companies in semiconductor, logistics, telecommunications, software, pharmaceutical, and commodity manufacturing industries, as well as start-up ventures, to help management teams create and implement effective strategies in complex environments. With 24 years’ experience as an internal and external consultant, manager, and system developer (including a substantial record of on-time, on-budget project delivery in high-reliability, high-transaction systems), he draws on analytical, project management, and communication tools to design sustainable solutions from projects in crisis. He excels in using productive reasoning (action research) and system dynamics simulation to help people clarify and redirect their efforts to achieve significant performance improvements in developing and deploying high-reliability systems, supply chain redesigns, sales and operations planning, and information-system-dependent business alliances.