The UVLT has an incredible, creative staff that is helping individuals and communities preserve the wonderful farmlands, waterways and animal habitats that make our region such a special place to live and visit. A recent example is the conservation of a wetlands area which was being used by several nearby schools for nature studies but was up for sale to be developed - the UVLT folks persevered in arranging part of the funds to acquire the land - and their determination sparked a community response that raised the remainder, part of which was a heartwarming Christmas activity by the students, who asked their parents to give their gift to the conservation effort so they and the students who followed could continue to learn and enjoy the many aspects of the wetland. With the power of learning outside the classroom being increasingly recognized, the benefits of this effort are important and lasting!
INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES: 30 years in senior management and strategic planning for this global marketing communications organization, with clients that included Coca-Cola, Gillette and Goodyear. THE WISE ASSOCIATES: 16 years as president of this marketing consultancy, which helps any enterprise manage change strategically and efficiently through disciplined marketing communications. Non-profit clients include Archdiocese of New York (Catholic); Chambers of Commerce in Hanover, NH; Lebanon, NH; and Hartford VT; Lyme (NH) Historians; Great River Arts Institute (Bellows Fall, VT); Northern Stage (White River Junction, VT); Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) Often, clients expect the consultant to solve their problems. The UVLT Board of Trustees is committed to working hard, both internally and/or with an outside resource that may be required. The UVLT leadership also listens to and analyzes ideas and opinions, whether they are in agreement or not, and factor these thoughts into consensus-built decisions, an action plan and subsequent programs and events. They iteratively work with various committees and resources in building their plan of action, rather than dictating what will be done! If there is one 'constructive critique,' it would be for the organization to learn how to