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Nonprofit Consultant Marty Jacobs '82 Leads MLDP Session on Strategic Planning

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On November 16th, MLDP welcomed Marty Jacobs '82 as she lead her session titled "Turning Dreams Into Reality: The Power of Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking." Marty Jacobs, president of Systems In Sync, has been teaching and consulting for almost twenty years, applying a systems thinking approach to organizations.

Ms. Jacobs began the session by breaking the participants into small groups and presenting them with a challenge. Not long into the challenge, she changed the variables in order to reflect real-life planning processes. Following the exercise, Ms. Jacobs mapped out the steps in the strategic planning process from assessing current realities to developing an implementation and evaluation plan. Towards the end of the session, the participants rejoined their small groups and drew from their own experiences to form case studies. This provided a great opportunity to immediately apply strategic planning and systems thinking to real challenges. The participants thanked Ms. Jacobs and left the session with a more holistic approach to problem solving.
-- Julius Bedford '12

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