“Impact Strategies Group facilitated a strategic planning process for AchieveMpls and we could not be more delighted with the results. They were easy to work with, relationship-oriented, and went above and beyond to navigate the complications and intricacies of our organization. They helped us produce a customized strategic business plan that was thorough and objective. As a result, our board is stronger, our board and staff more aligned, and we are better positioned to be a strong and impactful partner to the Minneapolis Public Schools.”

– Pam Costain, President and CEO at AchieveMpls

“Impact Strategies Group provided excellent consultation and facilitation for Generation Justice for the past year. You listened intently to the organizational development and communication needs that we had. What started out as a communications consultation resulted in strengthening the overall organization. Your unique skill set includes intentional listening, gaining clarity by asking the right questions, and fast thinking through processes, strategies and outcomes. The “proof in the pudding” of your skills was demonstrated during the youth sessions; the youth felt so comfortable… they opened up emotionally about the tough issues we are facing as a project.”

– Roberta Rael, Executive Director, Generation Justice

“Working with Colleen has been a successful and inspiring experience for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Most recently, she was instrumental in planning and facilitating a Home Visiting Summit that the Nursery convened. Colleen designed a process that effectively engaged a diverse group of professionals and allowed them to participate in serious and productive discussions. This session allowed Nursery staff to engage with some of the community’s most highly regarded scholars and practitioners, and work with them to develop significant recommendations for strengthening and expanding the Nursery’s Home Visiting program.”

– Mary Pat Lee, Executive Director, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

“Your thorough and creative efforts to identify potential funding sources have been invaluable.”

– Susan Vento, Board  Chair, Carmen Pampa Fund

“Just last week I was telling a group how a few hours of your time kick started our stalled project and helped us create something we are still proud to use. Seeking your guidance when I did was the right move – your work was extremely helpful.”

– Randy Treichel, Enterprise Director & Interim Executive Director at Youth Express

“Working in a start-up environment is not for everyone, but Colleen has skillfully identified a set of tactics for engaging our Social Enterprise Alliance – Twin Cities Chapter members and stakeholders to make them feel invested in the organization. She balances attention to detail and operational aspects of the organization with being able to be tremendously strategic. Colleen has effectively anticipated high-level organizational and community opportunities and has positioned the Chapter to capitalize on changing trends in the larger environment. I highly recommend her.”

– Brian Paulson, Director of Innovation Strategies at Greater Twin Cities United Way

“Colleen served an invaluable role in the development of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. She helped shape the creation and focus of this new office. By convening and documenting similar offices around the country, she provided the framework to convince Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper of the value of such an office. Her work has been cited both within and outside of Denver, and served as the basis for two gatherings at the University of Southern California’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.”

– Mike Roque, Founding Director, Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships and President, Adobe Consulting

“Colleen was quick to build relationships with the board of directors and membership; by listening to differing views, she learned what would guide the team in one direction and she accomplished the creation of a team. She engaged these volunteers in collective goals and action by assessing the dynamics of the group and identifying individualized engagement strategies for each member… Colleen is an accomplished professional and a well-respected leader. I highly recommend her.

– Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Foundation Manager, The Mosaic Company and former Board Vice Chair, Social Enterprise Alliance – Twin Cities