Nancy Southern


Nancy Southern


Nancy Southern, Ed. D is an executive faculty member at Saybrook University and Chair of the School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation, including the PhD program in Organizational Systems. She is a research member of the Global Society of Organizational Learning and a steward with the Bay Area Society of Organizational Learning and an active member in the Organizational Development Network. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transformative Education and the Organizational Development Practitioner. Her research interests intersect culture, collaboration, community and innovation using qualitative methodologies including action research, hermeneutics, and other interpretative and transformative approaches. Nancy’s work is focused on cross-cultural, transformative learning which supports the development of cultures of collaboration in public, private, and non-profit organizations and local communities. She has worked with senior and mid-management teams to help build their capacity for engaging in meaningful conversations and appreciative, critical inquiry to address their challenges and create the organizational changes they desire.


Placitas, New Mexico, United States

What draws you to the STIA conference?

I have been coming to STIA for many years. I love the community and the quality of the presentation and conversations with colleagues.

What are you hoping to experience?

I am excited that we are exploring an new way to build the conference community, with more participation and open space, I believe this will result in stronger connections and generation of ideas.

What are you most passionate about?

My passion is transformative learning through cross-cultural encounters. I continue to explore the conditions that enable us to open up to "the other" in ways that shape us. I bring a strong relational self concept to the practice of prescencing.

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

Through new conversations, strong relationships, idea generation, dialogue.

What’s your bigger vision?

How can we do more to use of knowledge, skills and relationships to support social change in our local and global communities. I am inspired by the work of Adam Kahane and Reos Partners.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

If I leave feeling well stimulated by my participation within the learning community we create together.