Wendy C. Morris, M.A. has worked at the intersections of human development, organizational change and community innovation for over 20 years. She is internationally recognized as a master facilitator of learning, leadership development, and systems change.
Wendy has worked with dozens of organizations and thousands of changemakers from government, philanthropy, corporate, community, higher education, and non-profit sectors in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. Through these experiences, she has cultivated a deep understanding of the human dynamics of creativity, innovation and collaboration.
As a strategist, coach, speaker, and writer, Wendy brings a systems approach to complex challenges, with skills in collaborative problem-solving, cross-sector partnerships, and intercultural communications. A Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory / IDI, Wendy’s global lens helps changemakers effectively bridge cultural differences.
Wendy grew up performing at Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and New York City Opera. Somewhere between touring the world as a performance artist and teaching at prominent leadership centers around the globe, Wendy discovered she had a gift for helping people learn to influence change in complex systems. Drawing on her background in collaborative artforms like opera, dance and theater, she designs unique learning experiences that enable changemakers to shift mindsets and embody new frameworks for collective innovation.
Wendy collaborates with several global networks for change including Human Systems Dynamics Institute, Art of Hosting network, and Presencing Institute. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Development, and is affiliated with two research and training centers at the University of Minnesota: The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Center for Integrative Leadership, and The Center for Spirituality and Healing. Wendy’s life and work are informed by 19,000 hours of mindfulness training, embodiment practice, and somatic education.
Two of Wendy’s career highlights are stewarding Creative CityMaking, a 3-year pilot to advance equity goals in Minneapolis city government, which is now an ongoing program; and co-founding the Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI), a cross-sector leadership initiative that Wendy co-facilitated for 17 years as CCLI grew into a collaborative network of 250 of the upper Midwest region's most active and innovative changemakers.
Wendy's work has received over 25 awards for excellence in leadership, interdisciplinary practice, and the arts including major fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
She plays well with others.