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BA (Middlebury College), MA (McGill University), PHD (McGill University)

Prior to assuming the directorship of the Nelson Institute, Dr Westley held the position of the James McGill Professor of Strategy and Executive Director of the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders, an innovative, leadership enhancement program for national voluntary sector leaders. Her research, writing, and teaching centers on leadership and managing strategic change, at the organizational and interorganizational level, with a particular emphasis on environmental management. She has published widely in the areas of middle management and strategic change, visionary leadership and interorganizational collaboration. Her most recent book, Experiments in Consilience (Island Press, 2004) , focuses on the dynamics of inter-organizational and interdisciplinary collaboration in the management of ecological and conservation problems Her ongoing research interests include social innovation and collaboration in the conservation of endangered species and spaces, as well as the dynamics and mechanisms for successful interdisciplinary research and action.

For more information, please email Frances Westley or contact her at:

Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Room 122, Science Hall
550 North Park Street
Madison, WI  53706
phone 608 262-1723 fax 608 262-0014

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