About Civic Collaboration
Diane Miller specializes in the design, facilitation and implementation of projects that help diverse groups of people work together to achieve exceptional results. As principal of Civic Collaboration, Diane focuses on process, relationships and outcomes. She is a skilled communicator, strategic planner and project leader who understands how to bring together the necessary components of a civic change initiative and to help individuals and groups build the capacity for effective action in ways that can be sustained and replicated. Civic Collaboration also has a talented team of associates who can be assembled in response to client needs.
Diane's background is a unique blend of project management, civic engagement, group process design, and corporate and civic culture change expertise. In her recent role as assistant director at Envision Central Texas (ECT), Diane has designed and executed numerous collaborative, multi-stakeholder projects to raise awareness and mobilize action on regional visioning, community planning and sustainability issues.
Prior to her work at ECT, Diane worked in the field of organizational development, with a focus on leadership, teamwork, change processes and strategic planning. As an account manager for Pecos River Change Management, and with her own consulting firm RCR-Discovery, Diane worked with corporate clients to design and implement experiential, adventure-based leadership and team development programs.
Before working in change management, Diane was an account manager for Aon Corporation, a global insurance and risk management firm. She has a B.A. in liberal arts and has studied extensively in the areas of systems thinking, organizational and human development, and civic participatory processes. Diane has held numerous key leadership roles in entities focused on public engagement, including Texas Forums and the National Institute on Dialogue and Deliberation, and has a certification in Fielding University's Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement program.
Civic Collaboration Associates
Juli Fellows, Ph.D. has been an independent organizational consultant since 1993. She specializes in meeting facilitation, strategic planning and conflict resolution. She is a well-trained and experienced mediator who has helped dozens of organizations and several hundred individuals work through important conflicts in productive ways. Juli is particularly experienced in designing and facilitating complex collaborative processes around public policy issues involving multiple, diverse stakeholders. For the past five years Juli has been a skills coach for the Leadership Austin Essential class teaching dialogue skills as part of their year-long curriculum.
Stephanie Nestlerode is founding partner of Omega Point International, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to giving voice to those impacted by a decision. She has been a strategic planner for over thirty years in a wide variety of settings - multi-hospital systems, utilities, academics, government, associations, and community collaborations. She specializes in taking organizational performance and community health to the next level. Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a Certificate in Gerontology and Marketing from the University of South Carolina.