Connecting Communities. Accelerating Impact.

Jason Schulist | President

Jason Schulist is the President of the Generative Local Community Institute (GLCI). He focuses on how to use Adaptive Problem Solving on thorny community problems and develops models of generativity. Jason founded Skillsfest, a yearly gathering of national leaders in community problem solving. He has consulted in the non-profit, automotive, and health care sectors.

Prior to forming GLCI, Jason served as Appvion’s Vice President of Continuous Improvement (CI) and Project Management, as DTE Energy’s Director of the Program Management Office (PMO) and Continuous Improvement, and in corporate strategy, business development, and operations roles at General Motors.

Jason has saved over $1 billion dollars in his career and has led teams that have won numerous global and national accolades. He speaks nationally on the topics of adaptive problem solving, community problem solving, generativity, lean, and project management.

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Marquette University and two Masters’ degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He is a co-founder and past Chair of the Michigan Lean Consortium. He currently serves on the Boards of the United Way of the Fox Cities, CAP Services, the MIT Club of Wisconsin, Community Impact, and the POINT Poverty Initiative in NE WI.

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Ted Toussaint

Ted teaches, writes, and consults on healthcare innovation. He uses expertise in design thinking, strategy formulation, and lean product development to help teams discover and implement breakthrough organizational change initiatives.

Ted began his career at Boston Children’s Hospital where he served the Six Sigma team to develop measurement systems and audit processes to improve hospital cleanliness. He then moved to Atrius Health in Boston, where he worked as a front-line improvement specialist and an Innovation Engineer. While there he helped build the Atrius Health Innovation Center and worked with teams to design new clinical care models. With Ted’s assistance, the innovation team designed and created the organization’s first home-based urgent care program, which reduced overall costs for elderly patient care by $1.5 million annually.

Ted co-wrote the article “How Atrius Health Is Making the Shift from Volume to Value” which was published in Harvard Business Review. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Mike Sandercock


On paper, Mike leads advanced product quality at Pierce Manufacturing, where he implements processes to ensure every new product delivers the unmatched performance our customers expect. Behind all that is a passion for developing high-performing teams and changing organizational culture through problem solving.

Prior to joining Pierce/Oshkosh Corp., Mike served in various leadership roles in Actuant Corporation's management development program. Over the course of 7 business units (and cities), he quickly found that teams perform best when they're given freedom to leverage their uniqueness and safety to experiment and learn.

In his free time between work, GLCI, and chasing down two toddlers, Mike serves on the Board of Apricity Services and is COO of (CI)², an organization that provides pro bono continuous improvement coaching to NE WI nonprofits.

Mike holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

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