Connecting Communities.
Accelerating Impact.


Jason Schulist is the President of the Generative Local Community Institute (GLCI), an organization whose mission is to connect communities so that they can improve their problem-solving capability and accelerate community impact.  Prior to forming GLCI, Jason served as Appvion’s Vice President of Continuous Improvement (CI) and Project Management from 2013-2017.  Appvion’s CI Deployment was awarded Runner-up in the PEX Global Award for Most Innovative Culture Change Deployment  in 2016 and consistently exceeded Appvion’s Profit Improvement goals each year.  

Jason worked in the Utility Industry from 2004-2013 with roles as DTE Energy’s Director of the Program Management Office (PMO) managing a $1B portfolio of projects and as Director of Continuous Improvement saving over $770M while building CI capability and winning the IPQC’s Best Process Improvement Program in 2010.  Prior to DTE Energy, Mr. Schulist held management positions in lean operations, business development, and corporate strategy with General Motors. 

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Marquette University and two Masters’ degrees of Scince from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and in Management (MBA).   He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Jason has a passion for generative local community and has founded the Skillsfest movement that applies adaptive problem solving to thorny community problems.  He is co-founder and past chair of the Michigan Lean Consortium and 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.

He teaches Adaptive Problem Solving and Adaptive Change for St. Norbert College and Catalysis.

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