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August 27, 2019

Mark the date on your calendar for the fourth annual Skillsfest. This is no ordinary conference. You will learn how to solve complex problems at the local level and participate in a leading-edge activity in creating a generative world (education, business, community, and more)!

Highly recommended (and optional), join us for a second morning session to discuss and implement what you’ve learned into tangible action groups on building a generative world.


TBD Coming Soon.

Speaker Bios

Mike Stoecklein Minneapolis, MN

Mike Stoecklein is a Partner with the Institute for Enterprise Excellence (IEX), a learning organization (a group of pracademics), who have captured lessons learned from many industries that help us expand the approach and application of principles, systems and tools in order to “bring purpose to life.”

Prior to joining IEX, Mike, was the Healthcare Value Network (HVN) Director at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value (now Catalysis). Mike oversaw the systems and activities that support the peer-to-peer learning network that comprises approximately 60 healthcare organizations in the United States and Canada.

Prior to this, Mike served as Vice President of Operational Improvement at Catholic Health Initiatives where he coached leaders and mangers in the principles of operational excellence using management principles he learned directly from Dr. W. Edwards Deming from 1985-1993. Mike also served as a Vice President of Transformation Resources at the Wheaton Franciscan Health System, as well as the Healthcare Market Development Director at the American Society for Quality.

Mike earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University – Hayward, and a Bachelor of Science in health administration from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, IL.

Ted Toussaint        Los Angeles, CA

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.

Jason Schulist Appleton, WI

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 roles in corporate strategy, business development, and operations 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 of the Michigan Lean Consortium and past Chair. 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.

John Lenhart Milwaukee, WI

John Lenhart is the Co-Owner of the technology and consulting company, Flowcess LLC.

He has used his degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering to create models resulting in the formulation and even creation of many consumer products such as a new and improved Liquid Tide for Procter & Gamble, Ultra Purex for The Dial Corp., Plug-Ins for SC Johnson Wax, as well as being the youngest person to receive the Dow Chemical Central Research Inventor of the Year award. In addition to his patents, John has dozens of trade secrets involving how the human brain functions.

Ultimately, he is focused on helping people Flow, which is not just the only thought process that isn't damaging; it has also been called "the essence of leadership". All of this allows John to Dissolve problems and create Generative results.

Monte Roulier Portland, OR

Monte is President of Community Initiatives (CI), a network dedicated to advancing community health, equity and wellbeing. As a strategist, coach, and facilitator, Monte has helped hundreds of community partnerships develop change strategies resulting in healthier people and places. For more than 20 years, his work has centered on building trust relationships, as well as collaborative practices and structures, that are essential for achieving long-term impact. He is also Co-founder and Convener of, a powerful platform that provides publicly accessible data, visualization, stories and improvement tools for community change makers.

Prior to CI, Monte served as the Senior Community Advisor at the National Civic League where he guided its nationally recognized Healthy Communities Program. Monte also served as President of Service Adventures, leading international teams of volunteer scientists and students who worked with local leaders to establish National Parks across Russian and Central Asia, and who (in partnership with National Geographic) discovered the world’s longest dinosaur track-way. He also joined efforts with Save The Children to initiate a micro-credit banking system that fueled a thriving business and social network of female refugee leaders throughout Tajikistan.

He currently serves on the Boards’ of the Institute for People, Place and Possibility (IP3), the Center for Good Food Purchasing, as well as the Leadership Team of 100 Million Healthier Lives. Monte is a graduate of DePauw University with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications, and studied Political Science/Economics at Oxford University. He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and four kids and regularly works out of the CI office located in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO. 

Chuck Peters Cedar Rapids, IA

After thirty years in corporate management, leading large organizations such as Amana Refrigeration and small start-ups such as Breakthrough to Learning, Chuck has focused the last three years on effective early education for children ages 3-11. For background, see the paper Generative Education at

While active in leadership positions in many community organizations such as United Way, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and Junior Achievement he has been immersed in education issues with 27 years on the Coe College Board of Trustees (3 as Chair), 26 years on the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Board of Advisors, several years on the board of the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa, three years as the Chair of the Board of Advisors at the University of Iowa College of Education and several years on the Kirkwood Community College Foundation Board. 

Current Corporate Positions: Chair of the Board - Foundations in Learning - a start up educational software andconsulting company with products diagnosing and developing automaticity in reading.  ;Chair of the Board - Voxello - a start up communications device company for intensive care patients.  ; Board member - Folience - a holding company owned by a trust for the benefit of itsemployees. ; Director and Treasurer - The Hall-Perrine Foundation - a private foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with assets over $115 million, giving over $5.5 million annually.

Past Corporate Positions: 1998-2017 - President and CEO, The Gazette Company which became Folience Transitioned 130 year old family owned media company to an employee owned holding company; 1997-1998 - Vice President, Corporate Administration, Maytag Corporation - was asked to integrate the acquisition of Blodgett into Maytag; 1994-1997 - CEO, Breakthrough to Learning, an early reading technology and consulting company; 1988-1993 - President of Amana Refrigeration, Inc. - global manufacturer of appliances.

Questions? - Skillsfest Contact Information


Where is Skillsfest 4?

Skillsfest is being hosted (once again!) by…

Lawrence University
Warch Campus Center
711 E Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911

Lawrence University’s Warch Campus Center is located at 711 E. Boldt Way in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Boldt Way is a gated City of Appleton Fire Lane and pedestrian walkway leading up to the front entrance of the Campus Center. The gate will be unlocked during your event and cars can be driven up to the front door of the Campus Center for the drop-off and pick-up of passengers. Two temporary handicapped parking spots are available to guests near the front entrance of the Warch Campus Center. These are marked with a temporary sign.

Any other vehicles parked in on Boldt Way may be ticketed and towed by the City of Appleton. There are also two permanent handicapped parking spots in the back of the Warch Campus Center accessible from Meade Street. Unmetered street parking adjacent to the Warch Campus Center is available for guests. Free parking is also available at the following locations located two to three blocks from the Warch Campus Center: Alice G. Chapman Hall Faculty & Staff parking lot on the corner of College & Meade; Emmanuel United Methodist Church (740 E. College Ave., parking lot is on the corner of Washington & Meade). Please note that cars parked in the Memorial Presbyterian Church Lot 1 or Lot 2 off of Meade Street may be ticketed and towed.

Hotels in the area:

Red Lion – Paper Valley – Downtown Appleton

  Copper Leaf - Downtown Appleton  300 West College Ave,  Appleton, WI

Things to see and do in Appleton:

Downtown Appleton has a lot to see and do!  Shops, bars, restaurants, and live enetertainment,  Check out downtown Appleton here: