Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Union Institute & University Elects New Member to Board Of Trustees

Michele Hunt, founder of Vision & Values, was member of the first Clinton administration

Cincinnati- Union Institute & University (UI&U), a university offering interdisciplinary plans of study for adult learners through its distance learning programs, and academic centers located in Cincinnati (OH), Los Angeles and Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), and on its Vermont College Campus in Montpelier and the Brattleboro Center (VT) today announced the election of Michele Hunt to UI&U’s Board of Trustees.Hunt is nationally known for her work as a change catalyst and “thinking partner” to leaders of organizations and communities on leadership development, organizational transformation and organizational effectiveness. She works with leaders and their teams to help transform their organizations to higher levels participation, teamwork and performance. Her work is rooted in the principles of shared vision, values and continuous learning.

Hunt’s customers have included leadership teams at IBM, Motorola, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Popular Inc., Banco Popular Puerto Rico, Banco Popular North America, Johns Hopkins University, Bright China Management Institute, Banco Do Brasil, BHP of Australia, NASA, The U.S. Veterans Administration, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. National Park Service, The Girl Scouts of America, National Junior Achievement, World Vision International, The Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard and Leadership team the Chicago Public Schools.

In 1992 she served on President Bill Clinton’s Transition Team, and in 1993 she was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the executive director of the Federal Quality Institute, whose mission was to help seed the reinvention of the United States government through The National Performance Review: Creating a Government that Works Better and Cost Less. As a leader of this institution, she brought the latest thinking and management practices to this effort, working alongside Vice President Al Gore and the cabinet leadership teams, and created public-private partnerships with world-recognized thought leaders and high performing organizations including: Peter Drucker, John Gardner, Max De Pree, Peter Senge, GE, Xerox, Ford, and Herman Miller.

Prior to this appointment, Hunt spent 13 years with Herman Miller, Inc., a Fortune 500 global office furniture company. She served on the executive management team as senior vice president for people. In this capacity she led the company’s organizational transformation, responsible for global leadership development, human resources, quality management, and corporate communications.

Hunt is the author of the book DreamMakers: Putting Vision and Values to Work and is also the conceptual director of DreamMakers, a documentary that features compelling stories of people who made their hopes and dreams come true against tremendous obstacles. She has also published chapters in The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, by Peter Senge; Leading People by Robert Rosen; and The Diversity Action Book.

Hunt serves on the board of directors of Hewitt Associates, The Institute for Inclusion and the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and University of Detroit, respectively. She resides in New York City.

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