April Flanagan

April Flanagan


After spending 25 years as an executive in human resources, I “reinvented” myself by opening my own consulting firm to work with leaders at all levels of business, academic and not-for-profit institutions, with focus on increasing individual, team and organizational leadership, learning and effectiveness. As an educator, I teach leadership, organizational behavior, diversity, human resources and qualitative research. I serve as committee chairs and members. and have also been a Sr. Examiner for the Michigan Quality Council, using Malcolm Baldrige criteria to help organizations be the best that they can be. I have an Ed.D. from Eastern Michigan University, with research in value-driven leadership for women in higher education; an M.A. in Personnel Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a B.A. in English from Rutgers University. In addition, I have studied in many executive programs, including extensive work in systems thinking, dialogue, coaching and organizational learning (Babson College, Center for Creative Leadership, Society for Organizational Learning, University of Michigan). My preference is qualitative research; I have worked with students doing phenomenological or case studies in education, business, health care, spirituality and government.

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Saline Schools: Sustainable Structures, Sustainable Futures

The year was 1988. The Saline School District, in Saline, Michigan, had endured a contentious teacher’s union strike back in 1985, followed by a…