Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Alumnus Harris leading private consulting company

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Darin Harris (MA ’95) left his position in UW–Madison’s Office of Strategic Consulting in September to focus on the leadership and consulting company he co-founded three years ago – Living, Giving Enterprises. The company serves leaders who want to thrive in today's complex, fast-changing conditions.

“Given these turbulent times, sharing this work more broadly is a call I must answer,” Harris said in a message to colleagues at UW–Madison.

Harris is an organizational consultant and facilitator for local, state, federal, and international public sector, nonprofit, and private, for-profit organizations. In higher education, Harris has worked with dozens of academic departments and administrative units at UW–Madison and across the United States and Canada to achieve optimum results.

His private consulting clients include Washington State Employee Credit Union; Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conversancy; Wisconsin's Green Fire; University of Wisconsin–Madison; University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; University of Vermont; Wisconsin Department of Human Services; Madison Metropolitan School District; Middleton-Cross Plains School District; Williamson Street Grocery Cooperative; American Players Theatre; City of Columbus; Middleton Chamber of Commerce; International Crane Foundation; WI Department of Natural Resources; River Alliance; Wisconsin Environmental Initiative; and the Environmental Council of States.

In 2007, Harris teamed with FacilitatorU to create Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration, a comprehensive, week-long facilitative leadership program that has drawn more than 600 participants from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is a board member of the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation.

From 1994 to 2004, Harris was a policy facilitator, conflict resolution specialist, and organizational consultant for the DNR. He joined UW–Madison’s Office of Quality Improvement (now the Office of Strategic Consulting) in 2004 and served as its interim director in 2017.