Nancy Gabriel is an experienced facilitator, leadership coach and designer of multi-stakeholder processes and learning environments that foster creative responses to today’s complex global challenges. Nancy’s whole systems approach encourages divergent perspectives and ways of knowing and helps individuals and groups develop the capacity to engage across difference, a key condition for the emergence of new ideas. As founder of Remembering Our Nature, Nancy works with partners to develop practices that integrate the wisdom and principles of natural systems into her work with clients.
At the Sustainability Institute, Nancy led the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellowship Program bringing together an international, diverse group of change leaders for four retreats designed to deepen their skills in systems thinking, reflective conversation, vision and engaging across difference. She co-led the Meadowlark Leadership Laboratory, a multi-stakeholder social innovation project aimed at regional and economic transformation in the Northern Great Plains. Recently, Nancy co-taught the Power, Privilege and Natural Resources course at the University of Vermont where students analyzed how privilege and power accrue in systems and can preference certain ways of knowing while marginalizing others.
Nancy was director of education and training at Second Nature, a nonprofit focused on higher education transformation in the area of sustainability where she and her team developed institutional transformation workshops for faculty, administrators, students and operations staff. She was director of operations for SatelLife, a nonprofit dedicated to improving global communications in health and the environment with a focus on increasing access to healthcare information in Africa. Prior to SatelLife, she worked in the hi-tech industry. She lives with her husband and two sons at Cobb Hill Co-housing in Hartland, Vermont where she enjoys gardening, hiking, cross-country skiing and spending quiet time on the land.