Modern companies and their leaders face a common problem: transitioning people and the organization to a desired future. It's called "change management" and it combines business acumen with science and even art. For over a decade, Louise Harris has used her PhD in organizational effectiveness to help organizations navigate through these times. "Only after I had met her a few times, did I learn she had a doctorate in this exact area," said one CEO. "She's humble, wicked smart, with a slight artistic flair. Very unique and special."
For 15-20 hours a week, Louise spends time in her own art studio, LHOriginals.com. "It's balancing," she says simply. She donates all profits to charities.
Louise also finds time to teach grad students at the University of Minnesota and St. Mary's. "Often it's these young people who drive the change going on companies," she says. "And not just with technology either."
One client, now a personal friend, calls her an amazing person. "She sat in a hospital for weeks with a dying woman, because no one else could," he said.