Primary Solutions

Whether for a one-time or long-term engagement, Valerie Holton provides innovative solutions that are informed by the national context and best practices while being customized to the institution's unique priorities.

Institutional Strategy

Valerie's strategic planning process helps organizations to establish priorities and frame key decisions within the local, regional and national context, in order to advance their engaged and anchor missions. Her collaborative approach actively involves a diverse range of stakeholders - in and beyond the primary organization - to craft strategic plans and initiatives that address shared goals, align resources and leverage complementary strengths. Services include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Group facilitation
  • Consultation and advisement

Professional, Program & Organizational Development

Valerie helps individuals, programs and organizations to identify and develop the skills and expertise needed to realize their engaged and anchor missions. Working one-on-one and with groups of all sizes, she grounds her approach in the key principles of adult learning and organizational change. Valerie assists individuals, partnership networks, programs and organizations in achieving their goals. Services include:

  • Speaking engagements
  • Trainings and workshops
  • Mentoring and coaching

Operational Design

Valerie guides organizations in strengthening the infrastructure and practices critical to their engaged and anchor missions. Drawing from experience within and knowledge of best practices across diverse institutions, she offers technical assistance and operational guidance on:

  • Enterprise data mechanisms to assess engagement with and impact in communities
  • Anchor strategies, measurement and evaluation
  • Promotion and Tenure policy development and implementation related to engagement
  • Intramural grant-making to promote engagement
  • Aligning internal strengths and resources with community-identified needs and opportunities
  • Academic-community partnerships