The Mariposa School

This school for children with autism actually had too many strategic plans—and too little action—which was preventing them from meeting their goals. Not so, any longer. Serial strategic planning with few results had been the culture here for too long. Though the plans of previous years were well intentioned, the actions required were overwhelming to…

Threshold Clubhouse

We took this mental health organization from a disconnected combo of board members, staff and community workers to an engaged group working together to solve problems and fulfill a shared vision for the future. Everyone in this mental health services organization is now actively involved in making or carrying out decisions; communication is transparent; roles…

SJF Institute

This not-for-profit arm of an established venture capital firm, struggled with its role as an interdependent entity. We helped them define it, while raising national visibility. Mission accomplished! Today SJF Institute has carved out a strong, highly visible identify as a leader in building and sustaining the dynamic green economy. To make this leap, SJF…

Institute for Emerging Issues

This public policy think (and do) tank went from infinite possibilities and limited capacity to ambitious yet realistic, streamlined expectations with a clear path for moving forward. IEI convenes leaders from business, non-profit organizations, government and higher education to tackle some of the biggest issues facing North Carolina’s future. The organization had more on its…

The Town of Carrboro

Over the course of two years, The Town of Carrboro went from a landscape of silos to a cohesive “Better Together” organizational culture. The Town of Carrboro evolved from being a collection of disparate departments—with few overlapping resources, sparse idea sharing and limited awareness of other departments—to an organization built on collaboration. Resources are now…

UNC School of Government

We eliminated a sharp divide between faculty and staff. The result? A cohesive organization with School-wide collaboration. This state treasure, made up of North Carolina’s brightest academics, lawyers and other highly skilled employees helps public officials and concerned citizens improve local government. After a training and collaboration-boosting project with Mulberry Partners, the School is actively…

what began as an idea

Once upon a time we had a wondering … was partnership benefitting other women in the same ways it benefitted us? We reached out to 125 female co-leaders to learn that it was. This week the book that came from this idea takes one big step forward: we’re headed to the office of our publisher,…

Mulberry Partners Featured in Forbes article on job-sharing

Betsy and Maggie’s research on women’s partnerships is featured in today’s Forbes.com How Job Sharing May Be The Secret To Work-Life Balance. http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/10/24/how-job-sharing-may-be-the-secret-to-work-life-balance/ While job sharing isn’t for everyone, if both job sharers are willing and able to invest in the communication, trust and accountability that makes it work, it really works and is a…

Family or Team?

A recent project with a long-time client gave us the opportunity to reflect on what changes came about as a result of the work we did with them on an organization-wide strategic planning project. The process was a big commitment for the leader and for many others in the organization. It involved months of bringing…

Helping the town of Carrboro get Better Together

This winter, Maggie and I co-moderated a panel for a conference session called “Better Together.” This wasn’t just any panel – it was made up of employees from all departments and levels of an organization with a powerful success story to share about the inclusive, collaborative culture they had created together. This was a culture…