Maya Townsend: Biography highlights

Maya Townsend, MSOD, founder and lead consultant of Partnering Resources, specializes in bringing diverse groups together to solve complex, systemic problems.

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Maya Townsend’s organization specializes in helping:

– Organizations and leaders develop connected, trusted, productive networks that advance their organization’s goals;
– Diverse groups develop innovative approaches to systemic issues, such as how to encourage collaboration and improve chronic talent pipeline shortages; and
– Companies build strategic resilience, finding hidden opportunities and creating innovative strategies within complex ecosystems.

Maya is co-editor of Handbook of Strategic HR: Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network (AMACOM, 11/2012). She has been a blogger for, AMA Playbook, and Future of Work Enabled. Her articles on networks, collaboration, ecosystems, and strategy are regularly published in publications such as strategy+business, People + Strategy, Nonprofit Quarterly, and CIO. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for OD Practitioner, the premier organization development practitioner journal in the United States.

Maya teaches leadership, strategy, and collaboration skills through the Corporate Education Center and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for Boston University and Northeastern University. Her presentations have been acclaimed “best in conference” by participants.

Maya graduated with distinction from American University / NTL Institute Master of Science in Organization Development program and holds a certificate in OD from Georgetown University. She is qualified in ValueNet Works, and certified in OrgMapper INFLUENCER, Drexler / Sibbet Team Performance Model, Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks 360 tools, LJ Map Values Identification System, and other tools. She is a member of the OD Network, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Network, Boston Facilitators’ Roundtable, and National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.



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Why Networks Matter
Why Networks Matter
The Secret To Navigating Networks
The Secret To Navigating Networks
Network Leadership
Network Leadership
The Importance of Ecosystems
The Importance of Ecosystems
Inc 500 2013 Maya Townsend on Business Ecosystems
Inc 500 2013 Maya Townsend on Business Ecosystems
Technology Company

You really did an outstanding job. It takes a real talent to come in as an outsider to the business, culture, and industry and facilitate a major change of corporate direction and new strategy with a management group.'

Business Unit Leader
Technology Company

'The work that we did with [Maya] enabled us to develop, very quickly, into a much higher performing team. We were more effective, more successful and the team members reported significantly greater pride and satisfaction in their accomplishments.'

Financial Services Company

'Partnering Resources designed an innovative program that allowed us to mine employee perspectives, opinions, and issues for the benefit of the organization. Maya created a process that made it safe for employees to identify and discuss important and sensitive issues. The conversations were positive and gave me the opportunity to reinforce messages, correct misunderstandings, and understanding to concerns. The program has been a great success.'

Business Services Organization

'One of the most skillful presenters I have seen in terms of creating buzz, interest, engagement and participation.'

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