Jay W. Vogt


Jay W. Vogt is an organizational development consultant with thirty years of change management experience working with nonprofit organizations like Harvard and Audubon, corporations like Fidelity and Bayer, government agencies and entities, and fast growth businesses like Stonyfield Farm and Applegate Farms. His competencies include facilitation, collaboration, discovering shared vision, strategic planning, teamwork, and change management. Jay is a master at facilitating large groups, having led hundreds of events with fifty to five hundred participants. His expertise spans industries including healthcare, education, organic and natural foods, social entrepreneurship, footwear, arts and culture, human services, disability services, environment, and others.

Jay is a subject matter expert, and published author, in creating a shared vision, strategic planning, nonprofit board governance, teamwork, and facilitation. Jay has created numerous innovative process technologies, including: Grounded Visioning, a methodology for discovering shared vision; Board Roles to Board Goals, a methodology for creating annual board work plans; and Essential Strategic Plan, a methodology for effective, engaging, and affordable strategic planning for small nonprofits. He has published books, articles, and peer-reviewed journal articles; presented at national and international conferences; lectured at prestigious colleges and universities; worked in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East; and facilitated countless workshops and planning sessions.
Find out more on Jay’s Website

Speaking Topics

  • How to Discover Shared Vision in Your Organization (A review of proven large group meeting methodologies that help diverse stakeholders become more open to change, find common ground, discover shared vision, and commit to joint action)
  • Creating Change Through Influence, Not Authority (A review of insights from thirty years of successfully creating results, and fostering change, in organizations, working as an external organizational development consultant with no formal line authority)
  • From Defensive Routines to Learning Routines: The Journey to Patient Safety in Healthcare Teams (A review of multi-year research results at Massachusetts General Hospital on proven concepts and tactics that build patient safety leadership teams in hospitals)
  • Disruptive Innovation in Nonprofit Strategic Planning (A review of proven new methodologies to provide effective, engaging and affordable strategic planning services to small- and mid-size nonprofit organizations through online technologies)
  • Improving Nonprofit Board Governance (A review of the proven Board Roles to Board Goals methodology for helping nonprofit boards define board roles, set board goals, and establish annual work plans)
  • Facilitation Services
  • Convening large conference groups to identify and address emerging issues and opportunities, and facilitate rapid learning and exchange, using the self-organizing meeting method – Open Space Technology
  • Facilitating conference networking and problem-solving activities that build connection, exchange valuable resources, and foster community
  • Discovering shared vision among diverse, multi-stakeholder gatherings that need to find common ground and commit to joint action

Bibliography & Video

  • Recharge Your Team – The Grounded Visioning Approach, NY: Praeger, 2009.
  • Board Roles to Board Goals – Creating an Annual Board Workplan, Peoplesworth Press, 2011.
  • “From Automatic Defensive Routines to Automatic Learning Routines: The Journey to Patient Safety,” published in Reflections: The SOL Journal, Volume 13, Number 1
  • Published in peer-reviewed journals such as Healthcare Management Review, Simulation in Healthcare, Handbook of Business Strategy, and the Annals of Tourism Research.
  • Published in critical venues such as The Practicing Planner; New England Planning; IndUS Business Journal; Nonprofit World; Inc. Magazine; Advancing Philanthropy, and Ekistics.


  • Received M.Ed in Counseling from Antioch-New England; B. A. in Human-Environment Relations from Hampshire College
  • Trained (and where applicable, certified) in the following methodologies: Future Search Conference (Marvin Weisborg); Open Space Technology (Harrison Owen); Whole-Scale Change (Katherine Dannemiller); Appreciative Inquiry (David Cooperider); Advanced Board Consulting Training (BoardSource); Designing Chaordic Organizations (The Chaordic Institute); Metaplan Process Facilitation (Metaplan); Large Group Interventions (Bunker/Alban); Nonprofit Strategic Planning (Peter Drucker Institute); Action Adventure Learning (Outward Bound); Theatre Improvisation (Deana Giardella)
  • Has presented at national and international conferences such as: Systems Thinking in Action; Society of Organizational Learning; American Society of Training and Development; League for Innovation in Community Colleges; World Appreciative Inquiry Conference; Association of Theological Schools; National Gathering of Social Entrepreneurs; Society for College and University Planning; Society for Simulation in Healthcare; Society for Technology in Anesthesia; J Camp; Benvon; and American Anthropological Association
  • Has worked in the Americas (United States, Canada, and Mexico); Europe (United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany); and the Middle East (Qatar)
  • Has lectured at Boston College; Suffolk University; Wheelock College; Lesley University; and Hampshire College

Speaker Endorsement

  • Timothy Germany, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Dr. Glenda Eoyang, Exec Dir, Human Systems Dynamics Institute
  • Dr. Christi Olson, CEO, Adaptive Action Group

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