Before coming to McNally Smith, Velma Lashbrook taught in Augsburg’s Master of Arts in Leadership program, facilitating courses in self-identity and personal growth, coaching and consulting, organization theory and leadership, positive psychology and leadership, popular music and leadership, and research methods. She considers herself to be a generalist with expertise in learning, leadership, and research. Her current interests include the use of popular culture in creating meaningful learning experiences. She is a member of the Popular Culture Association, International Communication Association, and POD Network.
Prior to working at Augsburg College, she spent 20 years with Wilson Learning Corporation, a global training and development firm. As Vice President of Global Research and Development, she led a group of researchers, instructional designers, and publishers in designing leaning and measurement products and services to help organizations improve leadership, team, sales, and service effectiveness. She is particularly proud of selecting and retaining a team of talented, interdisciplinary professionals who developed products that made a difference in people’s lives, as well as their work.
She has extensive consulting experience in education, business, and nonprofit organizations. Her primary organizational specialties are strategic planning and implementation, staffing, and leadership development. She has also worked as a consultant, evaluator, and workshop facilitator with educational institutions, where she has helped address curriculum and instructional design, deep and active learning, blended learning, and assessment and program evaluation issues.