Jackie Stavros’ passion is working with others to discover their strengths, identify opportunities, and create a plan with meaningful results for positive change. She is internationally recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading that focuses on strengths, opportunities, and aspirations, and that results in strategic conversations. The heart of her work is using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), one of the most popular approaches to positive change—that is, bringing out the best in people, their organizations, and their communities to fuel conversations worth having that produce meaningful engagement and results.
Jackie integrates strengths-based, whole-system practices into her research, teaching, training, coaching, and consulting work to strengthen relationships, affect performance, and create positive change. She works with organizations in leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning, helping them identify and articulate their values, vision, mission, strategy, and strategic initiatives, then build collaborative teams and communities for results-oriented action. She has worked across all sectors, including for-profit, nonprofit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries.
Jackie has coauthored many books, book chapters, and articles; presented her research and work in over 25 countries; and been a keynote speaker on AI, SOAR, and positive approaches to leadership development and change. She is a professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Management, Senior Appreciative Inquiry Strategist for Flourishing Leadership Institute, and a member of the Appreciative Inquiry Council of Practitioners for the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the Taos Institute. She has also been honored with the LTU Inaugural Presidential Research Award. Jackie earned her doctorate in management (DM) from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, her MBA at Michigan State University, and her BA at Wayne State University. Jackie lives in Brighton, Michigan, with her husband, Paul; their kids, Ally and Adam; and Rex, a lovable dog.