At Ren Associates, we believe that cultivating a forward-looking imagination is the way to a humanistic transformation of the world. Our philosophy is that a cultivated imagination marked by curiosity and asking deep questions is the way of the future as well as essential to the intellectual and economic vitality of all systems.

Ren Associates utilizes a combination of skills based on imaginement ® a positive inquiry-based framework developed in higher education that inspires aspirational goals across all disciplines and lays the foundation for high-performance teams with a shared purpose.

imaginement ® is a way of thinking, seeing and acting for powerful, purposeful ideation and innovation in organizations and communities because it invites discourse that values differences while building on its collective assets. Ren Associates believes that cultivating the imagination with design-thinking tools is the way to a humanistic transformation of  both systems and the world.

Ren Associates brings its unique combination of transdisciplinary expertise and approaches to deliver positive results in organizations. Our founder, Terri McNichol, a former museum director and curator, arts educator and administrator, award-winning artist who advocates for the arts as an integral to STEM as well strategy, change management and wise leadership.

As a China specialist she brings a unique combination of skills and experience in looking at trends in management models and leadership issues from a unique vantage point.

Her publications and presentations at Asian, European, and American conferences reflect her interests in East-West mindsets, leadership informed by wisdom traditions as well as sustainability, cultural capital and human potential.