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

Ren Associates utilizes a combination of skills to lay the foundation for creative collaborations based on Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a customized positive-based framework from organizational development to create high-performance teams with a shared purpose. AI is a way of thinking, seeing and acting for powerful, purposeful change in organizations and communities because it invites discourse and deep listening that values differences while building on collective assets.

Ren Associates brings its unique combination of transdisciplinary expertise and approaches to deliver positive results in organizations. Our founder, Terri McNichol, former museum director and philanthropy officer, has been an arts administrator and educator for more than 30 years. She has  presented papers and published articles advocating for inclusion of the arts as an integral part of strategy, change management and wise leadership.

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

Her publications and presentations at Asian, European, and American conferences reflect her interests in process-oriented inquiry, aesthetics, cultural capital and human potential.