Catherine Shinners

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Palo Alto, California, U.S.A
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Catherine Shinners is principal and founder of Merced Group, based in Palo Alto, California.  My work for clients is at the nexus of organizational change and design, social and digital technology implementations, and individual work practice to help people embrace new skills to support digital and network competencies

Sometimes called “Future of Work” practices, they are a set of skills that empower individuals to navigate and thrive in networks, to build capacities for continuous learning, and supports new management practices that foster social and digitally enabled structures such as communities and adaptive teams.

I speak at conferences and forums, and I have been blogging since 2006.  I was adjunct faculty of Columbia University’s Information and Knowledge Strategy Master’s program from 2014-2018.  I am also a founding member of a learning and practitioner network of global professionals, Change Agents Worldwide.   I contributed a chapter to Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results with Change Agent colleagues. (published by the Ark Group in June 2014, edited by Kate Pugh).   I am also a member of SIKM Bay Area and Wirearchy communities.

I enjoy gardening and going to art museums, traveling and social dancing (though due to COVID, I focus on gardening these days).

I have held senior director positions in product management, marketing and business development at leading technology companies developing new products and lines of business in the enterprise software market particularly for the financial services and telecommunications industries.