Jill is a valued colleague, partner, learner and master practitioner, who has a unique capacity for moving individuals and groups from the familiar but unsatisfying status quo through challenging moments to get to a better place.
— Marty Linsky, Co-founder, Cambridge Leadership Associates & Professor
Harvard Kennedy School
Jill brings a unique combination of superb observation skills and thoughtful intervention strategies, ensuring that the right people are doing and owning the work of change. Jill always chooses wisely about where to intervene to create movement and purpose for her clients and brings a deep and genuine caring that engenders courage as people face their toughest questions. As a partner, she is a trusted colleague, always ensuring her client’s needs at the centre of every move she makes.
— Maxime Fern, Executive Director, Vantage Point
I first met Jill Hufnagel at the Harvard Kennedy School where I took part in ‘The Art and Practice of Leadership Development’. Jill was on the faculty for that program and from the first, I was struck by Jill’s ability to be firm and hold people accountable, but do it in such a way that it is quite difficult to get annoyed with her. She has a way of holding up a mirror to you that makes you want to look away while at the same time knowing that you shouldn’t (for your own benefit). I am the Chair of The 100% Project, an Australian not for profit organisation dedicated to increasing leadership opportunities for women, and when we decided to convene a Symposium for Australian leaders focused on the topic of leadership equity, my immediate thought was to ask Jill to come to Australia and help facilitate the Symposium with Marty Linsky. During her time in Australia in November 2013 I learned more about Jill. I learned that she is a supportive individual, who doesn’t confuse building constructive relationships with being ‘nice’. I learned that she is deeply committed to gender equity and committed to engaging men with the change. I learned that she is unafraid to ask both others and herself about their part in the current state of affairs and look at what they might change. I have come to deeply admire the way Jill works and would highly recommend her. Her presence at our Symposium made a significant difference to the outcome we achieved and I am already looking for new opportunities to bring her back to Australia.
— Frances Feenstra, Chair, The 100% Project
Jill Hufnagel is a sincere, authentic individual who has the ability to guide organizations, communities and individuals in addressing their most extreme challenges. She has an amazing ability to “be in the moment…be fully present” as she helps others grapple with making progress on adaptive issues. Jill’s intelligence, wit and skill in “cutting to the chase” contribute to the successes of her powerful leadership development programs.
— Ed O’Malley, President & CEO, Kansas Leadership Center
I had the privilege of first working closely with Jill in May 2012 at the Harvard Kennedy School for the Art and Practice of Leadership Development course. She is an extremely caring and competent leadership coach. She provided me with tremendous personal guidance and insight around leadership as it applies to my work and personal life. And she continues to reach out to me to check-in to see how I am progressing on my leadership and personal challenges.
— Geoff Mendal, Harvard Kennedy School Art & Practice of Adaptive Leadership participant
Jill is engaging and insightful. As a facilitator she is trusted and purposive: participants gain new understandings of themselves and the situations they are in. Jill’s professionalism enables her to work in complex situations and across complex cultural, organizational and sociological boundaries, getting the best from people and helping make real progress.
— Richard Dent, CEO, Leadership Victoria