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Magical Resources to Inspire Creativity

The Vela team recently had the privilege of hosting a space at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Greater MN Nonprofit Summit to explore the connections between mindfulness, creativity and leadership. Here, we offer more resources to inspire your own alchemical mix. Seth Godin Brain Pickings The American Academy of Poets … Read More

Why “Vela?”

The name Vela Strategy (pronounced VEH-lah) was born from our desire to create an identity that represents our need to experience meaning through connections–in our work, in our relationships, in our lives. Vela is a constellation in the southern sky. It’s Latin for the sails of a ship and was … Read More

Convening for Purpose

As Christa and I sat down to enjoy a bountiful breakfast while on retreat together earlier this week, she reminded me just how lucky we are to be doing purposeful work. There we were, drenched in the morning sun, looking out over snow-covered Fuller Lake at one of our new … Read More

Introducing the Vela Strategy Team

Vela is a constellation. We are a group of consultants linked together by our shared purpose: helping our clients navigate their sea of possibility.  And, like a constellation, the value we offer is more than the sum of our parts.  Our distinct areas of skill and expertise, when linked, create … Read More

On the Vela Horizon

It’s been awhile since our last blog post. So much has changed since November, when we were poised to roll out our new company and our new model with a big, bold launch that coincided with the New Year. As many of you know, the better half of the Vela … Read More

Drumroll please…

…and now, with great excitement and honor, I introduce my partner, Christa Otteson. Christa has an endlessly curious personality and a generosity of spirit that she puts to work on behalf of the organizations she serves. Christa is a pragmatic idealist who has an incredible ability to guide leaders through … Read More

Ladies & Gentlemen…

…allow me to introduce my partner, Katrina Pierson. Katrina brings so much to her clients – sharing expertise in donor development and marketing – but, really, her powers to unlock possibility and craft actionable strategies is what blows me away. When you work with Katrina, you get the benefit of … Read More

Here we go!

Welcome! You’ve likely found us because you’re already a friend…a respected client, a valued collaborator, a trusted colleague. You’ve found us because you know Christa or Katrina and you’re curious about this new endeavor. What it means for us. What it means for you. Or, maybe, we don’t know you … Read More