MJ is a social entrepreneur and consultant who weaves across sectors and industries to enable groups to align purpose and operationalize innovative work practices. She splits her time working with Loomio, consulting through Kaplan Consulting, teaching/coaching at Brown University and serving on 2 boards (and never sleeps!). MJ is a co-creator of Loomio a worker owned cooperative social enterprise based in New Zealand (worker-owner and Board member). Loomio designs software to enable groups to make better-faster decisions. We operate with adaptive self-managed teams and a high trust culture. MJ founded Kaplan Consulting in 2000, a networked consulting group that works globally with groups to gain clarity about shared purpose and to design innovative approaches to work that are deeply human-centered, agile and adaptive.
In 2013 MJ was Ian Axford Fulbright Fellow researching social enterprise start-ups in New Zealand. MJ works intermittently as Adjunct Instructor at Brown University, teaching undergraduate social entrepreneurs (awarded the Cordes Innovation Fellowship by Asoka U). She also teaches adaptive strategy. MJ collaborated for more than 20 years with the Institute for Conservation Leadership supporting the environmental community. MJ was honored as The Outstanding Mentor for the 2011 RI Business Women Awards. In 2012, MJ provided pro bono support to Amigos de Santa Cruz, a rural center working on micro-enterprise in Guatemala. Previous to launching Kaplan Consulting, MJ was an organizational development consultant in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. MJ serves on the boards of Commerce RI and Social Enterprise Greenhouse. MJ earned her M.Ed. from Harvard University and B.A. Brown University.