Lifelong Alaskan Bill Hall’s consulting experience includes community and organizational development, focusing on the use of dialogue and deliberation to maximize group effectiveness. His association with Crossroads Leadership Institute began in 2003 helping to facilitate a three-day Sustainable Salmon Initiative Summit in Anchorage, Alaska.
Expertise: assisted multiple organizations to clarify needs and developing action plans to implement goals and objectives. Bill has experience in academia, the seafood industry, state government, and financial services.
Education: BA in Organizational Management an M. Ed. in Adult Education, Graduate Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement from the Fielding Graduate University. Received training in specific facilitation techniques including Appreciative Inquiry, Civic Dialogue, and Issue Framing.
Teaching: taught business feasibility analysis as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development at the University at Alaska Fairbanks.
Positions: loan officer, business development officer and Vice President for branch coordination at the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank.
Other work includes educational, governmental, non-profit, and business organizations: Mr. Hall served as a city councilman and mayor of Cordova and a senior advisor for the Alaska Senate during a time of critical state development that included creation of the Permanent Fund, and funding of a state hydroelectric development program.
Boards: active board member of Alaska Common Ground, working on a grant from the Kettering Foundation to create programs for civic dialogue in Alaska.
The longevity and diversity of Alaskan Bill’s public service, teaching, and business development experience gives him a broad knowledge base, providing relevant and practical assistance to clients.
He cites two accomplishments of which he is particularly proud. First, the role he played in the conception and creation of the Alaska salmon aquaculture program. Working with fishermen from all areas of the state, local and state governments, banks and federal economic development programs, Bill was active in the creation of a local non-profit aquaculture association, the development and passage of state legislation, and the facilitation of regulatory policies in support of this community based public/private economic development program. The second is a volunteer program he created in library based civic dialogue called Lets Talk Anchorage: Doing Democracy. Working with a supporting group of citizens, Bill has written discussion guides and facilitated dialogues on statewide initiatives and referendums. including the repeal of oil tax legislation and the state’s fiscal crunch. He knows Alaska well, and understands the risks, opportunities, and struggles associated with changes of a young state.
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