About Us

PENN Creative Strategy works with mission-driven leaders to help them thrive in a changing world.

PCS is a certified Womens Business Enterprise that values and embeds diversity in our personnel, services, and our consulting approach.

What makes us different

PENN Creative Strategy (PCS) was founded in 2018 after our founder had been consulting with nonprofits for 25 years.  We provide strategic planning, organizational development and professional facilitation services that align stakeholders around shared conclusions so everyone is rowing in the same direction.  We have deliberately kept our firm boutique in size, so we do not have to take on significant overhead costs that end up being passed on to clients in our fee structure.  With PCS, you get the adaptiveness of a solo consultant with the deep expertise of a firm.  We bring:

Independent Expertise - As consultants with 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, PCS brings independent expertise and knowledge of the field and of best practices; we ensure the process stays on track, freeing leadership to be visionary in their participation.  As outside consultants, we do not require daily supervision and in fact, we help you manage proactive communication to stakeholders every step of the way.

Sector-specific knowledge - having worked in the nonprofit sector as consultants for nearly 30 years, we are informed by industry  best practices that we share with our clients.  We always encourage our clients to interrogate these best practices and only use those that feel organic to their mission and approach.  We have also worked with a variety of organizations and funders, from start-ups to mature organizations with budgets ranging from $350K to $100M.  

Tools and Facilitation - As consultants, we bring to the table multiple tools to facilitate different kinds of analysis, help stakeholders clearly understand what the analysis is telling us, and provide new perspectives on different aspects of the organization’s work. However, tools are only as good as their application. We are also trained facilitators, and bring a meaning-making approach to determine the implications they have for future plans.  To do this, we draw on training in Technology of Participation, Appreciative Inquiry and other strengths-based, generative, consensus-building facilitation techniques.  

How we add value:

  • Facilitate strategic conversations with provocative questions we help you shift perspectives and break out of old mental models to see what’s possible
  • Build stakeholder alignment we get all your stakeholders aligned around common aspirations and intentions to support change efforts
  • Structure to help navigate complexity we offer you objective insight and compassionate analysis to support your thinking about the future
  • Align your business model with your aspirations we help you ensure your resources are in sync with your intentions to unlock greater impact
  • Learning-focused project management we foster a trusting relationship with open communication to co-manage the engagement with our clients
  • Lived experience combined with consulting expertise we bring lived experience that mirrors your stakeholders and use our consulting expertise to translate that insight into action.

If you’re ready to invest in taking your organization to the next level, let’s talk to see how we how we can partner to create a better world!

Our Values

  • Co-Creation

    We work collaboratively because we believe expertise is best found in community.

  • Intersectionality

    We are richer for the contributions of people with different lived experiences. We acknowledge the intersections of people's identity by centering diverse voices because we believe that is essential to rebalancing power, access and opportunity.

  • Listening & Curiosity

    We ask generative questions to provoke insight and movement, acting as supportive coaches to our clients.

  • Learning & Unlearning

    We seek out new ideas and challenge the status quo because improvement is not a destination, it’s a state of being.

  • Justice & Equity

    We seek to build more equitable systems for those we serve because we believe in making the world a better place.

  • Trust

    We create safe spaces for generative dialogue and honesty rooted in connection and shared accountability.  

Want to work with us?

We help nonprofit and foundation leaders make effective and innovative decisions about the future. We help you thrive!

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PENN Creative Strategy
New York based, serving nationally
Phone: (917) 819-6377

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