MY WORK TO DATE
My entrepreneurial spirit began when I spent four years in Boston (2007-2011) heading up the editorial side of a nonprofit startup (The New Prosperity Initiative) dedicated to knowledge sharing in the social justice space. I found my place in the systems thinking community as an editor and strategist at two very different nonprofit organizations – each dedicated to helping people think differently about work – the The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) and The Berkana Institute. At Berkana, I studied with Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley and other leading thinkers on what makes organizations resilient. At LEI, I served as founding editor of The Lean Post and benefitted immensely from the editorial guidance of the writer and industrial anthropologist John Shook and my editor, Tom Ehrenfeld. From 2013-2014, I was also privileged to lead LEI’s Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) learning initiative working (creating new knowledge at the intersection of lean, lean user design, lean startup, and design thinking) with Jim Morgan, Senior Advisor at LEI and former head of product at Ford.
My passion for social justice eventually led me to women’s leadership work. From 2014-2016, with women’s rights activist Gloria Feldt, I helped build Take The Lead during its early startup years, establishing core programs, products, and services and building key partnerships. I’m privileged to have had attended Smith College where I earned a B.A. in Government. I’m trained in participatory leadership methods through the Art of Hosting. Read more about my work at lexschroeder.com.
I speak to groups about the future of work and leadership from a collective leadership perspective. I’ve given talks, facilitated conversations, or been on panels at Yale, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Graduate School of Education, See Jane Do’s Passion Into Action Conference, SHE Summit, In Good Company, YWCA-Mankato, The Whidbey Institute, The Kauffman Foundation, and more.