Elizabeth Speck

Founder & Principal

MindOpen's Principal and Founder, Dr. Elizabeth Speck, knows firsthand that well-timed transformative learning leads to better client services and less burnout among staff. With 25 years of direct service, management, and capacity-building experience in New York City's complex human service systems, Elizabeth has adapted to many program and policy changes, broken down systems silos, and built a network of leaders committed to moving beyond the status quo. ​


With a background in community-based theatre for social change, Elizabeth started her career as a Teaching Artist in schools, shelters, hospitals, jails, and prisons. She earned a Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy from New York University while a Fellow with the Creative Arts Team, and was among the first Licensed Creative Arts Therapists in New York State. Her subsequent diversified experience in new program development and organizational change led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University. A lifelong learner, Elizabeth is always adding new tools to share for building thriving organizations, and is currently a Social Innovation Fellow with the Starting Bloc Institute and Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation. With MindOpen Learning Strategies, Elizabeth both leads and guides coaching, training, and consulting services, drawing from a cadre of dynamic subject matter experts.

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Elizabeth Speck