Testimonials

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, launching their strategic vision developed using the Mitchen Strategic Positioning process customized for non-profits.

Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham,  Alabama launching their strategic vision developed using the Mitchen Strategic Positioning process customized for non-profits.

Comments from Dean Beyrouty celebrating the development of a unanimous vision for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of Maryland at the completion of the Mitchen Strategic Positioning process!

Comments from UK Faculty, Staff, Students and Stakeholders on the Mitchen way of facilitating change and strategic planning.

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I felt more at peace with my management and leadership style which has allowed me to massage that style to be more effective with my team. What I learned about myself, I believe, has made me a better leader.”

Mike Landry
Vice President of Sales – Roofing
N. B. Handy Co.
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Mitchen Ego Cards are affordable and incredibly versatile. Good for icebreakers, conflict management, leadership coaching, team dynamics and I’m still finding more uses. Great ROI for minimal cost.

Chrystal Bartlett
Owner
Chrystal Bartlett & Company
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Going into our strategic planning sessions, I knew nothing about facilitation or structuring group efforts to reach a common goal. After working with Mitch, I was actually facilitating groups of employees within our organization effectively and efficiently.

Brad Greenfield
IT Specialist
University of Tennessee
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I strongly recommend Mitchen Inc.; it always delivers its services and products on time and continues to exceed my expectations. Mitchen brings convenience and excellent quality to my consulting business. Client feedback booklets and other Mitchen products added value to my leadership and organization development programs, executive coaching and conflict resolution sessions.

Richard T. Liles
President
Liles and Associates, Inc.
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Mitch is an excellent facilitator and a strong leader. He is masterful at building understanding and consensus among groups, in order to achieve goals and facilitate positive outcomes.

Rhonda Conlon
Director, Extension Information Technology
North Carolina State University
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I have worked with Mitch for over 20 years at N.C. State University. We have worked in the same group and in similar units over the years. Mitch was a tremendous asset to our IT unit with an excellent work ethic. He has successfully led large collaborative projects across the Land Grant Universities of the Southern Region of the U. S. He is well known across the nation for the work he did with the Organizational Development unit at N.C. State University. I would strongly recommend Mitch. He would be an extraordinary asset to any company.

Ray Kimsey
Senior Information Strategist
North Carolina State University
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Dr. Mitch Owen is a very successful organizational development specialist, program designer, personal coach, and facilitator. Having worked with various audiences in the non-profit and corporate world, he is notably capable of helping individuals or groups achieve their personal best, and the goals they want to carry out, under the toughest of circumstances. He is exceptionally skilled in facilitations of strategic plans for board meetings and retreats, developing needs based trainings, and helping organizations in assessing their development needs. I highly recommend Mitch without reservation.

Mary Lou Addor
Ed.D., Director
Natural Resources Leadership Institute
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I have known and worked with Mitch for many years. I have found him to be an expansive thinker whose primary consideration is delivery of customer-oriented solutions. We have worked through difficult-to-solve matters and his knowledgeable and customer-focused approach has made those experiences positive ones.

Harry Nicholos
Former Asst. Director for System & Hosted Services
North Carolina State University
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Mitch Owen is a true professional, extremely adept at strategy formation, execution, and many other aspects of successful corporate and public sector operations. Mitch’s body of work and past experiences are impressive. Even more important is that Mitch’s style is to listen very carefully, formulate ideas, and lead a team to consensus in a logical, simple, compelling way. His ability to drive a management team to positive action is one of his real strengths. I recommend Mitch highly.

George Pappas
elecommunications Industry Alliance Executive
IBM
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Mitch is a professional who has the educational background, experience, and talent to lead group discussion, develop strategic plans, and assist in the development of leaders. He has expertise in areas of personality types/traits, leadership development, organizational structure, and personnel management and conflict resolution. He is familiar with many workplace settings including higher education, business and industry, and local government. He has a passion for his work and he approaches tasks with a high level of energy.

Ken Esbenshade
Former Associate Dean
North Carolina State University
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I had the pleasure of being a receiver of Dr. Owen’s presentation on maximizing social influences. He provided excellent techniques and demonstrations of how we can use our social networks to our advantage and help others in the process.”

Tanesha D. H. Pittman
Executive Director/Associate Dean
Benedictine University
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Mitch provides research-based inspirational technical assistance and public presentations on organizational change. He is great with group and organizational processes and always produces superior products in a supportive collaborative environment.

Nancy Franz
Former Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach
Iowa State University
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Mitch was an excellent resource in developing strategic planning and visioning models. His knowledge of the literature and “real world” experience was a valuable asset in our organizational planning.

Samuel Pardue
Former Dean, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia
Director, Food Systems Leadership Institute
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Mitch provided professional development for our seasoned leaders, our first-line supervisors and our emerging leaders. He related well to each group, provided fresh ideas and approaches, and left us with a reasonable path forward for next steps. I highly recommend him for leadership development.

Mary Jinks
Former Vice President of Public Service
University of Tennessee
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Mitch is a smart, innovative and personable professional. His sessions at the Supervisors Management School routinely get outstanding evaluations. He is one of the rare professionals who have an extremely intelligent outlook and perspective, and yet can communicate at a fundamental level. I enjoy his sessions, his knowledge, and his company, and highly recommend him and his work.

Brad Chambers
Former Chief of Joint Operations at Joint Intelligence Operations Center, European Command, and Former Chair, Board of Regents
North Carolina State University Supervisors Management School
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We had Mitch come speak to a group of business owners and professional leaders at our convention and business meeting. He was very entertaining and professional and the information was very valuable and we would ask him to come back to lead us again.

James Lee
President
Alarmguard Security
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Mitch helped my college collect and distill literally thousands of comments into a few succinct points that could be used to move the college forward. This would not have been possible without his skilled guidance.

Scott Angle
Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, UF/IFAS
University of Florida
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Mitch is a very insightful expert on organizational change. He helped Iowa State University Extension at the annual Extension summit to guide us to determine what our organization should become and how we are going to get there. He understands the transformation that can occur through education and how to guide educators to be their best.

Mary Holz-Clause
Chancellor
University of Minnesota Crookston
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Mitch has worked with me over the last 4 to 5 years to assist me in getting to a point where I understand myself. I have been able to use this in how I process my interactions with people and various situations. This has filtered through both my personal and professional life. This self-perspective has allowed me to gain a broader insight in how I mentor, train, hold people accountable and push my employees to achieve things that they thought were not possible. As a young executive, his insight and ability to help me think through situations by understanding how I think has been a significant reason for my success. Mitch pushes you in a non-confrontational manner, which allows you to view the issues and opportunities from a more well-rounded perspective.

Sean R. Foster
Senior Manager
LG Air Conditioning Technologies USA
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Mitch brought new insights, creative energy, and great problem solving techniques to my team of faculty. I highly recommend him to any group seeking to build leadership and creative problem solving.

Valerie McAlpin
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
UNC Charlotte
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Mitch Owen proved to be a critical component enabling our company to develop and deliver to our high potential leadership candidates a successful leadership development program. The program has consistently been acknowledged by our staff as one of the most valuable and memorable professional development experiences at our company. Mitch Owen’s dedication as an ongoing student of leadership development and instruction contributed to a highly effective leadership development program for our company and the graduates.

Mitch Reaves
Former President and CEO
N. B. Handy Co.
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Mitch Owen’s coaching and expertise were major factors in the successful development of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Strategic Plan 2020. With his leadership and expert facilitation skills, we were able to have challenging conversations in a respectful and constructive manner and come to group consensus on major issues. Without Mitch’s guidance we would have never been able to develop such a good plan in such a short time frame. He helped us accomplish what seemed like an insurmountable task!

[Our] process was accomplished much more quickly and efficiently; Mitch brought the benefit of academic expertise and experience in this area that we lacked. This ensured we had a valid process and helped us avoid mistakes and having to “learn as we went”- also our final product or plan was of higher quality and thus easier to implement. [We] accomplished the development of a strategic plan for such a complex organization in less than a year!

Laura Perry Johnson
Associate Dean for Extension
University of Georgia
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Mitch led a 2-day Strategic Planning retreat for our group that includes representatives from the agricultural sector, environmental organizations, state and federal regulatory agencies, and research institutions. The retreat came at a time when other issues had the potential to fracture the group. Mitch is incredibly adept at facilitation. Mitch’s process made our group stronger by ensuring that all voices were heard and included in the planning process.

Paula Jasinski
President
Green Fin Studio
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Mitch helped our organization to design and plan a process to establish and build consensus around a strategic vision and direction for our research foundation. And, he facilitated the two-day meeting in which we executed the plan. We were incredibly impressed with how the process unfolded, not to mention the resulting consensus on priorities. Mitch was masterful at engaging a diverse audience in a process that was highly energetic and collaborative. The entire group remained engaged from start to finish. A very rewarding process and outcome.

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Craig Regelbrugge
Senior Vice President
AmericanHort/Horticulture Research Institute