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Liz Monroe-Cook is a consulting psychologist whose work includes qualitative research, group facilitation, and leadership training. She works frequently in arts and culture, higher education, and informal education.
Dr. Monroe-Cook helps Slover Linett lead client teams through group processes such as brand planning and positioning, ideation and innovation, and strategic visioning. Her interests include the emotional and cognitive aspects of audience engagement and how those aspects inform strategic planning and implementation.
In her facilitation and training work, Dr. Monroe-Cook helps teams and individuals use their creativity to enhance the planning, delivery, and sustainability of educational and artistic programs.
In 25 years of consulting, Dr. Monroe-Cook has worked with businesses, government agencies, and leading nonprofit institutions such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival, the NASA Explorer Institutes, the American Museum of Natural History, and the California Academy of Sciences. Her collaborations with Slover Linett have included research and facilitation projects for the University of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust, Seattle Art Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
In addition to serving as co-vice president of marketing at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2003, Dr. Monroe-Cook taught qualitative research techniques at the RIVA training institute for nine years and presented frequently at conferences of the Qualitative Research Consultants’ Association. For the past 20 years she has been a leader at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute. In 2008 she received the Creative Education Foundation’s Distinguished Leader Award for her work at that conference.
Dr. Monroe-Cook earned her B.A. in humanities at Michigan State University, where she studied music, history, and psychology. She also received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Michigan State. She lives with her husband in Oak Park, Illinois. Their two children both work in the arts, one as a dancer and the other in the visual arts.