Jill Hufnagel


Jill Hufnagel

Deeply practiced in the adaptive model, Jill delivers leadership programming built on capacity development, possibility thinking, and sound strategy. She is adept at helping groups expand their tolerance for productive conflict while connecting to their shared purpose. Whether working with groups across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, or Asia, her focus remains: keeping one eye trained on the collective work in the moment and the other on encouraging acts of daring—leadership. Encouraging both individuals and systems to examine their default behaviors and experiment with innovative approaches to making progress on their most vexing challenges is her driving force.

While Jill began her career working for the Secretary of the U.S. Senate, she has spent the past twenty years working in higher education, health care, women’s issues, and community business development. During her tenure as the Associate Director of the Batten Leadership Institute, Jill has been instrumental in driving the Adaptive Leadership framework throughout all levels of the Institute’s offerings. She has served as faculty in train-the-trainer programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Leadership Can Be Taught symposium, the Kansas Leadership Center, International Leadership Association, and Leadership Victoria.

Jill trained at both UVA Darden’s Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jill holds a Ph.D. in English and women’s studies and is a licensed professional counselor. She lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, where she enjoys hiking the trails of Mill Mountain with her husband, daughter, twin boys, and pair of pups.

Jill’s most recent work “The Point of Case-in-Point” is featured in Kansas Leadership Center’s The Journal.