Dr. Burt Woolf is a national authority on transformative leadership and creative problem-solving for higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies. For the past 7 years at UMass Amherst Auxiliary Enterprises, Burt has been advising Executive Director Ken Toong and his management teams on their journey to be ranked #1 Best Campus Food for three consecutive years by the Princeton Review (2017, 2018, 2019 Editions).
In the higher education field, Burt has worked with over 250 college and university executives, directors and managers, supporting leadership teams within dining, auxiliaries, and administrative divisions to transform their organizational culture and dramatically expand their impact on the quality of campus life experience. As a master group facilitator and organizational development specialist, Burt has conducted internal organizational assessments, and helped clients develop and implement mission/vision-driven strategic plans; set standards of excellence; and energize high-performance work teams. His one-on-one coaching has inspired division executives, unit directors and front-line managers to imagine and then execute big ideas, and to be more resilient and effective in the face of daunting challenges at work.
Over the course of his 35-year career, Burt has been national program director for a federal agency, founding CEO of a social-venture technology company, and chief executive of several major nonprofit organizations and an international foundation. He regularly delivers keynote presentations on transformative leadership to professional groups, and seminars for graduate-level leadership courses. Burt holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Policy and Leadership (UMass Amherst, College of Education); an MS in Management (UCLA Anderson School of Management), and a BA in Political Science (Amherst College). He has earned professional certificates from the Culinary Institute of America (extension program) and Harvard University (arts administration).