Rachel Zink

Rachel Zink

Consultant | Executive Coach

About Rachel Zink

Rachel Zink is a management consultant specializing in the facilitation of nonprofit leadership transitions. She believes that effective leadership transitions can be truly transformational, rather than traumatic. Core to Rachel’s model of executive transition management are a commitment to building equity in the nonprofit sector; timely, transparent communications; and the potential for organizations to grow their capacity and sustainability in the process. She is an executive consultant with David Harkins Company, LLC.

Most recently, Rachel served as executive director of Arts For Life, an NC-based arts nonprofit focused on providing creative experiences for pediatric patients and their families. She founded, and hosted for four years, the Asheville chapter of CreativeMornings, a monthly speaker series for the creative community with 200+ chapters globally. She has also served on the board of the WNC chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as grant review panels for the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Arts Council.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts Administration from the University of Nort Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to consulting with nonprofits, Rachel also coordinates WNC Nonprofit Pathways’ leadership development program alumni network and, in her spare time, manages the Asheville City Council campaign for candidate Allison Scott.


Recent Journal Publications

This article explores the interdisciplinary nature of organization development (OD) by examining the structure of a behavioral-based change management technique and similarities related to the field of systems engineering. Additionally, the concept of Agile tools and processes is explored as an integration point between OD and systems engineering to lay the groundwork for using a combination of the tools to stimulate innovation.

Finally, this article introduces an adaptation of the traditional software V-model explained step-by-step in the context of organization learning and innovation.

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COVID-19 created an unprecedented global health crisis and caused a rapid, global economic meltdown. Organizations of all sizes are scrambling to salvage workforces and adopting policies to protect employees from the virus. Talent development practices face new challenges as the world reckons with our altered COVID-19 pandemic reality. Organization leaders must think creatively to design the employment practices of the future.

In this article, we consider how changes in work environments are affecting employees and organization performance, examine how recruitment, training, onboarding, and developing talent present complex challenges that must be addressed for sustainability, and consider how talent development principles can enhance organization development (OD) practices.  Finally, we offer perspectives on employing OD principles and practices to facilitate workforce changes to maximize productivity and performance.

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