Prof. Dr. Lindsey Godwin
Prof. Dr. Lindsey Godwin, the Academic Director of David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and Professor of Champlain College Burlington, Vermont USA received the Lyman Award of 2018 and she had distinguished honor of addressing the incoming class of 2022 at their opening convocation ceremony. In her speech she decided to disclose secret of college and life, telling students: “The truth is that from now on, your answers are not as important as your questions”.  Using the classic list of questions students learn in school (who, what, where, when, why and how), she invited students to update their
Prof. Dr. Godwin with Prof. Dr. David L. Cooperrider in Stiller School of Business.

questions for college life and beyond.  Here are the cliff notes from her remarks:

– “Who are you?” evolves into “Who do I want to be?”
– “What do I want to be when I grow up?” becomes “What impact do I want to have?”
– “Where have you been?” shifts to “Where do I want to go?”
– “When is class?” Well… that stays the same!
– “Why?” becomes “Why do I know something is true?”
– “How come this did not work?” transforms into “How might we…?”

Prof.Dr. Godwin Delivering the Key note Speech in First AI National Conference, Pokhara Nepal in 2014

Lindsey is the Robert P. Stiller Endowed Chair of Management at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. She holds an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she studied with David Cooperrider and Ron Fry, the thought leaders in Appreciative Inquiry. She has presented at national and international conferences and has served as co-chair for past World Appreciative Inquiry Conferences held in Orlando, Florida and Kathmandu, Nepal and on the Advisory Board for the conference in Ghent, Belgium as well as a 2015 conference in South Africa. With a passion for helping organizations leverage their potential through strengths-based change, Lindsey has consulted with organizations including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the Vermont Federal Executive Association (VTFEA), World Vision, the Houston Independent School District, the California Teachers Association, Imagine Nepal, and the United Nations.

Honorable Rabindra Adhikari, the Immediate Member of Constitutional Assembly and Honorable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Minister, Felicitating to Prof. Dr. Godwin after her keynote speech in First AI National Conference, Pokhara Nepal in 2014.

The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is the global Center of Experience in Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based organizational management. Based in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, it offers a full range of educational programs, research, AI certification and custom collaborative learning partnerships for companies and organizations of all types. It is the only academic-based center in the world that focuses directly on Appreciative Inquiry and its implications for Positive Organization Development and management.  To learn more, visit:

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