HOW WE work
We work collaboratively with our clients and the communities they serve to enable positive change.
Our practice is focused on three service areas: Strategy, Facilitation, and Planning and Program Management
Working in close collaboration with our clients, we identify core objectives and desired results, and develop a comprehensive, outcomes-based strategy to help them achieve their goals.
A clear strategy is the North Star that guides your leadership, your staff, and your partners on the path to success.
We help clients identify the outcomes they’re hoping to achieve, and develop a strategic roadmap to help them reach their goals—and know when they’re veering off course.
Strategy engagements may include:
- Outcome mapping
- Landscaping & SWOT analysis
- Program strategy and supporting architecture
- Measurement framework
- Governance structures
- Budget modeling
Focused, hands-on sessions help teams crystallize strategic goals, align tactics, envision new programmatic elements, and secure stakeholder buy-in.
When you bring people together for a meeting, you’re entering a contract. Your participants are giving you their time, attention, and brainpower. What will you give them in return?
We’ve worked with clients like Cannes Lions, the United Nations Foundation, and the Burke Museum to craft dynamic sessions that deliver results.
Talk to us about…
- Strategy workshops
- Annual planning
- Community engagement
- Ideation and creation
- Listening sessions
- Board/partner retreats
PLANNING & PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
We help clients create a blueprint for program leadership, with pragmatic tools and right-sized processes for day-to-day management.
Launching new programs requires bold vision, strong leadership, and unyielding attention to the operational details.
Whether we are serving as hands-on program managers, or providing client teams with the tools and tactics they need to manage effectively, we pride ourselves in our unique ability to bridge the gaps between ideas, action, and results.
In our client engagements, we have developed and implemented plans for…
- Thought leadership
- Traditional and social media
- Stakeholder management
- Internal communications & change management
- Editorial & community engagement
- Ongoing measurement and reporting
who we are
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
Corrie is the founder of Uncommon. Equally at home working with C-level executives, award-winning creative teams, world leaders, and community organizers, she brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm, with expertise in strategy development, program design and management, and facilitation.
Prior to starting Uncommon, Corrie served as the innovation lead for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Communications team. There, she led the development of the foundation’s digital channels, designed public engagement programs with partners including TED, Sundance, and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, and launched the team’s venture fund for early-stage innovations in communications.
Lisa Howe Verhovek
Lisa Howe Verhovek is a community connector, bringing people together to create a shared vision and a roadmap to realizing it. From 2007 - 2012, she served as the community relations manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lisa led the foundation’s civic efforts during the development of its new world headquarters and created the foundation’s first formal civic engagement program. Prior to this she was director of communications at Philanthropy Northwest, a professional organization for corporate social responsibility and philanthropic efforts in the six-state Northwest region.
Lisa serves as Senior Advisor with Uncommon. She combines her experience leading a pioneering global health organization with her journalism background to help improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Her specialty is coalition creation: guiding disparate stakeholders to align their expertise and skills toward more successful outcomes. She is a creative project manager, executive coach, and expert in strengthening board governance.
Lisa founded the Washington Global Health Alliance in 2007, the world's first regionally-focused global health alliance. She served as Executive Director for 10 years. Prior to WGHA, she spent 25 years as a manager and producer in broadcast news. She is active on several boards and advisory committees.
Diane’s 30-year career as an executive director in regional civic, education and arts organizations provided her experience and skills to transform vision into action; inspire and manage Board and staff teams; lead strategic planning and decision making; and create cross-sector partnerships. At Seattle CityClub, she co-founded an innovative statewide network to bring fair and smart candidate debates to statewide college and university campuses. Diane spearheaded a $23 million capital campaign to build Bellevue Arts Museum and founded the Center for Liberal Arts at Bellevue College. She serves on the boards of local and national nonprofits supporting civic education and engagement. She is also co-author of a book on contemporary American craft.
Galen has 14 years of project management experience in diverse industries and has a natural aptitude for managing details and keeping projects on track. She enjoys improving processes and program-wide communication as well as cultivating positive client relationships. She loves spending time outdoors with her friends and family, traveling, reading, and exploring all of the great things the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Mara has more than fifteen years of professional experience working with domestic and international nonprofit organizations and multi-sectoral alliances. Prior to starting consulting work three years ago, Mara worked with various global health organizations and networks, both in the United States and also while living in Kenya and Zambia for six years. She is passionate about working on new or rapidly expanding initiatives, with a focus on creating strong foundations for effective governance, leadership and management to support organizational and individual learning.
With over 5 years in promotional roles for local businesses, Nick has developed a passion for event planning and networking. As a former Program Director of a commercial radio station, he has extensive experience in team coordination and brand management.
Always competitive, Nick loves to play wheelchair basketball whenever possible. After years of playing college basketball for the University of Illinois, he continues to play for a local team based in Seattle. Looking forward, Nick wants to work as an advocate for people with disabilities.