Faculty: Lori L. Silverman

Lori L. Silverman, MS, MBA

Adjunct Professor
San Francisco, Online
Lori Silverman

As a strategist and the owner of Partners for Progress®, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations think and act differently, since 1991, Lori Silverman has worked across 25 industries to create and implement long-term strategies to grow enterprises and successfully work through large, messy changes. Since 1991, her clients include American Family Insurance, Target, Chevron, Physicians Plus Insurance, BMW Financial Services, Jones Dairy Farm, Children’s Hospital and Clinics of MN, Lydig Construction, American Legion Auxiliary, Phillips North America, Bechtel, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Northern Quest Resort and Casino, Duquesne University, and the 302nd Airlift Wing.

A member of the National Speakers Association, Lori has keynoted at more than 80 events to business leaders and professionals in the insurance, healthcare, association, legal, financial, program and project management, marketing, and quality fields.

As a thought leader in business storytelling, Lori has authored three best-sellers: Business Storytelling for Dummies (with Karen Dietz, PhD), Wake Me Up When the Data Is Over, and Stories Trainers Tell (with Mary Wacker) and appeared on more than 80 radio and TV shows to discuss the tangle benefits of using story at work Within the quality industry, she’s the co-author of Critical SHIFT: The Future of Quality in Organizational Performance and Quality, Cost, and Competitive Position. Lori has more than 100 published articles and workbooks to her credit on strategic thinking, teamwork, influence, self-managed teams, organizational change, quality, value creation, customer satisfaction, and business storytelling.

Lori holds a B.S. degree in psychology and an M.S. degree in counseling, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has an MBA degree from Edgewood College, Madison, WI. She’s held ad hoc faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School for Continuing Education and at the Center for Professional and Executive Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she’s a former program director for the Project Management Master’s Certificate program. 


MGT 353
Organizational Development
Organizational Development, Assessment & Intervention


  • Strategy (Strategic Planning & Thinking)
  • Organizational Change (Large-scale, Transformational)
  • Business Storytelling


  • MS (Counseling & Guidance), University of WI-Madison
  • MBA, Edgewood College


  • 2016 - Present: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 1991 - Present: Strategist and Owner, Partners for Progress®
  • 2001: Program Director, Fluno Center for Executive Education, UW Madison
  • 2001 - 2010: Ad hoc Instructor, Continuing Education, UW Milwaukee
  • 2000 - 2012: Ad hoc Instructor, Fluno Center for Executive Education, UW Madison


  • Dietz, K. and L. L. Silverman (2013). Business storytelling for dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Silverman, L. L. (2006). Wake me up when the data is over: How organizations use stories to drive results. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Wacker, M. and L. L. Silverman. (2003). Stories trainers tell: 55 ready-to-use stories to make training stick. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.
  • Silverman, L. L. with A. Probst. (1999). Critical Shift: The future of quality in organizational performance. Milwaukee, WI: ASQC Press.
  • Gitlow, H. and Process Management International (1990). Planning for quality, productivity, & competitive position. Burr Ridge, IL: Irwin Professional Publishing. 

Published articles available at http://partnersforprogress.com/FreeArticles.htm and http://business-storytelling.com/free-articles/


  • Member, World Future Society
  • Member, Organization Development Network
  • Professional Member, National Speakers Association