Recorded June 10, 2020

Appreciative inquiry is a strengths-based philosophy and collaborative approach that can be used in a number of ways to bring out the best in organizations and people. This panel discussion provided an overview of appreciative inquiry including addressing common myths, its relevance in our world today, how organizations can use it to create positive change and generative outcomes, and lessons learned from a global organization.

Organizers: Vicki Cabrera and Liz Corcoran from IPPA’s Work and Organizations Division


Lindsey N. Godwin, Ph.D., Robert P. Stiller Endowed Chair & Professor of Management, Academic Director at the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Champlain College

Maria Giovanna Vianello, Global Organizational Development Leader, Novartis


Presentation: Slide deck


Appreciative Inquiry Resources:

David L. Cooperider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College

AI Practitioner Journal

AI Commons

David Cooperider’s Blog on Appreciative Inquiry in a Broken World


Dr. Lindsey N. Godwin is the Robert P. Stiller Endowed Professor of Management at the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where she serves as the Academic Director of the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, where she studied with the founding thought-leaders in Appreciative Inquiry (AI).  Her work has been published in a variety of journals and books, including the Journal of Business Ethics and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. She was a co-editor and contributor for the 4th volume of Advances in Appreciative Inquiry and currently serves on the editorial team for the AI Practitioner Journal. As a practitioner-scholar, she remains active in the global Appreciative Inquiry community, having served as the past Chair and/or Global Advisor for the past 5 World AI Conferences. Lindsey recently helped lead the World Positive Education Accelerator in June 2018, and with her passion for helping organizations leverage their potential through strength-based change, she continues facilitating Appreciative Inquiry processes with organizations around the world. You can read more about her work at:

Maria Giovanna Vianello is an experienced ICF Executive Coach, Leadership Development and Change practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in consulting leaders and organizations. She works with leaders, teams and organizations to facilitate culture change, support leadership development and talent management enhancing performance and wellbeing. Maria Giovanna is often asked to help people to broaden their perspectives, sharpen their skills and think more deeply about themselves. As a qualified executive coach, she works with senior leaders to design effective responses to their leadership dilemmas and develop their strategic leadership capabilities. Having worked across Europe, Africa, US and Asia and as well as diverse industries from Pharma, IT, Fashion, Telecommunication and Oil & Gas, Maria Giovanna is culturally-sensitive and highly adaptive. Maria Giovanna’s work is informed by Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology, Complexity Theory, Adult Development Theory as well as more traditional approaches. With the ability to work face-to-face and virtually at all levels of an organization, she is passionate about using different learning methods to ensure that the diversity of individuals and teams enable sustainable impact on both the individuals and the organizations. Maria Giovanna holds a Masters of Business and Organizational Psychology (University of Liverpool), Master of Business Administration (EDHEC) and Bachelor of Business.