William Keens spent several years teaching and worked in both community-based and national organizations before starting the Washington-area office of WolfBrown in 1985. He is widely recognized for his facilitation skills, his ability to help people with disparate viewpoints achieve consensus, and his development of unique, client-centered work processes. His clients have included the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, the Brooklyn Public Library, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Missouri Historical Society, and many others. Bill graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received his master’s from the Iowa Writers Workshop. He is the author of a guide to meeting facilitation Herding Cats and Cougars and the co-founder of an online competition to recognize 100 memorable contemporary poems The Poetry Ark. Bill is the son of an artist and tobacco factory worker and the grandson of self-taught immigrants, all of whom shared their conviction in the virtue of common sense in service to high ideals.