June Holley’s Bio February 2006
June Holley provides consulting, training and mentoring to a wide range of organizations around the world who are interested in creating healthier communities through a better understanding of networks, collaboration, innovation and learning. She has partnered with Valdis Krebs, internationally acclaimed network expert, to develop Smart Network Toolkit, a user friendly network mapping application to help communities and regions identify and enhance their networks. With others, she has also developed training and mentoring programs for Network Weavers who are creating healthier networks.
For more than 20 years, June was the President/CEO of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), a regional entrepreneurship organization in southeastern Ohio committed to building a healthy and sustainable regional economy based on economic justice, self-determination, and respect for diversity. With the ACEnet staff, she pioneered in the implementation of many innovative economic development strategies including business networks, sectoral incubators, a youth entrepreneurship initiative, technology-based workforce development programs and a regional entrepreneurship network.
In 1991, she was selected by Governor Voinovich to be inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. An avid researcher on complexity and organizations, she has co-authored over 30 papers, articles, and books on various aspects of economic and community networking. She recently summarized research on key elements of dynamic regional economies in Strategies for Sustainable Entrepreneurship published by Ohio University’s Voinovich Center. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Ohio Magazine, Entrepreneur, In Business and many other publications.