Distinguished Professor
Boise State University

Adjunct Professor
Aalborg University, Denmark


Dr. Nancy K. Napier is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and former Director of the Centre for Creativity and Innovation at Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics. She received her doctorate from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Napier managed Boise State’s nine-year involvement in an $8.5 million capacity building project at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam, funded by the Sweden and USAID. In 2018 Dr. Napier received Vietnam’s Friendship Medal, the highest award given to a foreigner, for her contribution to building bridges between the countries.

Her most recent books, with a diverse group of high performing leaders called The Gang, include LIVEculture: How creative leaders grow the culture they want and Wise Beyond Your Field: How Creative Leaders Out Innovate to Out Perform. Earlier books on creativity include Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success and The Creative Discipline: Mastering the Art and Science of Innovation.

She has published numerous research articles, blogs for Psychology Today.com, and writes a frequent column for the Idaho Statesman. For seven years, she was co-creator and host of Idaho Business Matters, a weekday radio program on NPR News 91.

Speaker, Writer, Columnist
The People Side of Timber Harvesting,
Limerick, Maine


Wendy Farrand, a former corporate training consultant, now works as a speaker and a writer to spread the word regarding the value of strengthening employee engagement in the woods, and the positive impact that has on safety, production, and overall professionalism in the logging industry.


Wendy entered the forest products industry as a procurement manager for a fully mechanized timber harvesting company where her sales and relationship skills brought her success buying timber. She then served as Director of Communication for the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands, as well as The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine.

Wendy has been delivering her presentation series “The People Side of Timber Harvesting” to logging professionals from the beautiful coast of South Carolina, to the steep slopes of Oregon.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Northeastern Loggers’ Association and is approaching her tenth year on The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands Master Logger Certification Board. Wendy also served eight years on The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine Safety Committee.

Wendy is also a member of the Dairy Vision Vermont Team, which is comprised of a group of industry professionals who work with dairy farms in Vermont to help strengthen their overall businesses.

She has been proudly published by the Council on Forest Engineering, Northern Logger, Northern Woodlands, Timber Crier and Sawlog Bulletin. She is best known to loggers for her regular column in Timber Harvesting Magazine entitled PeoplePower and her two popular Facebook pages “B.S. for Loggers” and “The People Side of Timber Harvesting”.

In order to keep her boots dusty, she works with local logging contractors as a consultant and hikes in the woods every day with her dogs Rusty and Hitch. She lives in the small Maine town of Limerick with her husband Merrill on their 220 acre woodlot, where they cannot see their neighbors, and their neighbors cannot see them.

Safety and EMS Manager - Timberlands


Marc Cannon grew up in the agricultural and logging based community of Mitchell, Oregon located in rural Eastern Oregon. He attended Oregon State University where he acquired a bachelor of science degree in Forest Engineering. Graduating in 1997, he logged and worked for the Washington Department of Natural Resources before joining Weyerhaeuser in 2000. His Weyerhaeuser career has included a variety of operational roles: Harvest Planning Engineer, Construction Engineer, Contract Harvest Manager, and Company Harvest Manager. Additionally, management roles have included: Area Team Leader and Safety & Operational Manager, and Safety & EMS Manager. Marc lives in Kelso, Washington with his wife Jessica and daughters Cali and Bethany.