About Me

Jill Hurst-Wahl is a results-driven facilitator and project manager. For more than 25 years, she has worked with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to help them brainstorm, generate ideas, innovate, and launch new products and services. Besides leading and organizing projects, Jill helps teams coordinate their activities, especially those things that are difficult to manage. For those who just need help surfacing ideas, Jill teaches brainstorming techniques and leads sessions where participants envision new products or services.

Known for finding hidden gems of information, Jill's background as a business researcher contributes to her ability to be an unconventional thinker. She understands how to dig into a burgeoning idea, view it from different angles, investigate its nooks and crannies, and communicate an idea's components so others will get on board.

As president of Hurst Associates, Jill's consulting practice drew her to work with Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, where she is now professor emerita. At Syracuse, she led faculty/staff teams, face-to-face and virtual meetings, and academic programs.

Jill is the co-author of The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook: Define and Create Your Success, which she wrote with Ulla de Stricker. Jill has been an active blogger since 2004 on a range of topics, including innovation.


The Road AheadDo you have an idea brewing? Is it ill-defined and seemingly unwieldy? Does it seem unconventional? That is exactly the type of project Jill excels at!

For example:

  • Half and full-day workshops on creating an environment for brainstorming, brainstorming techniques, and steps to take after generating hundreds of ideas. (Brief example)
  • Idea generation (ideation) facilitation for individuals and teams
  • Contract project planning and/or project management


Use one of the methods below, so we can discuss working together to address your project idea: