Dr. Reimers-Hild To Leave RFI 6/30 To Pursue Her Desired Future

Connie Reimers-Hild, Associate Executive Director & Chief Furturist, Rural Futures Institute

To My Colleagues, My Friends Pursuing A Thriving Rural Future:

What future do you want to create?

This is the question the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska has been asking individuals, businesses and communities during my four years as Chief Futurist. Most recently, the Institute had to ask itself this question when faced with a budget cut and reorganization process. The road has not been easy; however, the small RFI team and its partners have risen through the transition to accomplish several incredible wins.

Working with the RFI team, including many incredible students, has been both an honor and a privilege. I am amazed by the dedication of this team, especially when faced with prolonged adversity. Our University and our state is fortunate to have such committed people working for a thriving rural future.

In my 25 years at the University of Nebraska, I have seen the amazing transformation of students, colleagues, leaders, businesses and communities. The privilege of doing this work has resulted in the opportunity to teach more than 25,000 learners, coach hundreds of high-level leaders and deliver countless keynotes and workshops. I’ve authored or co-authored 55 publications, 10 workbooks, four books and one book chapter as well as created and hosted an internationally recognized podcast. These resources have been utilized by tens of thousands of people, many of whom I have never met, in more than 175 countries in what now is global classroom. It is my hope that I have helped, in some small way, transform the future for colleagues, friends, stakeholders and learners —  not only through the scholarship that has resulted from my work — but from the connections and transformations that people have chosen to create for themselves. I am so excited to see what the next 25 years brings!

Now, it is my turn to transform.

RFI boldly believes we have the capacity to shape our own futures, and so do I. It is time for me to focus on cultivating my desired future by growing Wild Innovation, a strategic foresight and coaching firm I founded to help leaders better understand the future and strengthen their capacity to shape it. My executive leadership experience at RFI has provided me with the knowledge and tools needed to expand my business offerings into the future of work with a focus on leadership that truly fosters gender equity and female empowerment. I am excited to continue my personal mission focused on helping people achieve their desired futures.

This decision has not been easy. My family has enjoyed living in rural Nebraska for several generations, and we plan on making this a home for future generations to enjoy. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt raising children and enjoying relatives who live throughout our great state, I care deeply about both the present and future of Nebraska.  

Nebraska can be the place of choice for people, businesses and families well into the future. It is an abundant state with amazing people and rich resources. Thanks to all who have been part of my life and career. I look forward to continuing great work, partnerships and collaborations in Nebraska and beyond!

Here’s to the future,

Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist
Rural Futures Institute
University of Nebraska