Left-Brain, Right-Brain and Human-Centered Change Networks: How Evans Incorporated Supports Aviation Innovation

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Sue Evans, founder and CEO of Evans Incorporated

Evans Incorporated has won a $42 million contract to support the Transportation Department’s research and development hub, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, over the next five years.

“It’s an exciting an interesting time in aviation systems,” said Evans Incorporated Founder and CEO Susan Evans. “We feel very fortunate for the opportunity to continue leveraging our expertise in human-centered change networks at such a critical moment in aviation history.”

This new contract builds on the 4-year relationship Evans Incorporated has already built with Volpe, where it has supported the R&D hub through organizational assessments, best practices propagation, and leadership and communications planning. These activities will continue under the new contract, which is broken into two parts: strategic planning and management development and integration.

“We will be helping to develop a more cohesive R&D strategy as well as support the implementation and alignment of new aviation technologies across the government,” Evans said.

Doing so requires appreciating that technology isn’t the ends, however; it’s how the technology will be used, how it fits into the bigger picture, that really matters. That’s why this new contract includes training and education, leadership coaching, team building, and stakeholder management along with business process improvements and aviation system modernization, she said.

“There are plenty of technical solutions that don’t ever come to fruition because they fail at the human level,” Evans said. Focusing on integrating technological advances and human behavior is critical to successful innovation. Evans Incorporated leverages the diverse backgrounds of its 60 consultant-employees to create a holistic, ‘left-brain, right-brain’ approach to change management.

“This most recent accomplishment is part of a celebration of our ongoing growth, advancement in expertise and recognition for the service and leadership we deliver our clients every day, across multiple industries,” Evans continued. “We are proud of the reputation our people and our work have achieved and we look forward to driving top results for DOT and the Volpe Center over the next five years alongside our team of expert partners.”


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