Inspire Real Engagement

Facilitate Meaningful Change

Develop Leadership Skills

Learn Facilitation and Engagement

Strengthen Your Community


HueLife helps organizations and communities solve challenges related to human understanding and engagement (that’s what hue stands for).

HueLife facilitators, trainers and consultants use participatory methods, organizational psychology, story-telling, team-building and self-awareness techniques to tap into the wisdom of groups, from small teams to entire organizations.

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Learn how HueLife helps organizations and teams expand, evolve and collaborate.


HueLife is expanding! We recently brought on MNToP, the primary provider of ToP Facilitation Methods, and The Porter Authority. You can still register for ToP courses here. 


>Change, Engagement and Culture Consulting

>Strategic Planning and Retreat Facilitation

>Leadership Development and Coaching 

>Organization Design and Development

>Communication and Story-Telling

>ToP® Facilitation Training

>Insights Discovery® Team-Building and Self-Awareness Tools

>Action Plans and Implementation Facilitation & Training

>Executive Search

Our Mission

To facilitate, educate and inspire engagement in meaningful action

for the greater good of communities and organizations.



Irina Fursman, Ed.D., a.b.d., Co-Founder and CEO

Irina helps clients solve tough, entrenched issues and achieve new goals. A premier facilitator and OD practitioner, she guides teams through strategic planning, change and engagement initiatives. Irina also teaches the art and science of facilitation. Born in the USSR, Irina spent the first half of her life in Russia, Crimea and Ukraine. She moved to the US in 2002 and co-founded the Institute of Cultural Affairs Ukraine (named an “enemy of the state” for her efforts). Irina delivers lively, inspiring experiences for communities and organizations. Talk to Irina about presenting at your event at

Stephanie Ahles, Chief Learning and Development Officer

With great heart and wisdom, Stephanie leads the development and delivery of HueLife training and curriculum. She is dedicated to deep comprehension of the methods and the highest quality standards for our trainers. A certified ToP trainer and facilitator, Stephanie provides exceptional change and strategic planning programs for local governments, non-profits and leadership teams. She has an MA in Public Administration and a BA in Psychology and Social Work. Talk to Stephanie about training and facilitation for your group at

Emily Porter, Chief Marketing Officer

Emily helps people discover participatory methods with impassioned story-telling, problem-solving and research. She uses a strong creative resolve to help organizations find novel ways to tell their story and advance their cause. Her candid approach is particularly welcomed by organizations that are “stuck in a rut”, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and non-profits, including American Refugee Committee, Allianz, American Express, Ecumen, Idealab, Target, and University of Minnesota. Her distinct point of view and frank approach is marked by large doses of realism, empathy and outright humor. Ask Emily to speak at your event at

Andrea Hochhalter, Chief Operating Officer

A big proponent of customer-centricity, Andrea helps clients and communities use participatory methods to solve organizational issues, plan strategically and achieve shared outcomes. She also oversees HueLife’s infrastructure and systems. Before her life as an entrepreneur, Andrea worked at Microsoft developing teams and leading projects nationally and internationally. She has an MBA in Information Systems and a Bachelors in Psychology. She is also a ToP trained practiticioner, and certified by Dale Carnegie and Rotary International. Talk to Andrea about speaking at your event at

Richard Fursman, Ed.D., Co-Founder and Leadership & Organization Development Consultant

Witty and insightful, Richard specializes in the dynamics of human behavior and change. He helps teams lift performance by creating a shared purpose, strategic plan and implementation path. He advises government entities in the US and Ukraine, and co-created and facilitated the Kiev Peace Summit at the height of the Ukraine-Russian conflict in 2014. Richard often presents and consults on system-wide transformation. His clients are always entertained as they learn! Frequently called an “Edu-tainer,” Richard was recognized by the Navy for boosting morale. Talk to Richard about presenting at your event at

Megan Jacobson, Client Relations & Recruitment

A star with HueLife customers, Megan provides client relations, event coordination and business support for HueLife. A licensed practitioner in Insights Discovery, Megan is excited to develop her skills in ToP Facilitation Methods.

Jim Brimeyer, Strategic Advisor and Executive Coach

Certified Executive Coach and Recruiter Jim Brimeyer has more than 20 years of experience in city government and private business. He provides deep insight, long-term perspective and a vast network to public sector entities looking to hire, retain and improve performance. Jim has an MA in Public Administration.

Dick Schrad, Executive Recruiter

Dick assists cities in recruiting and retaining chief administrative officers. He has worked in local government, as well as in the private sector providing government services. A member of the International City/County Management Association, Dick has a MBA and a BA in Political Science.




Integrity Be worthy of trust. Take responsibility. Keep principles & values present.

Courage Be open. Take smart risks. Be a change agent.

Relationships Build strong ties. Develop & maintain caring support systems.

Humility Be a servant leader. Always be learning.

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