At Engine For Change, April K. Mills shares her passion for creating positive change, outlining ways that anyone can drive change for themselves, their organizations, and their communities. She partners with organizations and individuals globally to help them drive the changes they want to see in the world.
An engineer by trade, but an organizational troubleshooter by calling, April brings her energy, optimism, and enthusiasm to every challenge she encounters.
Born and raised in northern Wisconsin, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an Engineering Mechanics degree and a Technical Communications Certificate. That means she enjoys troubleshooting broken designs and loves writing and speaking.
While in college, she worked for four summers at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. She started her engine for change early, having taken apart and rebuilt a 14-liter diesel engine.
For almost 14 years, she proudly worked for the U.S. Navy at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) in Bremerton, Washington. At PSNS & IMF, she’s held the titles of Nuclear Engineer, Command Strategic Planning Manager, Theory of Constraints Implementation Manager, Work Force Development Program Managing Director and Guiding Coalition Managing Director. In every role, April partnered her engineering troubleshooting skills with her energy to drive positive change.
In December 2014 she joined Intel Corporation as a change coach and community steward, responsible for bringing cutting-edge change agency techniques throughout Intel’s 100,000+ workforce and across Intel’s global locations. Currently, April is Intel’s Director of IT Transformation.
April has been a featured speaker, coach and trainer across the United States and globally. Her work has spanned industries and improvement methods. She’s worked with organizations in the defense, aerospace, health care, technology, and oil industries and been featured at Theory of Constraints and Agile events. Years ago, April partnered with John Kotter (Harvard Business professor and author of Leading Change and Accelerate) at the frontier of his work.
April’s passion for change extends into her community service. April led a successful effort in Bremerton, Washington to build the region’s first beyond accessible playground for children and adults of all abilities. She was also awarded a YWCA Woman of Achievement Award for expanding local childcare facilities. Today, April focuses her service effort on privately developing a rural retreat center for special needs children and their families.
April lives in Cornelius, Oregon with her biochemist-turned-attorney husband and their four kids. They have little spare time, but when they can get away they love to take family road trips to national parks or they work on the retreat center project as a family.