upBOARD's growing network of global Thought Leaders shape the future of business.

Our global network of business thought leaders from across industries and functions lend their expertise to advance the practice of management. Whether you’re looking for the latest trends, models, or templates for business strategy, innovation, marketing, change management, operations, project management, or other topics, our blog provides strategic thinking supported by practical tools.


Soren Kaplan
Co-Founder, upBOARD
Innovate Columnist, Inc. Magazine
Affiliated Professor, USC Center for Effective Organizations

Soren has been recognized by the Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top thought leaders in business strategy and innovation. He is also the Wall Street Journal bestselling and award winning author of Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage, an Affiliated Professor at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business, a writer for Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, and a globally recognized keynote speaker. As a leading expert in disruptive innovation, innovation culture, and business model innovation, he has worked with Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Hershey, Red Bull, 3M, Medtronic, Roche, Philips, Cisco, Visa, Ascension Health, CSAA Insurance Group, the American Nurses Association, PwC, Accenture, Mercer and numerous others. Soren previously led the internal strategy and innovation group at Hewlett-Packard (HP) during the roaring 1990’s in Silicon Valley and was a co-founder of iCohere, one of the first web collaboration platforms for online learning. He has been quoted, published, and interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, CNBC, National Public Radio, the American Management Association, and USA Today, among many others.

Kathy Sheehan
Executive Vice President, GfK Consumer Life
Advisory Board, Customer Experience Program, Rutgers University

Kathy Sheehan is Executive Vice President and Global Director, GfK Consumer Life, which is a global trends service providing a holistic perspective of consumers across cultures, time and categories to identify and drive successful innovation opportunities.  GfK is the fourth largest market research company in the world, serving businesses around the globe with world-class research powered by leading edge methodologies and high technology.  Kathy teaches a variety of Marketing courses at NYU and sits on the Advisory Board for the Customer Experience Program at Rutgers University. For more information about Kathy, visit GfK Consumer Life or LinkedIn.

Cheryl Perkins
Chief Content Officer, upBOARD
Founder, InnovationEdge
Former Chief Innovation Officer, Kimberly-Clark

BusinessWeek named Cheryl as one of the top 25 Champions of Innovation in the world. As a global thought leader, Perkins brings three decades of experience leading companies as a creative catalyst in strategy and brand-building initiatives that contribute to rewarding end-user experiences and breakthrough business performance. Perkins is the author of Conquering Innovation Fatigue and a passionate keynote speaker who inspires audiences all over the world sharing her insights with C-level executives and leaders on crafting winning business strategies, plans, alliances and partnerships for commercial success. Perkins’ 23-year career at Kimberly-Clark propelled her to Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, where she led the company in game-changing innovation and growth.

Gabriel Mendoza
Vice President, upBOARD
Former Director of Product Innovation, Intuit

Gabriel possesses extensive hands-on experience in defining and delivering award-winning customer experiences, products, services, and business models. As former General Manager of eBay Marketplaces and Director of Product Innovation at Intuit, Gabriel leverages his deep expertise in design thinking, blueprinting, rapid prototyping, and agile iteration to help organizations transform their business processes and drive growth. He has successfully led cross-functional and cross-business unit teams across the globe including programs spanning the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Russia and India. With 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur across a wide range of companies and markets, Gabriel’s background spans eCommerce Marketplaces, Consumer Products, Financial Services, FinTech & Payment Platforms, Digital Entertainment, Smart Appliances, Hardware, Software, SaaS, and Small Business Marketing.

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