A Growing Network of Global Thought Leaders Shaping 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.

Contributors

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.

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.

Tania Fiero, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President of Human Resources
Innovative Employee Solutions

Tania leads Human Resources, Risk Management, and the Legal Department at IES. Her efforts to promote a great culture for employees has resulted in multiple local and national awards including San Diego’s Best Places to Work 10 years in a row, the KUSI Breaking Away Award of Excellence (2015) and the American Staffing Association’s Care Award (2014 and 2015).

Varun Malik
Managing Director, Konsälidön
Former Solutions Leader, Operations Consulting, PwC

Varun is the Founder and CEO of Konsälidön. Konsälidön is a new-age consulting firm that connects organizations with consulting teams more effectively than traditional consulting partnerships.

Previously, Varun has set up and managed businesses for large, mid-sized and small consulting firms. At PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), he established and headed an Operations Consulting team and lead operational improvement projects for clients in the MENA region. He has set up and managed a consulting team at Protiviti, a global risk management and internal audit firm and managed operations consulting projects at Encreate Consulting, a start-up consulting firm in Dubai.

Robert Tucker
President, Innovation Resource Consulting Group
Innovation Speaker and Consultant

Robert Tucker is president of Innovation Resource Consulting Group, based in Santa Barbara, California, and an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of innovation and leadership development. He helps organizations seeking to improve top and bottom line performance via what he calls “systematic innovation.” Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, he’s been a consultant and keynote speaker for over two decades. His seven bestselling books on innovation have been translated into 17 languages and are used by business leaders worldwide. He’s helped shape the innovation strategies of over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies as well as clients in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Australia. Learn more about him at InnovationResource.com.

Steven Benson
Founder and CEO, Badger Maps
Former Regional Sales Manager, Google

Steven Benson is the Founder and CEO of Badger Maps, the #1 route planner for field salespeople. Badger visualizes sales data, optimizes daily routes, and generates meeting reports – helping users drive 20% less and sell 25% more on average.

Nicolas Bry
Orange Valley Chief Innovation Officer, Orange
Former Chief Product Officer, Club-Internet, Deutsche Telekom

Nicolas is Chief Innovation Officer at Orange Valley, an agile entity within Orange Innovation. His job is to set up creative units for new business, in the digital industry.

Innovation Studio Leader, for incubation of internal and external start-ups, and structuring Open innovation program: Imagine.orange.com, Orange Intrapreneurs Studio, Orange Business Model Innovation, RapidInnovation.fr and Startup.Orange.com. International speaker, entrepreneurs coach, innovation teacher (Telecom ParisTech, MediaSchool, HEC & CentraleSupélec), and freelance consultant for the European Community. Follow him at @nicobry, or read his personal blog at rapidinnovation.fr.

Aaron Hurst
CEO, Imperative
Speaker and Author

Aaron Hurst is a globally recognized social entrepreneur who works to create communities that are empowered to realize their potential. He is the CEO of Imperative, a B Corp advocating for Purpose-Oriented Workers and supporting the organizations that embrace them.

Matthew E. May
Founder and CEO of StratInnoSys
Creator of The Idea Score™ and name principal at Matthew E. May & Associates

Matthew E. May is a strategy and innovation advisor and author of five five critically acclaimed business books, including The Elegant Solution and Winning the Brain Game.

Dan Rockwell
Founder and Owner of Leadership Freak

Dan Rockwell is freakishly interested in leadership. He is an Inc. Magazine Top Fifty Leadership and Management Expert and Top 100 Great Leadership Speakers. He was also a American Management Association Top 30 Leader in Business of 2014. According to the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness, the Leadership Freak blog is often the most socially shared leadership blog on the Internet.

Denise Broady
COO, Workforce Software
Former COO, SAP – Industries and Core Lines of Business

Denise has always known one of her driving forces in life is to redefine the ordinary.

Denise came to America by boat as a refugee from Vietnam to the low-income projects of Virginia. Even then, she knew that she would not allow herself to be limited as a result of her upbringing. Whether it was being the first in her family to receive a college degree or becoming a change agent in her 21-year professional career – she’s always pushed boundaries to drive success.

As COO of WorkForce Software, she’s shared her mission to redefine the ordinary: we’re making work easy across the globe.

Leela Srinivasan
Advisor, Lever
Former Director of Marketing, LinkedIn Talent Solutions

Leela is a senior advisor at Lever (rhymes with ‘Clever’), an HR technology company. Lever is on a mission to help companies fundamentally improve the way they hire. Leela developed her obsession with all things talent during four and a half years at LinkedIn where she was the first product marketer for LinkedIn Talent Solutions (LTS).

Matthew DiGeronimo
Vice President of Operations, Veolia North America

Retired Naval Officer (Fast Attack Submarines), Nuclear Engineer / MBA, Entrepreneur (Launched/Divested an M&A company), Professional Public Speaker, Vice President of Operations for Veolia North America. Author of Amazon Best-Seller: “Extreme Operational Excellence“.

Michael Graber
Managing Partner, Southern Growth Studio: Insight, Innovation, Strategy

Michael Graber is the founder of the Southern Growth Studio. He helps smart companies grow by fusing design thinking, innovation methods, brand and business strategy, behavioral economics, market research, ethnographic studies, and focused creativity.

Barry Libert
CEO, OpenMatters
Digital Board Member | CEO Advisor

Barry Libert is a digital board member, CEO mentor and the Chairman of an AI start up focused on building the first corporate robo advisor. His past clients include AT&T, Microsoft, GE Healthcare, Deloitte, ESPN, MLB, AAA, and Goldman Sachs. He has co-authored 6 books and 20 ebooks on business models and transformation leadership; published 1,250+ articles in the NYT, WSJ, HBR, [email protected], MIT-SMR, and Forbes; appeared on CNBC, CNN, NPR, Bloomberg TV, and FB Live; and delivered 500+ key note speeches to 50,000+ people globally on digital business models.

Dr. Bob Nelson
President, Nelson Motivation, Inc.

Dr. Bob Nelson is one of the world’s leading authorities on employee motivation, engagement and performance and president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems.

Aron Clymer
Founder, DataClymer

Aron Clymer is the founder of “Data Clymer”, a professional data services company.  He is passionate about building modern cloud data systems and then helping organizations instill a data-driven culture.  Actionable insights are the new competitive advantage, and Aron has over a decade of experience helping organizations of all sizes fully leverage their data. When done well, customers are delighted and companies find innovative, and often unexpected, strategies for success.

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