Outthinker growth strategy consultants and certified strategists are carefully selected. Each has built a track record of transformative client impact, exhibits strategic thinking and facilitation talent, and demonstrates the embodiment of Outthinker’s values. Each undergoes a rigorous training program to ensure command of the Outthinker Process and tools.

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Amir Amir is a former management consultant with McKinsey & Company (from 2000 until 2005) where he specialized in advising companies on product development and innovation and served as the project manager of McKinsey’s effort to develop a reference guide on innovation in the consumer packaged goods industry. Since 2006, Amir has served clients as a management consultant, a management instructor, and worked as an interim CEO helping companies innovate and drive growth.

Amir has served as the CEO of the storied American personal care company Caswell-Massey from 2007 until 2011. In addition, he served as the CEO of high-end fashion house Luca Luca from 2008 until 2013.

He has authored or co-authored two books, three book chapters, 16 articles for the Encyclopædia Britannica, and six academic papers. His first book was published before he graduated from high school.

Amir holds a Bachelor’s (1993), Master’s (1995), and an Engineer (1998) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. While he was a graduate student, MIT awarded him a prestigious teaching fellowship.

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Nitin Batra has over a decade of experience helping companies deliver growth from innovations, both as a McKinsey consultant and in corporate innovation departments of leading global corporations. Prior to Outthinker, he has worked as the Global Head of Brand Innovation at Johnson & Johnson, held senior marketing strategy roles at Pfizer, and led strategy projects as a consultant at McKinsey. He is the founder of HatchCube, a company that uses technology to create innovations, and is a respected expert in the area of strategic innovation. Nitin has an MBA from INSEAD, Bachelors in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), a Management Certification from Tuck Business School, and has coached with WhatIf Innovation Company.

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Will Bachman is a former McKinsey consultant with more than 15 years of experience helping companies design new growth strategies and make operational improvements. He has led over 60 projects for executive teams.in businesses that range in size from $5 million to $50 billion in revenue.  He has worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, media, financial services, business services, for-profit education, manufacturing, energy, and transportation.  Examples of his work include facilitating the top team of an $8 billion consumer packaged goods company to define their strategic priorities, consolidating best practices across a Fortune 50 firm to develop an M&A playbook, and coordinating the global launch of a $100M marketing campaign for a leading financial services firm.

Will graduated from Harvard with a degree in Physics and Columbia Business School with an MBA in Management.  Will served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, where he was awarded three Navy Achievement Medals. He is fluent in English and Spanish with conversational command of Portuguese.

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Karen Barth

Karen Barth consults with senior executives to develop innovative growth strategies and the organizational capabilities to support them.  She spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company where she was one of the leaders of the Retail and Consumer Practice and where she specialized in Innovation and Change Management.  She conducted research on internal corporate innovation that resulted in the book, Creative Destruction.  Examples of more recent work include helping a real estate company develop a growth strategy and then build an internal group that can drive planning and innovation from the inside.  For a global medical device company, she worked with management to redesign their internal innovation group from the ground up including mission, structure, staffing and processes.  She developed a growth strategy for a leading fashion lifestyle brand – including in depth assessments of 10 categories for growth/innovation and selecting 3 for investment.  She designed a U.S. entry strategy for leading U.K. apparel retailer and developed an omni-channel strategy for a leading women’s fashion brand. In addition to real estate, fashion and healthcare, Karen has deep experience in consumer products and retail, and expertise in customer research.

Karen has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Brandeis University.

Brenda Blake

Brenda Blake is a former McKinsey consultant who has 20 years’ experience driving a variety of high-impact strategic growth initiatives related to consumer financial products, data, and marketing.  As an executive at American Express, she was responsible for business strategy across 100+ markets and headed functional areas in strategy, business development, marketing and operations, both domestically and globally.  She drove numerous innovative growth initiatives including launching American Express’ first credit card product in Canada, expanding it ultra-premium (Blackcard) product globally. She also led a start-up of a US corporate payments business. Her strategic marketing background ranges from product line strategy, new product development, consumer segmentation, brand building and creative communication.

Brenda holds a business degree from Ivey Business School, Western University.

 

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Nathaniel Falck works with mission-driven organizations on strategy, innovation, and team leadership. He is a former McKinsey consultant who has served national governments and some of the largest (and smallest) companies in the world on change management, performance transformation, and business strategy. As a consultant for a national ministry of education, Nathaniel led the design and launch of an innovation incubator for rural education to create a protected space for developing and evaluating new school management models. He also helped implement a structured process to design new startups to serve the emerging middle class in Colombia. Nathaniel has designed and led professional development programs on leadership, innovation, and structured problem solving, and has served clients in 10 countries including in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Nathaniel has a BA in political science from Stanford University, and an MPhil in economics from Oxford University.

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Julie Gupta focuses on developing and implementing innovative growth strategies, including expansion into emerging markets and new products/services.  She has experience working on C-level sponsored initiatives across a variety of industries with particular depth in pharmaceuticals, technology and the non-profit sector. Julie developed a five-prong strategy that enabled a leading pharmaceutical to maximize the value of drugs losing patent protection. She worked with executives to design a unique $100-million public/private partnership model for digital distribution of domestic public media content, both audio and video, for a leading broadcast company.

Julie earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds an MS/BS in Engineering from MIT.  She started her career as a consultant with Bain & Company.

Christy Johnson

Christy Johnson brings expertise on the organizational and cultural factors of innovation. She has worked with senior executives in numerous companies to design and implement core innovation initiatives and create new products and services across a broad range of industries, specializing in venture capital, technology, media, finance and healthcare.  She is a course facilitator for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business online LEAD program course including Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation; Critical Analytical Thinking; Innovator’s Playbook; and Strategic Leadership.  She is also an adjunct faculty member for the New Ventures Course at the University of Washington.  She began her consulting career at McKinsey & Company.

Christy holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management.  She also has a Master’s in Education from Stanford’s School of Education.

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Adina Laver has more than 20 years experience as an agent of change in schools, non-profit organizations, and consulting groups. With proven strengths in communication, human design, and problem-solving, she successfully turned around multiple non-profit organizations, created an advanced learning program in education and entrepreneurship, and consulted on numerous STEM innovation projects.  Early in her career, she was the lead architect for a Master’s level certificate program in Education and Entrepreneurship where she designed learning experiences leveraging cross sector collaboration with business, not for profit organizations, and governmental agencies.  She transitioned into leadership roles, first as a non-profit director and executive for education and human service organizations, and then as a leadership consultant on a nationally recognized grant project.  As a business innovator, she stabilized the budget of a historic non-profit organization by identifying opportunities for growth in current programming and launching a new revenue center.  Adina is known for bringing together various industries, experts, and stakeholders to create opportunities and meet market needs in ways that expand goodness. She has a unique blend of business acumen and training as well as deep understanding of what motivates human performance and engagement.
Adina earned an Executive MBA from Drexel University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s University, a BA in Political Science and Education from Barnard College of Columbia University, and a BA in Jewish Law from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
 
Anant Singh

Anant K. Singh is an advisor, entrepreneur, investor, and operating executive with 20 years’ experience including, senior roles at Google and McKinsey & Company. He is focused on accelerating the Value Sharing Economy for business creators, providers and professionals. While at Google, Anant led the successful turnaround and launch of the customer success function within the Ads business. He also led the global supply chain and retail operations function within Google’s Consumer Electronics business — from start-up to a full, ongoing business in 12 major markets globally. As part of his work at Google and as a management consultant, he has been an innovation evangelist and has launched 4 successful programs in the automotive, industrials, retail, and software industries.

Anant has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Management and Finance from Columbia Business School.

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Isadora Tang works closely with top-level global executives across a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, both in leading innovation projects and building internal innovation capability, culture, and teams.   She has industry experience in food and beverage, fashion, pharmaceuticals and e-commerce.  As a Founder and Innovation Director for LumenLab, MetLife’s innovation center based in Asia, she led teams of innovation strategists, technologists, and other experts to pilot new products and services in digital health and fintech. She led workshops on design thinking and built innovation capabilities in MetLife offices across Asia and the U.S.  She began her consulting career at Boston Consulting Group and worked with WhatIf? Innovation.

Isadora has a BA from New York University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.  She is conversant in Mandarin Chinese and speaks some Spanish.

 

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Brad Giles is a serial entrepreneur having started and grown five businesses in several different industries as well as being a strategic adviser to mid-market companies within his firm Evolution Partners. He is a certified Gazelles coach and regularly facilitates strategy workshops for management teams across Australia.

Because of his experience developing businesses from start‐ups to medium-sized operations, Brad deeply and practically understands the perspective of leaders and delivers actionable results. Brad is past chapter president of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and is an organizer of TEDxPerth, one of the largest TEDx events in the southern hemisphere. Brad was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and a two-time BRW magazine Fast 100 two-time winner. He also completed the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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David Greene advises industry, independent sector, and philanthropy c-suite executives on organization performance, talent management, corporate governance, social responsibility and diversity strategy.

He is a distinguished organizational development and performance improvement expert with more than 20 years of experience consulting organizations from different sectors, industries, and fields including Fortune firms, NGOs, universities and professional and trade associations.

As an award-winning strategic planner, distinguished facilitator and trainer, and executive and team coach, David is certified by several different governing bodies, including International Association of Facilitators, International Coach Federation, The Leadership Circle, Center for Applications of Psychological Type, and Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, among others, to lead large-scale engagements using these and practitioner tools.

David also regularly presents as a speaker and guest lecturer at professional association conferences and universities on strategy and leadership. He is an invited contributor to various publications such as Journal of EDM Finance, Diversity & the Bar, and Linked 2 Leadership, and he is a contributing author to Public Relations as a Branding Tool by Aspatore Books. He is a proud Stony Brook University alumnus..

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Jill Hellman is a strategy and innovation expert with more than 20 years of experience crafting, leading and deploying strategic initiatives.

Jill spent the first decade of her career inside Fortune 500s, ultimately serving as director of strategy of a $19B company. She then built a CEO/C-level innovation network for the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute at Cornell University. She also served as manager director, China for a private equity firm.

Jill has facilitated globally (Nordic region, Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America) on strategy/innovation for organizations like Microsoft, Nordic Innovation Centre, and Estee Lauder. She has been referenced in media like McKinsey Quarterly, Fast Company, CIO Magazine, Interior Design Media, Innovation Excellence, and Nielsen Business Media.

Jill received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Cathy McCullough has worked with CEOs and their E-Teams for more than 25 years to define, clarify, and focus on their strategic intent by helping them identify key Winning Moves that catapult their companies toward higher levels of success. She has worked with clients across sectors and sizes including Brooks Bell, Topographic, Inc., Contegix, Metropolitan Library System, St. Luke’s Hospital and Medical Network, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Centek, Genie Well Service, Tantus Technologies, World Neighbors’ Global Headquarters, RC Pet Products, Tenzing, Kybba, and more.

She has lead conferences and workshops with Entrepreneur’s Organization, the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Int’l Conferences, the Association for Talent Development’s Int’l Conferences (formerly ASTD), the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, the Texas A&M University Regional Conference on Business, Executive Women’s Forum, the Bricktown Capital Conference, and more. She has also been an invited contributor to various publications such as A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (Wiley Press), and T+D Journal.

Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree with specialization in leadership and organizational culture from Oklahoma State University, where she received the Graduate Research Excellence Award. She holds numerous certifications including Master Certification in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strategic Planning, Kotter’s Leading Change Model, Leadership 360, Organization Culture Assessments, Covey’s Building a Culture of Accountability, and more.

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Jeff Moore works with CEOs and executive teams to provide business development coaching and to produce businesses that continue to grow without requiring personal attention from the founders.

Jeff is a business strategist, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, puzzle thinker, and TEDx speaker. His background is in financial software, so he often helps his clients get clear on the financial aspects of their decisions or helps them improve their business processes. Jeff is certified by Gazelles International (Rockefeller Habits/Four Decisions for Business Growth), and Book Yourself Solid (Sales and Marketing).

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Leigh Paulden consults with CEOs, senior manager teams, boards and business owners in New Zealand’s top mid-market companies. In his role as facilitator and coach, he helps clients gain clarity and develop innovative strategies that drive business growth, build organization capabilities and achieve business excellence.  His work has spanned over 140 companies in 30 different industries including accounting, commercial and residential construction, distribution, finance, logistics, education, retail, manufacturing, technology and professional service firms.  In a representative project, he guided his client to conduct rigorous market research, clarify trends in their market segments and collaboratively interpret the data to determine implications for the future.  Using the Outthinker process, he facilitated the exploration of opportunities that no one had seen yet or thought of. They came up with a powerful, disruptive strategy and after market testing, they formed a new company that grew to 20% of the parent company in the 15 months with expectations that it will grow at 100% per year over the next four years. Using a similar approach, he has helped several others clients radically disrupt their industries and accelerate their growth by 100%.

Prior to consulting, Leigh worked from the ground up with 16 years experience in senior management roles and nine years in general manager roles in national companies.  Because his experience crosses numerous roles, departments, and industries, he brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to clients, resulting in more creative strategies.

Yvonne Sum

Dr. Yvonne Sum uses an integrated and thought-provoking approach to help companies improve the health of their culture and the performance of the organization.  Her work includes leadership development, coaching, and disruptive thinking to develop and implement innovative strategies.  She works with Directors, CEOs, and senior management in high growth multinational corporations, family enterprises, and entrepreneurial start-ups to creat innovative solutions.  She has worked across a variety of industries including aviation, luxury brands, IT, financial & professional services, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare among others. She helped the Group CEO of an international furniture manufacturer develop an innovation strategy run concurrently with leadership development and coaching programs that led to doubling annual export revenue, rapid geographic expansion, six new leaders emerging from their ranks, and simultaneous historic rises in employee engagement.

Yvonne graduated from the University of Sydney Australia with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honors. She is a published author of several books and is on the global faculty of Melbourne Business School, Mobius Executive Leadership, and Investible – Australia’s Business Generation Lab to co-create a unique entrepreneur education experience. She speaks conversational Cantonese, Malay, and Mandarin.

 

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Robert L. Weinberg, Ph.D. has more than 20 years experience as an OD consultant, executive coach and facilitator, specializing in leadership transformation, innovation and breakthrough methodologies. He has worked with executives and teams across a broad range of industries  including biotech, pharma, finance and consumer products with companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Oral-B, Gilead, Dolby and Keurig Green Mountain. He works with leaders and teams to produce results that go beyond the predictable, by developing innovative ideas and strategies, and learning leadership skills required to implement those strategies effectively.  In one case, Robert was a key member of the consulting team at Generative Leadership Group that worked with an innovation team at Oral-B charged with creating the first “flossing” toothbrush.   The result was the launch of the Cross-Action Toothbrush, which became the value share leader within six weeks.  It represented a 25% improvement after 60 years.  Twenty-three patents were awarded to the product and its development and manufacturing process.  In addition, they developed  and optimized a process for rapid prototyping in the development and validation of both lab and clinical test methods and they reduced the average product development cycle by 25%–one whole year.

Robert is a valued presenter at organizations such as The Bay Area OD Network (BAODN), The CIO RoundTable, and for The Brown University Alumni Mentoring Program.  Robert has his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. from Brown University.

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