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Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of Outthinker, a former McKinsey & Co. consultant and author of four business strategy books, most recently Outthink the Competition. A sought-after keynote speaker, recognized expert and popular blogger on the topics of business growth strategy and innovation, he is helping a growing cadre of leading companies and corporations such as Microsoft, Oracle, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, TIAA-CREF and BNY Mellon prepare themselves to compete in a digital, agile, purpose-driven future.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said, “Kaihan shows that with a compelling idea anyone can change the world,” and that message lies at the heart of Kaihan’s strategic approach.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology Program, Kaihan has spent more than a decade studying the intersection of language, technology, and innovation to drive competitive advantage. He earned his BS in finance from Wharton Business School, BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, MBA from Columbia Business School, and Doctorate of Science in Economics from Abo Akademi.



Mike Brassaw oversees internal operations for Outthinker. A retired Marine Colonel, Mike gained extensive hands-on experience in every facet of leading operations, from strategy development to solving complex operational challenges. His experiences running operations include command pilot for the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, disaster relief operations across Asia, and, notably, supporting Japan immediately following the devastating tsunami and damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor. Mike has a proven record of facilitating win-win outcomes to complex strategic and policy-related dilemmas from staff assignments at NATO, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Southern Command, and as Chief of Staff for U.S. Marine Forces Central Command. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in finance, a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies, and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on information systems and predictive analytics. He is a certified Outthinker® facilitator and trained as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.


Leslie DaCruz has over 25 years of experience driving new business initiatives, marketing innovations, and growth strategy as an internal innovator at Disney and PepsiCo.

As a senior executive with The Walt Disney Company, Leslie was hired at the inception of a new Disney division where he was instrumental in creating a 20-fold increase in revenues over a 10-year period to more than $1.5 Billion at retail. He has also held senior general management positions at PepsiCo, Mars & Company, Hasbro, Laureate Education and Philip Morris.

Leslie has lived more than 19 years in Latin America and Europe and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and proficient in French. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business.


Charmian Hall is responsible for business development at Outthinker and works to ensure that we consistently over deliver for our clients. Previous to joining Outthinker, Charmian founded two businesses and has held senior sales positions in highly regarded consulting firms. Charmian began her career working in training and development specializing in sales, service and leadership. Charmian has a B.A. in political science and a M.A. in industrial psychology. She is a highly rated speaker at training conferences and leadership events.


Shannon Wallis heads our Learning Solutions and Outthinker® Certification programs and Global Director of High-potential Leadership Development. Shannon brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership program design, executive coaching, transformational change, and strategic planning. Shannon is the former global director of high-potential leadership development at Microsoft. In her role, she was the chief architect of an award-winning leadership program and responsible for the development of top-tier talent. She worked with multiple Fortune 100 businesses as diverse as Coca-Cola, Price Waterhouse, EMC, VMware, Federal Express, and Grameen Foundation. Widely sought in her field, Shannon has contributed to multiple books on leadership development and talent management. Shannon holds a Master of Business Administration with concentration in health services management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in human development and social policy from Northwestern University. She is certified in a variety of psychometric instruments including both the World Institute for Action Learning and Authenticity Consulting coaching methodologies.

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