WHITNEY VOSBURGH, Co-Founder His purpose is to maximize shared value for brands and all stakeholders. His mission is to elevate people, organizations, and communities to a brand new sense of purpose, possibility, and plenty. He focuses on inspiring and leading short-term innovation and long-term transformation, so we can share our gifts and passions with the world to make a lasting difference. He works to promote doing well by doing good and doing the right thing.
As interim Chief Marketing Officer for Fortune 50 companies and Silicon Valley start ups, he creates results quickly. He brings a market-based POV to crystalize brand and marketing strategy, and leads implementation including creative that makes all the difference. He pinpoints and optimizes key windows of opportunity, such as liquidity events, re/positionings, and global re/launches.
He graduated with a M.A. in Community Building from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and with a B.F.A. in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design in New York. Whitney has a world of experience—he has lived, studied, and worked all over Europe, Asia, and America. His expertise has been featured in four books on the Future of Work, including a bestseller by Dan Pink. He co-authored a book with Charlie: "Work The Future! Today: Bringing shared purpose to life", which is coming out Spring 2017. @brandguru
DR. CHARLES GRANTHAM has a rich multi-disciplinary background, and pursues his passion for helping leaders, organizations, and communities realize their true potential for effective performance, governance, and sustainability. After serving in the Special Forces—no, he can’t tell you about it—he enjoyed successful careers in academia and with multi-national technology companies as an Executive Director of R&D.
Charlie received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland. He has published nine books and several dozen technical papers. His last book was “ForeSight 2025,” a practical guide on how to navigate the change process to prosper in the coming decade. He co-authored a book with Whitney: "Work The Future! Today: Bringing shared purpose to life". Charlie actually worked with the original prototypes for Dilbert and the Gang... yes, all true!
BEN GIOIA (“joya”)
Mindful, Empathetic Influence + Leadership: Ben is a speaker, consultant, bestselling author, and President of InfluenceWithAHeart.com. He shows people how to make a bigger impact by inspiring their clients, customers, or audience to say “yes”.
Ben helped transform culture at a Fortune 100 company, trained millionaire business leaders at Stanford, created a Mindfulness & Empathy video game for 16,000 customer experience representatives, won an award from The ALS Association (Lou Gehrig's disease), and served 32 million people by helping launch one of the biggest magazines in the world.
Almost dying on a hike in India gave Ben a gift: a fire inside to make a massive impact. So today, he shows people how to influence and create positive transformation for the customers, clients, and the organizations they are serving.
JEANETTE KARTHAUS has the Dutch touch—her design DNA informs everything she does. She has a background in brand business development, account management, design implementation, and team consensus building. Jeanette provides a unique perspective that is valuable to clients undertaking significant brand identity change at every stage.
Jeanette received her BFA in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Working both in-house the Apollo Group and Chronicle Books, and as an independent design consultant for brand agencies, Jeanette has been thoroughly immersed in the development of integrated design systems for significant brands. Her versatile background and senior level experience allows her to make sound design decisions, and manage projects from inception to completion.
MICHAEL COLLINS makes the invisible visible—giving tangible form to concepts and ideas that spring from the brand strategy phase—distilling them into dynamic logos that communicate at first glance the very essence of a company’s vision and enterprise.
Supporting his logo design expertise for such brands as LG and the University of Phoenix, is his wealth of experience on national and global brand identity systems at world-class brand consultancies and as an independent design consultant—ensuring that the logo is consistently well staged across a wide variety of print, digital, and environmental applications.
Michael’s approach is distinctly hands-on, intuitive as it is thoughtful, and he finds fulfillment in working with his clients on a personal level, gratified as their brand vision is richly arrived at and beautifully implemented. He received his BFA at the Art Center College of Design with Honors, worked at Landor Associates in San Francisco and London, Luxon Carrà and TrueBrand, and independently on significant brand identity projects in America, Europe and Asia.