Meet the Bloggers

Austin Breed

I walk and eat fast so I can draw slowly. It’s like I need to get sleeping and eating out of the way so I can get to the place where I can drink coffee and make things with my hands. I grew up in Kansas City making cartoons and games, and ended up studying Graphic Design at a tiny university on the Missouri River. My favorite thing in the world is when people approach me and let me know that something I made or helped make impacted their lives; for the record, people viewing my work have reported crying, screaming, laughing hysterically, considering their personal relationships, and calling their moms.

My Bookshelf 
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Brandon Chinn

I act either 8 years old or 88 years old and rarely anything in between, so you’ll likely hear me talking about the state of Social Security or my favorite X-Men. Storm by the way. I’m an “MBA” but I like to pronounce it “Mmm-BAH.” I’m an ENTJ, but I’m also a unique person, so don’t put me in a box…unless I get to rally a group, make a plan, and build the box by COB Tuesday. I love a 2X2, but I also love a good doodle, and I love a framework, but I also like art without frames. I’ve always wanted glasses, but don’t need them…yet. My mom writes emails in ALL CAPS so that helps. 

My Bookshelf
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Michael Deem

I'm actually pretty risk adverse. I'm the guy who always buys insurance for his trips and packages. "Makes sense that you're in innovation." I know. It's like moving: It's fun when it's with someone else's stuff! Plus, you usually get a free lunch.

I moved from Minneapolis, so I make the most of every season (Autumn is my favorite, but winter is a close second). On any given day, you can find me biking around DC, reading on a park bench, and trying a new restaurant or brewery. The more creative the dish and brew, the better! As long as it comes with insurance …

My Bookshelf
Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens by K.C. Cole
The Design of Business by Roger L. Martin

Natalie Foley

A bossy listener. An empathetic MBA. A feminine tomboy. I often sit in middle of many paradoxes. But it’s better than being put in a box, right? Navigating these paradoxes helps me constantly question my personal and institutional assumptions. If you haven’t already guessed, I can be kind of serious sometimes. And when I’m not being serious … I like to use spreadsheets to organize personal initiatives. I’m kidding (but not really). When I do have time to relax, I turn to the following outlets for non-seriousness: the Onion, Parks & Rec, my stellar co-workers, and my friends and family, who still really don’t know what I do for work, but as long as I use the word ‘innovation’ a lot, they think it sounds remotely cool … for now.

My Bookshelf

The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall 
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Kathi Hendrick

I think I got my engineering instincts and analytical mindset from my mom (who I’m named after), and my love of the arts, specifically music, from my dad. Together they gave me a really intense curiosity to learn and try new things. Once you get to know me you’ll realize that I’m an ambivert, perfectly happy to stay in on a Saturday night and watch Netflix or camp alongside tens of thousands of other people at a music festival. Both are necessary. 

I believe making plans and having goals is really important, but I think it’s a careful balance between staying focused and adapting to what you discover along the way. I’m a big proponent of living in the present and being open to the unexpected.  

My Bookshelf
Creativity Inc, by Ed Catmull
Quiet by Susan Cain

Clay Maxwell

I am unusual. I fell into innovation consulting (as if that’s a real thing) right out of college and haven’t looked back. I play with business models by day and by night use my right brain to destroy my apartment with creative endeavors, at the stove or at the easel. A reader of all things, but classics in particular, explains why I sometimes speak in old English, or seem to anyway. 

My Bookshelf
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Tim Ogilvie

I’m Tim and I do not sit still. I go places. I came into this world going places. Born in Frankfurt, West Germany. Then on to DC, Kansas City, Tokyo, Savannah, Rapid City and Seoul. All before my 14th birthday. Some people feel sorry for the new kid in school, but I always felt bad for the kids who had to stay in one place. In college, I started rock climbing and mountaineering, and man, did that take me places! But design thinking has taken me to the most unexpected places. To a skilled nursing facility, a pizza factory, a 600-year-old castle and to Bangkok. My design thinking journey is approaching its fifteenth year, and I can tell it’s just getting started. 

My Bookshelf 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Conscious Business by Fred Kofman

Jimmy Tran

Urbanite. Entrepreneur. Foodie. Optimist. 

I would love to hear your story! Hailing from New York City, I was exposed to a plethora of cultures and experiences. Whether it was trying new food with friends in the Bronx and Queens, or chatting with a café owner in SoHo, I always found myself in awe and learning so much. I am always interested in hearing what people are doing. Drop me a line and let’s grab coffee/tea.

My Bookshelf 
Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch