Tom is a business and design strategy consultant, innovation thought leader, teacher, speaker and facilitator in the world of design thinking and human centered design. He is the founder of "eleven consulting group" which helps companies grow and sustain success through innovation using a diverse team of full-time senior professionals in the behavioral sciences, design, business, brand, organization/corporate culture and communications.
Tomâ€™s work is focused on identifying, developing and bringing "next" to life with a deep respect for the business, cultural and marketplace ecosystems in which "next" thrives.
Tom was an associate partner at IDEO for 12 years, co-leading the Chicago office, helping to shape and guide innovation/design initiatives for clients including Motorola, Chrysler, 3M, Tetra Pak, Scandinavian Airlines System, Starbucks, Kraft, Nestle, NAVTEQ, Whirlpool, P&G, Lilly, McDonalds, AMEX, American Greetings, Grainger, Walgreens, AT&T, Sony, Bayer, and others.
Current collaborations include Childrenâ€™s Memorial Hospital, Jones Lang LaSalle, Sodexo, Baker Hostetler, Kraft, Lookingglass Theatre, Business Genome Project and JDL/Here, among others.
Tom is an active lecturer at Northwesternâ€™s Kellogg Graduate School of Management & McCormick School of Engineering.
Tom was chairperson of the 2012 Edison Awards and founded Edison Universe, a NFP dedicated to education. He serves on the board of Childrenâ€™s Memorial Hospital Foundation.
In Feb/2012 at TED in Long Beach, Tom delivered a talk about the universality of human connection as expressed by Shakespeare and Star Trek. In Oct/2012 Tom hosted the Edison Talks at Chicago Ideas Week.
Tom has a multi-disciplined background that includes Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Boston University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Marketing Management at Stanford University.
Tom resides in Northbrook, Illinois with his wife, daughters and dog.
Design, business DNA, relationships, politics, education, gravity, pancakes, small children, puppies, world peace, my lawn, my family, health and wellness, ice skating and socks
The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of the conversation you have with yourself AND the comfort of your socks.
Gravity, Time Travel, Lost, Making Socks, Dairy Free Living, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Gallactica, Bill Maher, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Pancakes, World Peace, Ending Terrorism, Using Your Turn Signal
Pitching low and inside fastballs, speed climbing stairs, dash board drums, making dairy free pancakes, lawn care, construction, listening.
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