Profile | Emily Cohen
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Thought Leadership

I have been honored to consult and work with many leading design firms across the country. Through these experiences, I have developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. I love sharing my expertise through my speaking engagements, guest posts, Skillshare class, webinars, industry activism, and, most recently, through my new business book for creatives (pre-order on Kickstarter!). I particularly enjoy speaking with designers and sharing my strongly held belief that how we act in our professional lives and how we communicate the value of our services reflects on the entire industry.  




I’m not a SWOT style consultant that comes in, gives advice, and leaves. Rather, I work with my clients over several months and, often, over many years. I help my clients develop, build, refine, and grow their firms or in-house teams. Many of my clients think of me as their virtual partner. I think of them as my friends. My consultations usually start with a full-day engagement during which I work with them to outline their business goals and develop a prioritized action plan. I then continue to advise them throughout the next few months or years, keeping them on track and helping them pivot, when necessary. For my long-term clients, I work with them periodically, as their virtual business partner, on an as-needed basis to problem solve or work through and strategize a particular challenge or opportunity. Additionally, for over 5 years, Sheri Koetting & I have ran and led Evolve Symposium, an intimate event in Brooklyn where 30+ design firm principals from around the country meet to learn new strategies for running their business from experts as well as their peers.

Academic + Industry Affiliations

I have been an active member of AIGA (since I graduated college), served as Secretary for the NY Board of Directors, and have spoken at both their national conferences as well as to over 20 chapters across the country, including their Design Camp in Minnesota. I have also taught professional practices at New York University (NYU) as well as The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and I am currently teaching a course called “Business of Design” at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

Want to hear more about why I love what I do and explore how we can work together?