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, through my new business book for creatives, Brutally Honest: No-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business (order here!). 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.
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.