Our Fellows

A Network of Thought Leaders

Our Fellows

Maddock Douglas Fellows are innovation thought leaders with skill sets that complement our Services and Thinking.



Aaron Proietti

Aaron Proietti is the author of the upcoming book, Today's Innovator, a guide for anyone expected to innovation inside of an organization, expected in early 2019. He approaches innovation as a competency to be built and nurtured within the individual and the organization, rather than an outcome. Aaron formerly held the roles of SVP of Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Customer Advocate, and Head of the Innovation Lab at Transamerica.

Barb Solomon

Barb Solomon is a culture shifter. Over Barb’s career, she has worked to shift culture within classrooms, public schools and recently at a nonprofit corporation through communication and relationships.

Dr. Bernard Banks

Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Banks’ expertise lies in the areas of leader development and organization change. He has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in small through large size organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Bruce Starcher

Bruce Starcher speaks about business models and can customize the conversation to make it relevant for your audience.

Curt Steinhorst

Curt Steinhorst is the founder and president of Promentum Group, a communications consultancy that crafts messages for today’s distracted audiences. As a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction, Curt has spoken across the globe to audiences that include Fortune 100 companies, global nonprofits, national associations and professional sports teams.

Dr. Daniel Friedland

Dr. Daniel Friedland helps business and healthcare organizations transform their leaders and people from stress and burnout into high-performing, innovative, engaged leaders and teams so they can take their organizations to the next level in a globally competitive environment.

David Crosswhite

David Crosswhite is an experienced advisor to senior management, speaker and author on the topics of driving growth and strategic innovation agendas within large organizations and legacy business models and ecosystems. David’s work in growth strategy and strategic innovation advisory spans the last 25 years.

David Emerald Womeldorff

David Emerald Womeldorff is co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center and the author of The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), a teaching story about self-leadership — which also has everything to do with organizational leadership.

David Rendall

David Rendall has more than 20 years of experience leading people and organizations. During the last 15 years, David has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent.

Diana Kander

Diana Kander is a successful entrepreneur and author. Diana is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, All In Startup, and her new book, The Curiosity Muscle.

Dr. Edward Diehl

Dr. Edward Diehl is the Founder and President of Pathway Biotechnology, an intellectual property evaluation, development and marketing firm. His experience includes faculty, pharmaceutical and biotechnology R&D, business development, investment, and marketing positions. He is a leader in helping position technologies and companies for growth and success.

Fred Ehle

Fred Ehle is a transformative, customer-centric, innovative and results-driven marketing leader who unearths and leverages customer insights that drive organizations and deliver results. Fred’s unique combination of corporate, strategic consulting and agency experience provides a breadth of business challenges and depth in all aspects of marketing, including several “firsts” for companies such as McDonald’s, PulteGroup and SC Johnson.

Heidi Hanna

Heidi Hanna is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, an integrative neuroscience partnership that provides brain-based training for individuals and organizations. As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table.

John K. Coyle

John Coyle is the founder of The Art of Really Living and an expert in innovation and design thinking. As a speaker and author, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories, which bring his topics to life and really make you think.

John Ruhlin

John Ruhlin is the founder of the Ruhlin Group. John’s company is trusted by the leaders of fast-growing companies to develop relationship-building strategies and VIP gifting programs to increase referrals and strengthen retention with their most important clients, employees and prospects.

Jodi Bondi Norgaard

Jodi Bondi Norgaard is the founder of Dream Big Toy Company and the creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls, books, and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image. Jodi is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and activist for the better portrayal of girls and women beyond stereotypes.

Dr. L. Miguel Encarnação

Dr. L. Miguel Encarnação is an executive innovation management consultant and organizational innovation orchestrator with a passion for creating sustainable innovation cultures by applying design thinking to systemic transformation. By looking at innovation from an ecosystem’s perspective, he is moving with his innovation work seamlessly between different stages of the innovation pipeline, from basic research to commercialization, identifying patterns, creating surprising insights, and helping his diverse customers to recognize and to connect them.

Randy Horton

Randy Horton is passionate about helping established organizations break through to their What’s Next by building new capabilities and launching new products and services that are both innovative and successful.

Scott Ham

Scott Ham is a senior advisor with McKinsey & Company and industry director for Ringleader Ventures. He is a dynamic, visionary, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in high-paced organizations.

Stan Phelps

Stan Phelps is the founder and CMO (Chief Measurement Officer) of 9 INCH marketing, a consultancy that inspires leaders to think differently about their most important stakeholders. Stan works with brands to win the hearts of employees and customers through a groundbreaking concept called The Goldfish Rule.

Susan Robertson

Susan Robertson’s engaging and interactive presentations educate and inspire people to maximize their innate creativity. She helps people discover what is hindering their innovation efforts and gives them practical, easy-to-implement tools to spark new thinking.

Tammy Lakes

Tammy Lakes has worked in thousands of classrooms across the nation. She informs and instructs on sustainable innovation in education, best practices in leadership, and creating an organizational culture that achieves goals by putting the customer at the center of decisions.