the team

Focused on your most important outcomes

Each of our teams (your teams, really) have 3-5 smart, experienced, articulate specialists who accelerate your learning so that you can envision, design, and lead your future-state enterprise through tough-to-navigate challenges like pandemics, digital transformation, new products and services, and changing client demands.

Your team will be focused on helping you nail your game plan in weeks not months and on making sure your story is straight so that everyone can get on board and get things done.

Mike Wittenstein

Founder + Managing Partner

Mike defines the firm’s direction and voice, and works with clients. Visionary yet practical. Approachable. Quick, creative thinker. Ego in check. Four languages.

Storyteller, strategist, digital agency lead, IBM eVisionary, consultant, coach.
Four languages, 100+ cities, 800+ engagements.
MBA, BA, CSP, CCXP, CMC, DTM
Travels from ATL (Atlanta, GMT -5)
Husband, Dad, hiker, woodworker, traveler, civic volunteer.
Always curious. Sometimes funny. Polite in all cultures.

Management Consulting
Strategic Planning
Storytelling
Leadership
Business Design
Service Design
Creative Direction
Customer Experience
Coaching
Facilitation
Public Speaking
Thought Leader

Barbara Deskey

Barbara defines clients’ strategies and services through keen focus on customer needs and behavior. An ex-Deloitte Consulting Partner, she helps leaders fine-tune their best ideas to get results.

Feryal Hendricks

Feryal brings Future Stories to life, systematically. Over 35 times, she has connected the big-picture strategy to the details that matter.

Mike Bryant

Mike zeros in on organizations’ strengths so they can become what their customers want most. A former UPS Capital executive, Mike does big picture and details together.

Tom Tortorici

Tom helps companies make a genuine connection with their audience. Tom brings 25 years of experience in strategy, copywriting, marketing, and creative.

Jackie Goldstein

Always in creative overdrive, Jackie brings her ability to see things with a fresh perspective and an ever-present joy. And the results are always true to her customer’s brand.

David Ryback

David is an international speaker and 7-time published author with a focus on emotional intelligence. He goes deep with top-level executives and explores the potential for greater leadership and organizational growth.

Sean Weafer

Sean coaches leaders to get the most out of their leaders. Highly skilled with people, Sean shows his clients how they can achieve more by first becoming more.

Jerry Seufert

Jerry helps leaders zero in on their growth trajectories, then helps them eliminate frustrating barriers.

Chris Cook

Chris creates visual experiences for audiences. He makes sure that what’s on the screen adds visual energy to a speaker, a company, or a brand.

Monica Compton

Monica transforms meetings into experiences. She is an international meeting planner and travel writer who excels at planning how futures will feel.

Jorn Nielsen

Jorn helps clients see what they say. Former creative director at the Walt Disney Company and current agency founder/lead creative.

Mike Werner

Mike turns words into pictures so that people can get on the same page. Drawing others’ ideas helps everyone make better collective decisions.

Siwen Li

Siwen sees numbers creatively. He turns complex data sets into visually appealing, informative, and convincing summaries. He presents numbers as stories.

Robb Bingham

Robb prepares teams for change by creating memorable journeys that engage, educate, and empower. His approach inspires individuals and organizations to move from simply knowing into meaningful doing; the kind that makes an impact.

Rudy Miick

Rudy uses culture to achieve high performance and engagement for staff and customer alike at every brand touchpoint. All without drama. He mentors others to create measurable outcomes with soft skills. Results? Top and bottom lines improvements while making the learning fun!

Dr. Tonia East-Phanor

Dr. Tonia helps teams to think and communicate on a global level. Her warm approach and educational background help clients to share their stories with confidence.

Jenna Dobkin

Jenna drives engagement with precision. Skilled at public relations, digital, and omnichannel communications, she can fill funnels at any stage in the sales cycle. She is focused, determined, a gifted communicator, and always focused on client outcomes.

Lee Barnathan

Lee uses a journalist’s approach to make sure that truths come through and that ideas connect. After 30 years, he keeps things short and sweet.

Let us help you figure out your new game plan, and the story your team needs to make it real.

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