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

Offering Design + Strategy

Barbara defines clients’ services and strategies with quick thinking and precision writing. An ex-Deloitte partner, she knows how to help leaders fine-tune their best ideas.

Consultant, coach, facilitator, executive partner
MBA (Wharton), BA (Duke)
Travels from ATL (Atlanta, GMT -5)
Accomplished musician, mom, sailor, volunteer, dancer
Knows a lot about lacrosse. Still enjoys travel.

Coach
Consultant
Facilitator
Public Speaking
Growth
Deloitte
Fintech
Music
Dance

Feryal Hendricks

Transformation Champion

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

Versatile consultant, transformation leader, systems thinker, program/project manager, change accelerator, process excellence advocate, Industrial Engineer (Georgia Tech).

Delivered high quality results for 35+ satisfied clients.
Served on executive team of three emerging businesses.
Uncovers opportunities to enhance business or go above and beyond the known.
Strives for optimal alignment of strategy with people, process and technology.
Perpetual learner, nature and biomimicry enthusiast, global traveler, Italian music lover, hiker, Mediterranean at heart.

Transformation
Strategy Execution
Change Management
Systems Thinking
Process Excellence
Program Leadership

MIKE Bryant

Focus + Strategizing

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.

High-performance team architect.
Experienced transformation leader.
Offers fresh perspectives to generate ideas for growth.
Brings two decades of finance and strategy experience.
Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo.
Led global sales and operations teams in Asia and Europe.

Leadership
Learning
Culture
Fintech
International
Financial Planning
Customer Advocacy

TOM TORTORICI

Messaging + Copywriting

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

Writer, designer and strategist who treats those roles as a single function
Speaker & blogger obsessed with marketing that’s ‘optimized for humans’
‘Translator’ who turns ‘company speak’ into ‘customer speak’
Asker of questions that no one apparently thought to ask before
Collector of media, communications and computing artifacts.

Web Design
Copywriting
Marketing Creative
Graphic Design
Email Marketing
Creative Strategy
Content Writing
Social Media Content
Advertising Creative

Jackie Goldstein

Creative Strategy + Branding

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.

As a “go-to resource”, Jackie’s been entrusted to identify, clarify and realize creative initiatives.
She makes the work fun.
Lifelong curious learner.
Dog, travel and music lover.
Gardener.
Laugher.

Creative Direction
Graphic Designer
Creative Strategy
Copywriter
Web Design
Corporate ID
Branding
Advertising
Joy of Creating

Sean Weafer

Develops Leaders and Coaches

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.

Coach, Speaker, Irishman, Story Teller.
23 years coaching people to become evolved leaders and better versions of themselves.
Engineer with an appreciation for the measurement of proactive change.

Connector
Influencer
Speaker
Change
Coach
Leadership 

Jerry Seufert

Strengths Amplifier

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

Jerry has the mind of an engineer, the heart of an experience designer, and the compassion of a trusted counselor. His coaching helps ascending leaders amplify their strengths and expand their skills and methods for greater success.

Customer Experience
Coaching
Leadership
Critical Thinking
Writing
Change Management

CHRIS COOK

Creatively Mindful + Keynote

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.

Designer, Teacher, Mentor
Husband, Dad of 2 creative girls, tacos and water views…please ;–)
Visual experiences drive change

Creatively Mindful
Vision
Creative
Designer
Communications
Mentorship
Simplicity
Relationships
Service 

MONICA COMPTON

Events + Experiences

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

Event-planning guru.
Travel expert who’s been to 35 countries and six continents.
Go-to writer for B2B publications, websites and keynote presentations.
Well-versed in marketing strategy for meetings and events.
Obsessed with details, organization and maintaining the bottom line.

Meetings
Events
Marketing
Copywriting
Travel
Sponsorship Marketing
Project Management

Jorn Nielsen

Visual Storytelling + Strategy

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

Jørn is an artist who listens at meetings adn workshops in-person or on-line, then draws what people say so all participants get on the same page.

Live graphic recording for conference/workshop speakers.
Visual summaries of strategic planning and company visioning sessions.

Creativity
Art
Creative
Artist
Inspiration
Artwork
Creativity Coach
Creativity Found
Illustration
Drawing
Innovation
Graphic Recording
Visual Notes
Whiteboard Animation

MIKE WERNER

Consumer Sketches

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

Ad agency background.
Works anywhere: virtually and on-site.
Sees ideas with a fresh perspective, then let’s everyone see and feel the same thing.
Gets everyone on the same page.
Loves outsider art, noisy music, and baseball.

Creativity
Art
Illustration
Visual
Imagination
Innovation
Storyboards
Graphic Recording
Vision Maps
Explainer Videos

Siwen Li

Data Visualization Designer

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

MFA (Parson’s School for Design).
Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Researcher.

Design
Branding 
Visualization
Statistics
The Visual Shape Of Data
Teaching
Presenting
Writing

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