About Us

When we first launched Culturevate we recognized a need for organizations to train and engage their employees around innovation skills, in order to create a culture of innovation, identify and support intrapreneurs and increase the flow of innovative ideas.


Since then, the industry has more broadly embraced our thinking and approach, and the overall understanding around the need to create a culture of innovation has advanced across the industry more broadly.


In response, we have recently expanded our offerings to align with the increasingly sophisticated needs of our clients. We have launched new relationships with Cornell University and Brightidea, expanded our team into Europe, and broadened our offers.


We are excited to continue to evolve and shape the marketplace and look forward to working with an exceptional range of clients. We hope that your visit to our site is the start of a longer relationship. So take a look around, and let’s talk about your innovation needs? Let us know how we can help!

Regards

Anthony and Josh

Co-Founders

Anthony Ferrier

CEO
Anthony helped found Culturevate after seeing the issues that many companies faced in executing innovative ideas, after 20 years of working in the innovation and business-to-business sectors. He is a widely read author (www.culturevate.com), speaker and advisor to industry leaders. He has advised companies as diverse as Pfizer, US Postal Service, Johnson and Johnson, ADP, Fidelity, etc. He led the wildly successful innovation program at The Bank of New York Mellon and managed business planning for Pershing. Anthony has a Masters of Commerce from The University of Sydney and has lived in New York City for far too many years. Being a geek at heart, he loves the challenge of working with new clients and better understanding their challenges and opportunities.
+1 (917) 822 2115, Anthony@culturevate.com, @AnthonyFerrier

Josh Felderstein

President, Client Relations
Josh began his career at JP Morgan Chase as a telephone sales rep in the mid 90’s. Over his 14 year career span with JPMC, he moved up the corporate ladder to Assistant Vice President on the mortgage side, becoming one of the NY metro area’s leading account managers. Upon leaving Chase, Josh began working for Coloredge, a leading large format digital graphics company- traveling coast to coast to manage clients from LA to NYC. While at Coloredge, he marketed large companies such as: Yahoo, Nissan, Whole Foods, and Johnny Walker. With 20 years of professional sales experience, Josh’s good friend Anthony approached him with a niche product in the innovation arena. With Anthony’s extensive experience in this industry and Josh’s B2B sales background, Culturevate was born. Having grown up in Upstate NY, Josh has a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Brockport and has attended numerous sales training courses throughout his career.
+1 (917) 972 6530, josh@culturevate.com, @JoshFelderstein

Culturevate's Associates

Tom McDermott

VP, Client Relations
Tom is a pioneer in the innovation development space, having worked for organizations as diverse as Spigit (Mindjet), Imaginatik, Hype and Vistage, where he has advised Fortune 500 organizations across a range of strategic and tactical challenges. As a software and services sales leader, he applies exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to build high quality teams and client relationships that generate record-breaking levels of revenue and market share. His client experience includes working with organizations as diverse as Boeing, Mayo Clinic, Merck, and Citi. His deep experience, combined with his previous background as a practicing psychotherapist, enables him to recommend solutions that are intuitive, practical and focused on generating business results. Tom has a Masters of Arts (Psychology) from Boston College and is based in the Greater Boston area.
(781) 626 0625, Tom@culturevate.com, @tom_mcdermott

Frank Dethier

Strategic Innovation Consultant - Europe
Frank started his career at Philips Electronics, has worked in many B2C and B2B business and has been Innovation Manager in several of them in his 20+ years career. He has a passion for making companies more innovative, combining both hard skills (Strategy, Process, Organization) and soft skills (Resources, Culture, Change). Frank has a Masters of Civil Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium and has a motivating inspirer (Insights) or Debater/Campaigner (MBTI) personality. Next to that, he's coaching several start-ups as a 'hobby'.

Libbi Williams

Business Associate
Libbi’'s experience has focused on engaging and coordinating employees and outside stakeholders for organizations in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. She has worked in team-building, project coordinating, and consultative capacities. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Management at New York University, and she is a University of Chicago alumna. Her professional interests include human resources, innovation and knowledge management. She enjoys cooking for friends, traveling, and constantly learning.

Vivianne Laude

Director, Client Management
Viv has a solid track record in supporting and leading training programs at Fortune 500 organizations such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon and Fuji Film. She is results and detail oriented, with a strong project management capability. Viv graduated from New York University with a Bachelors in Technology. She is a travelista (having recently volunteered for an elephant rescue program in Laos), a wine enthusiast and lives in New York City.

Sharlene Bisram

Business Associate
Sharlene has spent the past 7 years of her career in financial services including roles as a Human Resource Administrator, FX Analyst and Client Management Associate. In a past life Sharlene worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Fire Department of New York. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Baruch College in New York City. Sharlene holds a BA in Finance from Baruch College and a BS in Health Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook. Sharlene considers herself a foodie and enjoys traveling the world in her free time.

Archie Farchie

Chief Morale Officer
Archie is a founding member of the Culturevate team. He brings to the organization an established track record of calming stressful environments and spreading happiness to those around him. Throughout his career he has exhibited a singular focus on acquisition of treats and a determination to lick those around him at all times. He simplifies often complex situations and interpersonal dynamics with indiscriminate affection. Being a 'Type A' New York City based Dachshund (Weiner Dog) he has an ability to source discarded chicken bones and pepperoni on every single walk through the streets. He is 7 years old and loves licking new people.

Academic Collaborations

Chris Labash

Chris Labash teaches graduate-level courses in innovation and communication in Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. He's been Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director at Ketchum Advertising, Vice President of Global Marketing at Development Dimensions International, and a management consultant. His coursework is based on years of academic and business research. By focusing on practical approaches and techniques that address both the front-end and back-end of innovation, Professor Labash helps students of innovation become practitioners. Chris also teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship.

Cornell University (Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative)

Cornell is an American Ivy League University founded in 1865, and is considered one of the world’s leading educational institutions. Cornell’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (ELI) Initiative aims to advance the entrepreneurial activity and approaches around human capital development goals of organizations. A key component of the initiative’s work is executive and professional education programs, designed to expand individual and enterprise capability. ELI utilizes a unique approach to Human Centric Design Thinking, called the 4C’s, which incorporate Curiosity, Collaboration, Connectivity and Commitment.

Advisory Board

Ben Dixon

Private Equity Controller, Och-Ziff Capital Management
Benjamin currently serves as Private Equity Controller for Och-Ziff Capital Management, one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world. He is a Grant Thornton trained CPA with an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Before joining Och-Ziff, Ben was COO and Senior Vice President of Finance for Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets, responsible for the financial operations of over $10 billion in assets under management. Ben also worked with Design Within Reach as Director of Finance and Principal Accounting Officer, leading the organization through a successful 2004 IPO and 2005 secondary offering. Benjamin grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains, with a stint in San Francisco before moving to New York City in 2005.

Declan Denehan

Managing Director, BNY Mellon
Declan is a Managing Director with the Strategic Growth Initiatives team at The Bank of New York Mellon. In this role he identifies and helps incubate large-scale new business efforts and VC investments in companies with strategically interesting models or technologies. Prior to this role Declan was responsible for Strategy and Innovation within BNY Mellon, where he established a multi-faceted, comprehensive program that produced pretax income of $165 million, and cross-business referrals generating $56 million in new revenue. Besides other roles at BNY Mellon, Declan has also worked at institutions including Mellon Financial, ChaseMellon, Manufacturers Hanover, Chemical Bank and McCormick & Pryor, Ltd. Declan lives between New York City and upstate New York.

Evan Goetz

Managing Director, Teneo Strategy
Evan is a Managing Director at Teneo Strategy where he advises Fortune 50 CEOs and other C-suite executives on reputation management strategies that protect their companies' corporate profiles and enhance their personal reputations. He has also directed communications strategies associated with high-profile, issue-driven assignments including bankruptcies, transactions, IPOs, corporate liquidations, restructurings and product recalls. Evan has 20 years experience in corporate communications strategy and national business media relations. He has a Bachelor or Arts (Journalism) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and resides in New York City.

Heather Hilgart

Organizational Development Consultant, Borgess Health
Heather is an Organizational Development consultant with Borgess Health in Michigan, where she provides strategic guidance and support to the organization’s leadership. Heather has over 15 years experience in the HR leadership, talent acquisition, and Organizational Development, working at organizations as diverse as Toyota, TravelClick, Wireless Enterprises, and First Data Corporation. She has a Masters of Science (Organization Development and Strategic Human Resources) from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from Eastern Michigan University. Heather resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Ian Ferrier

Chairman and CEO, Goodman Australia
Ian (Order of Australia) is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has in excess of 40 years of experience in company corporate recovery and turnaround practice. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goodman Australia and is also a director of a number of private and public companies. He is currently Chairman of Australian Vintage Ltd and a director of EnergyOne Limited and Reckon Limited. His experience is essentially concerned with understanding the financial and other issues confronting company management, analyzing those issues and implementing policies and strategies which lead to a success. Ian has significant experience in property and development, tourism, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and hotels, infrastructure and aviation and service industries.

Jack Keenan

Founder, Jack B. Keenan Inc.
Jack is the Founder and President of Jack B. Keenan Inc. and brings over 30 years of training and development psychology leadership to the team. Since 1983, Jack and his team have worked with more than 100 leading sales and marketing organizations who are charged with selling and marketing complex products and solutions into highly competitive markets with very compelling value propositions. Jack received his B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and both his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Psychology from West Virginia University, specializing in Instructional Design and Organizational Development. Jack lives in the San Jose area of Silicon Valley.

Rick Aronstein

Director, AC Lion
Rick is a Director at AC Lion, a leading recruiting firm focused on the emerging technologies sector, specializing in product management for the digital media space. He comes to Culturevate with a 20-year background in digital product management, with leadership roles at entertainment websites and lifestyle sites, including iHeartRadio (Clear Channel), About.com (NYTimes), and Martha Stewart. His experience specifically includes working with senior leadership, rebranding and relaunching digital assets for strategic product placement. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania and resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Seth Stuhl

Vice-President: Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, Disney Theatrical Productions
Seth is a Vice-President, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel at Disney Theatrical Productions, the live entertainment division of The Walt Disney Company and producer of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and many other shows on Broadway and around the world. Seth was previously an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Stein & Hamilton, working on a wide range of litigation and corporate restructuring matters. A native New Yorker, Seth received his BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Seth is excited to bring what he has learned on the client side, working in an innovative and creative atmosphere at Culturevate.

Matthew Boxx

Director: Business Development, KPMG Deal Advisory & Strategy
Matt is an accomplished Business Development Director with 20 + years business development, sales, marketing & strategy experience in corporate markets. He is currently based in New York. His current role is a combination of corporate development, business development, and corporate strategy for KPMG’s Deal Advisory & Strategy practices generating access to M&A, Equity and Debt Capital Markets, IPO and Restructuring opportunities to keep the deal pipeline full. He holds an Master of Business Law (MBL) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Community Support

Part of Culturevate’s mission is to extend innovation skills development into the not-for-profit sector. Accordingly, we partner with several not-for-profit organizations to train their employees and constituents on innovation skills.

As part of this effort, we offer clients the opportunity of allowing a pod of individuals from a not-for-profit organization to participate in the training sessions that they are providing to their own employees. This additional pod will not impact the client’s employees in any way, and participants don’t even need to be aware that another organization is attending.
We will also provide those training participants access to our Innovation Portal.

This approach allows Culturevate to work with organizations to align our community support goals, with those of our clients. If a client has a specific organization that they want to support, we can incorporate them into our training activities, or they can choose one from our approved list.

This is an exciting and worthwhile perspective to our efforts, and we look forward to expanding our impact to organizations and individuals that might not normally get access to this high quality level of resources and training.

If you are part of a not-for-profit organization that would like to participate in this program, please reach out to Anthony (anthony@culturevate.com) directly.