Advisors and Partners
In keeping with our philosophy that you need the right set of points of view to make good decisions, Gray Rhino & Company draws on the expertise of a diverse team of advisors and partners, based in Chicago and around the globe, with backgrounds in organizational psychology, behavioral economics, risk management, design, education, media, technology, strategy, and policy.
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Dave Fleming is a sought-after keynote speaker who invigorates audiences with thought-provoking lessons gleaned from two decades of studying ingenuity and coaching some of the world’s most ingenious tribes. A student and teacher of human ingenuity, Dave’s scholarly and professional experiences led him to develop a framework for collective ingenuity he calls Tribal Alchemy. Dave speaks, writes and works with teams across the country to help them transform what they have into what they need. Dave earned a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems. He is an assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.
A recognized authority and industry leader on trading and risk management, Glenn Labhart, Founder of Labhart Risk Advisors, has enabled global companies to improve earnings, minimize risk, orchestrate and integrate acquisitions, dramatically reduce costs, and achieve new levels of profitability while fully complying with all regulatory requirements. Founded in Texas in 2004 to help clients align, identify, and understand risks related to strategic decisions and value, Labhart Risk Advisors has advised and led capital projects on real-option, market-based strategies, generating $4 billion in added value. The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) named Glenn the 2002 Financial Risk Manager of the Year. Glenn now serves as the Chairman of the Energy Oversight Committee for the Energy Risk Program at GARP. His previous positions include senior vice president and chief risk officer at Dynegy Inc, head of risk management at El Paso Energy and posts at Tenneco Energy, Tricentrol PLC, the Metallgesellscaft Corporation and Neste Oy, the national Finnish oil company. He has provided industry practices assessments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has worked in South and Central America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East and all pipeline and waterborne United States regions. Glenn holds a B.B.A. from the Abilene Christian University and is a graduate of the Rice University Executive Management Program.
Katie (Catherine) Orenstein is Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, a social enterprise that envisions a world in which the best ideas—regardless of where or whom they come from—will have a chance to be heard and shape society. Since its founding in 2008 with seed funding from Echoing Green, The OpEd Project has trained thousands of aspiring thought leaders. Its dynamic, game-inspired programs are built on experiential, transformational learning. She is a 2016 Ashoka Fellow, a fellow with The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, and a recipient of The Diana P Scott Integrity in Action Award. She also is a fellow of Echoing Green, which has recognized The OpEd Project as one of the most innovative social enterprises worldwide. Orenstein has contributed to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. She has lectured widely and appeared on media including ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR All Things Considered. A graduate of Harvard (MA) and Columbia (MA) universities, she is the author of Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality & the Evolution of a Fairy Tale, which has been translated into multiple languages.
Olivier Oullier, PhD, is a senior executive and strategist, recognized globally as a preeminent authority in behavioral neuroscience and data science applied to business (corporate strategy, engagement, consumer behavior, wellness in the workplace, entertainment, health & healthcare, and HR). He has a deep domain expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating scientifically evidence-informed behavior change strategies in business, public-private partnerships and policy-making. A seasoned public and corporate speaker with 160+ keynotes, he has consulted in 25+ countries, advising companies, C-suite executives, governments, politicians and athletes. A member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader, he was the Forum Head of Global Strategy in Health and Healthcare leading high level councils on behavioral sciences, mental health and neurotechnologies and an international project on value-based care involving more than 40 global companies and organizations. Olivier was a Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva’s executive education programs. His lab and applied research focuses on patient behavior, influence, social coordination dynamics, consumer and decision neuroscience. He has (co-)authored more than 150 scientific, medical and mainstream publications (New York Times, Nature) and contributed to the first ever market report on Pervasive Neurotechnologies (Sharpbrains, 2015). Olivier designs, implements and evaluates evidence-informed multi-scale behavior and system change strategies for public and private organizations. He has developed a proprietary methodology to assess the gap between intention (what people say/think they do) and action (what they do in their daily activities and environments). He was the director of the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at the French Prime Minister’s Center for Strategic Analyses. A former expert at the European Commission’s DG SANCO, he sits on France’s Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (OPECST) and High Council for Strategic Education and Research (CSFRS). He studied at the Universities of the Mediterranean, Cincinnati and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Lara Setrakian is an award-winning journalist, strategist and entrepreneur and CEO and co-founder of News Deeply, a new media company dedicated to covering the world’s most important and underreported stories. News Deeply is a pioneer in building of innovative news platforms that stand ready to engage and explain the complexity of our world, while disrupting the design and business of news. Lara’s widely viewed TED Talk offered insights on how to fix the broken news industry. She spent five years in the Middle East reporting via television, radio and digital platforms for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider and Monocle magazine. Her 2009 coverage of Iran’s election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011 garnered industry praise. Lara is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a degree in government. Lara enjoys a strong yoga practice, reading poetry and cooking vegetarian meals.
Lutfey Siddiqi is Visiting Professor-in-Practice at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore, having been a founding member of the faculty at its Risk Management Institute. Until May 2016, he was a Managing Director and member of the executive committee of FX, Rates & Credit (FRC) at UBS Investment bank with global responsibility for emerging markets. He was also a member of the Group Sustainability Council, the cross-divisional panel of opinion leaders and the investment bank innovation board. Lutfey is a member of the Global Agenda Council (Financing & Capital) at the World Economic Forum, LSE Court of Governors & LSE Investment committee, Bretton Woods Committee, Advisory board of the Systemic Risk Centre and Academy for the $1 Million Global Teacher Prize. Honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, he was invited to speak on the official program at Davos consecutively between 2013 and 2016. A CFA charter-holder and former board member of CFA Singapore, Lutfey obtained his First Class BSc. (hon) in Econometrics from the University of York, MSc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and the International Baccalaureate diploma from UWC Atlantic College. In addition, he has completed senior leadership training at Harvard, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and IMD. Lutfey is an active commentator on international media and multi-stakeholder fora on topics including macro investing, emerging markets (with a focus on Asia), risk management, capital and currency markets, financial regulation & policy, bank management, business-model transformations, impact investing, constructive conflict and diversity. A British-Bangladeshi who went to school in Abu Dhabi, Namibia and Wales, Lutfey now lives in London with his Singaporean wife Deborah and their two sons, Aaryan and Ishaan.
Alicia Stewart is an early stage founder who works with established tech founders and leaders on media strategy, presence and programming. She also speaks professionally about innovation, intrapreneurship, and the art of the interview. She got her start hosting a television program in high school, and worked for 20 years in broadcast and online journalism. She has co-hosted the Online News Association conference, keynoted Google for Media Boston, and spoken at SXSW, MIT, and Harvard University. While at CNN, she launched Engage, a unit that identified and incorporated under-covered stories into network coverage. She also grew acclaimed projects there as a senior producer for the “In America” documentary unit, and as editor of its award-winning blog. Her journalism work has been honored with a Harvard Nieman Fellowship.
To Levi Baer, a perfect world is one in which everyone has access to the systems and resources needed to advance their ideas and projects. He is solving this challenge using games, entrepreneurship, and community building. Currently, he is an independent team building consultant, an instructor of Communication Studies at DePaul University, a startup mentor, the driving force behind the entrepreneur community Coffee & Conversation, and co-founder of the co-working space Second Shift. He has a Master’s of Organizational and Multicultural Communication from DePaul University, with a focus in Training & Development, and a Bachelor’s of Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota. He has worked in a variety of settings including nonprofit management, service industry, community management, business administration. Levi creates effective teams and organizations through his consulting and facilitation work with companies including Chicago Public Library, Bosch International, Groupon, and many more. Levi is active in the Chicago entrepreneurial landscape; leading the Coffee & Conversation community and providing mentoring and coaching at Startup Weekend, 2112 Incubator, DePaul University, and Northwestern University.
J.B. Davis, Co-Founder of Month 16, creates and increases value for small- to medium-size businesses on the journey from early stages to mature growth by improving strategy formulation, refinement and implementation. J.B. moves companies from transactional to insights-driven strategic thinking. Going beyond the “noise,” he helps to identify and fix common trouble spots: analyzing sunk costs, navigating changes to the funding landscape, balancing product and business model development, scaling effectively, and arranging appropriate follow-ons. Using his recommendations, his clients have deepened customer engagement, rationalized marketing budgets, honed value propositions, harmonized their branding, and confidently pulled the trigger on go-or-no decisions. J.B. has turbo-charged branding and marketing for companies including Firestone Retail, HBG, MPIC, and Y&R. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. When he’s not helping his clients to thrive, J.B. loves spending time with his three kids, cooking, and taking advantage of Chicago’s great live music scene.
Karen Gordon’s entire career has been focused on creating new value – as an intrapreneur or entrepreneur. As Founder and Chief Design Facilitator at the consultancy WeDesignThink. She believes we are in the midst of a cultural shift in how we all create “value.” It will be dependent on our ability to harness our collective creativity that will lead to all future innovations. She has been an advisor to startups and an entrepreneur who has moved billion-dollar businesses to digital platforms, as well as built companies from idea to revenue. She has seen that success comes faster to those who know how to truly listen to their customer needs. Karen volunteers at 1871, mentoring startups, and teaches classes including Business Model Design, Design Thinking as a human capability.
Regina Rodriguez-Martin, founder of Welcome Dialogue, is an engaging and inspiring instructor who has taught ESL in the classroom and one-on-one. With a job history that covers six industries, she knows the American workplace and helps clients to thrive in their professional environment. She is also an expert at building friendships and community and loves to share these skills. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Arts in English Literature from Cornell University, and Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Listen to Regina’s recent NPR interview on cultural skills.