Pathfinder, Catalyst, Change Maker, Award-Winning AuthorPragmatic Innovation Partners LLC
Member Since February 2021
Named a Director to Watch by Private Company Director, Amy is a digital transformation, marketing, and tech strategy executive, who throughout a Fortune 100 career created significant shareholder value applying market insight, data analytics, and creativity to deliver profitable organic growth for financial services brands including American Express, Citi, E*TRADE and AXA. Amy most enjoys connecting the dots between technology trends, customer expectations, business model and results. Amy is the award-winning author of The Change Maker’s Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation in Any Company. She advises enterprises on marketing, digital and customer experience transformation for franchise profitability improvements, and AI, mar-tech, and fin-tech scaleups on execution strategies to drive sales, build client relationships, and increase valuation. She participates on the front line of “what’s next” as a limited partner in Soundboard Venture Partners, a collaborative early-stage fund making diverse technology investments in exceptional founders. Amy served as a director of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA). She is currently an advisory board member for several investor backed companies. Amy is a contributor to numerous business media, and a sought-after keynote speaker. She has been honored by US Banker as a Most Powerful Woman in Banking and by the Exceptional Women Alliance, and received the NYU Stern Graduate School of Business Nichols Award for Enterprise, Integrity and Service, Stern’s highest honor awarded annually to a leader outside the School community. She is a graduate of The Wharton School (MBA, Marketing) and Wesleyan University (BA magna cum laude and Highest Honors, College of Letters and Spanish).
Here's how managers can help their team showcase the added value they bring to the company and remain irreplaceable during tough economic times. As employee layoff announcements continue to loom across major industries, team leaders may be wondering how they can ensure the stability of their department's future at the company and avoid being replaced or eventually phased out. Here, 14 experts from Fast Company Executive Board weigh in on their best practices to help staff members stay proactive when it comes to highlighting their contributions to move the business forward long term.
Jan 11, 2024
Amid performance review season, I understand the importance of embracing a holistic strategy that not only values individual contributions but also prioritizes fairness, open communication, and continuous improvement. To cultivate this for our organization, we refactored our system of growth from being a linear promotion process to one that allowed for more divergent growth paths. Having an "up or out" model didn't work for our company culture. Having a lattice-based (rather than a ladder-based) approach gave people more autonomy in the course of their careers. And we made our promotion logic more equitable by transparently naming the conditions for growth. To help other leaders, I asked members of the Company Culture Group of Fast Company Executive Board, a community I lead, how they improve equity and transparency in their review process. Here are important steps that they take and the impact they’ve seen from doing so.
Implement these innovations to give yourself back the time you deserve. In business, the saying goes: "Why reinvent the wheel when you don't have to?" As the digital revolution continues to rise, there are so many new technologies available at our fingertips to make work and home life more efficient. Here, 20 Fast Company Executive Board members discuss one innovation that has influenced and improved the way they balance professional and personal responsibilities each day.
Nov 21, 2023
Here are nine considerations for your personal strategic advocacy plan.
Applying the "show, don't tell" method in today's digital world can work wonders if you want to build your sales pipeline. When your sales and marketing team members are gearing up to promote your organization at a yearly in-person or hybrid-remote industry convention—in the new normal, it's always important to figure out the best strategy to effectively rise above the competitive noise and capture the attention of your target audience. So, how can company leaders elevate learning opportunities for current and potential customers to gather and retain information about their business products and services in the most efficient way? Below, 12 Fast Company Executive Board members share tips to keep consumers engaged and interested in what your brand has to offer, showing them why they should stick around to hear more and possibly give it a chance rather than moving on to another vendor.
If you're about to apply, consider these key points. There are a variety of resources available for new entrepreneurs to consider when they are just starting out and trying to grow a successful business in their market. Associating your business with either a startup incubator or accelerator program is one idea to consider if you are looking for opportunities to connect with mentors, technology tools, and more to elevate your organization to its next level. We asked nine experts from Fast Company Executive Board to each discuss one factor that every rising leader should consider when they are weighing their options about which route to take.
Pragmatic Innovation Partners LLC
I work with executives and founders to mobilize and inspire their organizations to deliver innovation results. I tap into my career's worth of experience as an innovation operator inside demanding, conservative and proud brands where I focused on building and leading teams to create customer-obsessed approaches that were essential to fostering innovation and change. In my award-winning book, The Change Maker's Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation In Any Company I share some of the practical advice, tools, and stories (my own and that of 50 other innovators interviewed) gathered to help the person sitting in the innovation "hot seat" make progress to achieve their vision that I expand upon in my advisory, project-based consulting, keynote addresses and executive consults.