President & CEOResilient Solutions 21
Member Since April 2021
Charles Rath is the President + CEO of RS21, an Inc. 500 fastest-growing company and Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators. Created with the desire to help businesses and communities prepare for a dynamic and changing world, RS21 harnesses the power of data to help people make better, faster, smarter decisions. Charles is a global thought leader in data science and artificial intelligence. Named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Mountain Desert Region Award Winner and one of the Top U.S. Executives to watch in 2019, Charles brings a unique perspective on the future of technology, with a particular focus on doing good with data. Charles advises organizations to create digital, data-driven platforms that evoke childlike wonder and provoke faster, smarter, and more intuitive decisions. Under Charles’s leadership, RS21 has been recognized as a “Fastest Growing Company” by Inc. Magazine and Albuquerque Business First, and a “Best Place to Work” by Fast Company and Albuquerque Business First. Over five year’s time, Charles has positioned RS21 as an innovative data analytics company with nearly 60 employees, including scientists, analysts, policy experts, business development professionals, programmers, engineers, and designers. The team provides advanced analytics to support efforts in healthcare, community safety, infrastructure resilience, security and cybersecurity, and disaster preparedness. Prior to starting RS21, Charles led the Resilient Cities Program at Sandia National Laboratories. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s from the University of Missouri.
Allowing every challenge to serve its purpose will strengthen your company's reputation in the long term. Whether it's the impact of a prolonged global health crisis or a mismatched partnership that was all wrong from the beginning, operating an organization on a daily basis, supporting your team, and meeting client expectations, through the good times and the bad, does not come without obstacles. What sometimes seems like a series of unforeseen challenges to test your tenacity, build stronger community relations, and demonstrate credibility on the core values your company represents can actually strengthen your company. Below, 16 Fast Company Executive Board members reflect on how their companies have been able to rise up and revamp a sticky business situation into something good.
The business world demands constant innovation, but when is the right time to unveil your "latest and greatest" ideas? Company innovation is an important part of a company’s growth. Without innovation, sales may become stagnant and customers may lose interest in seeing the same products or services offered after a long period of time. To ensure your business seems relevant and continues to excite your customers, adding new products or services becomes imperative. But when is the right time to introduce a new product? When should you launch that new marketing campaign? Here, 15 experts from Fast Company Executive Board shared their best advice for gauging whether now is the right time.
Lead with your values, and your policies and employee incentive programs will naturally follow suit.
Today’s consumers want to engage with the human beings behind a brand, not faceless corporations. “People buy from people.” It’s an adage that has never been more true than it is in today’s digital age. The online economy places near unlimited options at consumers’ fingertips. Even so, people crave real connections and a personal touch in their customer experience. Businesses must develop ways to reach people on a human level to convert online connections into sales. Both B2C and B2B companies will see better results if they’re able to show the human beings who drive their brands. Below, 16 members of Fast Company Executive Board discuss ways business leaders can humanize their brands, no matter what product or service they sell.
Resilient Solutions 21
RS21 is a rapidly growing, global data science company that uses artificial intelligence, design, data engineering, and modern software development methods to empower organizations to make data-driven decisions that positively impact the world. Blending domain knowledge, advanced computational capabilities, and visualization expertise, we develop intuitive and interactive analytics products that provide actionable insights. We have deep experience working with federal government agencies, city and state governments, private and non-profit partners, National Laboratories, Fortune 100 companies, and healthcare providers and insurers addressing issues such as disaster response, infrastructure and supply chain resilience, community safety and population health.