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Bryan leads our team. He is the third generation in his family to call Indiana home, while he has also lived in other cities and countries. Bryan serves as a sounding board for executives by combining strategic thinking with creative problem-framing and ideation. He guides and challenges clients to address issues and design initiatives from customer-centric and long-term perspectives. He likes to draw diagrams, write stories, and tell analogies to convey concepts.

Bryan also teaches Aspen Impact's clients about board and executive leadership development, design innovation, visual decision-making, and strategic philanthropy.

Bryan's professional background is in strategy, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit leadership. He has been a management advisor and marketing professional for PricewaterhouseCoopers and clients such as Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Company, an executive of start-ups in the sciences, a policy developer for the Mayor of Indianapolis, and the director of a social impact center at Harvard University. In the latter role, he co-founded the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, now in its twentieth year.

In addition to running Aspen Impact, Bryan teaches design thinking and visual communications at Indiana University's Herron School of Art and Design.

As a community member, Bryan has served on the global Board of Directors for the Harvard Alumni Association and on boards for health, education, and arts organizations across America. In Indianapolis, he completed the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. He participates in Sister City activities and volunteers in college sports, performing and visual arts, and education.

Bryan studied economics, business, education, and social policy en route to degrees from UCLA, Harvard, and Michigan. Besides his beloved Bruins and Crimson, Bryan roots for his relatives’ schools, the Purple Aces, Boilermakers, and Hoosiers.

Please feel free to contact Bryan at and 317.826.8520.