Extras: Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, Science of Play Expert, Attorney, Inventor, Brand Strategist, Candy Maker
Roles at Alchemy: Founder, Adviser, Expert
Matt is a founder and CEO of Alchemy, though he prefers to just be called an Alchemist.
Today he is the head of economic development for the city of Santa Fe, NM, working to create a more vibrant and resilient economy for all the citizens of the city and more broadly across the state.
For over 20 years Matt, has been leading high-performing teams to develop vibrant business cultures, invent and launch high-impact brands, and turn around underperforming businesses. He co-founded Zoob and big BOING, was SVP of Scholastic and President of Klutz, and served as VP of LeapFrog and Scharffenberger Chocolate.
His work has generated over $400MM in top-line growth for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including Disney, Nickelodeon, Toys R Us, Kraft, NetApp and Endace. He clerked for Judge Oliver Seth in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which means he used to be an attorney, but don’t hold that against him.
His expertise comes from blending science, academics, technology, human-centered design and play to develop fresh solutions that people desire. He has spoken at conferences nationally and lectured at UC Berkeley Haas Business School, Stanford’s d-school and CCA. Matt is an advisor to PBS Kids, Simply Fun, Dash Robotics, GoAnimate and Innovators Equation.
He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and 3 dogs. Matt and his daughter are trying to visit all 50 state capitals. Providence is next!
Brendan Boyle | Partner | IDEO
Brendan Boyle is a Partner at IDEO, Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s d.School, and toy inventor. He believes that play is the key to innovation and has spoken to creative leaders, entrepreneurs, and students about the importance of playful exploration and risk-taking.
He founded the Toy Lab to uncover kid-centered solutions to the challenge of boredom. As Brendan always says, “The opposite of play is boredom.” Under his leadership, the Toy Lab has invented and licensed hundreds of toys and apps, including the best selling Jumperoo and Elmo Calls.
Brendan also consults with companies about redesigning their organizational behavior to include space for play, teaches at Stanford’s d.School and on IDEO’s online learning platform, IDEO U, and co-authored the award-winning encyclopedia of never-before-seen inventions, The Klutz Book of Inventions.
Brendan holds an M.S. from the Joint Program for Design at Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.
Rajan Dev | Strategy Lead | Facebook
Updated biography in development.
In the meantime, you can find Raj on LinkedIn.
Mark Goulston | Founder | Heartfelt Leadership
Archetype: Hostage Negotiator Extras: MD, Global Relationship Builder, NPR co-host, Celebrated Author, Business Psychiatrist
Roles at Alchemy: Board Member, Principal
Mark is a “shrink to fit” on steroids.
Widely viewed as a “People Hacker,” he first developed his skills as a suicide and violence interventionist and UCLA professor of psychiatry. He expanded that to training FBI and police hostage negotiators and extended that to advising CEO’s and founders who want to either turbo-charge or jumpstart their visionary chops. He speaks internationally on a variety of leadership, communication and relationship building topics, including “Hacking Steve Jobs – How to Create the Future.”
He is the author of seven books including “Just Listen” Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone, the top book on listening globally, and his most recent book, Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life. He contributes to Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Fast Company, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post and is a co-host on the new NPR show, It’s Your Health, and the Zo What Morning Radio Show.
He appears frequently in the media as a behavioral and psychological expert. A partial list of clients include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, IBM, Xerox, Accenture, ESPN, Sodexo, Houlihan Lokey, White & Case, Seyfarth Shaw, Harvard Business School, Annenberg School at USC, University of Alabama, UCLA, YPOWPO and Renaissance Executive Forums.
Mark is the Co-Founder of Heartfelt Leadership. He is Chief Mentor at China Foundations, which is focused on building trust in China both from and towards the rest of the world. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Health Corps, American Women Veterans and Brainrush.
He live in Los Angeles with his wife and three dogs in the house where they filmed the last 20 minutes of the movie, “Superbad.”
Man of Mystery | Director | Global Consulting Co.
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