Brian Kupersmit is the President and CEO of Collective Wisdom LLC, which delivers skilled facilitation services to help clients drive growth and breakthrough thinking. He designs and leads structured work sessions to guide teams in generating and sharing new ideas, solving business challenges, and building great teams. By having been on the client side for most of his career, Brian is well positioned to help clients navigate their complex challenges, unlock opportunities, and deliver results. His company, Collective Wisdom, works with top tier organizations including Starbucks, Hilton, PepsiCo, Mars, CareerBuilder, and University of Chicago. Brian also serves as an Adjunct Professor with Georgetown University in Washington DC where he teaches a graduate level marketing and branding class and has recorded material for their online curriculum. Prior to starting Collective Wisdom, Brian spent 14 years in facilitation, global and local marketing, innovation, and strategy with top-tier Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies. Over that time, he’s led teams in driving breakthrough growth at such companies Mars/Wrigley, Sara Lee, and Kraft in such segments as candy, gum, coffee, lunch meat, and salty snacks. Prior to his CPG career, Brian spent three years in investment banking with Bank One and Wachovia Securities, where he specialized in syndicated loans and tax-exempt financing. Brian holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Economics and French from Duke University.
Collective Wisdom takes a different approach than other consulting companies. We fundamentally believe that the best and most effective outcomes are generated with the alignment of your team. Collective Wisdom uses a workshop-based approach to partner with you to create extraordinary outcomes.
We believe in a creative orientation using interactive techniques to keep participants fully engaged to develop desired business solutions. We recognize that each client has unique needs so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.
Lindsey Talaga is an Innovation, Consumer Insights, and Strategy Consultant for Collective Wisdom specializing in innovation solutions for clients. With a rich background in consumer understanding, Lindsey is able to reveal disruptive consumer insights and truths and translate them into business-based, action plans and innovative product, package and business model ideas. Lindsey is an expert in using consumer insight, cultural context, trends, and creativity to develop breakthrough innovation and brand positionings for clients. Lindsey also specializes in creative concept work and innovation pipeline development. Prior to joining Collective Wisdom, Lindsey spent 10 years in marketing, consumer insights, and consumer research with top-tier Food & Beverage companies. Lindsey also spent five years at BASES forecasting new product volume and assessing new product’s likelihood of success in market.