At the Business Innovation Factory, we help business and social-systems leaders design and test transformational business models. In complex social systems like healthcare, education, and government, where the potential and impact for making people's lives better is the highest. For businesses, R&D for new business models is the new strategic imperative now that business models are so short-lived. Our approach in all cases is human-centered, seeking to understand the job customers need done, and using this insight to design new experiences to better serve them. We experiment in the real world, and rely on storytelling to engage others in the process.
Chief Design Strategist
An internationally recognized design leader, Mickey Ackerman has spent decades teaching designers how to define problems clearly, then solve those problems through multidisciplinary teamwork. For 15 years as the head of the Industrial Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design,...Continued
Jacob comes to BIF from his own consulting practice, through which he helped clients better understand, engage and empower individual and community aspirations, values, and talents. He is particularly adept at translating contextual insights into actionable experience, service, and product...Continued
Director of Operations
As BIF's director of operations, Tori Drew plays a key role in several BIF activities, including the coordination of our annual Collaborative Innovation Summits.
A logistics wiz kid with more than 15 years experience managing big budget, high visibility projects, Drew returned to...Continued
Patient Experience Lab Director
Kat Esser is the Patient Experience Lab Director at the Business Innovation Factory. She is a seasoned change agent in the healthcare landscape who thrives on moving organizations from thinking and talking about solutions toward prototyping and learning from solutions that balance organizational...Continued
Kirtley is from Newport, RI, and received a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University. After college, she moved to Washington, DC, and worked as a legislative aide for Congressman Jim Langevin (RI). Most recently, she served as Senior Legislative Assistant and advised the Congressman...Continued
Finance & Operations Associate
Victoria has the heart of a teacher and the enthusiasm and optimism of a student. She loves to be involved and is excited to help out wherever she can. She is primarily focused on bookkeeping and administrative assistant duties at Business Innovative Factory.
Victoria earned her B. A....Continued
Taylor is an Experience Designer with know-how in all three of BIF’s working areas – education, healthcare, and community. It is her personal crusade to eliminate system tension and confusion through effective communication and streamlined service delivery. She gets great...Continued
Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory
Saul Kaplan is the founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory and author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay...Continued
Chief Market Maker
Eli is Chief Market Maker leading BIF’s development efforts. With over a decade of experience in building and leading social ventures Eli is an accomplished social innovator with a deep knowledge of the new platforms affecting social change and has an established track record in non-profit...Continued
Liz comes to BIF after working in the Biotechnology industry for 12 years. She began her career as an Administrative Assist and evolved into positions including Customer Service and Project Management. Liz Served as the main liaison between customers, management and sales team in planning,...Continued
Elizabeth Rodgers brings over 10 years experience in marketing, communications, design and public relations to her role as marketing manager at Business Innovation Factory.
Elizabeth’s primary focus is to continuously drive thoughtful, brand building marketing programs to help...Continued
Patient Experience Lab Associate
Jennifer works as the Community Associate in the BIF Patient Experience Lab, where she works closely with the lab director and experience designers to communicate and support the work being done by BIF to improve the Healthcare landscape. With a background in Healthcare policy and experience at...Continued
Student Experience Lab Director
Sam Seidel is the Director of the Student Experience Lab at the Business Innovation Factory and author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). Sam speaks internationally about innovative solutions to challenges facing schools, community...Continued
Social Media & Marketing Assocaite
As Business Innovation Factory’s Social Media & Marketing Associate, Sergio stands at the open border between the innovators at BIF and the people and organizations in the wide world of ideas. In this role, Sergio infuses his work with a capacity for purposeful, remarkably relevant...Continued
As an Experience Designer, Isabelle brings her experience in participatory design, facilitation, and social research methods to translate data into meaningful knowledge that can serve people and spark transformative change. Ever curious about how our physical and social environments can...Continued