Brianna works as a senior consultant at Kotter, inspiring and empowering leaders to transform their organizations. She works with clients to accelerate the execution of their strategies and drive large-scale, sustainable change. Prior to joining Kotter, Brianna spent time as a growth and innovation strategy consultant guiding large companies to adopt startup methodologies, organize for innovation, and develop the capabilities to deliver innovation. She specializes in design and facilitation, and has worked alongside senior executives in industries including oil & gas, CPG, mining, food & ag, healthcare, energy, and insurance. Brianna also spent three years as the Program and Design Specialist for the Development Partner Institute, a global NGO working to transform the mining industry from an extractive business model to a development partner. Her work has been driven by a passion for helping people navigate seemingly intractable problems and finding solutions in unexpected places.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from Harvard University, with a focus in Genocide and Ethnic Conflict in Modern Europe, and a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Brianna is based out of the Cambridge, MA office.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
While working at Kotter excited me on an intellectual and professional level, it was their vision that really stuck with me. “Millions leading, billions benefiting.” This vision mirrored a concept that in Judaism is called “Tikkun Olam” which means to “repair the world”. In essence, your purpose in life is to repair the world, to find the places where it is broken, and where you can help fix it. This has been a driving force in my life as I seek places where I can affect change, and Kotter seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this. Kotter focuses on empowering people to become better leaders, drive change, and improve their organizations, transforming not just companies, but people.
If you weren’t working at Kotter, what would you be doing instead?
I am a very passionate person, and because of that, I have a long list of things I want to do or would be doing including working in Middle Eastern Policy, studying the psychology of resilience, researching modern European antisemitism or finding ways to fight poverty through education. Otherwise, I would just be traveling as much as possible.
What in your background helps you in this job?
Working in innovation often meant convincing leaders that the world is changing more rapidly than they realize and their business will be affected sooner and more profoundly than they anticipate. It meant helping clients navigate messy and ambiguous transitions, consider new ways of working or approaching old problems, and teaching them how to learn from and apply lessons from the outside to their own context. Kotter does all of this, and more as we help clients lead large-scale, complex change within their organizations, equipping people with the skills and capabilities they need to successfully transform.
What’s got you thinking right now?
I tend to have a very long list of topics on my mind at all times, fueled by the sheer volume of reading I do. Some recent topics include: the role of technology in society (and democracy), the changing nature of work, the ethics of AI, the varying manifestations of gender bias, the evolution of privacy, poverty alleviation, strategies to combat polarization, the healthcare system, food insecurity and loss, individual responsibility vs collective responsibility.
However, there isn’t much I wouldn’t be interested in learning about, so if you come across anything interesting, send it my way!
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
I spent 5 years going through the process to convert to Judaism, which is long and difficult. I was first drawn to Judaism through an intellectual and academic passion, and over time it grew to encompass the rest of it. My journey to Judaism is a life long learning process, one that I am just at the beginning of!