John joined Kotter as an Associate working to support various departments from client engagements to business development. John comes from the education sector, previously working as a Mathematics Instructor at the Hotchkiss School and as an Assistant Dean with Harvard SSP. Throughout his career John has also worked in Outdoor Leadership. He has facilitated leadership development workshops and helped design programming for student leaders which is part of what drew him to Dr. Kotter’s work. John holds a M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. with a concentration in Mathematics from Hamilton College.
John is based out of the Cambridge, MA office.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
I chose Kotter because I want to make a impact at a high level and know that I have a part in transforming the leadership of tomorrow. I looked for an environment that encourages learning, a culture that fosters growth, and people who are excited about what they do everyday and to me Kotter had it all.
If you weren’t working at Kotter, what would you be doing instead?
I would be trying to find the best sunrise hike I could in the world. To me, there is nothing better than drinking a coffee with the sun peaking over the horizon at 15,000 feet.
What in your background helps you in this job?
I believe working in education was a great way to experience what life is like within a complex organization that is constantly trying to stay relevant while also pleasing its various investors. My time working as an educator has helped see what is is like on both ends of the education process, it has given me a foundation for facilitating difficult discussions, and has shown me how change happens when there is much at stake.
What’s got you thinking right now?
I am constantly grappling with what defines an effective leader. As the world is changing around as as an accelerating rate, it seems that the definition of an effective leader is changing too. I’m currently reading work from Simon Sinek as well as our own John Kotter to help my own definition evolve.
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
I consider myself an avid baker. Happy to try any recipe you toss my way!