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Martha Deery


Martha serves as a Principal at Kotter, where she helps clients accelerate their strategies to achieve, and exceed, the results they seek. Throughout her career, she has led cross-disciplinary programs and teams across industrial product design and engineering; brand strategy and design; UX strategy, and digital development. Martha also was a founding member, operational leader, and coach in the SPRING social impact accelerator. She brings a human-centered design approach to our work here at Kotter. Her current focus spans across change leadership, change management, and digital transformation.

Martha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and a Master’s Degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

Martha is based out of the Cambridge, MA office.


Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

Dr. Kotter and our whole team bring a very special mindset to the field of change. No matter the project — whether it’s an M&A integration, a digital transformation, or a culture change — our principles and our methodology help deliver very real profit and people impacts. We get to help people and teams realize profound capabilities in their organizations and themselves, often in very short bursts of time. And, because of the depth of our partnership, we’re often celebrating there right there, with them too. It’s not easy (its change, after all) but, when you do it the Kotter way, the impacts can be awesome. I mean awesome in the awe-inspired, sense of the word.

What challenges do you most enjoy helping your clients solve?

Mindset shifts! I love helping clients and teams break through self-limiting beliefs. That can be at the individual and the organizational level. There’s this glimmer in a moment when a client, and a team, first start to believe that change is not just possible: it’s completely within their power and in their reach.

What are your superpowers?

Empathy, humor, curiosity, and grit.

What’s got you thinking right now?

How wonderful it is to be able to think — and how often we forget to do just that. I think the world would breathe a little easier if we would all just take the occasional moment to silence our devices and our egos, and just have a think.

Share something about you that would most surprise people.

I was a nationally-ranked Latin scholar when I was a teenager. I’m dead certain this has come in useful in my life and career. It’s just a bit hard to say, precisely, where… and no chance I can say it in Latin, these days.