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Shaun Spearmon


Shaun helps clients successfully transform their organizations and accelerate the implementation of their most strategic objectives. For more than 15 years he has led strategic planning, process improvement and change management initiatives with clients across industries, including technology, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, retail and financial services. Most recently he developed and led the change management and communication strategy for Global Store Development at Starbucks.

Shaun is a firm believer in the power of servant leadership and its ability to create excellence in individuals and produce extraordinary results for organizations. He earned his MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business where he pursued dual concentrations in Strategy and Organizational Development and holds a BA in Business Administration from Morehouse College.

Shaun is based out of Seattle, WA.

Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

I’ve always been fascinated by change, not because I love it but because it is constant. It’s perhaps one of the most predictable things in every facet of life, and yet so many individuals and organizations struggle with. Consequently, they fall short of their potential. My desire to maximize potential and elevate excellence led me to Kotter.

What is your proudest moment?

My oldest daughter was born a few weeks before my MBA graduation. When I walked across the stage to receive my degree, my daughter was in my arms and I hoisted her high above my head as I approached the center of the stage. For me, this was acknowledging that the title of “father” that she blessed me with far exceeded the credentials I just earned.

What is or would be your personal motto?

“DO, or DO NOT. There is no try” –Yoda

What’s got you thinking right now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has both accelerated and created new industry disruptions that will inevitably create opportunities. I am concerned about the related wealth disparities and learning gaps that have been created and how the private and public sectors will partner to address the challenges on the horizon.

Share something about you that would most surprise people.

My first real job when I was 16 was selling cameras at local camera store – I’ve been infatuated with photography since and even co-authored a black and white coffee table book when I was in high-school.