As a Consultant at Kotter, Tom supports the internal structure of engagement teams while fostering relationships with client organizations. He maintains clear communication paths to define roles and coordinate session preparation in order to keep transformation efforts moving forward with a defined vision.
For over 10 years, Tom has pursued his passion for relationship building through work in special education, youth athletics, and most recently at a non-profit summer camp with a focus on leadership development. Through his non-profit work, Tom has years of experience designing leadership programs, capital fundraising campaigns, and managing stakeholder engagement. Tom seeks to empower people at all levels of organizations and believes that creating opportunities for individual leadership is a key component in strengthening groups that strive for change.
Tom is based out of the Cambridge, MA office.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
I was first introduced to John Kotter’s work by a close friend and was quickly impressed by the approachable way he presents solutions to complex challenges. I continue to be inspired every day by my colleagues, who are fueled by compassion and a desire to learn and grow while helping others do the same.
What is your proudest moment?
Completing my college degree. I took a break from my undergraduate studies to pursue a music career, and when I returned to school I was working a full-time job while coaching two youth swim teams. It was not easy, but the experience helped frame my lifelong love of learning and education in a whole new light.
Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I was 10, I still wanted to be a professional baseball player. At the time, I wanted to be the next Nomar Garciaparra, the Red Sox shortstop. Right around that time, though, I discovered my love of music and started to dream of becoming a musician or music teacher.
What’s got you thinking right now?
I’m always eager to appreciate new perspectives. I love learning about how others experience the world. Recently, I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. It was moving and powerful, to say the least.
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
I’m a musician – guitar, banjo, and vocals mostly. I once tried my hand at a full-time music career. We were an old-timey string band that played around the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.