John Winsor is an entrepreneur, thought-leader and global authority on open innovation. John’s ideas, expressed through his writing, speaking and the companies he’s built, have placed him at the intersection of innovation, disruption and storytelling. John is currently the executive-in-residence at Harvard Business School’s Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH). John’s books include “Beyond the Brand,” “Spark,” “Flipped”, and the best-selling “Baked In,” winner of the 2009 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award in marketing, John is an advisor to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Digital Initiative at Harvard Business School, and a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, Forbes and Digiday. John is a world traveler who enjoys cycling, surfing, extreme skiing, and mountain and rock climbing. He and his family base out of Boulder, Colorado.
Barry Matthews is an experienced digital business leader, with a track record of leading and transforming technology consulting firms, as well as enabling open talent models within global enterprises. As CEO, he sets the vision and strategy, and supports a team of globally distributed subject matter experts in the future of work and the power of the crowd. Before merging with Open Assembly, Barry was the Managing Director of Re-source, a consulting firm he founded, which helped enterprise clients tap into the open economy. Barry was also the Managing Partner for Northern Europe at the global technology research and advisory firm ISG, MD and Head of Europe at Alsbridge. He has been recognized by the Management Consulting Association (MCA) and the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) for expertise in business consulting and outsourcing.
Dyan Finkhousen is a leading strategist, entrepreneur, and global authority on transforming enterprise with platform-enabled ecosystems. She is the Founder and CEO of Shoshin Works and is known for her strategic work designing and deploying enterprise-scale ecosystems. Dyan is also Partner and COO of the Platform Strategy Institute, a Boston-based research and consulting firm helping organizations achieve greater success with platform business models.
Before launching Shoshin Works, Dyan was GE’s Global Director of Open Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, and Founder of GE GeniusLink and GE Fuse. Her work in connected vehicles, connected equipment, and now connected experts has enabled organizations worldwide to optimize performance and elevate the human experience. Her award-winning platform and ecosystem thought leadership has been showcased in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, Singularity University, the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), Harvard’s analytics curriculum, MIT Sloan, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Nikkei Business, CIO Review, Slush, keynote speaking engagements and podcasts.
Bryn was a partner and co-founder of Re-source, the consulting firm that merged with Open Assembly in 2021. He is passionate about driving a fresh perspective on how open talent is changing the future of work, transforming the outsourcing industry and complementing intelligent automation. He specializes in helping clients anticipate and win the battle for talent, collaborating with new partners and transforming their operating model by using winning technology. His passion for business transformation focuses on cost reduction, customer experience, open talent, digital sourcing or intelligent automation. Bryn has been operating at the partner level in significant European businesses for more than two decades, with a passion for motivating people, building winning teams and getting real results.
Eleanor Matthews is a multi-faceted consultant with a proven track record leading and advising a number of diverse businesses. She is a sourcing expert and trusted advisor with extensive experience of leadership, outsourcing, business development, organizational change, contract negotiation, project management and people development. Eleanor has particular interest in emerging technologies such as RPA, AI, RSO and Blockchain. Her excellent interpersonal skills and reputation for delivering value added solutions to clients has earned her accolades from all business sectors.
Jon Younger is recognized for his writing about the freelance economy in his 2016 book Agile Talent, his articles in Forbes , Harvard Business Review, Talent Quarterly, and elsewhere. Younger led the first truly global survey of freelancers in collaboration with the University of Toronto and 77 freelance platforms and communities representing over 30 countries, and has lectured about the freelance revolution as a member of the Executive Education faculty at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, at Penn’s Wharton Business School for the Talent Management Institute, and at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, and is an active board and advisory member and early stage investor. He and his wife Carolyn live in New York City.
John Healy is recognized for launching and leading the Office of the Future of Work at Kelly, his active advocacy for healthy labour markets globally as Vice President at the World Employment Confederation, his experience developing cross industry collaboration to drive innovation, and his ever-present focus on reducing friction in the ways that people connect with work. He serves as an advisor to Open Assembly and the Center for the Transformation of Work, focused on positively impacting a billion lives by 2025.
Catherine McGowin is an entrepreneur and business leader who has built and grown connections through products and services in tech, advertising and publishing for over 20 years. Catherine has managed revenue-generating partnerships with Travelocity, Yahoo!, Open Table, Hotels.com, YellowPages and Yelp. As a consumer product manager, Catherine managed front-end product development initiatives with global teams at MapQuest/AOL and Cendant Travel Distribution Services (CheapTickets, Orbitz). She founded and led the eMarketing department at texturemedia, which was later acquired by Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Her agency experience includes traditional and digital work with brands such as Volkswagen, Pentax and Izze beverages. Prior to Open Assembly, Catherine was a co-founder and partner at smith & beta, a digital education services company helping forward-thinking companies develop digital talent. Catherine finds year-round adventure and camaraderie in the mountains with friends, family and her husky dog.
Brandon Dwight is an experienced founder and entrepreneur with a long history in small business development, branding, marketing, customer service, team building and community engagement. He co-founded and, for more than a decade, operated an internationally-recognized bicycle retail store in Boulder, Colorado. His business was one of the first in the global market to embrace digital transformation. Brandon lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two young children.
Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries.
Jin H. Paik is the program director and senior researcher at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). He develops the lab’s strategic vision and directs project and research activities. He also oversees the development of open innovation projects through partnerships with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Harvard Medical School, federal government agencies, academic and research institutions, and industry leaders. He advises organizations on innovation strategies with a focus on open innovation practices. He has worked extensively on programs focused on data science, development and use of artificial intelligence, digital transformation in organizations, and the future of work. He is an advisor to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Use of Inducement Prizes. Prior to joining the LISH team, he worked at the Harvard Kennedy School and Mathematica Policy Research. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Balaji is the head Deloitte Pixel and is an expert in the open economy. Deloitte Pixel is the firm’s Future of Work offering, delivering work using an ecosystem of the best crowdsourcing, freelancing, and gig economy companies. He currently advises Deloitte’s largest clients across multiple industries on driving agility and efficiency using on-demand talent, how to adopt principles of the open economy, and how to attract next-generation talent with a fresh mindset. The learnings from Balaji’s journey at Deloitte Pixel have been chronicled in two Harvard Business School case studies.