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Craig Crook
Works at TEDxFortWayne
Attended Taylor University
Lives in Fort Wayne, IN
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293 people
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Occupation
Brand Strategy & Business Development
Skills
strategy, branding, communication, connector, trends & research, facilitation
Employment
  • TEDxFortWayne
    Licensee & Local Founder, 2010 - present
    (x=independently organized TED event) I secured and started the local TEDx event. We have hosted three all day conferences, with 40 plus speakers from across the U.S., but focused regionally. This involves recruiting and managing a large volunteer organization with cross functional teams, with the below focused areas. I also have intricate knowledge of each at the strategic and tactical levels. --> Brand Development & Communication --> Strategic Partnership & Fund Development --> Speaker Curation & Coaching --> Digital Media Production --> Event Management Themes: 2014 Activate (Date: TBD) 2103 Ignite 2012 Rethink 2011 Social & Sustainable Innovation
  • Rethink Company
    President, 2005 - present
    THINK + DO = RETHINK We are an group bent on helping others define and improve their organization. We are not about theoretical models of improving everything, everywhere, but finding the pinch points that limit success. We search across industry and operational boundaries, linking great ideas and injecting them in at the strategic level. [EXECUTIVE Groups] We facilitate regular gatherings designed by industry experts for industry experts. Groups such as our Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) or Chief Information Officers (CIO) gather quarterly to discuss hot topics at the strategic level. These are sales free environments, where executives can share openly about the toughest issues they face and get counsel from peers and experts. [EXECUTIVE Services] We customize and deliver projects based on executive and organizational demands. Examples include: --> Deep Dive Training & Executive Briefings --> Best Practice Research & Idea Development --> Brainstorming & Facilitation --> Trend Management and Coaching
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Currently
Fort Wayne, IN
Previously
Upland, IN - Ann Arbor, MI - Speculator, NY - Jacksonville, FL
Story
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ask good questions
Introduction
Creative + Determined + Connector

I love to help people pivot from ideas into action.

I lose track of time when:
  • Researching Trends
  • Observing and Investigating Customer Behaviors
  • Designing Experiences and Processes that Create Engagement

I am at ease:
  • Communicating with Senior Leaders and Press
  • Speaking at Large or Small Events
  • Developing Strategic Plans and Partnerships
Bragging rights
100 Good Men (YWCA) 2013; Linkedin Top 1% (2013); Leadership Fort Wayne [Class of 2012], "101 Connector" [Leadership Fort Wayne & Journal Gazette] 3 time Nominee [Indiana Social Media Summit & Smack Down] "Future 40" [Upsate Indiana Business Journal] Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Education
  • Taylor University
    Art, 1989 - 1993
  • Taylor University
    Business, 2005 - 2006
  • Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Insitutute
    Black Belt, Design for LSS, 2005
    Top Master Black Belts from leading companies provided instructor led and project based learning. The Black Belt program was a four week intensive (over four months) and the Design For Lean Six Sigma was an additional two week (over two months) program. Additional Skills Development: -->Multiple years of intensive coaching from leading Master Black Belt -->Led project reviews for Certification of Green & Black Belts -->Coached Black Belt & Green Belt projects -->Facilitated Executive Discussions and Deployments across many industries and non profits -->Specialized on Transactional based projects
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