Jim Butcher 2017-09-17T15:21:42+00:00

Jim Butcher, Founder and Managing Partner

As a strate­gist, inno­va­tor and advi­sor, Jim Butch­er has over 25 years’ expe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing key insights and engag­ing deci­sion mak­ers and lead­ers to make bet­ter deci­sions across cor­po­rate, gov­ern­ments, aca­d­e­m­ic, research, civic and non-prof­it sec­tors. Hav­ing worked glob­al­ly worked in and with lead­ing For­tune 100 com­pa­nies, gov­ern­ment, foun­da­tions to inno­v­a­tive start-ups, he uses advanced strate­gic think­ing and sce­nario plan­ning approach­es, inno­va­tion, and cus­tomized engage­ment and lead­er­ship mod­els for improved results and last­ing solutions.

Pre­vi­ous­ly, Jim served as a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Mor­gan Stan­ley and a Senior Part­ner with the Glob­al Busi­ness Net­work (GBN), the world’s lead­ing glob­al sce­nario plan­ning con­sul­tan­cy. In both roles, he devel­oped deep exper­tise in strate­gic and sce­nario plan­ning across all indus­try sec­tors, com­plex sys­tems, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, lead­er­ship and social and sus­tain­able impact invest­ing and finance. His ear­ly career with the Ford Foun­da­tion, Boston Con­sult­ing Group (BCG) and work­ing with the Clin­ton Admin­is­tra­tion pro­vid­ed a broad foun­da­tion in new pub­lic and civic sec­tor strat­e­gy, fore­sight and inno­va­tion approach­es, lead­er­ship devel­op­ment, social jus­tice and more effec­tive­ly address­ing com­plex, sys­tem lead­er­ship issues that cross tra­di­tion­al insti­tu­tion­al boundaries.

His most recent work includes help­ing cor­po­rate clients with devel­op­ing new strate­gies in auto­mo­tive, rapid dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy con­ver­gence and accel­er­a­tion, food and agri­cul­ture, ener­gy (both oil & gas and renew­ables) and health­care. Across all sec­tors, rapid dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy is a major dri­ver for most clients. In health­care, clients are per­plexed at how the U.S. health­care sys­tem may evolve in com­ing years. In high­er edu­ca­tion, he has worked with state, aca­d­e­m­ic and non-prof­its around the chal­lenges fac­ing high­er edu­ca­tion. Around com­plex prob­lems such as cli­mate change or food sup­plies, he has worked with gov­ern­ment and non-prof­it groups around new inno­v­a­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive approach­es to pro­vide more sys­tem lead­er­ship. And, for new start-up com­pa­nies, such as Inter­net of Things (IoT), biotech and social impact invest­ing, he has been an advi­sor for cap­i­tal rais­ing, growth, man­age­ment teams, lead­er­ship and new financ­ing from foun­da­tions, angel investors, pri­vate equi­ty, ven­ture cap­i­tal and impact wealth advisors.

A com­pelling speak­er and world-class facil­i­ta­tor, Jim shares his expe­ri­ence and exper­tise in a vari­ety of set­tings, as well as a guest lec­tur­er at lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties and busi­ness schools, includ­ing Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford (Said Busi­ness School), Yale, Stan­ford, and Cor­nell Universities.

Jim received his M.A. and B.A. degrees in Phi­los­o­phy, Pol­i­tics and Eco­nom­ics (PPE), with advanced eco­nom­ics focus, at Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty, Eng­land, where he was a Rhodes Schol­ar. His under­grad­u­ate degree is in civ­il and envi­ron­men­tal engi­neer­ing from Utah State Uni­ver­si­ty. He has served on var­i­ous advi­so­ry pan­els, includ­ing the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, Amer­i­can Water Foun­da­tion, and the Lead­er­ship Coun­cil of the Cor­po­rate Eco-Forum (CEF).