SIP Launching Video Platform of Long-Standing Blog: What Matters Most!

(July 23, 2020 – Boston, Mass.) SIP Managing Partner Art Stewart announced that the firm and its team of thought leaders, IP developers, and innovation ideationists are launching a video extension of the firm's blog What Matters Most! that has offered analysis, thought leadership, and engagement with an ecosystem of thinkers and doers since the early 2000s.

Part of the foundation for advancing SIP as a firm in premium intelligence content stems from Stewart's experience living and working in Washington, DC through the Homeland Security buildout in the years following 9-11, the financial crisis of 2008, and graduate study in public policy management at Georgetown University.

The perfect storm of global disruptions and paradigm shifts helped usher in the long arc of transformation we are now experiencing, individually and collectively. Public and private sector leaders, Boards, and organizational stakeholders at large are on a new path involving many dimensions of change. They are seeking guidance and pragmatic solutions to successfully navigate through it all to the other side of their aspirations, ambitions, and goals. The new video version of What Matters Most! will seek to engage leaders more deeply as we all experience this journey together. SIP


SIP Invests in Helping to Grow Boston Chapter of the Private Directors Association

(April 30, 2020 – Boston, Mass.) SIP Managing Partner Art Stewart has joined the Boston Chapter of the Private Directors Association® as a Founding Chapter Member to work alongside distinguished members of the Executive Committee in contributing time and resources to growing PDA's presence in the New England region. The Boston Chapter is headed by its Founder David Rosen, CEO of the Acrelic Group.

The Private Directors Association® (PDA) was established to create, sustain, and enhance private company value through the active use of Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards. PDA advocates for excellent practices in board formation and governance, in addition to providing a national network where executives and professionals interested in board service can find and meet with those interested in securing exceptional board members.

PDA produces forums for private company CEOs, owners and Board members to learn, discuss, and exchange insights with their peers on why and how to effectively use Advisory and other Boards. The Association also provides value-based educational content and networking opportunities for experienced Board candidates in cities around the globe.

As a non-profit, member lead association of volunteers focused on growing and supporting the interests of privately-held middle market companies, PDA membership draws upon private company owners and partners; private equity, venture capital, and family office leaders; various thought leaders, academics, and other subject matter experts; ESOP executives and fiduciaries; c-suite executives; family owners and their fiduciaries. SIP


SIP Team Returns to USD to Collaborate with the Supply Chain Management Institute as Presenters in October

(August 17, 2019 – Boston, Mass.) Out of its long-standing collaborative relationship with USD's Joel Sutherland, the SIP team will return to the Supply Chain Management Institute in San Diego this October 14-15 to participate as a workshop presenter during the annual Fall Forum.

Bob Pojasek and Art Stewart will lead a workshop New Leadership Strategies for Competitive Advantage as a Preferred Supplier,” with SIP Colleague Alec Alessandra providing our take from a client worldview.

In addition to the SIP workshop, Art Stewart will moderate the opening plenary with an Industry Panel on Aerospace and Defense. The panelists will be Derek Andrews, Vice President of Procurement, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems; Vince Aguilar, Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman; and Jody Franich, Vice President of Enterprise Sourcing Office, Boeing.

Go here for details on our workshop and the entire conference. SIP


Three Driving Trends in Strategic Value Creation
SIP Team Partnered with Corporate Responsibility Association on Webinar

(February 1, 2017.) SIP team members Brian Cunningham, Jeff Leinaweaver, and Art Stewart presented a one-hour webinar examining three trends that are driving a transformation of corporate responsibility (CR) practice to a new operations-centric model. The webinar, produced in partnership with the Corporate Responsibility Association, was originally presented live on Wednesday, January 18.

CR is maturing and morphing into uncharted areas at a rapid pace. Responsible business standards and practices are becoming part of the solution criteria for a host of increasingly complex challenges resulting from a dramatically shifting context for global supply chain operations, enterprise risk management, Board governance, C-suite leadership, human capital enablement and culture development.

Now available on demand, the webinar will help Corporate Responsibility Officers and their leadership counterparts utilize their expertise, and the tools at their disposal, to successfully extend the CR function into operational areas where the future competitive viability of the enterprise and new expectations for value delivery are most acute. SIP


Art Stewart to Conduct Workshop for Legal Marketing Association Annual Education Conference

(June 1, 2016.) SIP Managing Director Art Stewart will present a workshop at the Second Annual Education Conference offered by the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), Metro-Philadelphia Chapter.

The full-day event will take place in Philadelphia on July 18 and is expected to draw some 150 participants – including Chief Marketing Officers, Directors of Business Development,LMAEventLogo Events Managers, Project, Pricing and Marketing Operations Managers at leading law firms as well as service providers to the legal marketing industry.

Art’s workshop, From Disruption to Reinvention: What Lawyers Can Learn from Management Consultants will look at management consultancy models as a guide for enhancing law firm competitiveness in a rapidly changing market. It will combine insights from the management consulting field – including examples of business transformations as well as approaches to firm management and leadership, positioning, offering differentiation, and the people-infrastructure-process aspects of go-to-market programs. SIP


(May 26, 2016.) Strategic Impact Partners has published the latest edition of our E-Letter,"What Matters Most!" Among the topics covered is the 19th Annual Global CEO Survey, "Redefining Business Success in a Changing World." The findings indicate that global CEOs are awakening to purpose and responsibility values as strategic assets for enhancing business competitiveness. Read the full edition here.


Art Stewart and Jeff Leinaweaver to Present Corporate Responsibility Workshop at Spring Symposium of the Supply Chain Management Institute in San Diego

(March 2, 2016.) Strategic Impact Partners Managing Director Art Stewart and Senior Strategist Jeff Leinaweaver will deliver a workshop as part of the program for the annual Spring Symposium of the Supply Chain Management Institute at the University of San Diego in April.

The Symposium convenes Wednesday, April 13 and concludes the following evening, April 14. Stewart and Leinaweaver will present their 90-minute session for attendees on Thursday. The session, Global Supply Chains as the Next Frontier in Corporate Responsibility, will provide a snapshot of the current global responsibility movement in the context of its transformation of supply chain strategy, operations, and social responsibility. The interactive workshop will also look at how sustainability practices are transforming management systems – particularly human rights issues and the global supply chain.

Nearly 200 supply chain professionals, representing a diverse range of leading brands and industries, are expected to attend. Other speakers presenting include leaders from Southern California Edison, Callaway Golf, Tesla Motors, Mattel, Barco Uniforms, Tranzact Technologies, ParadoxSolve and the University of San Diego, among others.

The Supply Chain Management Institute was created in 1999 to support the development of exceptional professionals who are sought after by industry and the public sector alike. The Institute’s programs and other activities focus on helping achieve more cohesive supply chain management business acumen among students, faculty and industry at large. As part of the University of San Diego’s graduate School of Business, the Institute is wholly invested in supporting the school’s mission to develop more globally minded, responsible leaders. It conducts research, updates the curriculum, and creates advanced learning opportunities to help students gain relevant supply chain management knowledge that is aligned with industry needs. SIP


(November 1, 2015.) Art Stewart will participate on a panel examining current best practices to do with pricing strategies for professional services firms, particularly management consultants, at the November 13 breakfast meeting of the Institute of Management Consultants, Philadelphia Chapter.

The panel will lead a dynamic and interactive discussion on the pros and cons of the various types of professional services pricing, such as fixed fee, time and material, contingency and retainer based fees. The audience of colleagues will be invited to join in the discussion covering a range of issues, including which form of pricing is appropriate for certain clients and what is the sound basis for calculating a base budgeted rate.

The program will be moderated by Ken Keefer, who works with leading pharmaceutical companies to help them gain more value from their business data. Joining Art on the panel will be Jeff Stollman, a consultant who develops solutions to difficult problems across a wide range of disciplines from sensors and robotics to financial services, and information security and privacy along with Tom Casey, who improves business performance and operations, as well as the planning and implementation of information technology strategies. SIP

"How organizations look at risk and crisis management is constantly evolving. It’s critical to have a business preparedness and continuity plan. Not only will it help you plan for a disaster, but it will also protect the safety of your employees and maintain customer service. More and more, public-private partnerships are enhancing all aspects of emergency management: preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation. Information sharing, emergency planning, communications and resource sharing are core to all of it."

- Blair Gately, SIP Senior Strategist; former FEMA Crisis Response Communications Expert