At Future State, we are proud to be a purpose-driven, women-led and employee-owned company that’s been driving results here in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years—through the dot com boom and bust, the great recession, unicorn IPOs, bro culture and beyond.
To be the company we are today, we've had to innovate and transform along with the dynamic forces here in one of the most unpredictable business environments in the world. And we’ve done it while keeping our essential mission and value proposition intact—enabling extraordinary visions that positively impact the world. We are 100% in on the foundational importance of equity, inclusion and diversity in 21st-century businesses. To us, that means diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation and more, but also diversity of skills and backgrounds. We go beyond pedigree and look for people with unique outlooks, fascinating life experiences, and different ways of thinking and working.
These differences are what have led us to a world-class NPS score; they’ve made us a Best for the World company in the Workers category for the past three years; and they carry all the way through to our work with our clients. What I hear from clients is “your teams are different”, “ they care more”, “they are having fun and they are real.” That’s all true, but it’s not by chance—it’s by design. That’s the thing about values. It’s not enough to believe in them, we have to take actions that support them everyday. Here at Future State, our tagline isn’t just about our clients, it’s about our team members too: If you’ve been looking for the right place to take your career to the next level, in an environment that values differences and celebrates diversity, we’re here. Your future state, realized.
We call it leading with heart. I feel like I joined not only a company, but a close-knit team that is willing and able to step in and help each other at a moment's notice, without any ego mixed in or expectations in return. Our culture also supports meeting our clients where they are at, by employing empathy for the difficult situations they find themselves in as they lead challenging, yet purpose-driven change efforts that will have a positive impact on the world. Who could ask for anything better than that?"Get in touch.
all of which create development opportunities for me to learn from others and continue to grow. It’s important to love what you do and where you do it, and I love working at Future State. I get an opportunity to help people and organizations be better at what they do, and I get to work with a lot of talented people. It’s a B Corp so it’s made a commitment not only to its clients and employees, but also to the community. It’s employee-owned and led mostly by women, and that’s led to an amazing culture. I love working here."
Not only is a team mentality encouraged and fostered, everyone I have worked with is also incredibly talented. The consultants meet the clients on both a business and personal level, adjusting approaches to fit the client. Future State understands that ambition does not mean a lack of compassion or a lack of an empathic culture. Instead they care about who their clients are, where their clients are at, what their clients do and where they want to go."Get in touch.
We are passionate problem-solvers with a reputation of excellence, compassion and innovation. We've been helping clients since 1982, and we are proud to work with some of the best-known brands in the world. We're also proud to have gathered a group of some of the world's best talent—100 strong and growing.Discover our clients.
We are a diverse group that has traveled many paths. All leading us here. We love people and have a passion to use our knowledge and expertise to help people and companies use business as a force for good.
Future State CEO Shannon Adkins is committed to living and working at the intersection where colossal business success meets passion, purpose and meaning. Shannon spent 15 years driving internal innovation and seeding and developing external collaborations for major global companies including Wells Fargo, Intuit and Odesk. Shannon returned to Future State—one of the first places she’d worked after college—because it was where she felt most able to contribute her full self—something that became a top priority after she became a mom.
An expert facilitator known for supporting and aligning teams as they develop and implement innovative strategies, Shannon is quick to understand the complexities of any business and identify tangible opportunities for value creation. Shannon’s ability to connect the dots and make sense of seemingly unrelated factors helps her identify creative solutions that solve for more than just profitability, but that also help build strong and deep business cultures that value the integrity of people, communities and the planet.
Shannon challenges herself to always ask “why,” and to make sure the answers contribute to creating a world that works for everyone. An eternal optimist, Shannon believes the right team of people can find a radical solution to any problem. Weaving together the opportunity, the business needs and the collected wisdom of its shareholders, these solutions become clear and executable strategies that lead to continual success.
Kathy is passionate about helping clients and team members reach their biggest goals in meaningful ways. Kathy delights in engaging the challenges and puzzles that emerge in complex business environments and working with her team and clients to find ways forward. A longtime consultant and former recruiter, Kathy aims to be a partner to all in solving problems big and small, achieving success in ways that support companies, teams, communities and the planet.
Kathy is also passionate and active in the world of women’s leadership, where she sits on the board and volunteers with multiple nonprofits. She finds joy in using her love of learning to help create opportunities for all people to grow and be inspired to great things.
“Bring your brain, your heart and make sure you know WHY you are doing something. It is not about money and returns—it is about outcomes that you want to see for yourself, the company, your team and the world. Purpose creates focus and pulls the team together. It sets priorities to reach the goal.”
A Director of Finance who makes strategic decisions through the lens of positive impacts for all stakeholders—from clients and team members to community and the environment—Eric Lamothe fits in at Future State by not fitting in. To Eric, being purpose-driven means focusing on something greater than financial success—a radical point of view in the world of finance.
At Future State, Eric spends his days setting strategy and direction; synthesizing complex financial and operational issues; and building processes to support every individual at the firm. In his free time, Eric can be found at Bay Area theaters, either in the audience or on stage (singing and/or improvising)—or enjoying time with his wife and cat.
“Purpose-driven means we are focused on something greater than merely financial success. We care deeply about our clients, vendors, partners, team members, community and the environment, and we make our strategic decisions with the lens of making a positive impact on all of those key stakeholders.” —Eric Lamothe
Erum has spent her career bringing strategic programs to life – her practical nature and ability to communicate clearly is invaluable when leading projects. Her experience spans business development, partner program management and leading change management initiatives. She has a unique ability to think strategically and translate that quickly into action, always with a focus on solving the problem at hand. Erum is able to build strong client relationships that are built on mutual trust and respect.
Erum grew up in England. She received her Law degree from Kings’ College, London and is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering at her kid’s schools, hiking and Soul Cycle classes.
Embracing the core values of integrity and growth, Colleen’s business curiosity and genuineness enable her to quickly gain trust and credibility as she partners to drive business outcomes.
Colleen is an innovative sales executive committed to creating positive customer experiences and cultivating long-term client relationships. She began consulting in 1997 after developing a strong foundation in the hospitality industry. Since then Colleen has built a resume of experience across industries and a reputation of consistently delivering on the commitments that drive her clients towards success.
A recent colleague described Colleen’s tenacity: “I’ve always admired how you fearlessly throw yourself into challenges and that you have the perseverance to chase what many think is impossible.”
Colleen spends most of her free time with her two “mid-sized” children developing them into culturally aware, global members of our society while also being an avid traveler.
Cedric is a highly-regarded Operations, Quality and Risk Leader with over 20 years of experience in leading the analysis, conceptualization and successful delivery of strategic cross functional initiatives and process improvements for multiple industry leading organizations. He is an accomplished problem solver and team leader with experience ranging from start-ups to mid-sized corporations and a knack for streamlining complex and unstructured business processes and bringing order to chaos. Cedric’s cross-disciplinary and industry versatility makes him no stranger to either the board room or the shop floor. His curiosity and spirit allow him to piece together disjointed systems and processes, while his engineering background brings logical thinking and sound decision making to any business situation. As a thought leader, Cedric relies on data based insight, tactful honesty, and integrity to influence those around him.
Jennifer has more than 17 years of experience providing award-winning, results-driven learning approaches and training consulting expertise to a variety of clients in the private and public sector. Jennifer brings creativity, focus and discipline to her work and draws from both proven learning methodologies along with new approaches in order to craft unique and optimal solutions. Jennifer loves investigating the challenges in a project, leveraging her depth of knowledge and skills in instructional design, facilitation, eLearning strategies, blended learning, competency modeling, curriculum development, and organizationaleffectiveness. Projects range from designing engaging learning solutions to building entire corporate universities.Clients include Gilead, eBay, Wells Fargo Bank, Dolby, Cisco, Yahoo!, PayPal, Genentech, CCIM, Logitech, Gap Inc., PVH, Genesys, City of New York, CPUC, and many others. Jennifer holds a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College and is a ProsciCertified Change Practitioner.
Justin is a proven leader, experienced in partnering with business teams to improve organizational effectiveness and deliver on key priorities. With over 17 years of experience in multiple industries and international settings, as well as deep IT and process expertise, Justin leverages a diverse background in strategically positioning organizations for growth. He analyzes and identifies optimal solutions, understands the impact on teams, and guides clients through changes they may face. Justin is adept at leading people change, building high performing teams, coaching leaders, and driving results. He has a continuous improvement mindset, enabling successful outcomes for organizations.
Helping clients and colleagues solve complex and messy problems, grow as individuals and achieve a new reality is what makes it all worth it. Sean combines over 20 years of leadership, consulting and industry experience, doing his best to provide a broad and inclusive perspective getting clients from the known to the unknown. Staying balanced and adaptable, he excels at client engagement, advising, coaching & development and creating a fun working environment.He has held multiple leadership positions in consulting, with most of his client work focused on Operation & Organization Strategy, Performance Improvement and Change Management. Sean leads the development of new accounts, often being hands on at the first project and takes pride in building lasting relationships to continue supporting ever-changing client needs. He brings a comprehensive approach, from the big picture to the details, and recognizes how to bring the right expertise to any situation to get the best outcome for his clients.
A people person through and through, Client Portfolio Director for On-Demand Talent Lynette Philips has built a wildly successful career upon her inherent gift for connecting and empathizing with others.
An Army brat who grew up all over the U.S., Lynette learned to make connections quickly in all kinds of circumstances. Her comfort with constant change lends her steadiness on shifting sands, and has honed her innate ability to go straight to the heart of any dynamic situation.
Lynette’s greatest skill lies in developing relationships, deeply and rapidly understanding people’s needs, skills and desires. Combining her natural love of team-building with a can-do attitude, Lynette builds passion and perseverance into every project. A foundational member of the Future State team, Lynette is an expert at holistically analyzing any project, seeing the gaps, and identifying the perfect people to round out the team and drive success.
An accomplished and results-driven leader with more than 18 years of experience, Client Portfolio Director Elizabeth Rutherfurd is a visionary who is quick to see the possible future and never gets stuck in the status quo. Whether she’s solving complex business challenges, cuddling her kids or dancing late into the night, Elizabeth seeks to fill her life with fun, meaning and purpose.
Formerly a successful independent consultant, Elizabeth is dedicated to empowering people and businesses to understand the interconnectedness of their environments and transform them for the better of everyone. She is adept at matching people to projects, mobilizing teams and rapidly producing measurable success. At Future State, Elizabeth is an inventive and candid collaborator who helps people and organizations elevate themselves to the next level of success—always with compassion and shared purpose.
“It is nearly impossible to create a future that you cannot imagine. Embrace where you stand, empower your imagination and truly connect with those around you—that is where the magic happens.”
When it comes to putting together jigsaw puzzles, Future State Director of Sales Operations Ericka Ryan is your go-to gal. A master of rapidly integrating complex and ambiguous information, Ericka’s architecture degree from UC Berkeley is a testament to her ability to see how structures fit together.
The former manager of a $4 million fundraising program, Ericka is an expert project manager who aims to be a positive influence on everyone around her. An eternal optimist, Ericka approaches every situation with enthusiasm and hope.
Ericka is also a passionate activist in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, working as a support group facilitator, volunteer and fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.
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