Dr. Jean Egmon is the founder and CEO of Third Angle, Inc., and a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Prior to her roles with Third Angle and Northwestern, she was an investment advisor and financial portfolio designer. Dr. Egmon founded Third Angle in 1999, at the request of organizations familiar with her innovative work and research in and outside of Northwestern University.
A “serial intrapreneur,” Dr. Egmon has established several new businesses, initiatives and curricula as a professor within Northwestern and its Kellogg School of Management, as well as organizations outside of academia. She founded KALE (Kellogg Action Lab Experience)—bringing together diverse companies and researchers from the best institutions looking to break through barriers to growth, and to innovate, collaborate and learn together. This award-winning, proprietary model has been adapted and is now a unique Third Angle offering (TALE© Third Angle Action Lab Experience). As the Director of Collaborative Practices and as the Founder and Director of the Complexity in Action Network (CANet) at Kellogg/Northwestern, Dr. Egmon has repeatedly translated scientific research into practical applications for a myriad of industries, focusing on innovation, growth and behavioral change of individuals and systems.
Dr. Egmon and her teams twice earned global recognition for innovation by the prestigious Edison Awards™ for their innovative business models and transformational designs. Prior to her roles at Kellogg and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Dr. Egmon founded and directed the Center for Learning and Organizational Change. She has also been an entrepreneur in her volunteer work, founding a global literacy initiative that has evolved to serve over a million adults and children every year through direct literacy service.
Dr. Egmon’s research includes the use of strategies used to successfully turn businesses around and transform them into innovative companies, as well as identifying Patterns of Profitability© that distinguish profitable and sustainable growth initiatives and cultures from unsuccessful ventures. She co-authored The Prepared Mind of a Leader: Eight Skills Leaders Use to Innovate, Make Decisions, and Solve Problems, and has written and published many articles. She is an internationally sought speaker on business innovation, individual and group collaboration, and behavioral change.
Dr. Egmon’s own education reflects a pattern of interdisciplinary bridge-building. She earned a double-major in business administration and English literature from Monmouth College. Her masters and doctorate degrees, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, emphasize the power of cross-functional leader cognition and the use of bridging strategies (e.g., metaphors, model building and framing) to activate collaboration, innovation, and economic and human growth.