Board of Advisors

GInI is led by a Board of Advisors consisting of the GInI President and board members. Board members are selected based on their demonstrated contributions to the practice of innovation and serve for a minimum of two years. GInI strives to engage board members who represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The collective wisdom, experience, diversity and passion of this Board serve to shape and guide GInI's evolving ideology. 

Board Members:

Anthony Mills 

Anthony Mills is the Executive Director of the Global Innovation Institute.

Anthony has a passion for two things — 1) connecting businesses with their next big opportunities, and 2) helping businesses reinvent themselves into engaging, human workplaces that can't help but unleash breakthrough innovation.

Anthony is a globally sought-after thought leader on emerging markets, responsive growth strategies, corporate innovation, business insights, workplace experience, entrepreneurship, product design, and Design Thinking.  His work at GInI has had a deeply profound and lasting impact on businesses all over the world.

Anthony is also an award-winning and internationally-recognized innovator, having brought numerous innovations to the companies he has served.   He is a deeply associative thinker — a consummate rainmaker — with a classic "Innovator's DNA" profile.   His lifelong disdain for the status quo, and his love for pursuing "what's next", have garnered him a well–earned reputation as an agent of change.   Furthermore, having traveled the world and experienced many cultures up close, he understands people, and with them, the markets they make up.   He knows how to combine insight and empathy with imagination and creativity to conceive real solutions to customer's "deep–down" needs and desires.   And he knows how to connect business insights in ways that let companies deliver the winning value propositions and customer experiences they need to truly lead their markets.

Anthony's abilities in strategic innovation build on 30 years of leadership in business, where he has held executive and management positions in numerous disciplines, including strategic management, design, engineering, marketing, manufacturing, and product management.   This has given him a broad and holistic perspective on innovation that is rare among business leaders.   He remains deeply embedded in each of these disciplines, and knows how to bridge them to deliver innovations that have a lasting impact on the business, its markets, and the world.

Anthony holds graduate degrees in engineering and management from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) and Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI), respectively.

Steve Wells 

Steve serves as the Director of Insights at the international strategic innovation consulting firm Legacy Innovation Group.

Steve is a seasoned Market Strategist and has worked in this field for many years inside of Fortune 500 businesses.   His work has focused on large-scale market forces, their impact on consumers, and the implications for future strategies.   Through this work, Steve has been instrumental in shaping the course of market insights, corporate and brand strategies, product innovations, and sales strategies.

Steve has pursued his passion for understanding how cultural and market changes impact business.   As an internal consultant for two Fortune 500 companies he kept an eye on a wide range of business drivers from the economy to social trends to technologies and everything in between.   He was able to identify key shifts the company leveraged to develop products that were right for their customers at the time, which maximized their market success.
Having participated in countless innovation sessions, product and brand development projects, and strategic planning sessions has given Steve a unique perspective on the needs of business and an ability to see how they can identify and act on market opportunities.

Steve is a deeply associative thinker – constantly connecting dots to reveal new patterns that businesses leverage for strategic value.   He uses this skill, together with his many insights and experiences, to lead clients toward broad market opportunities and clear paths of action.   Steve has led countless innovation workshops with Fortune 500 clients that have produced numerous high-impact opportunities.

Steve holds certification in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston (Houston, TX) – one of only four schools in the world to offer this certification.   This has reinforced Steve's ability to conduct deeply insightful PESTLE Analysis and Scenario Planning.

Gabor George Burt 

Gabor George Burt is the global authority on re-imagining boundaries and author of the book Slingshot.

A mastermind of innovation, creativity and strategy, Gabor enables individuals and organizations to overstep perceived limitations and to carve out successful growth strategies. His Slingshot Framework is at the forefront of global innovation.

As the foundation for Slingshot, Gabor was a leading expert of Blue Ocean Strategy, the new millennium’s most influential business strategy approach.  He contributed case study material to the worldwide bestselling book of the same name, and originated the most popular blog on the topic.

Gabor is actively involved in shaping strategy for a diverse group of international clients ranging from top multinationals & governments to start-ups & NGOs, and leads by example through his own initiatives.

Gabor is named on a list of Top Visionaries, among numerous prominent appearances he gave the opening presentation at the World Marketing Forum, and was the architect and host of the Forum for Partnership in the Americas – a gathering of business and government leaders. In media, he hosted a national radio series in the U.S., writes articles for leading business publications, and is interviewed on major television, radio and newspaper networks.

Gabor holds a BA in psychology and economics from Amherst College as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France.