Driving innovation and creative approaches to solve
businesschallenges is at the heart of the design thinking,
and Toddi Gutner is both a champion of its benefits and an
expertin its use. At the innovation consulting firm, Kalypso,
Toddi works with clients across all industries on business
and innovation strategy, branding and knowledge adoption
initiatives and organizational change leadership.
Toddi brings over 25 years of professional experience to
Kalypso clients. She has extensive expertise in developing
strategic client-focused capabilities to drive innovation,
creating communication and marketing initiatives and leading design thinking and organizational change management training sessions for companies and organizations such as PFIZER,
Capital One, VIAD, and AARP, among others.
With extensive experience in classroom and workshop training, Toddi has taken the practice from IDEO and Stanford (where she studied) into the corporate world through Cornell’s Executive Education Program and directly to corporations. Leaders learn
to address their business challenges in a way that provides unique insights into behaviors and opens the conversation to new product, service and process ideas as well as strategies to fulfill organizational goals.
She also currently teaches at Cornell Tech and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Business Executive Education program, where she teaches graduate students and senior executives IDEO’s user-centric innovation methodology in the class/workshop:
“Innovation: The Art of Design Thinking.”
Prior to joining Kalypso in 2015, Ms. Gutner was an award-winning business journalist who covered the financial markets,
personal finance, small business and talent management
for print, television, radio and the web for The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, MSN Small Business Channel, Reuters, and collaborated on The M Word: The Money Talk Every Family Needs to Have About Wealth and Their Financial Future (McGraw-Hill, 2013).
Toddi was an associate editor at BusinessWeek magazine for 11 years, where she had a proven track record for groundbreaking, provocative stories and special reports. Toddi became the first woman columnist at BusinessWeek magazine when she created and wrote a popular and well-respected weekly column in print and online called HERS, which focused on women and their financial and professional lives. Before joining BusinessWeek, Toddi wrote for Forbes for five years. Prior to becoming a journalist, Toddi was as an economic analyst for five years at a private economic consulting firm, National Economic Research Associates in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Gutner also ran her communication consultancy that created and executed marketing communications strategies for corporate clients to boost their media profile. Her ability to create dynamic messaging has helped companies enhance visibility and differentiate themselves from the competition. The firm created thought leadership, marketing collateral, and content for websites and social media for global financial and serviced based companies such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Accenture. Her work also appears in publications for The Conference Board, an economic and business tank, where she authored a groundbreaking report on “A Leadership Prescription for the Future of Quality.” During this time she contributed as a Senior Strategist to Bliss Integrated Communication, a business-to-business (B2B) strategic public relations and marketing communications.
Ms. Gutner is the recipient of the Medill School of Journalism’s
Financial Writers and Editors Award for Best Business and Financial News Coverage for co-authorship of “Guide to Internet Investing” and was a finalist for Financial Journalist of the Year Award for cover story contribution on the hidden impact of AMT in Business Week. She was also nominated for the Newswoman’s Club of New York’s Front Page Award for columns for her weekly column on women’s professional and financial lives for BusinessWeek.
A highly respected expert, Ms. Gutner has been featured on numerous networks and programs including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Power Lunch, Good Day New York, Weekend Today, Lifetime Live, Fox News, and This Week in Business. As a speaker and moderator, Toddi has spoken and moderated at several conferences including, The Women’s Forum for Economy & Society in Deauville, France, The Conference Board, Deutsche Bank's Women on Wall Street, Financial Women's Association and others.
Toddi serves on the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, a nonprofit dedicated to the spiritual care of families and individuals in need,
and served on the advisory boards of Nina McLemore, the Belizean Grove and the executive committee of the Winston Preparatory School in Winston, Ct. She is an active member of the International Women's Forum, The Economic Club of New York and Women Corporate Directors (WCD).
Toddi holds a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Michigan.
She completed Design Thinking Training at Stanford
University Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design.
Toddi lives in Chappaqua, NY with her husband and two teenage sons. She enjoys adventure travel, running, hiking and reading
Innovation and design-thinking expert with 25+ years
of professional experience
Ethnographic & user experience design to optimize innovation
and new product development efforts
Instructor of Design Thinking at Cornell Tech and Cornell
University Executive Business Education
Award-winning business journalist at the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Businessweek
Extensive experience in:
- Design thinking-driven new product development
- Organizational /stakeholder assessment & analysis/ market scans
- Consumer insights & user-experience design
- Organizational change in support of Innovation Results
- Brand development & communication
- Coaching and facilitation
Publications, Teaching & Speaking
- Finalist for Financial Journalist of the Year Award
in 2005 for contribution to cover story on the
hidden impact of the alternative minimum tax.
- Finalist for Casey Medals for Meritorious
Journalism Award in 2004 for special report
concerning the financial impact of raising children
with special needs.
- Nominated for Newswoman's Club of New York's
Front Page Award for columns on the professional
and financial lives of women 2002.
- Won Medill School of Journalism's Financial
Writers and Editors Award for Best Business
and Financial News Coverage in 1999
as a co-writer for the Guide to Internet Investing.