Tamara Carleton

Tamara Carleton, Ph.D., is founder and chief executive of Innovation Leadership Board LLC, a global leader in the design of tools and processes that enable radical innovation. Client organizations have included Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Samsung, SAP, Tekes, and Volvo.

Carleton currently serves as a fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Forum for Innovation, exploring how emerging technologies and resources have created an unprecedented state of abundance for individual wellbeing and job creation. Previously, she was a fellow with the Foundation for Enterprise Development and also a fellow for the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium.

In addition, Carleton teaches organizational innovation and foresight strategy in Stanford University’s School of Engineering executive education program. Drawing on her business experience, Carleton’s research agenda focuses on industry innovation, particularly issues related to technical visionary leadership, innovation culture, regional innovation, and foresight strategy. This work builds on her pioneering study of the innovation practices of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

A former management consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Carleton specialized in emerging solutions in enterprise applications, customer experience, and marketing strategy. At Deloitte, she developed two proprietary methodologies, the Customer Experience Audit and Persona Design, which were incorporated into client service offerings.

Carleton holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, a masters of science in public relations from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in communication from The George Washington University. She has been published in a variety of technical journals, as well as the general business press. Most recently, Carleton edited the book Sustaining Innovation: Collaboration Models for a Complex World (Springer, 2011) that explores emerging institutional models of sustainable innovation from multiple international viewpoints. She is frequently invited to discuss her work and research in the United States and abroad.