“A creative leader attracts great talent. Their teams are passionate, inspired, and have fun!”
Eric H. Brown is passionate about creativity and next-gen leaders. Having been in leadership for almost three decades, he is ardent about helping creatives transition from individual contributors to leaders. Because creativity is a major differentiator in today’s corporate landscape he believes that more creatives should sit in leadership positions.
Throughout his leadership career, Eric has honed the craft of building high-performing, multi-disciplinary creative departments. He’s worked across mediums and industries. He’s held nearly every role available in the creative department: art director, digital director, e-learning designer, experience architect, and digital strategist. He remembers—fondly, now—the fears he had as a new leader; among his many lessons learned, he’s found ‘adapt and change’ to be most critical.
As the owner of a design boutique, Eric consulted for brands across the U.S., including Collins Aerospace, Hilton Hotels, Chick-fil-A, CDC Software, Sea Ray Boats, GeoLearning (now SumTotal), Joni and Friends, Max McLean, and Lucent Technologies. He’s been honored to be both a featured conference speaker and moderator. You’ll find more of Eric’s written work on leadership and creativity on his blog.
Work and life have taken Eric from coast to coast of the U.S., landing him in the Southeast, where he lives with his family today. He loves the balance he finds here; he and his family enjoy the fast pace of city life, the beauty of the mountains, and the serenity of the beach. Eric’s passion to learn extends beyond his vocation. He received his black belt in Isshinryu Karate from Grand Master Angi Uezu and was a private instructor for several years. Being a learner at heart, he has varied interests in music, cuisine, reading, writing, percussion, and painting.