About David Harkins Company
David Harkins Company provides strategy, growth, and innovation consulting services for companies and nonprofit organizations. We facilitate and empower entrepreneurial thinking and innovation leadership in companies, organizations, and entrepreneurs who are striving for social change. We work with clients to identify new markets and opportunities, build new businesses, develop and implement expansion strategies, lead change, and improve operations necessary to effect social change.
Our ideal clients are social entrepreneurs, large corporations with defined social innovation initiatives, and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
Meet David Harkins
David Harkins is a strategist and executive consultant with expertise in advancing entrepreneurial thinking and innovation leadership to help organizations deepen social impact and strengthen their performance. He is the founder and principal consultant at David Harkins Company.
David’s work focuses on leadership development, operational innovation, business strategy, communications, and engagement. He is skilled in troubleshooting organizational challenges, facilitating change, designing new processes and procedures, crafting relevant stories and messages that engage internal and external audiences, identifying new market opportunities, and defining engaging environments that promote growth and generate revenue for companies and organizations.
As a consultant, David has consistently helped clients successfully achieve their business objectives. He has advised many well-known companies and organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Bar Association, Cargill Ag Horizons, Disabled American Veterans, Girl Scouts of the USA, Microsoft, and the National FFA Organization, to name just a few of his clients.
For more than a decade, David served as Associate Director, Retail Business Development and Licensing for the Boy Scouts of America National Council (BSA) where he was an internal entrepreneur responsible for building new lines of retail business. At the BSA he was accountable for reorganizing and reviving the organization’s licensing program— growing it from $400,000 to nearly $45 million in annual licensed product sales at retail from 2005 to 2015 and earning the program an annual spot on License! Global Magazine’s Top 150 Global Licensors since 2012. David also developed and launched a retail digital strategy that included the development and implementation of the organization’s first e-commerce website, and its first step into social media and email marketing in 2005.
David has also served as VP, Marketing and Licensing for Uware Brands, VP, Strategic Services at the Jackson Group, EVP, Marketing for the agency Colman Brohan Davis (CBD) Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and VP, Customer Care for software engineering firm Geneer, and VP, Marketing and Product Development for Nykamp Consulting Group, among others.
As a student of organization development and innovation leadership, David researches industries, organizations, markets, and culture, and then connect seemingly unconnected dots to identify likely challenges to overcome and probable opportunities to exploit. He writes, speaks, and teaches on these and other topics.
David has a passion for entrepreneurial thinking and innovation leadership and the impact it can have for social good. In support of his passion, David writes about business, culture, and entrepreneurship at davidharkins.blog, produces and hosts the Working Life Project podcast, and teaches entrepreneurship as a member of American Public University’s part-time faculty. He is also pursuing the Certified Professional Coach credential.
He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Management from American Public University, a Master of Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Organization Development and Change at Bowling Green State University.
In his spare time, David enjoys reading, hiking, painting, and photography.