David Harkins

David L. Harkins

Managing Partner | Principal Consultant

Executive Coach

About David Harkins

David Harkins

David Harkins is a management consultant and executive coach 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, strategic change, and culture transformation. He is highly skilled in troubleshooting organizational challenges, facilitating collaborative change, organization design, and earned revenue development.

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, Special Olympics, National 4-H Council, to name just a few.

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 the Business and Operations Executive for Bright Side Arts (a division of Arts For Life), 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 connects seemingly unconnected dots to identify likely challenges to overcome and probable opportunities to exploit. 

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. He teaches entrepreneurship and innovation as a member of American Public University’s part-time faculty and entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University.

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 a second-year student in Doctorate in Organization Development and Change at Bowling Green State University. David is also a Certified Professional Coach.