Tamara Carleton, Ph.D., is chief executive and founder 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 Forum for Innovation Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, exploring themes of innovation and abundance that affect American growth and prosperity. Previously, she was a fellow with the Foundation for Enterprise Development and also a fellow for the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium.
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).
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. Carleton co-authored the book Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation (2013) and also edited the book Sustaining Innovation: Collaboration Models for a Complex World (Springer, 2011). She is frequently invited to discuss her work and research in the United States and abroad.