We can scale our team to handle almost any type of project. We can also bring in partners like Mobius Executive Leadership to help with large scale leadership & coaching programs, Tact Global to help with technology-related projects, FMI Corporation to help with construction-related projects, and Blood Orange to help with innovation-focused efforts.
Strategy Practice Leader
Sam leverages his experience in entrepreneurship, education, construction, strategy consulting, and global venture capital to drive impact through a wide variety of strategic, operational, cultural, and technology-related projects for people and organizations that want to change the world.
Prior to co-founding Ideas2Impact, Sam helped his nonprofit and for-profit clients develop growth strategies, manage complex change, develop their next generation of leaders, re-design their organizations, and improve the functionality of their teams through his work within McKinsey’s Organization Practice, Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice, and FMI’s Leadership and Organizational Development Practice.
In addition to consulting, Sam has worked in a variety of operational roles, from managing $50M in biotech construction projects for DPR Construction, to sourcing, investing in, and scaling a wide variety of agricultural, mobile banking, and solar lighting technology companies in India, Kenya, Zambia, and Indonesia as a Portfolio Manager for the Grassroots Business Fund.
Sam is deeply passionate about character development, entrepreneurship, and educational innovation, and has lived out those passions by founding the Marshall Honor Committee at USC, serving as a Board Member for Youth Frontiers, volunteering with Hands On Disaster Response, and serving as an advisor to Ashoka Twin Cities and Education Pioneers
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Education Practice Leader
Emily Puetz is passionately committed to transforming educational systems and developing educational leaders who are equipped to adapt to the changing needs of our students, our communities and our world.
Emily has spent 20+ years working on all sides of the learning continuum – as a classroom teacher, district administrator, researcher, business entrepreneur, and charter school designer, and in a variety of cities – Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis as well as in smaller communities – Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Savannah, Georgia and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In addition, Emily has supported over 35 school districts across the state of Minnesota delivering keynote presentations, leading training and facilitating problem solving on issues to related to leadership and change.
Most recently Emily served as the Chief Academic Officer of the Minneapolis Public Schools and during her time there worked collaboratively to increase the overall graduation rate by 10%, increase the number of black students reading by 3rd grade by 12%, and increase the number of students ready for kindergarten by 14%.
Her current work ranges from re-designing governance structures for K-12 systems to designing & facilitating a year long leadership academy for teachers aimed to support teachers in becoming change agents in their schools. Emily holds both her Bachelors and a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Masters degree from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.