John Zapolski is an entrepreneur, designer, and educator. He is the co-founder, along with Peter Thum, of Fonderie47, a luxury brand that catalyzes leadership for African disarmament. A hybrid thinker by nature, John has taught in both art school and business school. As founder of Management Innovation Group, and later as a director of Strategos, John advised industry leaders on new growth initiatives, helping them challenge convention and discover new strategic opportunities. Also an experienced manager, John has held leadership positions at Wells Fargo and Yahoo!. His work at those companies pioneered new approaches for creating customer experiences and won them accolades from their customers and industry analysts. John is currently on the faculty of the MFA Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and he has also designed and taught programs on large-scale innovation at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a past national board member of the AIGA, and ran its Experience Design Community from 2003-2004.
University of Chicago, Cinema and Media Studies, 1995-1998