PEOPLE FIRST. PROCESS SECOND.

We keep people at the center of problem-solving using a creative process called design thinking.

 
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Think Methods!

Design thinking provides a solution-based approach. It’s a way of thinking and working as well as a collection of hands-on methods that keep you human-centered.

WHEN YOU SIT DOWN TO CREATE A SOLUTION, THE FIRST QUESTION SHOULD ALWAYS BE “WHAT’S THE HUMAN NEED BEHIND IT?”

 
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The Spill Teem rocks! Their energy is amazing, and their work changes your perspective and thinking.
— workshop client

You get to work with this team!

Joshua
(CEO + founder)

After serving over 15 years in leadership roles which ranged from supervisory to a tenured directorship, Human Services taught Joshua René that serving people begins with serving how they think. Joshua found himself no longer fitting into the traditional and typical landscapes of business, so he created The Spill Teem!  

Joshua is the recipient of the Program Leadership in Sales, Marketing and Technology Award, Mastery Certification in Leadership Development, and currently serves as an adjunct instructor. 

His pursuit of service to others injected into The Spill Teem has allowed us to create demand and breed significant purpose in the world of creative and functional development.

Jared
(Identity Strategist)

Jared walks his talk! His presence and talents are a unique piece to our visual puzzle. He specializes in helping brands better understand their unique advantage in the market by creating a visual identity to reflect their core values. We believe every company has a distinct fingerprint that speaks to its ideal audience.

Jared is a Full Sail University graduate with a degree in Digital Arts and Design. He ventured out to become the Founder & Creative Director of See & Hear Creative; which is why he's a perfect addition to making sure our clients not only receive thinking culture clarity but a visual clarity as well.

He's also one of the coolest guys we know, so we like having him around!

Katya
(ReFrame Strategist)

Katya grew up as a compulsive question-asker. Starting from the “why”s of the world, her questions now revolve around helping humans thrive in the workplace.

She flips problems on their heads to reveal the questions underneath, creating a reframe of how they’re seen. She’s working towards imbuing more honesty, empathy, and curiosity—her version of the tenets of humanness—into how individuals and teams function at work.

Armed with an MS in organizational development and knowledge management and an alum of UVA and GMU, Katya has worked in healthcare consulting, higher education, a few startups, and consulted with several non-profits. She enjoys public speaking and leading Toastmasters, creatively weaving words together in a story or poem, and doing handstands on mountains to revel a new perspective.

 
 

Amanda
(Insight Strategist)

Without a doubt, Amanda makes The Spill Teem better! Her ability to inspire individuals to shift the thinking culture of organizations and the people in them is priceless!

With an extensive background in change management and a Master’s in Strategic Communication & Leadership from Seton Hall University, she’s led complex organizational culture shifts in some of the country’s leading enterprises: Northrop Grumman, Alere Informatics, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Proving that she can creatively and strategically guide anyone to greatness. We're excited to have her join us with her incredible energy and amazing talent!

We've watched her put people first and process second – as she dives into the messiest of situations. It was a no-brainer that her lens always aligned with our focus. She didn’t know it then, but she’s always been one of us!

 
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bala
(strategic advisor)

Bala is a globally oriented educator who has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America. His focus areas are innovation and social entrepreneurship, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. In addition to these roles, he is a Research Fellow at the U. S Army Research Laboratory.

He was formerly a Visiting Faculty Fellow at National Defense University at Fort McNair, in Washington DC. Before moving to Charlottesville, he was an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary and the Program Director of CEU’s experiential New York City MBA program. Before that, he was the Senior Manager of New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s Office of Innovation Development, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship.

He holds a PhD in Technology Management from New York University Tandon School of Engineering.