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Consultants Collective Profile: Rod Thorn

We’re pleased to present our latest featured profile, designed to introduce you to our member consultants, advisors, executive coaches, clients, partners, and other extraordinary people. These profiles go beyond the professional bio to provide a more personal glimpse and offer an opportunity for us to get to know each other better as people as we strive to create connections and build community. We’re pleased to feature Consultants Collective member consultant and communications expert, Rod Thorn.

Rod is a former communications executive at PepsiCo, Kodak, and IBM. He is chief storyteller at Thorn Media, a communications consultancy. Using storytelling to persuade people and organizations to see things in new ways, engage their emotions, and take action — is at the core of everything he does: strategic content creation and management; writing and producing; storytelling programs and workshops, communications strategy, culture and identity programs, transformation communications, employee engagement and recognition, and diversity initiatives.  

What is your favorite hero in fiction?

Tom Joad, from The Grapes of Wrath.

Who is your favorite painter or composer?

My favorite painter is Vincent Van Gogh. My favorite composer is Beethoven.

What is one of your hobbies?

Genealogy

What is the last book read?

Fire Shut Up In My Bones, by Charles Blow

Why do you do what you do?

I love creating stories that make people think and feel and act to create a better world.

What is your favorite quote?

“Blessed are the gypsies, the makers of music, the artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers and vagabonds, children and misfits: for they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes.”

What is your latest accomplishment?

I just submitted the first draft of my latest non-fiction book manuscript to my publisher.

What would you say is your chief characteristic?

My imagination.

What makes you happy?

Hugging my 22-year-old daughter, kissing her forehead and hearing her still call me “Daddy.”

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