Alpha Mode with Grady Powell — Episode 6


Upstate Business Journal is pleased to present the sixth installment of Alpha Mode, its new, digital feature that appears each month on, in partnership with QLI International LLC and Alex LaCasse (MTN llc).

“Creative thinking has to become ultimately grounded on reality, data and experience!” says Grady Powell.

This month’s Alpha Mode, “Conversations with Next-Level Leaders,” features Grady Powell, founder and CEO of Openfields. He offers insight into creative thinking, strategy, and a relevant leadership approach of building businesses. Assessing challenges and devising innovative, strategic solutions that foster sustainable results are fundamental in Powell’s world.

Powell is an experienced strategist, nonprofit executive, program designer, and entrepreneur with a passion for building partnerships, developing leaders, and exploring systems innovation to drive social impact. Openfields is a strategy and innovation consulting firm focused on helping organizations develop creative strategies and programs to adapt to the way our world and our work is changing.

In addition to leading Openfields, Powell is a co-founder and board member of Capita, a startup ideas lab committed to harnessing the power of big ideas to ensure a future in which all young children and their families flourish. Powell formerly served as the executive director of Trinity Forum Academy and as a senior account executive at EP+Co Advertising. He attended Furman University where he studied economics and ran cross-country and track and field. He lives in Greenville with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.

Manfred Gollent is a certified business coach with QLI International, LLC. This monthly video release provides insights into building foundations for successful, sustainable businesses in the Upstate. Alpha Mode episodes feature entrepreneurs, business owners, and a diverse group of business executives and professionals.



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