Hello, I’m Gerod Rody.
Pronounced /’jer-ed ‘roh-dee/
As an innovation strategist focused on human-centered design, I guide clients to pivot through change with a far out view for ongoing resilience.
My work and passion is connecting far-out vision with near-in action. I see the most valuable opportunities in the spaces between established business practices, the need for environmental resilience, and shifting cultural norms.
- Purpose Mapping
- Opportunity Space
- Innovation Prioritization
- Stakeholder Voice
- Customer Interviews
- Consumer Communities
- Full Spectrum Journey
- Societal Systems
- Scenario Planning
- Phygital Retail
- Expansive Ideation
- Business Model Reframe
- Brand Repositioning
- Teammate Mentorship
- Feedback Loops
- Workflow Reconfiguration
- Customer/Consumer Need
- Challenge Adjacencies
- Logic Reframing
Sustainability & DEI
- Triple Bottom Line
- LGBTQ+ Inclusion
- Community Engagement
I had the pleasure to work with Gerod. Not only is he a highly talented strategist, but he is also a great human being. Honesty, compassion and reliability are words that define Gerod. As a strategist, I have seen him in action in customer interviews or facilitating focus groups. Gerod has a unique ability to connect with customers. He knows how to get to all the key and essential information allowing to define strategies that will meet business objectives, while also aligning with end users’ needs and expectations.
Highly conceptual and bringing innovative ideas to the table, Gerod also has this ability to translate concepts into structured frameworks that will become the foundation of strategies implementation.
Gerod, it was a pleasure working with you, and I will never hesitate to recommend you to any company looking to innovate or rethink their market strategy.
Gerod is one of my most favorite people to work with when it comes to creative marketing projects. We had the opportunity to do this together through online marketing and social media projects at Pinchot University.
Brainstorming sessions with Gerod are filled with intense possibility and curiosity. Distilling ideas with Gerod feels like a calming and confidence-boosting process. And executing projects with Gerod is like being on a refreshing hike to an unknown destination that everyone is sure will have an outstanding view.
I’m still striving for more opportunities to work with Gerod on collaborative projects, and I’m jealous of anyone who gets to grab him for their own pursuits!
I was fortunate enough to work with Gerod for over two years at Valtech. Through many projects, Gerod mentored me in strategic concepts and general business practice. One of his most notable characteristics is the respect he gives to all of his coworkers. He always promoted a collaborative environment, encouraging anyone who wanted to learn to brainstorm and contribute. He gave everyone a voice and created an atmosphere of inclusivity.
As someone starting off my career in strategy, I feel very fortunate to have had these last two years with Gerod. I look forward to seeing him succeed and contribute to his new role!
Gerod not only has strong strategy chops, but is great person to work with. He creates an excellent atmosphere for brainstorming and ideation sessions: generating great ideas while also listening to and building on the ideas of others. During our focus groups, he kept up the energy in the room and his personable nature made participants feel at ease. It was easy to quickly foster a symbiotic way of working while we were on a short but intense project—and I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with him.
Gerod is an absolute professional. He is a talented, disciplined, and a highly focused collaborator. As part of the strategy practice, he integrated seamlessly within our teams and brought passion, energy and fresh ideas to some of the world’s leading brands. Every day he shows up with enthusiasm and a broad perspective that makes the work sharper and everyone around him smarter. Any organization seeking to attract talent will appreciate his unique abilities.
I was lucky enough to have Gerod Rody as my manager during my time on Pinchot University’s marketing team. He gracefully guided our team through a variety of complex projects and institutional changes, from a shifting team to a rebranding effort to a website overhaul with a quick timeline. Gerod combines big-picture, inspiring vision with the agility to quickly shift strategy when necessary.
Great people management requires more than coordinating tasks and providing instruction. Gerod brought a high level of compassion and humanity to our team, and it made all the difference. Especially as we tackled something as turbulent and stressful as a rebranding effort, Gerod never failed to check in with us as people first and employees second. His enthusiasm and obvious care for his team kept us effectively working together even in the busiest times. Gerod is an inspiring, effective leader who will be an asset to any team.
I worked with Gerod while at Pinchot University as his Communications Associate. I chose the word “with” carefully. He made an extraordinary effort to make our work collaborative and uplifting. He continuously inspired me to do my best work by tying all our efforts to the larger mission of the school and our drive to educate better sustainability professionals that would go on to do great things in the world.
More than any manager I’ve worked with he drove me to do my best work and gave me the confidence and training to take on projects independently and require less oversight. He has tremendous vision for the lifeblood and niche organizations can fill. I expect any company he works will focus its direction and understand its self better as soon as he walks through their doors.
I asked Gerod to lead a branding workshop for a client. He was the ideal person to bring onto the project, even though the client had not given us a ton of time to prepare. From setup to facilitation to follow-through, Gerod was able to guide a successful workshop. He had a great ability to solicit ideas from a large group and able to convert them into useable strategies and content.
I’ve known Gerod in multiple capacities for the last seven years — as a BGI/Pinchot student, as a co-worker and, most recently, as his boss. The thing I most value about Gerod is his relentless enthusiasm. Whether he was founding OUT 4 Sustainability, rebranding BGI/Pinchot, or helping me polish the annual appeal, I knew I could always count on Gerod to bring his best game, see the project through regardless of the work involved, and emerge with pride in his work, a keen eye for future improvements, and a readiness to tackle the next big project. He has been a pleasure to work with.
I’m not sure I have ever met someone with more substantive and rapid ideation, more commitment to an organization’s mission, or more capacity to delve eagerly and earnestly into intimidating projects. Gerod is a design and communications genius who can see at once, both the forest and the trees, in ways that inspire innovative progress in the midst of complicated situations. He is a creative and courageous leader advancing sustainability with enthusiasm, integrity, and ingenuity.
Gerod’s energy and clarity of vision are awe-inspiring. He has cultivated and refined his natural gifts as a leader, stepping out on limb after limb to create movements that give communities meaning and strengthen nascent organizations with his creative and communications genius. He contemplates and digs into the questions that trip up organizations and then collaborates to find sustainable solutions, meeting the needs of people and planet while achieving the goals for profitability. His charisma is unstoppable and his manner of communicating engenders confidence in all those he encounters. His abilities are breathtaking but his humility never waivers. He truly is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever met and I believe that any organization that he is a part of will succeed sheerly out of the fact that he is on board.