Chess Media Group is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm focused on collaboration. We work with organizations who understand the value of engaging people and connecting them to each other and information. Chess Media Group is recognized by our peers and clients as some of the most innovative minds and accomplished practitioners in the industry. We love what we do and do what we love. It shows in our work.
Principal & Co-Founder
Jacob helps lead client strategy as well as overall company strategy. He is the author of The Collaborative Organization, a best-selling book on collaboration strategy which has been endorsed by leaders such as the former CIO of the United States of America, CMO of SAP, CEO of Unisys, CMO of Dell, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review, and dozens of others. He also co-authored Twittfaced, a social media 101 book for business published in 2009. Jacob frequently speaks at conferences around the world and is featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Inc Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Zdnet, Read Write Web, MIT, and many others. Jacob blogs regularly on collaboration strategy at Social Business Advisor. He loves to travel and play racquetball and chess. He can be found on Twitter @jacobm.
Principal & Co-Founder
Connie co-founded Chess Media Group to unlock the full potential of combining people, process and collaborative technologies to achieve high business performance for clients. With over 15 years of marketing, management and consulting experience, Connie leads the business operations overseeing all strategic initiatives from end-to-end. Her day-to-day role involves working closely with clients, overseeing and coordinating teams on intricate projects, and applying expertise in enterprise collaboration and the future of work to produce the highest possible returns for clients.
Prior to co-founding Chess Media Group, Connie has been optimizing online and offline business strategies for companies like Ivanhoe Cambridge, Good Earth Cafes, Rogers Communications and for clients like McDonald’s, Insurance Corporation of BC and Greyhound at DDB Worldwide. She’s an avid globetrotter, tennis player, skier and cyclist. She can be found on Twitter @conniechan8.
Marketing and Account Manager
Earl has a unique background as he has a degree in science and is now finishing his last year of a marketing management program with a focus on entrepreneurship. He brings to Chess Media Group seven years of experience in marketing, planning, management, and research gained in a combination of non-profit, private, and academic research sectors.
Before marketing, Earl took part in three years of biological research in the plant sciences. He focused mainly on the molecular biology, genetics, and physiology of Arabidopsis thaliana at the University of British Columbia. During his time in the lab, he was able to refine his analytical abilities necessary for the field of business while bringing a distinct skill set into his new career. His interest for science and technology led him towards the online software space and in particular collaboration tools.
Earl has participated in and managed marketing initiatives for multiple organizations, such as the Canadian Cancer Society, UBC Advancement, AIESEC, and Students in Free Enterprise. After completing his program, his aspires to make a career in marketing and brand management, with a focus on strategic initiatives.
Enterprise 2.0 Advisor
Gil is recognized as being one of the world’s top Enterprise 2.0 minds and is the man behind the famous “Framework for 2.0 Adoption in the Enterprise” whitepaper which essentially provides a road map and guidelines for how companies can make Enterprise 2.0 a reality within their organization. Gil has a dynanic background including working at companies such as Xerox. More recently, he worked as the Director of Architecture at Fidelity and Analyst at Forrester. He is currently the Director of Open Source Product Management at Yahoo!. Gil is also one of the most respected Enterprise 2.0 analysts in the industry.
Gil has a genuine passion and interest in understanding how people within large organizations collaborate with one another. Gil’s background and his understanding and vision for the Enterprise 2.0 space makes him the perfect advisor to Chess Media Group for all things related to Enterprise 2.0.