Brian D. Lowenthal
Brian Lowenthal is founder and Executive Director of Improving the Odds. From his days as a collegiate basketball player to his thirty-five years as a business professional, he has been an executive coach, advisor, business owner/entrepreneur, and teacher.
Brian’s life purpose is “to help people succeed at whatever they want to be successful at AND have fun doing it.” As a high schooler teaching swimming lessons, training lifeguards, and coaching Little League Baseball, to leading Junior Achievement workshops for middle and high school students, Brian has
always found ways to give back our youth. His passion for helping youth develop the character and life skills to thrive have always been a part of his life.
As a Chief Human Resources Officer, (first with Dots, Inc., a retail apparel company, and later with Bonne Bell, a consumer products company), he designed, developed, and implemented leadership development programs. Brian was the first Director, Organization and Leadership Development, at
Express, Inc., the $2 billion division of The Limited, where he facilitated the creation of their first Leadership Academy.
As a consultant, he has worked with Fortune 100 companies, as well as start-ups. He was Regional Vice President for Development Dimensions International, led the global HR and Shared Services Benchmarking practices for The Hackett Group, and led Culture Shaping initiatives around the globe for Senn Delaney/Heidrick Consulting, and division of Heidrick & Struggles. His expertise includes strategy development, executive coaching, benchmarking, culture shaping, change leadership, leadership and organizational assessment and development, and organizational measurement systems.
Brian’s clients have included: Starbucks Coffee Company, Mattel, Kohler Company, JP Morgan Chase, Hard Rock Café, Bose Corporation, KeyBank, The Ohio State University, Eli Lilly, Pemex, Grant Thornton, USAA, and Lobaw.
An internationally recognized speaker and author, he earned a Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Education and Business Administration from Illinois State University, an MBA from Roosevelt University, and has taught at Cleveland State University.