Bill Foulkes is a strategic planning and marketing
consultant, entrepreneur and currently a faculty member at the Rhode Island
School of Design. The course he created, Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking, introduces artists and designers to business concepts and enhances
their abilities to bring their ideas to reality.
This curriculum originated during Bill’s tenure as the
Executive Director of the Center for Design and Business at RISD (2006-2008).
The Center helped business, educational institutions and government entities
set up and manage collaborative design research projects with RISD students,
faculty and alumni.
Bill has over twenty years of experience in strategic
planning, people development, marketing and finance in both high-tech and
consumer companies where he has successfully identified, communicated and
implemented new business concepts and initiatives, led organizational change,
built strategic partner relationships and led creative processes.
Bill has been on the executive team of several small
start-ups, including MTI Group Holdings and Context Media. Prior to joining these
firms, he was a strategy consultant at Telesis, a division of Towers Perrin.
Bill’s experience also includes consumer product marketing at Gillette and
investment banking at Morgan Stanley.
Bill holds an A.B. in History from Harvard College and an M.B.A.
from Harvard Business School.