Rob Evans DesignShop

Prior to the creation of Imaginal Labs, Rob was the founder and global leader of Ernst & Young’s breakthrough Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE).

Rob is a master consultant with deep experience working with senior teams on their most critical business and organizational challenges. He has been described by many as one of the most talented and effective facilitators in the world today.  For over 25 years, Rob has successfully directed projects on business transformation, strategy development and implementation, major IT systems implementation, total quality management, cultural change, and performance improvement globally for 30 of the 2013 Fortune 100 companies. 

His client list includes Accenture, Allstate, Amtrak, Centers for Disease Control, Cigna, Citigroup, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Devon Energy, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Honda, Janssen Healthcare Innovation,  Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Controls, Kaiser Permanente, Limitedbrands, Marine Well Containment, Microsoft, Navistar, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Nike, Nokia, Pfizer, Smuckers, Spectrum Health, TJX, United HealthCare, Universal Studios, Wal-Mart, and Wipro.

Prior to the creation of Imaginal Labs, Rob was the founder and global leader of Ernst & Young’s breakthrough Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE). The ASE dramatically reduced the time involved in moving clients from problem-identification to fully implemented solutions through the innovative DesignShop® process. He was responsible for building and training over 20 ASEs around the world. When E&Y sold its consulting operations to Capgemini in 2000, the ASE was part of the transaction and was quickly regarded as one of the “crown jewels” of the company and the heart of the Capgemini “Collaborative Business Experience”.

Rob has also worked as Managing Director/Senior Vice President with OptumInsight, a wholly owned subsidiary of United HealthCare, from 2010 to 2012, where he founded their DesignShop® practice.

Before joining Ernst & Young as a partner in 1995, Rob was chief executive of ODI Europe. In the four years of his tenure of ODI Europe, Rob built this European arm of Organizational Dynamics, Incorporated, an American Total Quality Management and performance improvement company.

Rob holds graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard University. He has held faculty positions at Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School, Northeastern University, and the Lesley College Graduate School of Management. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dickinson College with a degree in International and Russian Area Studies.

Carolyn and Rob are committed to their families, their children and to living a life of meaning, purpose and adventure.  Whether facilitating in the Boardroom, climbing to the summit of Mt, Kilimanjaro, or working with indigenous leaders in the jungles of the Amazon, Carolyn and Rob are life-long learners and bring their experiences to their work with courageous leaders.