Chief Executive Officer
Frans Johansson is an author, entrepreneur, and innovation thought leader who has spoken to audiences worldwide, from Fortune 500 companies to rural villages. He leads The Medici Group with the same passion, force, and energy he exhibits in his keynotes. He founded The Medici Group to move beyond simply inspiring through his talks, and instead work hands on with clients to deliver strategic options, fast.
His debut, THE MEDICI EFFECT, was an international bestseller that shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen. His follow up book, THE CLICK MOMENT, obliterates the idea that in business you can plan, strategize, and analyze your way to success.
Frans has been featured on CNN’s AC360, ABC’s Early Morning Show, and CNBC’s The Business of Innovation series.
Raised in Sweden by his African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Frans has lived all his life at The Intersection™. Prior to The Medici Group, he founded a software company, a healthcare firm, and a hedge fund. He has written articles on healthcare, information technology, and the science of sport fishing. Frans earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Follow Frans on Twitter at @Frans_Johansson or on Facebook.
Chief of Strategy
Pamela Carlton works with The Medici Group’s largest clients to set program goals and oversees their strategy and execution.
Pamela has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer, investment banker, consultant and executive coach. Most recently, she was co-founder and president of Springboard, which develops and delivers leadership curriculum and organizational consulting. Previously, she was a managing director in Equity Research at JP Morgan Chase, managing the Diversified, Consumer, Retail, and Transportation industry groups. Prior to JP Morgan, Pamela was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley for 14 years, where she originated and executed corporate finance and capital markets transactions across industries. Early in her career, Pamela practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton.
At both JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, Pamela played significant roles in defining their respective corporate diversity policies. She served on the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Diversity Council, chaired by CEO William Harrison, as well as the Investment Banking and Institutional Equities Diversity Councils. She currently serves on the Columbia Funds Mutual Fund Board of Ameriprise and is a member of New York Presbyterian Hospital Board of Trustees.
Pamela earned a B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College in Political Economy, a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.B.A from Yale School of Management.
Chief Learning Strategist
Lily Tang leads The Medici Group’s efforts to deliver programs focused on creating self-sustaining ecosystems that institutionalize culture change. As part of her role, she oversees development of the Medici Innovation Institute™ and the Medici Innovation Coaching practice.
Throughout her career, Lily has managed organizational development projects for global enterprises across four continents in industries ranging from finance to manufacturing and healthcare. She has been a professor of developmental psychology at Union College, a business journalist at Forbes, and CEO of an Asian food service and distribution company. Lily also spent more than 10 years as an executive leadership coach and a diversity and inclusion consultant. She is active with a number of organizations, including the NeuroLeadership Institute, The FutureWork Institute, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Classroom of Difference Institute.
Lily holds a doctorate in developmental psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from the State University of New York at Albany; a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University; and bachelor degrees in psychology and art history from the University of Houston.
Sweet Joy Hachuela
Chief Operating Officer
Sweet Joy Hachuela oversees operations for The Medici Group and leads the firm’s business development efforts.
Previously, Sweet Joy was managing director of Springboard—Partners for Cross-Cultural Leadership, and managed Global Employee Networking Groups for JP Morgan Chase. In addition, she has consulted and trained program directors throughout the U.S. in anti-racism/cultural training workshops for the Wheelock Institute and developed strategic consulting programs for Womenfuture, a women-focused startup in global leadership programs. She was a national delegate who accompanied former President Bill Clinton to Johannesburg to launch an international leadership exchange program.
Sweet Joy has an M.S. in Public Policy with a focus on strategic management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Vice President of Product Development
Kristian Ribberström oversees product development for The Medici Group. He is also a senior consultant, working with clients worked around the world, including global companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim, ITT, and Sanofi-Aventis; the public sector such as the State of Michigan and the City of San Jose; and NGOs and nonprofits such as Concern Worldwide and MAP for Nonprofits.
Kristian has over 10 years of experience in education, curriculum development, and facilitation. Previously, he taught philosophy and languages in Sweden and developed case study methodology in various entrepreneurial settings. He studied education in England, taught English and eco-empowerment in France, and fostered exchanges between students from Sweden and Europe. Naturally, Kristian is passionate about exploring intersections between different cultures, migrations, and multi-ethnic societies. Kristian holds a B.A. and M.A. in Education and Language Arts from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Chief Marketing Officer
Chantal Yang leads marketing strategy for The Medici Group. She has over 15 years of marketing and communications experience and has worked with companies at all stages of growth. She has launched startups, fueled successful IPOs and spinoffs, and helped rebrand established companies.
Chantal was most recently a managing director at LEWIS Pulse, where she advised emerging growth companies backed by Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms. Previously, she ran communications for Red Hat’s Middleware division (NYSE: RHT), oversaw global PR programs as a director at Schwartz Communications, and managed the prestigious fellowship in newborn medicine at Harvard Medical School’s four teaching hospitals. Chantal loves to explore cultures, learn languages, and travel, and worked for the popular Let’s Go travel guides while earning her bachelor’s in sociology at Harvard University.