Making A Difference

Evolving the way people think - how they see themselves and the world around them fostering new perspectives that have a more positive and profound impact on the future.

Inspiring moments of synchronicity where individuals and organizations glimpse their greatness - realizing more of their potential, connectivity, and what is truly possible through the power of co-creating. 

Instigating positive social change.

Innovating and inventing - experience the self-permission and freedom of making a real difference in the world.

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Pate is the founder and managing director. With over 25 years of management consulting, working with Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups, his expertise focused on vision building, strategic planning, brand, and product development.  In 2011 Pate relaunched the company, using innovation as a vehicle to solve challenges, grow business, and evolve the people and culture into a powerhouse of an engaged community of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

Pate is a passionate social entrepreneur and change agent.  He works with non-profits organizations like Slow Food International and the Girls & Boys Club to initiate positive social change.  He strives every day to make a positive difference in someone’s life, even if it is just a smile or kind word. 

Pate completed his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia, and received a certificate in Innovation at the University of Virginia.  He built his capabilities in innovation as a community leader at OpenIDEO, and as a senior consultant at Design Thinkers Group, headquartered in Amsterdam.


Everyone has a backstory – a roadmap that guides us to our purpose and passion. I start mine with a simple statement: Together, anything is possible.

I come from a long line of visionaries, inventors, community builders, and social entrepreneurs. Before there was a railroad system in Eastern North Carolina, my 2nd great-grandfather dared to dream of re-creating the Venice Canal to help farmers get their goods to market. My great- grandfather held three farming patents and build five thriving companies. This spirit was passed down to my father, who gave me this advice: Take 5 minutes out of every day to think about something I need, but don’t have or something I used that could be improved and to make note of it.

That 5-minute daily habit has served me well. It’s more about the inside than the outside. It motivates me to look for patterns, contrasts, and connections in all things. To seek adventures that dare me to rethink what is impossible. To discover moments of synchronicity that let me glimpse my own greatness. To find the courage, the freedom, and the bravery to be all that I am.

I am an inventor and innovator - exploring the bigness of life, experiencing the self-permission and freedom to invent, inspiring others to find their courage to realize and fulfill their talents and abilities, and instigating positive social change - just like my fathers before me.

Pate has a rare ability to quickly assess a challenge, determine what is most meaningful and bring back a solution that goes above and beyond what was initially presented. This strong sense of vision is matched by exceptional communication skills. He always impresses me with his versatility in expressing ideas, whether through speech, writing or visuals. He seems able to move from one to the other with ease, and the wherewithal to know which method best suited his audience. What I found in him to be most valuable — and, indeed, what I learned most from him—was that his ability to assess challenges extended to his talent at assessing people. He uses this talent to his advantage in steering others toward the big picture and, further, to the steps necessary to get there.
— Robert Nelms, SVP Beazer Homes

Partners help to broaden our perspective, disrupt our thinking and create an exponential force for positive change.

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Mach Media tackles marketing and communication challenges of global companies, ensuring delivery of a strong performance every time.  We work closely with Taunya Renson-Martin, co-founder and Managing Partner of Mach Media.  She leads a remarkable team of creative and strategic professionals who are not only incredibly skillful, but also just darn nice.  Taunya also oversees the creation and implementation of strategic marketing communications programs for a variety of international clients.  Mach Media is headquartered in Ghent, Belgium with addition offices in the US.

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DesignThinkers Group Canada is a leading design thinking firm in their community.  Having synergetic innovation partners is critical to our success.  Adriana Dolnyckyj, the Founder and Managing Partner of DesignThinkers Group in Canada, is a powerful marketer and strategist by profession and a design thinker innately and by passion.  She brings over 20 years of corporate strategy and marketing experience at the executive level, working with companies big and small in both B2B and B2C markets locally, nationally and internationally.  Adriana is based in Halifax and Toronto and frequently works on projects in both the US and around the world.