Making A Difference
Evolving the way people think and see the world around them, equipping them with tools to better engage and interact with one another and solve problems that have a positive and profound impact on the future.
Inspiring moments of synchronicity where individuals and organizations glimpse their greatness - realizing more of their potential, purpose, and the power of co-creating with the head the and heart.
Instigating positive social change.
Innovating and inventing - experience the self-permission and freedom of making a real difference in the world.
FOUNDER & CEO
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.