We believe in work that is meaningful and challenging – fueled by the same passions that drive our lives.


We have decades of collected expertise – on client and agency engagements – in technology, design, media, entertainment, healthcare, travel, education, real estate and social.

Working with companies in various stages of growth – from start-ups to nonprofits to public companies – we have worked in complex scenarios, on challenging projects with exciting companies and our goals remain the same... to inspire change, to make a difference, to better the world.

Key Verticals & Engagements
  • Media and

  • Technology

  • Creative

  • Nonprofit

  • Healthcare

  • Education

  • Akoo

    becoming the leader in the out-of- home marketplace with innovative entertainment experiences

    Akoo positioned itself in the sweet spot between national brand advertisers and consumers seeking unique and immersive mobile driven entertainment experiences.

    Strategic relationships, immersive consumer experiences and exceptional customer support services were key to building a national network.

    • Strategy
    • Business development
    • Technology
    • Project management
    • Marketing
    • Quality assurance
  • Zula

    leading the development of edutainment for youth education in science and space

    Zula was determined to become a leading force in filling the science-education void for young children through an exciting and fun educational series.

    An award-winning television series, movies, teaching curricula, after-school programs, virtual world and traveling science exhibit met instant success on a global scale.

    • Strategy
    • Venture development
    • Project management
    • Production
    • Creative services
  • Dreams for Kids

    empowering at-risk youth through life changing activities

    Dreams for Kids has a rich history of leadership programs that inspired kids to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.

    Streamlining its organizational process, offering efficient tools and reforming the board of directors helped support the organization's innovative programs and development goals.

    • Strategy
    • Development
    • Creative services
    • Technology
  • Orbitz

    rapidly building a leadership platform in the highly dynamic online travel industry

    Orbitz wanted to expand its travel products and support several million flight and hotel searches every day.

    Managing the creative, information architecture and front-end development teams through the launch and into continual optimization helped put Orbitz on the map and win design awards.

    • Strategy
    • Project management
    • Creative direction
    • Technology


  • Colleen Egan

    President of Strategy

    A successful thought leader who believes in work that is meaningful and rewarding, Colleen brings her diverse executive experience, unique perspectives and "roll up her sleeves" approach to every project. She has had a rich and rewarding career with over 15 years of executive leadership across several industries including entertainment, media, digital, creative, technology, education, construction, healthcare and non for profit.

    As President of Strategy she works with diverse companies, in various stages of growth, to find their voice and fulfill their mission. Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating Officer for Akoo International and led the deployment and support of the largest digital out-of-home television network in the country, delivering 46 million viewers per month and reaching 77% of the US population. Colleen has also served as the SVP of Operations and Production for Zula USA LLC, the Los Angeles based entertainment and education company, which produces the critically acclaimed PBS childrens series The Zula Patrol. Colleen was also a Founder and Chief Operating Officer for the award-winning, Chicago-based design and technology company, twohundredtwelve°, whose clients included Orbitz, Nike, SamsClub and McDonalds.

    Colleen has also served on numerous advisory boards as well as mayoral appointments. Her most recent work includes the Women's Sports Foundation, Little Kids Rock, TEDx Midwest Youth and Dreams for Kids. As the Chairman of the Board for Dreams for Kids, Colleen was invited to meet President Barack Obama at the White House as part of the Chicago Blackhawk Charities.

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  • Syndy Ziegenfuss

    President of Creative

    Syndy has been a leader in creative direction for over 15 years. As the President of Creative, she brings a unique artistic vision in leading companies through the creative development, project management and implementation of innovative branding, business and media solutions and effective creative campaigns.

    Before founding Tiger Puppet Studios, she served as the Creative Director of Orbitz Worldwide where she successfully built and led the creative, information architecture and front-end development teams. Prior to this she led U.S. and international teams at Leapnet, Renaissance Worldwide, Boston Consulting Group and Neoglyphics Media Group, working with Fortune 500 companies and clients such as General Motors, Sears, Citibank, Playboy, Allstate, H.J. Heinz Company, Siemens, Chicago Bears, Sara Lee Corporation, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, andbook.com and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

    Syndy is also an accomplished artist and her mixed-media art work has been shown at ArtChicago, ArtBasel, ArtMiami and ArtLA. She has been signed with galleries in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. With over thirty solo and group exhibitions, her work has appeared in many publications, has won numerous awards and is included in numerous permanent collections.

    She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Fine Arts in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    View Syndy's artwork at syndyziegenfuss.com

Common roles
  • Strategy
  • Business development
  • Technology
  • Project management
  • Marketing
  • Quality assurance



Hope Is More Than A Feeling- It's the Start Of Everything; Meeting President Obama

The Blackhawks had won the Stanley Cup and were readying to make the traditional visit to the White House. I was the Chairman of the Board for the nonprofit, Dreams for Kids and as a part of the Blackhawks Charities, was invited to make that trip as well and meet President Obama and First Lady, Michelle.

I am a policy and social justice junkie, but I had only been to the White House, once before- as a "tourist." This time it was personal and emotional for me. It wasn't the Blackhawk win, although the Championship run was amazing. It wasn't even the success or pride I felt, working with the Dreams for Kids organization… it was meeting the President. A President I had been waiting for, the President who revived my hope in an America Dream for everyone. The America that could strongly reunite as one people- away from the destructive economic policies that separated us in the first place. An America that believed in everyone's value and supported everyone's dream- even if it meant giving a little bit more so that all Americans could succeed.

After the 2000 election, I was disillusioned as I watched the controversial Supreme Court ruling and over the course of the next eight years, I had been part of a neo-conservative history in which the average citizen had no control. We watched our Country- and the world watched us- as we went to war on false premises-and continued with torture and the neglect of American ideals. A war which was costly to our integrity and more importantly to our youth and financial stability. The assertion of executive powers, the politicization of the Department of Justice, allowing investment banks to go unregulated, FEMA's failures in a time of climate science realities, energy policies which deeply hit our pockets and contained no forward thinking, skyrocketing deficits, job creation of less than 1%, 40% decrease in the S&P, and millions of Americans who lost their savings, their homes and their hope. The "American Way" had become about wealth and power and "me"- and I was longing for the America of "we".

The 2008 election was a time of hope, but it was also a time of reality for me- we had fallen far, both economically and in respect, and it was going to take a strong administration to clean up the mess, get us back on track and plan for our future. The Obama administration inherited a broken government which took years to create and would take us years to recover. Present day America had become the land of the quick fixes, instant gratification and ignoring our past. It took us over 12 years to recover from the Great Depression- and it would take us more than 2 years to recover from this- but impatience grew and partisan politics became a very painful reality in the mid-term elections of 2010. Another force of change had entered the American political landscape and the "hope" for real change was challenged yet again. As William Galston said, "Obama in fact had not one but two agendas—the agenda of choice on which he had run for president and the agenda of necessity that the economic and financial collapse had forced upon him." He tried to do both- which was a double edged sword for all of us; we wanted so much.

As I stood at the White House, in March of 2011- shaking the President's hand, I thanked him for his dedication to the American people. He was my choice for change; he was my choice for the future- one of equal education, equal opportunity, social justice and protection, forward thinking on energy, manufacturing, innovation, infrastructure, the economy and jobs.

Those first two years were difficult and the mid-terms were even worse. Policy accomplishments were many, but political roadblocks were crushing. Through it all, he started the wheels of change. In fact, he was one of the most active Presidents in US history. "This president has delivered more sweeping, progressive change in 20 months than the previous two Democratic administrations did in 12 years." – Tim Dickinson

Those first two tears tackled key issues of importance: The Wall Street Reform Bill, The Housing Rescue Plan, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (which consisted of tax cuts for working-class families; state funds for infrastructure projects; and state funds to prevent the layoff of police officers, teachers and other needed roles), Lily Ledbetter, Credit Card Reform, Clean Energy, Affordable Care Act, Repealing DADT, Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Ending Combat Ops in Iraq, Reforming Student Lending and hundreds, yes- hundreds of other initiatives to better America.

If you look at any of the reports from the first 24 months in office- there are success reports and failure reports, but what's most striking for me- is the generational gap. "The generation gap that surfaced in the 2008 election persists two years later," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Most people who are 50 or older say that Obama has been a failure in office; a plurality of younger Americans think his administration has been a success."

Just over two years ago I stood in Grant Park and witnessed history. Now at the White House, I am shaking the hand of the future. My children and your children are the future. Our investment in their future is the most important thing we can do for them. This includes education, equality, innovation, infrastructure, energy, the environment, financial protections and social justice-

Our history, both good and bad has brought us here, but now it's time to think…forward and to move… forward, together. Hope is more than a feeling; it's the start of everything.

Most Exhausting and Exhilirating Career Moment? Startupbus 2013 Competition

After I was invited to apply for a position on StartupBus 2013, I immediately did the research and said, "Why wouldn't I do this?!" 25 strangers- creating a company in 72 hours- on a bus to Austin, TX; it was the very thing I needed. My career, up to this point, had been an exciting and diverse one, but I needed a little jolt to change my mental dynamic and this seemed like the perfect experience to take me out of my comfort zone- completely- and I wasn't wrong.

I found out that I was accepted at 3:00 p.m. on a Friday and had to be on the bus at 8:00 a.m. Sunday. My first challenge in mental dynamic testing was… spontaneity. I quickly packed a host of electronics, power cords, power strips, emergen-C packets and a bottle of Jameson.

I stepped on the bus and immediately noted youth and men. Our bus had 25 competitors, six female and 19 men…not bad I thought, until I pondered this again (gender and age), much later in San Antonio, TX. I took my seat and waited for the festivities to begin. We took off for our first stop, Sproutbox in Bloomington, Indiana-- a 6 hour drive, in which transpired, 25 personal introductions, about 20 company ideas- which led to the formation of six teams, six company names, securing urls and the beginning of sites, apps, equity plans and yes, a pitch. Our first was miserable…

We wanted to fix health care in 72 hours, but knew we needed an MVP- so we choose prescription drugs and created MyBestRx- a cross platform robust app to assist consumers in the prescription drug marketplace.

Next stop, MyEmma- in Nashville, TN and again, we pitched…and again we received constructive criticism, new ideas and support. We worked through the night perfecting our pitch, while continuing with the site, the app and our media plan. After 3 hours sleep we were on the road again- headed for New Orleans.

Unbeknown to all of us on the Midwest bus (as well as the bus from Miami and New York), New Orleans was hosting a national medical convention, 30,000 doctors- who occupied every hotel, motel, B&B, vrbo.com and airbnb.com space available- so they put us in the next best place…St. Vincent's hostel / homeless shelter. This structure of a very colorful and mixed history was ours for the night. St. Vincent's was once a orphanage and it seemed fitting that its service of "taking care" of people, would now take care of us now. I can't say the few hours we slept there were pleasurable, as we tackled 40 people in one room of bunk beds and 35 in another, with no blankets, flying cockroaches, unpleasant cold, face to face toilets, the trauma of a fellow female competitor's top bunk crashing down upon the young man below and a cacophony of snoring…but it was a bonding experience and will always be a great story. After a few hours of sleeping with one eye open, one of my teammates suggested we spring for a massage, instead of breakfast, so we could get a shower…brilliant.

We found a spa nearby which only had one appointment. I let my teammate take it, but the women working there, took one look at me- and with New Orleans hospitality, said "honey you look like you could use a shower and some tea?" I did. They led me to a wonderful room, much like a slate shower in Costa Rica and let me wash off my weariness in the heat of the calming water and the aroma of my Earl Grey tea. I was revived and ready to kick some butt.

We boarded the bus once again, for a longer journey to San Antonio Texas. Working on a computer, while jumping around at 60 MPH, with intermittent internet and the lingering "aroma" of that unventilated bathroom had become the norm for us. We were also getting to know one another. We had worked, slept, drank, laughed and shared these days with strangers, now new friends. Who knows what would happen in the next few days with our projects. Some might take off, get funded, grow and prosper and some might fail, miserably. Some of us might remain friends and some of us might be glad the whole thing was finally over, but for right now, in this moment…Maclamore was playing and we were all singing, "this is a f&^*%n awesome!"

We arrived at Rack Space, a sponsor of the competition, based in San Antonio, Texas and the welcoming made me a little teary eyed. They had scores of workers linked up to cheer us all into the building- every last one of us from the Midwest, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Mexico City High fives and hugs, as we rounded the hallway to the main event. Everyone quickly grabbed tables, chairs and power outlets to continue working. This is when I really absorbed the "youth and men" comment I had made earlier. Out of the 150 competitors, there were about 25-30 women, a majority of young men between 19 and 35 and two gray hairs…one was Andy, my team member who was in his late 40's and me, freshly 50 and the oldest competitor in the room. The reality of that moment didn't deflate me, it just inspired and motivated me even more. People were beginning to break down…headaches, head colds, sore throats, digestive issues, bruised egos and broken teams- including our own. This was THE day, the day of the competition and one of my team members quit. We were presenting in less than a few hours. We had lived through some truly challenging moments and questionable situations and I thought, "now you quit?" I found myself saying things like "get it together, do it for the team and grow a pair", but ultimately I wanted to do well, so I walked on, told the team and we moved on- with eyes on the prize.

When we started this whole thing, our team's pitch went from miserable to much improved, but on this day, it was flawless and I couldn't have been prouder. We started the day with drama, moved on to an amazing rendition of "I Am So Proud" from Gilbert & Sullivan's, the Mikado (that's another story) and then kicked some venture capital seeking butt. We were done and now we waited.

StartupBus 2013 saw 36 companies present in San Antonio. MidwestBus team, NextChaptr came in second and CareerMob from New York came in first, but the MyBestRx team- we did really well and still had a chance of making it- as a wildcard- to the All Star Finals at SXSW. Immediately after announcing the two top teams, we rallied in a corner, came up with our online competition and media strategy. We boarded the buses for Austin and executed, executed and executed. We spent the next 24 hours trying to amass the points we needed to make the All Star Finals.

We arrived in Austin, TX, beaten, tired and "loving it." We were able to get a few extra hours of sleep and started the next day, running, albeit slowly. We wouldn't know if we made it into the All Star Finals until 4PM so we divided the workload and looked for quiet places (with electric) in which to work. I dare anyone to find this place- in Austin, TX, during SXSW, but my team member Andy, isn't just anyone…he's a genius and we found the John Henry Faulk Public Library. Booyha! The other guys found a second floor balcony patio in a hotel and a living room in a friend's house and at 4:00 p.m., the email came and we were in!

We had become a real company…an idea, a name, a website and an app- along with-personality conflicts, drama, disgruntled employees, arguments, chaos, fun, laughter, drinking, losses and wins- in now, 96 hours. We presented again at the StartupBus All-Star Finals in front of an esteemed panel of VC judges and we did well, but most importantly, we had fun. We returned the next day to our respective homes….exhibited, exhausted and exhilarated.

Note: Upon return, MyBestRx was incorporated in Delaware, the app is in development, we've got some good press and have entered numerous funding competitions…the journey continues!

Marriage Equality: The Right vs. the Rite vs. the other Right and living in the battlefield...

In a 5–4 decision on June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional, declaring it "a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment" For those of us who are gay and legally married, it was a joyous day- but also a confusing day. It didn't make marriage legal, but federal discrimination would end for those of us- married- in 13 states in the District of Columbia.

My wife and I are perfect examples of the "state of marriage equality in these United States." And as a woman who was married in a heterosexual union- I can tell you- there is no difference and yes, even the "gays" bicker over the kids, the laundry and cleaning…I hate to clean.

In our hearts and everyday lives, we have already been together and married for 15 years. We were legally married in Iowa on the day it became law, but we live in Illinois, a state which recognizes civil unions, but not marriage equality. If we were in legal limbo before the fall of DOMA, the confusion becomes worse, after DOMA.

Thinking about a "gay old" road trip these day-has become overwhelming. We are legally married in 13 states and D.C., "civil unionized" in others, including our own, Illinois- and simply illegal and discriminated against in the others. There are thousands of loving, committed adults who are affected, but so are their children, their families and their communities. Marriage makes a difference. Marriage makes our relationships and families equal, not lesser than. Marriage, not civil unions, protects our lives, our families, our children, our health our financial security and helps end the misinformation, discrimination and demonization by a group of our own fellow Americans.

Adding to all of our own community's confusion is the compounded confusion and continued battle of millions of Americans who don't understand the difference between a civil union and a marriage and have no idea what marriage equality means. Others do not understand the difference between the civil right of marriage, the religious rite of marriage and the "political right" of marriage discrimination.

Plain and simple, a Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people - that establishes rights and obligations between the two spouses. Marriage in the United States was a carryover from our European ancestors and was primarily an economic arrangement negotiated between families in which family considerations of status, future economic stability, and prosperity were the most important considerations. Through our history, it has evolved and most Americans consider the primary purpose of marriage to be a commitment to the emotional and psychological support between two individuals.

Marriage in the United States has taken a long and complex journey through its own legal, moral, religiously influenced and political twists and turns to either discriminate or ultimately- make all people equal. Like our own human evolution, marriage has evolved.

Did you know that before 1662, there was no penalty for interracial marriages in any of the British colonies in North America, but by the 1920s, 38 states prohibited interracial marriage? This was changed, federally in 1967. Women were property and in 1848, New York became the first state to pass the Married Woman's Property Act, guaranteeing the right of married women to own property. Throughout most of the 19th century, the minimum age of consent for sexual intercourse in most American states was 10 years of age?! In 1978, New York became the first state to outlaw rape in marriage. By 1990, only a total of ten states outlawed rape in marriage. In thirty-six states rape in marriage was a crime only in certain circumstances.

I could dive deeper into writing the history and changes and rights of marriage through the ages and where and when religion became involved- and overly concerned and destructive in the civil right of marriage (not just gay), but at the end of the day, we all have to admit that this progress in the rights of marriage indicates the advancement of us as human beings.

Gay marriage is nothing new and has a long history beyond the debated subject that it is today. Studies reveal that same sex relationships have enjoyed freedom in the past. In Mesopotamia- there is a tomb for a gay couple which means that the kingdom recognized their union. There are examples of gay marriages across the ages and even Plato wrote about such unions in ‘Symposium'. In many artworks of antiquity, same-sex interactions were depicted with equal status as opposite sex relationships. Gay marriage was not just about gender, but also about character, excellence, beauty, and love. In the social customs of the Romans, marriage between men was common. Before someone writes me about the fall of the Roman Empire- you should also read the 12 year Catholic and Orthodox archive search by Yale history professor John Boswell that discovered a type of Christian gay "marriage" which existed as late as the 18th century. St Serge and St Bacchus were two Roman soldiers who became Christian martyrs. "Severus of Antioch in the sixth century explained that "we should not separate in speech [Serge and Bacchus] who were joined in life". More bluntly, in the definitive 10th century Greek account of their lives, St Serge is openly described as the "sweet companion and lover" of St Bacchus."

What has changed? Nothing about marriage has changed through the ages. Commitment is the foundation. Marriage is the commitment to a partner in life and a family born out of that love. Marriage is the very public commitment to protect it, to love it without fail and to watch it flourish for the betterment of humanity. Any member of humanity should embrace that.

All of us must march off to a governmental agency to get our license (our right) to marry- gay or straight. Some of us may choose a spiritual celebration while others may choose to have a religious ceremony (the rite) to solemnize that love, but there are some who will continue their path of righteousness across the very foundation of what marriage is ultimately about- commitment to love, to family, to country and to our humanity.

In 1983, Pat Benatar sung "Love is a Battlefield." That same year, a 3rd year student at Harvard Law School, Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry founder) wrote one of the earliest and most influential - cases for "why the freedom to marry is important and how winning marriage for same-sex couples will signal a broader path to equality for gay and lesbian Americans." The published paper was titled "Same Sex Marriage and Morality: The Human Rights Vision of the Constitution." It's a long read at 141 pages, but even Wolfson quotes from Plato's Symposium, "w'llerever it has been established that it is shameful [to be involved in same sex relations], this is due to evil on the part of the legislators, to despotism on the part of the rulers and to cowardice on the part of the government" Wolfson continues, "add in ignorance, bigotry, socialization and fear and the correlation still stands."

30 years later, it continues…Love isn't easy. Equality isn't easy. Civil Rights aren't easy, but we know that already, we are survivors.

"We are strong no one can tell us we're wrong, searching our hearts for so long, both of us knowing love is a battlefield." Holly Knight and Mike Chapman

Battle on my friends.

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