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Symphonic Strategies

What We Do

About Us

We like to say we're in the business of solving collective action problems.

Oval-127x144We’re strategists, so naturally we believe that behind every great achievement, there is a great strategy. This belief drives everything we do, and it’s what attracts people to us. Our customers come to us when they’re seeking to do something meaningful, or when they want to accomplish something extraordinary. They come to us seeking help when they get stuck, when the path forward becomes complicated, or the destination itself seems elusive. We’re creative, analytical, and strategic, and our business capabilities are designed to help audacious leaders achieve the impossible.

 

Solving Collective Action Problems

A collective action problem is best represented by the dilemma we face when the short-term interests of the individual appear to be at odds with the long-term interests of the group.

A chieving an ambitious goal that requires the participation of others can be a major challenge. We call these types of challenges collective action problems. These challenges are all around us. From business to politics, collective action challenges can stand in the way of results, impact, and progress. We offer strategies and practical tactics you can use to solve these collective action challenges.

Our clients come from the public and private sectors and they represent all walks of life: presidents and CEOs, managers and directors, elected officials, community volunteers, educators, and even parents. We love to rescue abandoned dreams and we hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about us.

 

Our Services

Research. Analytics. Data Visualization. Strategic Planning. Facilitation. Communication. Social Marketing. Instructional Design. Executive Education.

The tools we bring to every engagement are simply better suited for today’s complex, fast-paced, interconnected world than what others offer.

Playbooks

Symphonic Playbooks™ contain tactics and strategies that we’ve assembled to help you overcome some of the most common collective action challenges. More

Assessments

Symphonic Assessments™ are scalable survey instruments designed to measure some of the most important precursors to action, such as cognitive outlook, social engagement, and personal commitment. More

Analytics

Symphonic Analytics™ goes beyond traditional measurement and evaluation and uses quantitative analytics to explore meaningful patterns in large data sets. More

Seminars

Symphonic Seminars™ teach you how to become a more strategic, more persuasive, more effective leader. More

Our Work

We believe our work speaks for itself. Check out some of our most recent engagements below.

Service Touch Points
Understanding the Health Care Ecosystem
A Framework for Cultural Transformation
Advancing the Center for Social Justice
Retaining Volunteers
Leadership at Gettyburg
Creating a Leadership Culture
Character Education Curriculum
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Our Clients

What our clients have to say about us

  • Symphonic Strategies is top notch in their commitment to results, subject matter expertise, and ability to work with a wide variety of partners.

    Dr. Munro Richardson, Former VP of Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Symphonic Strategies was effective in analyzing highly complex situations with divergent perspectives, then developing actionable strategies to move the community forward into its next century of success.

    Gaines Smith, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • A.J. is at the top of the class in his ability to lead individuals and organizations through controversial, honest debates to incredible results.

    Marshall Stewart, Associate Director, Department Head and State Program Leader, NC State University
  • I am excited that Symphonic is expanding to the private sector. AJ’s insights and vision will provide tremendous value for shareholders and leaders.

    Lawrence Snapp, Principal Business Strategist at Microsoft
  • A.J. has an ability to simplify the complex. Beyond his strategic advice, his insight and actions are creating amazing waves of change to improve our organizations, communities and world.

    Elaine Maslamani, Manager at KPMG LLP
  • AJ has a seemingly innate understanding of the macro-environment in which organizations exist. His brilliance is matched by his generosity with his spirit, time and talent. I regularly look for opportunities when I can engage with Symphonic Strategies.

    Renee Stikes, Vice President, Philanthropy at KaBOOM!
Magic Johnson Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
US Department of Veteran Affairs
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Our Team

Our senior leadership team brings diversity, experience, and expertise.

A.J. Robinson Jr., Ph.D.

A.J. Robinson Jr., Ph.D.

Founder & CEO View Details
Rodolfo Olenchuk

Rodolfo Olenchuk

Finance and Analytics View Details
Andrea Romina Perez

Andrea Romina Perez

Marketing and Business Development View Details
A.J. Robinson Jr., Ph.D.

A.J. Robinson Jr., Ph.D.

Founder & CEO

Dr. Robinson is our Founder and CEO. Throughout his career, he has advised and worked with leaders in public and private sectors all around the world. His clients have included such names as ABN Amro Bank, Adobe Systems, AIG, Avon, Bank of America, BMW, Caterpillar, Children’s Defense Fund, Clinique, Corporation for National and Community Service, CVS, Delta Airlines, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, Heineken, Heinz Endowments, IBM, Kauffman Foundation, Management Board Secretariat, Marriott Hotels, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Muhammad Ali Museum and Education Center, National 4-H Council, Pepsi, SAIC, Scandinavian Airlines, the State of Connecticut, Tyson Foods, the United States Government, Volvo, Walt Disney Resorts & Parks, Warner Brothers Studios, Yahoo!, and more.

While at the Corporate Executive Board, a leading international business strategy firm, Dr. Robinson delivered keynote remarks and led organizational strategy seminars with C-level audiences (CEO, CMO, CTO, etc.) in more than 150 organizations in over a dozen countries throughout Europe and North America. His area of expertise was corporate strategy, marketing, and human resource management.

Dr. Robinson has also been a consultant to the PBS show Frontline, served as a staff writer on the Encarta Africana Encyclopedia of the Black Diaspora, and is an adjunct professor at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL) at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. At CEPL, his courses and seminars include topics that range from strategic management, organizational transformation, executive decision-making, and leading change initiatives. He delivers regular seminars and courses to public sector leaders in federal, municipal, and local government agencies.

He also provides strategic coaching for senior executives and emerging leaders across his client portfolio.

Dr. Robinson holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and dual bachelor’s degrees in social psychology and political science from Stanford University.

Rodolfo Olenchuk

Rodolfo Olenchuk

Finance and Analytics

Rodolfo Olenchuk is our Director of Business Development in Latin America. He holds an MBA from George Washington University and an Industrial Engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology. Mr. Olenchuk has also studied and received professional certifications in business from Georgetown University and New York University.

Throughout his career, Mr. Olenchuk has worked with leaders in the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on organizations in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. His clients have included such names as Endesa, Telefonica, Cemex, PDVSA, Petrobras, Perez Companc, Techint Group, Aeromexico, Televisa, Grupo Vitro, BBVA, IDB, La Caixa, amongst others.
Mr. Olenchuk began his career at Techint Group in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he served as a project manager for a complex, industrial joint venture with General Electric (GE). He has also worked for Ibereolica in Madrid, Spain. In 2004, Mr. Olenchuk was one of the founders of The WorldGate Group, a corporate intelligence and organizational leadership firm driven by the desire to support the decision making processes of business and organizational leaders by providing proven world-class ideas, insights and tools adapted to capitalize on an organization’s unique entrepreneurial culture.

Mr. Olenchuk often serves as a project manager and research consultant, bringing his expertise in project management, financial analysis, business and strategic planning, dashboard creation, and research. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian.

Andrea Romina Perez

Andrea Romina Perez

Marketing and Business Development

Mrs. Andrea Romina Perez serves as our Director of Business Development in Latin America. She brings more than 15 years of experience in Account Management, Marketing, Business Development, Strategy and Talent Management.

Mrs. Perez is also a partner at Worldgate, an Argentine-based company focused on the development of corporate intelligence and organizational leadership.

IN 2010, she led the development of a Spirulina production facility plan in Uruguay, Sponsored by United Nations and IIMSAM (www.iimsam.org) with the aim to consolidate spirulina as a sustainable long-term solution for programs designed to enable profitable enterprises to be capable of combating malnutrition as a business.

Between 1998 and 2006 she worked for Serial de la Torre Consulting firm, leading talent training for the Promogroup division and serving clients such as Toyota, Adams, Quilmes, Direct TV, Cablevision, Pepsico, Unilever, YPF, and Clarin Group, among others. From 1996 to 1998 she worked for the marketing department at Telecom Argentina.

Mrs. Andrea Romina Perez holds an Advertising Master’s Degree, and a Degree of Expertise in Graphology. She is married and has two kids.

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Years in Business

85

 Clients Served

1080

 Professionals Trained

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