is a leading authority on organizational and personal identity. He is the founder and president of The Identity Circle LLC, an identity consulting, education and research firm based in Westport, Connecticut. The firm helps organizations and individuals clarify their uniqueness and potential, and then assists them in putting that potential to work in ways that dramatically improve their performance, impact and reputations.
Prior to forming The Identity Circle, Larry was a senior executive with leading corporate brand and identity consulting firms including Siegel & Gale and Anspach Grossman Portugal.
In a professional career spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Ackerman has helped meet some of the most complex challenges facing large organizations struggling to distinguish themselves in their fields. As a personal coach to senior executives, as well as consultant to their organizations, his insights have helped many leaders discover the keys not just to survive, but to flourish.
Larry’s consulting experience is international and multi-industry in scope. He has directed assignments for such diverse companies as AARP, Aetna, The American Academy of Family Physicians, Baxter Healthcare, Boise Cascade, Dow Chemical, EDS, Fidelity Investments, Gates Corporation, Interbrew, Lockheed Martin, Maytag, National Australia Bank, Norsk Hydro, State Farm Insurance, Ernst & Young, and Westinghouse.
Larry has published two ground-breaking books on identity. In his first book, Identity Is Destiny: Leadership and the Roots of Value Creation (Berrett-Koehler, 2000), the author set forth a revolutionary view of the nature of identity and its impact on leadership and management. In his second book, The Identity Code: The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World (Random House, 2006), Larry asserts that we “cannot be anything we want to be;” but rather, that long term fulfillment comes when we live by the ‘identity code’ that defines our unique value-creating potential.
Mr. Ackerman has been a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management, Wharton, UCLA’s Anderson School and Pepperdine University. Larry is a top-rated speaker for The Conference Board, and a regular keynote speaker for senior management meetings among global companies.
Mr. Ackerman attended Carnegie-Mellon University and Boston University and resides in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Janet and son Max.