Cole is a Strategist at co:collective, a strategy and innovation company, where he focuses on story-building for healthcare clients. Cole previously worked at HITLAB as Senior Manager of Strategy & Innovation and is now a HITLAB Fellow. His work at HITLAB focused on innovation strategy, corporate venturing, and intrapreneurship. Cole started his first company in college to help pay tuition bills and has since gone on to launch intrapreneurial ventures within the consulting and pharmaceutical industries and spin offs from HITLAB, including Whitebox and the Healthcare Innovation World Cup.
Cole’s international outlook - with experience spanning 3 continents - entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for innovation in healthcare, stemming from his experience as a cancer patient (don’t worry, he is okay now) give him unique insights to form innovation strategy and create positive change.
In the past, Cole worked in health IT consulting where he worked with leading health technology vendors such as GE, Siemens, and Toshiba. He then took some time away from healthcare to coordinate the volunteer efforts of over 600 volunteers for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, before heading to Columbia University where he helped implement the school’s HIT Certificate program.
When not traveling and thinking of new business ideas, he can be found on his everlasting pursuit to find the best pizza in New York. Originally from Utah, Cole is an avid hiker, skier, snowboarder, and general enthusiast of anything related to the outdoors.
Cole holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and health sciences from BYU and a master’s in healthcare management from Columbia University.