Ann Latham is the founder and president of the management consulting firm, Uncommon Clarity®, Inc. Her clients represent 38 industries and range from for-profit organizations, such as Hitachi and Medtronic, to non-profit organizations as diverse as Public Television and Smith College.
Before founding her consulting firm, Ann worked in high-tech as a leader of cross-functional, cross-divisional teams that set strategy and improved productivity. Upon leaving Corporate America, she saved only one framed certificate: “Most Likely to Dispute Recognized Authorities,” a good-humored acknowledgement of her constant challenging of assumptions. This spirit, coupled with her talent for creating clarity and her wide-ranging experience, make Ann unusual and unusually effective. As Alan Weiss, the Million Dollar Consultant®, recently said during a professional development session for top notch consultants, “Ann has tremendous insights. It’s very impressive. She listens, watches, and picks up on something everyone else has missed.”
In 2004, after twenty-five years of working for other people, Ann decided to go the route of the entrepreneur, so she opened her consulting firm. At first, Ann focused on improving client operations, but soon realized that a company’s operations didn’t make much difference to its success if that company didn’t know where it was going. She soon changed her business focus to include strategy.
Ann is considered an expert in organizational clarity and commitment.
She’s been interviewed and has been written about in 85 media sources, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., MasterCard.com, MSNBC.com, and The New York Times. She is a regular Expert Blogger to Forbes.com. Her business advice also appears in her own global e-newsletter, Clear Thoughts, which won a Constant Contact All-Star Award (for its exceptionally high open rate).
Ann is an accomplished keynote and workshop speaker, and has spoken to thousands of executives, managers, employees, and MBA students. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management MBA Program and the Springfield Technical Community College. Of Ann’s speaking, famed Ideas Are Free coauthor and Isenberg School of Management professor, Alan G. Robinson says: “Ann Latham is one of the best business speakers I have heard. She is very experienced, the quality of her thinking is extremely high, and she knows how to deliver her message in an entertaining, concise, and convincing way.”
Recently, Ann created an app, “Ann’s Clarity App,” which is the ultimate cheat sheet for creating clarity for individuals and teams.
An avid alpine skier, Ann enjoys many other sports and outdoor activities, some quite unusual. She has been seen carrying her canoe down the highway while riding a unicycle. She took up ice hockey at age 42 when she got tired of watching her daughters have all the fun, a humbling experience mostly spent skating toward where the puck used to be. She also enjoys quieter activities like watching wildlife and curling up with a good book in front of the fire.
After visiting 43 countries, 48 US states, and seven Canadian provinces, Ann makes her home in Boston.
Ann graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in mathematics.