Todd A. McCullough – MBA

Todd A. McCullough, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Owen Graduate School of Management
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Design

Subject Areas

Entrepreneurship, Organization Studies, Strategy and Business Economics



Mr. McCullough has helped hundreds of companies change the way they think and act to create their future. He is a transformational and innovative Senior Executive Leader known for helping organizations across industries renew their growth by facilitating executive teams to align around a core purpose and execute strategy. Highly skilled in synthesizing complex challenges into clear, compelling agendas, he uses a rare combination of science and creativity to routinely produce breakthrough ideas. Mr. McCullough communicates a company’s story, both within the organization and to customers and outside stakeholders thereby providing the filter for aligned communication from executives, resource allocation, prioritizing initiatives, and prioritizing initiatives. Over the last 20+ years, he has helped over 100 Fortune 500 companies with growth strategies. He has been hired by 6 of the 8 largest consulting firms to help them learn Design Thinking, which is now a leading methodology for innovation. Mr. McCullough brings methods and tools that marry traditional strategy and Design Thinking to produce breakthrough ideas and results. These methods and tools are now being embraced more broadly by top companies, consultancies, and universities. For well over a decade, Mr. McCullough has taught both students and executives at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. In addition, he teaches at Illinois Tech’s Institute of Design, one of two schools that pioneered Design Thinking. He also is a CPA (inactive) and has an MBA from Owen.


In addition to helping students learn the very latest frameworks and tools for growth and innovation strategy, Mr. McCullough draws from his decades of consulting experience to help students translate theory into practice. He quickly transitions from true life stories and case studies to exercises and discussions to apply and embed the learning.


B.B.A., Harding University, 1984

M.B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1994