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David Sherman

Founder of Cooperative Advantage. Executive advisor, coach, business and sustainability strategist, system change expert and facilitator. Extensive experience working with leaders, organizations, and systems on leading-edge initiatives in over 2 dozen countries and many different sectors. 

David helps leaders develop and amplify the co-creative power of people, organizations, and systems in service of a better future. He is an expert in developing and implementing novel approaches to leadership, strategy, change, and sustainability. 

He has led and co-led a wide range of engagements focused on strategy formulation, implementation, and system change including company-wide transformation at Cathay Pacific Airways, the formulation and launch of the Walmart Sustainability program, and a system-wide summit and transformation effort to reduce the environmental footprint in the US Dairy Industry.  

He has served many other clients throughout his career including: Aclima, All Nippon Airways, Anthem, Bunge, China Light and Power, City of Cleveland, Dairy Management Inc., Fair Trade USA, Nestle, OOCL, Philips Electronics, Rockwell Automation, Sony, Staples, and Waste Management.

David’s past roles include co-founder of Sustainable Value Partners, Partner at Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, and Vice President at A.T. Kearney where he led an Asia-based practice. David Co-Chairs the Advisory Board for Aclima Inc., an innovative technology startup that deploys mobil sensor networks to provide environmental intelligence. He also serves on the advisory council of Fair Trade USA and served as Distinguished Fellow at the Fowler Center at the Weatherhead School of Management, and the alumni board for the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business.  

David has an intense focus on inner growth and integrating insights from his work with leaders, organizations, and systems. He is a senior student at the Academy of Inner Science, founded by Thomas Hubl, which connects inner wisdom with outer knowledge. In this context, he co-facilitates large groups and works to heal collective trauma. He is also a practitioner of Aikido, the way of harmony, through which he practices transforming “power over” into “power with” others.

David is co-author and research manager for the book, Flourishing Enterprise, published by Stanford University Press. He lectures at universities in the US and internationally and speaks at conferences. 

David earned a DBA with a focus on social entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University in an innovative program for mid-career executives. David also holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BS degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University.