Andy Atkins is SVP of Research, Innovation, and Practice for Bates, where his team builds innovative solutions that drive client value. Through coaching, consultation, and facilitation, Andy helps leaders and teams develop the communicative leadership to drive business performance. As a nationally recognized thought leader in trust and leadership, he brings a particular focus on how to increase engagement through strategic communications and effective individual and group interactions. Prior to joining Bates, Andy was the Chief Innovation Officer with Interaction Associates where he led the firm’s development of products and next generation services. He has held senior leadership positions with Bank of America, Genuity, Fidelity Investments, and Arthur D. Little, and has been published or quoted in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Rotman Magazine, Entrepreneur, Training Industry Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Globe and Mail.