Joe "Hark" Herold
Joe “Hark” Herold is the founder and CEO of Hark Leadership and Design Thinking Denver. These consultancies are based on the principle that leadership coupled with a human-centered approach to innovation can transform organizations. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Hark's background covers information technology, cyber, civil engineering, and academia, as well as strategy development and execution. This breadth and depth provides a unique foundation and ability to truly understand challenges and opportunities across a wide range of engagements. Hark has worked with teams both large and small to apply Design Thinking and Adaptive Leadership principles to their toughest challenges.
Hark moved to the Denver area for a military assignment and immediately was taken with Colorado's beauty, altitude, and attitude. As a colonel in the Air Force Reserve, Hark served at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, helping to establish AF CyberWorx, the Air Force Cyber Innovation Center. AF CyberWorx utilizes the “Design Thinking” (human-centered design) construct for technology innovation and cadet education while leveraging and pushing the bounds of private-public partnerships. As the industry liaison, he worked closely with national and local businesses on various partnering opportunities. Previously, he served in various strategy, policy, and command roles at the Pentagon, Washington, DC and during deployments to Iraq. In his civilian career, he fulfilled key leadership roles at Sprint and VeriCenter, establishing, building, and running a multi-state web application hosting business.
An in-demand speaker, Hark is available for keynote and other opportunities to share his experiences and philosophy on leadership and Design Thinking.
Contact Hark via e-mail: Hark@DesignThinkingDenver.com
US ARMY WAR COLLEGE
Masters of Strategic Studies
TROY STATE UNIVERSITY
Masters of Public Administration
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Engineering Operations
Activities & Affiliations
• Design Thinking at a Mile High, Organizer
• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
• Air Force Association, Life Member
• Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member
Professional Continuing Education
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Design Thinking Bootcamp
HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL
Art & Practice of Leadership Development
WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Certificate of Professional Development