Peter Engstrom has worked the edge of innovation and change in both the federal government and private industry for over 35 years. Most recently, he was the former Vice President for Corporate Knowledge Creation and Chief Knowledge Officer for Federal Sector Business for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). SAIC is the largest employee owned high tech corporation in the world and is the number one information technology corporation providing services to the federal government. In his position as CKO for Federal Business Development, he was responsible for creating, developing, executing, and providing SAIC’s knowledge architectures for all federal, state, and local knowledge management activities, as well as designing knowledge interventions for commercial and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining SAIC, Peter served 26 years in the Federal Government in a variety of wide ranging operational, staff, and senior advisory positions. In each of those positions, his innovations and ability to initiate and integrate major organizational change was widely recognized for creating real excellence in government. His senior government decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Air Force Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Legion of Gallantry. He retired as an Air Force Colonel in 1994.
He has extensive experience in the areas of government and corporate organizational learning and improvements. Nationally recognized skills include organizational creation, knowledge architecture, high performance organizational renewal, innovation strategies, strategic and tactical long-range planning, top-level systems analysis and organizational transformation. He is one of the founding members of the Learning Innovations Laboratory at Harvard University, where the top Chief Knowledge Officers in the United States study how organizations learn. He is a pioneer in innovation in the federal government and has a more than twenty-year history of involvement with the Association of Managers of Innovation at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Peter served as a knowledge advisor for the National Story Telling Network and is an advisory board member of the ”Stories in Organizations” National Special Interest Group. He has been a guest speaker, lecturer, and story-teller at the Air University, Air War College, Army War College, National War College, and Air Force Academy on national policy and strategic issues, and at federal and state sponsored seminars on knowledge architectures, knowledge management, high performance organization creation, and twenty-first century leadership.
He is nationally recognized as an innovation thought leader, facilitator, and problem solver for a variety of diverse areas from nuclear counter-proliferation policy to offshore oil exploration and development. He is a strategic advisor to Group Systems, the premiere collaboration technology developer for both the federal government and private sector. He has held sensitive, senior leadership positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of the Air Force, and National Security Agency, as well corporate America.
He has been married for over a quarter century to his wife, Susan, who is a life-long passionate educator. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. His personal passion is unlocking human potential, while aligning and creating organizational excellence at every level of a community.