Peter J. Engstrom

Meet Peter J. Engstrom, Leadership and Innovation Consultant

Peter J. EngstromPeter’s Topics of Expertise

  1. Creating the courage to lead
  2. Aligning an organization through corporate story telling
  3. Introducing real innovation into an organization without blowing it up!
  4. How to capture, manage and reuse knowledge
  5. Establishing an innovation culture
  6. Using the power of story to provide intellectual buy-in hooks for both management and staff
  7. Close combat using ethical principles for corporate management


Peter Engstrom has faced many leadership challenges in his 40 plus years in the work places of America.

In the current chapter of his career, Mr. Engstrom is designing non-profit organizations to assist elder Americans age in their own homes. These villages, as they are called, are considered the first new social movement of the 21st century. The village organization he designed is now referred to as the “Maryland Model” and replicates family support for seniors where little or no family is present. This model is considered a critical template for designing virtual elder villages across this country. His village concept has been presented to over 50 of the top corporations in the United States as well as throughout the village-to-village network of over 400 separate organizations.

Prior to his movement into the non-profit sector, Peter was the former Vice President for Corporate Knowledge Creation and Chief Knowledge Officer for Federal Sector Knowledge Business for Science Applications International Corporation. In that position, 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. He was recognized as a pioneer in knowledge capture and was acknowledged as one of the leading knowledge practitioners in the United States.

Peter’s initial work experience was in the Air Force where he served in a variety of operational, staff, and senior advisory positions for over 26 years. He held senior positions in the National Security Agency, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Headquarters United States Air Force, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He retired as an Air Force Colonel in 1994. Some of his Service decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Legion of Gallantry.

Peter has extensive experience in the areas of government organizational learning and improvements. Nationally recognized skills include organizational creation, knowledge architecture, high performance organizational renewal, strategic and tactical long-range planning, top-level systems analysis, organizational transformation, breakthrough innovation, and corporate storytelling. He pioneered the intersection of story, innovation, knowledge management, and leadership, and has spoken extensively across the United States on the subject.


Peter is a recognized pioneer of innovative solutions for some of our federal government’s toughest strategic problems. He has a 30-year history of involvement with the Center for Creative Leadership where he is sought out as an innovation thought leader and is one of the four founding members of the Association of Managers of Innovation (AMI). He is one of the founding members of the Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA) at Harvard University where the top Chief Knowledge Officers in the United States study how organizations learn. He served as a knowledge advisor for the National Story Telling Network and was 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, social change and innovative solutions for aging in America. He is nationally recognized as a breakthrough innovator, facilitator, and problem solver for a variety of diverse areas from nuclear counter-proliferation policy to offshore oil exploration and development.

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