Emma Growney

Client Relations Associate

A workflow pro, Emma Growney coordinates futurethink’s simplification and innovation training programs, keynote engagements, and events.

2 Truths and a lie

Here are some facts about Emma – which one do you think is a lie?

  1. I speak conversational Afrikaans.
  2. I’ve herded sheep on a dairy farm in New Zealand.
  3. I backpacked alone through five countries.

Organizing and executing futurethink’s steady stream of keynotes, events, and client programs takes grace and stamina, and Emma is a subject-matter expert on both. Her interpersonal skills and detail orientation enable her to collaborate across the organization and design programs that pair futurethink’s offerings with clients’ strategic objectives.

Before joining futurethink, Emma served as the Programming and External Relations Coordinator for the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was instrumental in planning and executing CEP’s biennial conference for 450 attendees, and responsible for tracking the organization’s performance indicators in real time against the annual strategic plan. Emma’s ease in high-pressure situations might account for why she’s gone cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa for fun.

Emma earned her BA in Philosophy from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. On campus, she served on the Educational Policy Committee and as the International Engagement Chair for the Dean Rusk Global Corps. Off campus, she spent multiple summers in Africa, where she volunteered at local health clinics through a University of Cape Town program; and at the Rift Valley Institute in Kenya, where she researched the humanitarian aid crisis in Somalia with a focus on peacekeeping and security. And because altruism wasn’t just a college phase, she’s spent the last six years as a hospice volunteer providing end-of-life care for people in New York, North Carolina, and Washington, DC.

When Emma isn’t philanthropizing or over-delivering for futurethink’s clients, she’s designing and printing her own stationery or perusing the farmers’ market in East Williamsburg for the perfect assemblage of charcuterie plate items. She’s the only Brooklynite she knows who’s a superfan of Syracuse Orange, and during college basketball season, you’ll find her streaming every game with snacks that involve hot sauce.