Chris Foltz is a renowned transformation strategist, startup advisor, inspirational speaker, and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley-based global strategy firm Responsible Solutions Ltd, where he leads the thirty year old company’s change and transformation initiatives. From his roots in partisan politics to a battle with drug addiction, 119 days in jail, losing everything, and facing homelessness, Chris is now one of the most sought-after strategic advisors and engaging initiators of unique, impact-focused collaborations around the world.
In 2021, Foltz’s transformative leadership was recognized through an invitation to the Institute for Real Growth’s ‘IRG100’, a cohort of the top 100 Chief Marketing Officers, change agents, and growth leaders worldwide. He spent seven months directly collaborating with Fortune 100 C-level peers from iconic mainstream companies like Google, Unilever, Facebook, P&G, AB InBev, and Ford.
Chris is a recognized leader within the global startup and innovation ecosystems, and serves as a Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Silicon Valley based Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Foltz has served on the FI Global Leadership team, Founder X Advisory Committee, and has been named a top rated startup mentor in cohorts on five continents. Foltz’s impact as a startup advisor has led to the continent’s prized Startup of the Year award at the 2022 Africa Tech Festival in Cape Town. Foltz is also a trained mentor for Techstars Startup Weekend and has been featured in Startup Grind’s popular fireside chat series.
In addition to working with accelerators, Foltz has taught university-based undergraduate and graduate level entrepreneurship programs, and impacts global entrepreneurship through his roles on the International Advisory Board of the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa, serving as a Global Ambassador of the Rochas Foundation, as an advisor to Dream VC, and as a startup advisor at LoyalVC.
Chris’ fresh, authentic, and polymathic approach has been featured in publications, media programs, and speaking engagements around the globe. During his career, Foltz has worked with a who’s who list of industry innovators, celebrities, and global leaders. From his work with professional athletes and award-winning entertainers to making an impact in board rooms of global corporations, and from getting the first female Mayor elected in one municipality’s 100-year history, to working with U.S. Presidential campaigns on both sides of the aisle, Foltz’s strategic insight is regularly sought-after by leaders in multiple industries around the world.
Foltz is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association Service Award, Leadership Awards from both the Huntington’s Disease Society of America & the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, a Nebraska Art History Award, a Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago, a 6x Chicago Innovation Award nominee, has been named a “Chicagoan of the Week,” and recognized as a “World Peace Ambassador” by Claes Nobel, the Patriarch of the Nobel Prize Family.
A genuinely humble man with an echoing presence, Chris’ numerous social impact involvements, professional accolades, and personal accomplishments define his true ability to serve the masses and offer an in-depth look into his visionary insight. It’s hard to go far in Chris’ path without hearing his name or seeing evidence of his direct impact.
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