Kimberly Watson-Hemphill

Kimberly Watson-Hemphill, is a globally known expert in the field of Innovation and Operational Excellence. Her book, Fast Innovation, helps companies achieve increased differentiation in their products and services, increased profitability, and faster time-to-market. It hit Business Week’s Top 10 business booklist shortly after it was released. Kimberly Watson-Hemphill was previously a partner with Accenture and a Vice President of George Group Consulting. Now she has founded her own consulting company, Firefly Consulting, and is on the faculty of the Acton School of Business, an MBA program in entrepreneurship based in Austin, Texas.

Her goal is to drive high-impact, sustainable results for businesses. She has led multiple operational excellence programs with Fortune 500 companies, including a global deployment that generated over $1B in savings. Kimberly Watson-Hemphill also helped companies significantly reduce their product development cycle times while developing innovative, customer-focused products. One company cut time to market by 50% and product cost by 26%, while increasing market share and customer satisfaction.

Her educational background includes a BSE (Aerospace Engineering) and BA (French) from the University of Michigan, as well as a MSE (Engineering Mechanics) from the University of Texas. When she’s not speaking or running her consulting business, Kimberly enjoys sprint-distance triathlons, competitive ballroom dancing, and spending time with her family.