Our premise is that no organization is quite like another. We meet you and your team at the moment and in that space where you need a trusted, external advisor to make sense of it all. We work side-by-side with you to empower you and your team with pragmatic and thoughtful solutions. Our approach is grounded in validated research and innovative practice. Our end-game is your organizational effectiveness.
We are not new to this work. Our expertise is deep and long-standing at each phase of an organization’s lifecycle. Leaders of some of the most iconic social entrepreneurship brands depend on Open Door Advisors to help them navigate the strategic and operational challenges inherent in double and triple bottom line companies. Our clients measure results in economic, social and sustainability terms and we understand what it takes for them to do their best work.
Big ideas need impeccable execution. We move ideas into action. From feasibility analyses to strategic plans, we have the know-how and the tools to design, build and scale your organization and its impact.
Thriving organizations engage people with intentionality, focusing on equity, growth and fulfillment. We catalyze leadership and potential through thoughtful consultation, coaching and development programs. Our clients gain new knowledge, resolve vexing organizational challenges, and become workplaces of choice.
With our proven approach to organizational sustainability planning that emphasizes workable solutions, your investment and social impact will be viable for the long haul.
When you are ready to realize your potential for transformative social impact, we open doors for you. For corporations, foundations, associations or individuals looking to leverage their time and talent with a social impact platform, we advise you from concept to launch.
We are experts at assessing performance so you can achieve impressive growth at all stages of your organization’s lifecycle.
Lauri Alpern, PhD is a business psychologist and social entrepreneurship strategist. She is president of Open Door Advisors, which she founded in 2009 to help high impact organizations achieve organizational effectiveness. Throughout her career, Lauri has led numerous companies through growth strategies, resulting in new levels of efficiency, revenue and social impact. Lauri is a national expert in the social entrepreneurship field, working with clients to plan and manage the triple bottom line of mission, money, and sustainability.
Lauri is a problem-solver and her clients rely on her for trusted advice and guidance at pivotal moments in their growth trajectory. She is a subject matter expert in talent and people management, strategic planning, performance management, social entrepreneurship and financial sustainability. She works in multiple industry sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, food, higher education, research, philanthropy, nonprofit and government.
Lauri is recognized for her leadership capabilities in driving individual, team and business goals and strategy; leading assessment and change management; and maximizing revenue and impact. She is sought after as a trusted advisor with strong on-the-ground experience, applying evidence-based psychological theories and principles to maximize talent and drive performance. Lauri excels at working with diverse constituencies seeking increased organizational effectiveness and strategic competitive advantage.
Earlier in her career, Lauri served with distinction as assistant commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Economic Development in the administration of Mayor Harold Washington with a portfolio centered on jobs and neighborhood-based industrial development.
Lauri holds a Ph.D. in business psychology at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology and a master’s degree in urban planning with a specialization in economic development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is certified in Lean Six Sigma and Conflict Dynamics Profile, a conflict management tool. A lifelong Chicagoan, Lauri is the former board president of Growing Home, Inc., a nonprofit social enterprise, and Chicago’s first urban organic production farm.
John W. Pfeiffer, MPA is a social impact leader with more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit, government and consulting organizations. As a C-suite executive and governing board member, he has guided significant growth and amplified mission impact for many respected agencies working to increase economic and social equity and opportunity. John has expertise in areas including strategy and planning; partnerships and mergers; resource development and stewardship; branding and marketing; and talent management and culture.
Previously, John held senior roles including First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services; CEO of Inspiration Corporation; Chief Operating Officer at Chicago Cares; Chief Development Officer at Chicago House and Social Service Agency; Director of Individual Philanthropy at Feeding America; and Senior Consultant with KPMG LLP.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a master of public policy and administration degree from Columbia University. He completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. In 2010, John was awarded a Chicago Community Trust Fellowship to explore social entrepreneurship in the US and UK.
John serves as the secretary of the Center for Housing and Health at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and is a member of the boards of directors of the Back Office Cooperative, Music of the Baroque, Social Enterprise Alliance - Chicago, and the Pride Action Tank. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Reeling, the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival.
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