Lori D. Kendall

Operating Partner
Lori D. Kendall, Operating Partner, Orchid Blacklinkedin

# Change Management
# Leadership
# Multinational Teams
# Mergers & Acquisitions
# Product Management
# Strategy
# Turnarounds

As a Silicon Valley alumna, I have worked primarily with technology companies in software, hardware, and networking sectors. My expertise is tackling new venture incubation and acceleration through hyper-growth and pivoting stalled firms through major inflection points. I have held executive and staff R&D and marketing positions for networking and computer equipment public firms and venture-backed AI and data mining startups. I am a mixed methods researcher focused on organizational dynamics related to innovation practices, sustainable value creation, and net positive impact.

Privately Held PE Portfolio Company: Consultant - Drove product roadmap Agile development transformation that shortened release cycles from 8.5 months to 90 days.

Privately Held PE Portfolio Company: Consultant - Led large-scale change for multi-billion PE-held mobile services firm for a $10M USD financial & tax reporting transformation project to reduce workday closing from 70 to <17 days.

Privately Held PE Portfolio Company: Consultant - Drove operation transformation to increase gross margin by 4% for multi-billion dollar privately-held communications equipment firm.

Public 500 Company: Consultant - Assessed frontline employee behaviors for Fortune 500 firm of 3500 workers, resulting in reorganization and job leveling to broaden skill categories and reduce costs by 12%.

Education: Holy Names University - MBA, Management and Leadership; Case Western Reserve University - Ph.D., Management in Building Sustainable Systems.


# Hardware / IoT

# Platforms

# Telecom

# Software / SaaS Development

# A.I. / M.L

# Analytics

# EdTech

# Electronics


Awards & Organizations

- Beta Gamma Sigma, International Honor Society

- DM Fellow and Distinguished Fellow for Fowler Center at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

- Daniel Westerbeck Teaching Excellence Award: Graduate, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

Lori D. Kendall
“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.”
––Brene Brown, American professor, lecturer and author

What I'm Reading / Listening To:


Against the rules gives me a perspective on actions that betray our sense of fairness and why organizations have to "walk the talk" of ethics and values to be trusted.

Still On My Bucket List:
Dive the Great Barrier Reef.
Best Business Advice:
After learning what there is to learn from your past mistakes and failures, let go of them. Focus on what you’re going to do next and go do that.