Debra Kaye

Debra Kaye

Innovator | Culture Strategist | Author of Red Thread Thinking | Columnist | "Idea Threading" byline

In person: New York, NY


1-866-511-1898 x1841


Business hours (ET). By appointment.

    Key clients

Johnson & Johnson               

Areas of expertise

Innovation, Brand strategy

Professional summary

Debra Kaye is an international innovation and brand strategy consultant who has helped create some of the world’s most famous products and services for companies such as L’Oreal, Colgate-Palmolive, Dove Chocolate, American Express, McDonald’s and Johnson & Johnson. Her book, Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovations was a featured Leadership Book of the Week by The Washington Post and Amazon ebook Best-seller in its category. She was selected Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Spain’s Tribuna Economica and named Italy’s Top Marketer when she was CEO of TBWA\Italy. Debra has a featured byline for, is a columnist for Entrepreneur and is a frequent commentator on American Public Radio’s “Marketplace” show.

A sought-after speaker, Debra has been featured at such venues as South by Southwest and Chambers of Commerce, among other engagements. Debra believes that anyone with an open and positive mind has the potential to be a great innovator: it stems from practice; not talent.

Engagement overview

-Discovery of the underlying red threads of category buying
-Future Forecasting
-World Mining
-Successful Ideation
-Fusion Workshop
-Breakthrough Ideas Production
-Innovation roadmap that details fit with existing brands or the need to develop new ones


• Colgate-Palmolive
• Mars
• Johnson & Johnson
• McDonald's
• American Express
• Sony
• L'Oreal
• Nivea
• Clairol
• Absolut
• Nissan
• Banco Santander
• Reckitt Benckiser