MediaVillage columnist Philip L. McKenzie is an anthropologist who uses his expertise in culture to advise organizations on how best to thrive in an increasingly challenging and uncertain environment. He shares that expertise in his column, "On Influence and Influencers." Philip uses his quantitative background and Wall Street experience in combination with a qualitative understanding of social, economic, and cultural movements to unmask complex opportunities and identify significant trends that drive our future.
Philip's work has placed him at the center of understanding the significance of culture as a reflection of shared values. As a result, he is a sought-after strategist working with myriad global organizations. He has manifested his creative vision as cohost/cocreator of "2 Dope Boys & a Podcast," a cultural trends and insights podcast. He is also the global curator of Influencer Conference, a global content platform that exists at the intersection of values, creativity, culture, and commerce. From its beginnings in 2010 in NYC, InfluencerCon, has been held in some of the most dynamic cities in the world including London, Berlin, Detroit, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, and Tel Aviv.
Prior, he was the Managing Partner of FREE DMC, an influencer marketing agency that specialized in integrated marketing strategy, digital content creation, and experiential events. In his roles with FREE DMC, Philip created strategic experiential campaigns for Jaguar, Sprite, Remy Martin, Belvedere Vodka and others.
After completing his MBA at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, Philip joined Goldman, Sachs & Co where he worked in domestic equity trading. He has had extensive trading experience in both the healthcare and consumer product sectors.
Philip is a passionate supporter of the arts. He has been a supporting partner of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre since 1999. He is formerly a junior associate of the Museum of Modern Art and a member of the Apollo Circle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a rabid music fan and accomplished DJ under the name 9 Is Water.
Philip is born and bred in what he terms "Real Brooklyn" but travels extensively wherever the wind takes him. He is completing his first book titled No Shortcuts! The Revolutionaries Guide to The Future.