Creating Foresight-Fueled Action: Tamarah Usher

Originally recorded on April 23, 2021

On this episode of Creating Foresight-Fueled Action, Yvette Montero Salvatico speaks with Director of Slalom Strategy [S2] and TFS Alumna, Tamarah Usher to discuss a variety of topics around how to make foresight stick for yourself and in an organization. Shifting and challenging worldviews was a theme throughout the conversation, whether it be in relation to a measurement of Tamarah’s professional growth, ways to bring others along, and even parenting our next generation of leaders. Tamarah shares how the future-focused Slalom culture has aided in the success of the foresight community of practice she established at the organization. When considering the future of her organization and industry, she hopes that the design of human and complex systems remains to better serve people, communities, and the planet. To that end, she spoke to the importance of shaking of traditions, unlearning, and approaching solutions from a position of simultaneous multiples. Further, she said we will not only need to reinvent but will need to disrupt.

Yvette and Tamarah also had an opportunity to discuss this month’s REFRAME theme, moving from Alien Invasion (Wicked Problem) toward Alien Eyes (Wicked Opportunity). Tamarah offered a powerful statement that in order to break our evolutionary wiring of fear, we must escape our current worlds and try on different realities.

Tamarah Usher head shot

Tamarah Usher

Director, Slalom Strategy [S2]
Certified Foresight Practitioner

Tamarah Usher has a twenty-year career in strategy and technology consulting that includes strategy, foresight, sustainability, and data science leadership positions. Her roles on a wide variety of initiatives have helped companies realize competitive positioning, cost savings, and growth through innovation and business transformation. Tamarah delivers strategies and methodologies that allow organizations to actively prepare for complex scenarios by incorporating foresight disciplines into their strategic planning. She enjoys making sense of ambiguity while retaining the specificity needed to design flexible, distributed, and human systems. Her diversity of experience across enterprise silos and industries enables her to find patterns and employ novel solutions to the most complex problems. Tamarah is known as an outstanding leader, facilitator, and team builder with a passion for collaboration and novel approaches to customer-centric and inclusive solutions.