Dr. Michael Metzger is the Founder and President of Clapham Institute, based in Annapolis, Maryland. Its mission is solving problems by reframing them. One of the biggest problems that Metzger helps organizations solve is how to establish an infrastructure for ongoing, disruptive innovation—the lifeblood of any endeavor.
Clapham Institute uses experiential learning approaches such as innovation labs, roundtables, and skunk works. Corporate clients include the John Templeton Foundation, Mars Corporation, Harbor Retirement Associates, Charter Financial Group, DEMDACO, Daintree Advisors, LifeCell, and Two Cities Gallery (Shanghai). Educational clients include the United States Naval Academy where Metzger taught as part of the ethics curriculum.
In 2010, Clapham Institute published Metzger’s book, SEQUENCING: DECIPHERING YOUR COMPANY’S DNA. The Kern Foundation hailed it as an important contributor to the field of innovation. Metzger has had more than 50 articles published in periodicals. He also reframes the role of religion in public life in DoggieHeadTilt, a weekly column.
Prior to launching Clapham Institute, Metzger worked for The Trinity Forum as the Executive Director for the Osprey Point Leadership Center. This 15-acre waterfront property on Maryland’s Eastern Shore served as a gathering place for national leaders. Before his involvement with Osprey Point, Dr. Metzger worked as a consultant for dozens of organizations throughout the United States and Western Europe. Metzger also led business and professional ‘open forum’ discussions on innovation throughout the Baltimore/Washington DC area in the mid-1990s. He and his wife Kathy live in historic Annapolis, Maryland. They have three adult children—all married—and three wonderful granddaughters.