Meet The Disruptive Factory Creative Team


The Disruptive Factory Creative Team is diverse, experienced and committed to disruptive excellence. 

Backgrounds touch on a wide range of industries and creative endeavors with execution depth and innovation.  At our core, we focus on empowering our team and clients to create a more sustainable world with the avenues and tools for citizens, organizations, entrepreneurs, and companies to thrive, engage and contribute.

Cynthia A. Phillips, Founder 

Cynthia A. Phillips, Founder of The Disruptive Factory, is an economist/agricultural economist as well as a business consultant to for-profit and social enterprises with over 25 years of experience in the areas of risk management, strategic planning, marketing, branding, analytics, big data, business development, sustainability, and global expansion. A former Director of International Marketing & Risk Management at American Express she consults with technology companies and start-ups such as Cisco Systems and Riverbed. She is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Vessl, Inc. a disruptive packaging company. She serves as a senior advisor to CEOs of disruptive companies like PlugnPlay Tech Center, Immunicom, BioLargo, Turnkey Group, and NimbusT. Phillips sits on several nonprofit boards such as Davis College|Akilah. Phillips is a champion of the 17 UN SDGs and supports nonprofit organizations as well as companies of any scale to integrate the SDGs into their business planning, Business Intelligence, ESG, and CSR. She is the founder of GlobalShiftTV, The Disruptive Factory, and The Disruptive Factory Media & Creative Group. A writer and producer, she has several projects in development including a TV Series on the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale.

References and endorsements for Phillips’ work can be found on LinkedIn.

Joanna Elliott

Joanna Elliott is Partner and Vice President of Social Impact at The Disruptive Factory. For over 25 years, Joanna Elliott has partnered with socially-responsible corporate leaders, high net-worth individuals, organizations, and non-profit boards and executives to design and execute initiatives addressing critical social issues while expanding brand awareness and profitability. As a result, Ms. Elliott is an in-demand expert who creates innovative initiatives to strengthen clients’ bottom lines, making sure they do well while doing good. Her expertise helps clients recognize areas of need and connects them with socially-relevant sponsorship options and alliances to enhance brand awareness that creates win-win opportunities for both parties.

Ed Brown

Ed Brown is a writer, director, and producer. His award-winning debut documentary “Unacceptable Levels,” has screened at 28 International Film Festivals as he took on the entire toxic chemical industry. Ed is now prepared to take one specific chemical to task. “A New Resistance” promises to be one of the most important pieces of investigative journalism of our time and the urgency of this project cannot be overstated.