We coach individuals and organizations to design the solutions essential to their success. With a focus on leaders, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and new professionals, we believe that by creating intentional time to think through challenges and address change, we can help you and your organization ascend to new heights, enriching the communities in which we serve.

While we face difficulties as a society, we believe in the incredible strength of people and communities to design the innovative strategies that will bring about a better world.

The world is filled with ideas. People have ideas and share ideas everyday. Good ideas only matter though when we carefully transform them into solutions that we can actually implement. Our expertise is in the process of coaching leadership and designing strategy, a process which will bring your visionary idea into reality.

Looking for more clarity?

Check out our Coaching Programs and Strategic Planning to get a sense of what our design process looks like in action. And understand the benefits of these approaches for your organization.

Wondering who runs this lab?

My name is Matt Gray and I’ve learned from, worked for, lived in, served, and enjoyed communities for two decades, managing residential life and community service in high school and colleges, teaching courses on design thinking, training leaders and facilitators, and leading nonprofit organizations through incremental and innovative transformation. I am always engaging in my own personal and professional development to ensure my service and work have the greatest impact, but I find again and again that the best solutions exist within people and their communities. As the principal designer, I collaborate with other talented professionals in many types of organizations and workplaces to make our lives and our communities matter. You can see more of my portfolio on LinkedIn. Even more important though, let’s start a conversation about how we can make the world a better place together.

Ready for some creative inspiration?

“The Break Through” provides regular lessons on facilitation, design, and leadership, and insights into paradigm shifting innovations. Because you’re engaged in the creative process of community enrichment and improving lives, Get inspired today.




Creativity is not
the possession of one
special talent,
it’s much more
just the willingness to play.

— John Cleese
Actor, Writer, Producer