Elizabeth K. Briody founded Cultural Keys LLC in 2009 (culturalkeys.us), a consultancy that helps organizations transform their culture, reach their potential, and attract and retain new customers. She has had a longstanding interest in organizational culture and change, both in the U.S. and globally. Her projects have spanned many industries including automotive, health care, research institutions, aerospace, and consumer products, among others. She is currently a Co-PI on a five-year NSF RED grant with Purdue University’s Mechanical Engineering School to “Revolutionize Engineering Education.”
Prior to establishing her consultancy, she worked at General Motors Research for 24 years, most recently as Technical Fellow. Briody is Past President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology and completed a three-year term on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association in 2016. She is a member of the Executive Editorial Committee of the Journal of Business Anthropology, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology programs. Recent books include Cultural Change: A Business Anthropology Perspective (2018, in press, with Maryann McCabe), The Cultural Dimension of Global Business (2017, with Gary P. Ferraro) and the award-winning Transforming Culture (2014, with Robert T. Trotter II and Tracy L. Meerwarth). Briody holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, a B.A., magna cum laude from Wheaton College (Norton, MA), and a Baccalauréat, mention bien, Lycée Baudelaire (Roubaix, France).