Toby Usnik

Head of Communications

British Consulate General of New York

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Industry: Information Services
Location: New York City, New York, United States
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About Toby Usnik

Toby Usnik is a business development and communications expert who excels at deal making, public relations, and social impact with multinational organizations. A frequent public speaker, he is author of "The Caring Economy: How to Win With CSR" and founder of Philanthropic Impact (π), a global business development, communications and social impact advisory firm.

Prior to launching (π) Toby was Chief Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer at Christie’s, the world’s leading art business ($7.5 billion annual sales). In this role, Toby rallied colleagues, clients, vendors and other stakeholders to launch Christie’s CSR initiatives globally under its "Art+Soul" umbrella -- the first and only such initiative in the art market. Previously Toby was SVP and International Head of Corporate Communications for Christie’s, catalyzing a brand-building team of 30 professionals globally. He also earned his stripes in leadership roles as the Executive Director of Public Relations for The New York Times Company, Director of Global Communications at Razorfish and Director of International Public Affairs at American Express. 

Toby Usnik

Head of Communications

British Consulate General of New York

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Industry: Information Services
Location: New York City, New York, United States
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Melissa Abernathy Recommended Toby Usnik

Toby is off-the-charts amazing. He is talented at everything he tries, from being a visionary to being the hands-on doer, and everything in between. As a colleague and manager, he's the consummate coach, mentor and cheerleader. As a strategic counselor to senior executives and entrepreneurs, he is both thorough in understanding the background and competitive landscape as well as instantly responsive to the latest developments in the news. Watching him multitask is breathtaking, as you can see him thinking of the next 10 things that need to happen at a press junket or conference while simultaneously typing out instructions or responding to questions -- all with a serene smile on his face. I've had the good fortune to get to know him personally as well as professionally, and you can't find a more loyal, supportive, thoughtful and fun friend. He lives life to the fullest, and seems never to tire. He draws energy from sharing his energy, organizing professional networking groups and beaming with pride when they develop their own legs and carry on without him in the lead. He relishes learning something new, seamlessly incorporating it into his ever-deepening comprehension of the many different spheres he moves in, and never losing the ability to relate to everyone on their own terms. Toby is a joy to work with and be with.

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