Toffler Associates Named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Future-focused advisory firm ranks No. 1,981 with three-year revenue growth of 190%

RESTON, VA (August 16, 2017) – Toffler Associates, a leading future-focused strategic advisory firm, announced today it has been named to the 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names first gained national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“We are honored to be named to the 2017 Inc. 5000,” said Deborah Westphal, CEO of Toffler Associates. “Our growth reflects the unrelenting pace of change facing today’s leaders and the importance of understanding a shifting global landscape. This recognition is a testament to the passion and commitment our associates have for guiding clients to future growth through transformation and disruption.”

Founded 20 years ago by world-renowned futurists and authors Alvin and Heidi Toffler, the Virginia-based firm has seen increased demand in a time of continued cultural and political upheaval. Through their integrated and innovative approach to strategy consulting, Toffler Associates translates complex analysis into actionable solutions that help leaders chart a path of sustained growth in an uncertain future.

“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

The list ranks companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period, and the 2017 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history, with a staggering 481% three-year average growth rate. The 2017 Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. The full 2017 Inc. 5000 list can be found at

Toffler Associates also was recognized earlier this year as one of Consulting magazine’s “Seven Small Jewels,” which celebrates firms that have exhibited compelling growth and delivered extraordinary results.

About Toffler Associates
Toffler Associates is a strategic advisory firm that helps businesses and public entities capitalize on opportunities, build agility, and mitigate risk in an uncertain future. Our unwavering commitment to being a catalyst for change is backed by a Future Proof® business consulting approach. We help global leaders ask the right questions, understand how future shifts impact current decisions, and position their organization to create future value. Learn more at

Toffler Associates’ Caitlin Durkovich Offers Key Insights on Critical Infrastructure Adaptation at Water Leaders Summit 2017 and WIRES University Events

Caitlin Durkovich Water Summit and WIRES event

Caitlin Durkovich, Toffler Associates director and critical infrastructure security expert, contributed her expertise this week to important industry conversations about our nation’s water and electricity infrastructure.

On May 24, Durkovich joined thought leaders at the heart of water security strategy for Water Leaders Summit 2017 – A Secure Future Needs Water in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The summit, The Water Council’s premier annual event, assembled a diverse group of water leaders from around the world and featured critical conversations about water security from cyber, diplomatic, organizational and environmental perspectives. Durkovich provided expert insight on cyber security for critical infrastructure as part of a discussion with Kevin Morley with American Water Works Association and Tom Kuczynski of District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst,” and Fast Company contributor, moderated the dynamic discussion.

On May 25, Durkovich joined leaders from Congress, regulatory agencies and industry to examine the challenges in upgrading our transmission system at WIRES University – Electric Transmission Infrastructure in Washington, D.C. Joining Durkovich to discuss the electric grid as a strategic asset, were: Rob Gramlich, founder of Grid Strategies LLC; J. Arnold Quinn, director of the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Dan Prose, transmission and special projects officer at Manitoba Hydro; and Tiler Eaton, international representative of IBEW. Durkovich discussed the importance of recognizing the vulnerabilities of a grid dependent on distributed energy and technology and the need for security by design principles as we modernize the grid.

Durkovich has been developing physical and cyber risk management solutions and advancing public-private partnerships for nearly two decades. Most recently, as the Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Protection for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Durkovich led the mission to protect critical infrastructure and redefined public-private risk management for emerging infrastructure issues.

Learn more about The Water Council and Water Leaders Summit 2017 here.

Learn more about the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and WIRES University – Electric Transmission Infrastructure here.

Learn more about Caitlin Durkovich here.

Caitlin Durkovich Testifies at Senate Hearing on Energy Security and Electromagnetic Pulse Threats

Toffler Associates director offers expert insight about EMP threats to energy infrastructure

Caitlin Durkovich at Senate Hearing

Caitlin Durkovich, Toffler Associates Director and critical infrastructure security expert, recently testified at a hearing on Energy Security and Electromagnetic Pulse Threats hosted by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

On May 4, Durkovich joined fellow energy experts to offer witness testimony about the threats posed by EMPs to our nation’s energy infrastructure. In addition to Durkovich, the witness panel included: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; acting FERC chair Cheryl LaFleur; former director of Strategic Defense Initiative Organization Ambassador Henry Cooper; Electric Power Research Institute executive Robin Manning; and Lincoln Electric System CEO Kevin Wailes.

Durkovich’s nearly 20-year career in homeland security, and more specifically her role as the Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Protection for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, affords her a unique perspective on infrastructure vulnerabilities and the importance of public-private risk management to address the emerging and complex issues facing the energy sector. Durkovich’s testimony centered on risks to the electric grid, the potential effects of an EMP event on critical infrastructure,as well as the importance of government and industry jointly developing mitigation plans and investing in a modern infrastructure that is more resilient to current and future threats.

View the entire hearing online here.

Learn more about Caitlin Durkovich here.

Critical Infrastructure Security Expert Caitlin Durkovich Joins Toffler Associates

Caitlin DurkovichToffler Associates has hired Caitlin Durkovich as a director. In her role, Durkovich will be responsible for contributing to the firm’s security and protection thought leadership and leading transformational initiatives with clients.

“We’re delighted to welcome Caitlin to the team. She is a proven leader and visionary thinker whose expertise in critical infrastructure security and resilience complements that of our leadership team exceptionally well,” said CEO Deborah Westphal. “Her success with industry leaders in designing effective public-private partnerships aligns with a future-focused model of solving society’s toughest problems and positions us to capitalize on several growth opportunities.”

Prior to joining Toffler Associates, Durkovich served as Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection with the Department of Homeland Security, where she led the homeland security mission to protect critical infrastructure and redefined public-private risk management for emerging issues like complex mass attacks, electric grid security, cybersecurity, GPS resilience and climate adaptation planning. In directing the update and implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, which outlines how government and private sector participants in the critical infrastructure community work together, she engaged stakeholders from 16 critical infrastructure sectors, all 50 states and all levels of government and industry. Durkovich also led the effort to modernize the $250 million, 750-employee federal infrastructure protection program. Her eight-year tenure at the department, which included serving as Chief of Staff of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, allowed her to work on many critical initiatives within the interagency, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, counter-IED, and space policy.

Earlier in her career, as an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, Durkovich led homeland-security related projects with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Courts, and the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, she was a pioneer in providing early warning cyber intelligence as a vice president at iDefense (since acquired by Verisign).

“Toffler Associates has a long legacy of helping clients in both the public and private sectors understand, plan and adapt for success in an uncertain future,” said Durkovich. “They appreciate the complex operational challenges industry and government face and the criticality of a secure and resilient infrastructure in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent global economy. I look forward to contributing my expertise to help our clients anticipate future change and prosper as a result.”

Durkovich holds a B.A. in public policy studies from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University and a certificate in business strategy from The Aspen Institute. She is the second woman to join the Toffler Associates leadership team this year. Last month, consulting industry veteran Maria Bothwell was named chief operating officer of the growing firm.

Toffler Associates Announces Maria Bothwell as New Chief Operating Officer

Maria Bothwell PortraitToffler Associates, a leading future-focused consulting and advisory firm, has hired industry veteran Maria Bothwell as chief operating officer. She joins a joins a recently expanded leadership team led by
CEO Deborah Westphal and will be responsible for overseeing client relations and leading key business development initiatives.

“We’re very excited to welcome Maria to Toffler Associates,” said Westphal. “Her deep experience driving business performance and growing new business complements an already strong and energetic team and will be instrumental to our continued revenue growth, particularly with enterprise clients.”

Prior to joining Toffler Associates, Bothwell led strategic development, transformation and performance improvement initiatives in more than a decade with management consulting firm North Highland. Most recently, she was a managing director there, overseeing media, entertainment, and communications industry. As the division president, she led the Data Analytics and Sparks Grove (strategic marketing) divisions, directly contributing to the profitability and growth of the businesses. Additionally, Bothwell was the executive advisor to the Managing Services division during its U.S. expansion. Her prior experience includes management consulting with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Ernst & Young.

Bothwell earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research as well as an MBA from Virginia Tech, and serves as an advisory board member for the ISE department. She also holds a certificate of cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and actively volunteers as a cook to feed the hungry.

“Toffler Associates has an impressive track record of helping clients navigate today’s complex global landscape and chart sustainable growth,” said Bothwell. “I’m thrilled to be part of such a talented and committed team, and look forward to expanding our future-focused services to global brands that will benefit from them.”


Toffler Associates Named One of Consulting Magazine’s Seven Small Jewels

Recognition highlights firm’s strong financial performance and innovative approach to strategy consulting

Consulting Magazine February 2017 CoverToffler Associates, a leading future-focused consulting and advisory firm, has been recognized as one of Consulting magazine’s “Seven Small Jewels.” The publication annually recognizes an elite group of firms that have exhibited compelling growth and delivered extraordinary results.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a rising star in the consulting industry,” said CEO Deborah Westphal. “It speaks to the passion and commitment our associates have for understanding the changing global landscape and guiding clients to growth through transformation and disruption.”

Toffler Associates, founded in 1996 by world-renowned futurists and authors Alvin and Heidi Toffler, has experienced considerable growth in recent years, posting 32 percent revenue growth last year after improving year-over-year revenue by 108 percent in 2015.

Westphal is optimistic about the firm’s continued growth, citing the increasing pace and complexity of change and the impact on today’s business leaders. “Our approach ensures our clients are positioned ahead of the change curve instead of being caught up in it.”

Toffler Associates Expands Leadership Team Amid Continued Growth

Toffler Associates exceeds 2016 revenue goals and promotes four senior associates to its leadership team.

Leadership Team

Toffler Associates, a leading future-focused consulting and advisory firm, today announced the addition of four directors to its leadership team. Dave Baber, Eric Chase, Aaron Shulman and Gregory Weber join CEO Deborah Westphal and directors Hans Davies and Tyler Sweatt on the firm’s leadership team. The move follows a successful 2016, in which the firm enjoyed 32% year over year revenue growth.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of these exceptional professionals to the Toffler Associates leadership team,” said Westphal. “Their unparalleled expertise and guidance are critical to meeting our aggressive growth goals and ensuring we effectively scale our work helping the world’s top organizations prepare for and adapt to an increasingly complex global landscape.”

Baber has been with Toffler Associates since 2012 and has more than 15 years of commercial and federal consulting experience. He currently leads firm engagements delivering transformational change through strategic foresight, design and risk management. Baber earned a B.A. in economics and business from Virginia Military Institute and has served in the Army National Guard for 16 years, including two overseas combat deployments.

Chase, also with the firm since 2012, has more than a decade of experience guiding public and private sector organizations. He was named a National Security Fellow at the Foundation of the Defense of Democracies in 2014 and specializes in engagements with clients that operate in high-risk markets. Chase, a military veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and master’s degrees from Boston University and Georgetown University.

Shulman is a Toffler Associates veteran of 17 years with an expertise in organizational transformation and strong operations background. He leads engagements with the intelligence community, civilian government agencies and commercial clients. Shulman holds a bachelor’s degree from The American University and a master’s degree from Harvard University.

Weber joined the firm in 2014 and offers exceptional insight to leaders in managing the implications of cultural and human dynamics on transformation and innovation strategies. Weber is a former active duty Army Infantry Officer with service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he earned a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Commendation Medal for Valor. Weber holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Seton Hall University.

Director Tyler Sweatt discusses life in 2035 on Atlantic Council’s New Podcast

Global Risks 2035 Atlantic Council PodcastWhat will life be like in 2035? That’s what the newest podcast from Atlantic Council, “Global Risks 2035: Search for a New Normal” aims to find out. Download the first episode to hear Alex Ward and Jasmine El-Gamal of the Atlantic Council, along with Toffler Associates Director Tyler Sweatt, discuss how we arrived at this point in global history, and how the trends that define this age may lead to tomorrow’s risks.

Listen to the podcast in iTunes, or on the podcast website.

World-renowned business futurist, author and lecturer Alvin Toffler dies at 87

Founder of Toffler Associates dies at 87. His groundbreaking book, Future Shock, launched five decades of influence among political leaders, executives and innovators across the globe.

Alvin Toffler(Reston, VA) – Alvin Toffler, one of the most respected futurists of the modern era and known around the world for ideas that influenced government and business leaders alike, died at age 87 late Monday, June 27. He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years and longtime business partner, Heidi Toffler.

Alvin’s wide life experience infused his work as a keen observer and predictor of global trends. After graduating from New York University, Alvin and Heidi married and moved to the Midwest. For five years, Alvin worked as a welder to study assembly lines and industrial mass production up close. His experience led to a stint as a newspaperman and editor, writing first about labor before shifting his focus to business and management and then to technology.

By the mid-1960s, he began work on Future Shock, the global bestseller that led to the couple’s subsequent career as authors and global lecturers.

“It was an exhilarating ride and we were an amazing team,” Heidi said. “I always will cherish the special personal and professional partnership we shared, as well as the incredible openness with which heads of state and presidents of companies welcomed our insights about the future.”

Alvin authored several books with Heidi. The most notable comprise the acclaimed “Toffler trilogy” of Future Shock, The Third Wave and Powershift, all international bestsellers widely read by contemporary business and political leaders.

Future Shock, which vividly described an emerging global civilization, was published in more than 50 countries and introduced a phrase into our language that is still used today. The Third Wave offered a portrait of a new civilization emerging around the globe and revealed the hidden connections among changes in business, family life, technology and politics. Powershift examined the roles conflict, wealth and knowledge play in our lives as it charted new paths to power opened by a world in upheaval.

In their writing, the Tofflers forecast many of the realities of contemporary society and politics, including the acceleration of daily life, the decline of the nuclear family, cloning, virtual reality, information overload, the threat of terrorism and many other features of contemporary society and politics. Many of these predictions have come to bear and the central thesis of their work has proven true—that a knowledge-based new economy would replace the Industrial Age.

Alvin Toffler’s ideas resonated with political and business leaders around the globe:

In Russia, Alvin was part of a small group gathered in 1986 by then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to create the first non-governmental, non-Communist party organization in the U.S.S.R. since the 1917 Communist revolution. Today there are more than 400,000 NGOs in Russia.

In China, then-Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang used The Third Wave in his speeches to help launch the reform program that led to China’s amazing economic rise. Today, many Chinese still refer to it as the book that changed China.

In South Korea, then-President Kim Dae Jung sought guidance from the Tofflers as he lay the foundations for a peaceful reunification of the two Korean states.

In Mexico, business magnate Carlos Slim, who was ranked as the richest person in the world from 2010 to 2013, acknowledged the critical role that the Tofflers’ work had in helping him anticipate and identify business opportunities throughout the world.

In 1996, Alvin, Heidi and business consultant Tom Johnson co-founded their namesake advisory firm, Toffler Associates, to expand their ability to guide governments and businesses working to transform their organizations for the future. Alvin’s work remains especially relevant today, as the firm celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and still employs many of the concepts and methodologies introduced by its founder in the work it does for organizations around the world.

“As one of the first associates hired by Alvin and as the current leader of the firm charged with advancing his work, I‘m grateful to him for his future-focused vision and passion for understanding the hidden connections in our lives,” said Deborah Westphal, CEO of Toffler Associates. “It’s difficult to find an aspect of modern life not touched by his work. We are ever mindful of his influence as we navigate a world marked by widening artificial intelligence, globally connected societies and a quickening pace of change.”

A private burial will be held in Los Angeles. Plans for a public memorial service will be announced at a later date.


About Toffler Associates

Clients turn to Toffler Associates to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate the challenges of an uncertain future. We are a consulting and advisory firm that delivers strategic advantage to organizations around the globe with an unwavering commitment to being the catalyst for change. Both the public and private sectors rely on Toffler Associates’ unique perspective, disciplined approach and orthogonal thinking to architect better futures.

Note to editors: Toffler Associates is announcing Alvin Toffler’s passing at the request of Heidi Toffler, his widow.

Toffler Associates and Hansung University Share Vision for Developing Future-Focused Leaders

Hansung UniversityRESTON, VA (March 7, 2016) – Toffler Associates, a global strategic consulting and advisory firm, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hansung University’s Graduate School of Knowledge Service and Consulting (KSCON) that provides a framework for proposed cooperation with regard to education, training and consulting that is future-strategy oriented. With an emphasis on consulting services for small and medium enterprises and developing nations, KSCON’s graduates are uniquely and strategically positioned to lead in the knowledge driven economy.

Toffler Associates has a rich heritage of working with national heads of state, government and enterprise leaders around the globe who prioritize growth and the welfare of their citizenry. And as the firm marks its 20th year, it is attending to global challenges and opportunities with renewed vigor. 

“We first engaged with Korean leaders more than a decade ago,” said Deb Westphal, CEO of Toffler Associates, “and it is particularly gratifying to continue to propel that work forward and have a meaningful and lasting impact on the emerging global environment in this part of the world. The potential of working with Hansung University’s KSCON in this capacity creates an opportunity to develop leaders who can ensure this nation and its people, who today are at the nexus of accelerating change, are equipped to adapt and thrive among the varied industry and economic disruption that accompanies the transition from an economy rooted in manufacturing to one driven by products and services. “


About Hansung University and KSCON
Hansung University, a leader in academic-industrial collaboration located in Seoul, has provided Korean students with broad knowledge and practical skills for 44 years in support of its founding spirit of truth and virtue. Established in 2008, KSCON is a Korean Government-designated consulting graduate school that offers Consulting Masters and Ph.D. programs with an emphasis on services for global small and medium size enterprises and developing nations. 

About Toffler Associates
Clients turn to Toffler Associates to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate the challenges of an uncertain future. We are a consulting and advisory firm that delivers strategic advantage to organizations around the globe with an unwavering commitment to being the catalyst for change. Both the public and private sectors rely on Toffler Associates’ unique perspective, disciplined approach and orthogonal thinking to architect better futures.