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Marc Engel

President & Founder

Engel Research Partners

Marc is a Qualidoodle: part qualitative researcher, part creative mirth-maker. With a 20-year career in research and 30-year half-baked pursuit (so, 15 years if you do the math) of comedy, he is constantly struggling to balance his analytical inclinations with his creative aspirations. Deflated by the successful pursuit of a law degree but buoyed by bouts of creative success: two improv/sketch troupes with Kristen Wiig, parody songs aired on Howard Stern, co-writer/co-star in a way-off Broadway (Belmont, CA) play, screenwriter of an optioned but never produced film, author of numerous children’s stories and several other pieces not yet published. Marc has run his own consultancy, Engel Research Partners, since 2010, when he also developed an approach to research and ideation using techniques from improvisational theater, called, Out of Focus Groups®. He is partnering with Pascal Patenaude on a new endeavor called, Blocks & Clay™, which harnesses the power of play for insights, co-creation and professional development.Marc has guest-lectured on humor at Cornell, Stanford, and the Thunderbird Graduate School of Management (Arizona St.). And, he is the winner of the 2021 Maryanne Pflug Spirit Award, co-chair of the SF Chapter of QRCA, and an active member of the Inclusive Culture Committee.