David Ackert, M.A., is the President of Ackert Inc. and its subsidiaries, and business development mentor to thousands of high-achieving professionals in the legal, corporate, finance, and accounting sectors. Over the past two decades, David has developed and implemented revenue acceleration programs for hundreds of firms around the globe, many hailing from the top of the Am Law list.
Widely recognized as a pioneer in business development innovation, David is the founder of the PipelinePLUS suite of business development products, including Practice Boomers (a business development e-learning program), Practice Pipeline (a leading sales pipeline management system), Practice Viewer (a business intelligence platform) and Practice Driver (a business plan management system). His online and offline programs have won “Your Honor Awards” in both the U.S. and Canada.
David regularly keynotes at partner retreats and industry trade conferences. He serves as a guest lecturer at USC’s Marshall School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, and at the UCLA School of Law.
David has authored numerous white papers and articles on business development. His work has been published and quoted in several business books and media, including the Los Angeles Times, the National Review, the Daily Journal, the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, Voice America, Attorney at Work, The Recorder, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He is a winner of JD Supra’s Reader’s Choice Award.
David is the co-founder of Voices in Harmony, a mentoring organization that has worked with at-risk youth around the globe. He co-produced and appeared in the documentary film, After Kony: Staging Hope, chronicling mentoring programs he helped to design and facilitate for former child soldiers in Northern Uganda. The film was used as part of an awareness-raising campaign that raised millions of dollars for health and education in underserved Ugandan communities. David’s charitable work earned the “Difference Maker” award from one of his alma maters, Ithaca College.
David also holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Santa Monica, from which he earned a Master’s in Psychology.