Right  Angle is a strategic consultancy group that develops unique pathways and innovative initiatives for companies to realize their full potential for growth.

Backed by a diverse team of collaborators with expertise in key areas of business and political arenas, Right Angle leverages its broad network of relationships to achieve client objectives with a new angle on creativity and strategy.


We live in a world where complex challenges call for innovation and fresh thinking to help companies achieve their goals for growth and advancement. Right Angle was born of the recognition that formulaic approaches to these challenges are not enough to succeed and thrive in today’s marketplace.

Especially now, as change pervades every aspect of our lives, imaginative and collaborative business solutions are needed to break through and rise above the less-than-inspired “been there-done that” sameness of strategies and tactics we see too often.

In developing the optimum solutions for our clients, Right Angle leverages the power of imagination, the expertise of its associates and the breadth of its network of relationships to deliver multi-faceted initiatives that soar above sameness and yield results greater than the sum of their parts.

In geometry, right angles are definitive and exacting; in architecture, they are strong and steadfast; and in sailing, they deliver the most powerful direction a vessel can harness.

We took the name Right Angle because we are all of the above, but – like the sail of a schooner that faces changing headwinds – we are flexible as well, responsive to necessary shifts in strategy, approach and implementation as conditions warrant.

Talk with us…and see how the straightest line to your success might include some innovative “turns” on the way.


Laura Drexel

Laura is the founder of Right Angle, a consultancy that focuses on innovative business strategies to support organizational need for change and growth and brand optimization. Leveraging her broad network of relationships, Laura was instrumental in developing N3, Right Angle’s unique approach to building and navigating the optimal partnerships necessary to drive success for their clients.

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Laura has diverse business-development experience spanning more than 35 years, having served as Principal and Advisor in highly competitive sectors, including the telecommunications, technology and healthcare payer verticals. She has helped clients build, evolve and maintain brand image and perceptions as well as assess, understand and evolve current corporate cultures. Her work in brand-image evolution and cultural transformation has led to innovative strategies, designed to drive positive financial ROI and the equally valuable “halo” of favorable social and community commentary.

Laura has helped develop unique strategies to guide CEOs and their Boards to raise awareness and support various components, including fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, leadership and governance recruitment, stakeholder outreach, business development and brand visioning.

In addition, Laura has extensive non-profit leadership experience, having identified innovative pathways to fundraising, including leveraging the arts as well as music as catalysts for change. Her achievements include facilitating large corporate in-kind contributions and leading multi-million dollar capital campaigns.

In addition to her leadership role at Right Angle, Laura is actively working with a Fortune 50 managed-care company and their selected Health Plans. And she is currently leading a community health and economic development initiative in Chester, PA for their Pennsylvania Health Plan. Here, she identified and recruited the necessary partners that could positively address each of the social determinants of health (SDOH) that are at the heart of the community’s growth challenges.

Atif Bostic

Atif is the Chief Operating Officer at Right Angle Alliance and is an established leader in community and economic development, workforce development, business development, and business strategy.

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Atif has worked with public and private institutions, nationally; developing comprehensive solutions that drive measurable results. With experience ranging from the development of supermarkets to affordable housing, Atif has worked in building some of the most challenging communities. Leveraging his background and experience in finance, banking, marketing, business development, strategic planning, and organizational design, Atif has worked on community and economic development projects in more than 20 states.

Over his 20-year career, Atif has held senior leader positions within for-profit and nonprofit organizations to include Citizens Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Signature Financial, Uplift Solutions, and Leadership in Business. Atif has extensive experience in the design and development of major initiatives to include the development and implementation of city and statewide community development projects, product launches, organizational divisions, and more.

Additionally, Atif’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving in various leadership roles to include board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and interim president and CEO for prominent organizations such as: The Urban League of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia OIC, American Heart Association, PathWays PA, and others.

“The key to successful economic and community development is taking a multi-disciplinary approach to defining and solving social and business problems. CORE drives results that deliver measurable, economic, social and political capital gains for our clients.”


Cynthia Brinkley

With more than 30 years of executive leadership experience, guiding Fortune 500 companies in the areas of organizational transformation, human capital optimization, diversity & inclusion, business integration and operations.

Charles Cairns

Charles B. Cairns, MD, is the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean, and SVP of medical affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine and is a leader in emergency medicine and critical care. At Drexel, he has led new community and healthcare system partnerships across the region and country.

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Cynthia’s achievements and innovations in navigating “change-for-positive-impact” bring invaluable insights for Right Angle clients who seek growth, efficiency and optimum performance.

Having worked in leadership roles with organizations including Centene, General Motors and AT&T, Cynthia’s robust global and local network of relationships in the industry verticals of telecommunications, healthcare and automotive provide unique access of experience and knowledge to organizations and communities seeking to evolve, thrive and succeed.
While Cynthia’s experience spans the globe literally, she is an active business and community leader in her home city of St. Louis as well, currently serving as board member at Ameren, Schnucks Markets, Energizer Holdings, the St. Louis Zoo and Nine PBS. Cynthia also is a member of Women’s Corporate Directors.
As a change agent, Cynthia’s significant expertise in uniting disparate people and constituencies for a greater good – be it corporate or community-based – have yielded impressive results and has helped transform and prepare organizations for a stronger future.

“The culture of an organization, in all of its forms, is a powerful driver of success and, when optimized for performance, can be the engine that drives successful transformation and sustained growth.”

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Previously, he served as Dean of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University and as Dean of the College of Medicine and Assistant VP for Clinical Research at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Cairns also led a $1.2 billion partnership with Banner Health, which created one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country. He has served as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group and as Principal Investigator of the DHS National Collaborative for Biopreparedness.

Most recently, he has been leading COVID-19 research and innovation efforts in understanding the immune response to severe SARS-CoV-2 infection as a clinical lead for the NIH COVID-19 IMPACC study, on the DSMB of the NIH convalescent plasma study and as Principal Investigator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project on the prediction of COVID-19 community infection and recovery in underserved areas.

Dr. Cairns has received numerous awards, including the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, Society for Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation Award and the 2014 John Marx Leadership Award, the highest award of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He has published more than 200 scientific articles & reviews, has secured more than $30 million in research funding and has served on numerous medical boards.

“Research is the gateway to understanding healthcare challenges. Innovation is the engine that drives real solutions that impact both business and society at large, both general and underserved populations.”

Ed Whitacre

Named one of the Top 25 Executives of the Year by BusinessWeek and the recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Samuel Patterson

Sam Patterson has spent his entire 35+ year professional career as an entrepreneur. In 1986, he co-founded Shepard, Patterson and Associates, Inc., an information management and technology consulting company that initially developed a substantial commercial customer base and later expanded into the Federal, State, and Municipal marketplaces.

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Ed Whitacre has leveraged his considerable corporate leadership skills for such Fortune 500 organizations as General Motors and AT&T.

Ed’s mission as a transformative leader took new shape when he joined GM as Chairman when the new company launched in July 2009 and held that position until the end of December 2010. He also served as Chief Executive Officer from December 2009 through August 2010. In his expanded leadership role, Ed set a clear vision for GM: Design, Build and Sell the World’s Best Vehicles.
As chairman and CEO of AT&T from 1990 until June 2007, Ed led then-SBC Communications (SBC) on a disciplined growth strategy and through a series of industry-changing mergers & acquisitions, including the 2005 acquisition of AT&T Corp., after which the company adopted the venerable name, AT&T Inc. (AT&T).

Under Ed’s leadership, SBC made significant domestic and international investments as well as established several groundbreaking strategic partnerships with companies such as Yahoo! and Echostar, enabling SBC to set the pace for DSL sales as well as enter the video market. SBC joined with BellSouth to create Cingular Wireless, which in 2004 acquired AT&T Wireless. SBC and the new AT&T have been repeatedly named by Fortune magazine as the most admired telecommunications company in America and the world.

Ed previously served as a member of The Business Council, the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the boards of the Institute for International Economics, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the PGA Tour.

His book, American Turnaround – Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA, with Leslie Cauley, was released in February 2013.

“Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.”

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In 1995, Sam became Chairman/CEO, and sole-owner of Shepard-Patterson and in 2005 changed the name to TreCom Systems Group, Inc. In addition to the technology business, Sam has business interests in Insurance & Financial Services (PK Financial Group, LLC), Real Estate & Property Management (Ivy Leaf Properties and Iron Stone Partners), Healthcare (Integrated Health Network), Internet Telephony (Chairman of TeleCaaS, LLC), and a number of private equity investments.

Sam’s professional and civic affiliations include the Wharton Alumni Association, the Cheyney University National Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the Men of BACA. Sam’s current and previous board appointments include the Sam and Deidre Patterson Foundation, the Union League of Philadelphia, Innovation Philadelphia, Public Health Management Corporation, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, African American Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Institute, and the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University.

“As a platform for growth, an entrepreneurial approach and mindset can yield unique opportunities through the exploration of innovative ideas not only to survive in a competitive marketplace, but to thrive and succeed as well.”


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