• Clients & Testimonials

Boston Consulting Group, a leading strategy consulting company
McKinsey Global Institute, an independent economics think tank
Harvard Business School Publishing, a major business book publisher
Bain & Company, a top strategy consulting firm
Jack Welch Management Institute, creator of the Jack Welch MBA
Jossey-Bass, a major business book publisher
Global Business Network, leading scenario-planning consultants
Deloitte, the accounting consultancy
Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation, leading innovation consultants
Monitor 360, a consultant to governments, corporations, and NGOs
Physic Ventures, a venture capital firm
Spencer Stuart, executive recruiters
Heidrick & Struggles, executive recruiters
Booz Allen Hamilton, strategy consultants
PRTM/Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a consulting firm

Stanford Social Innovation Review, an award-winning magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses
The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consultancy incubated by Bain & Co.
Columbia Business School CaseWorks, a publisher of case studies
California HealthCare Foundation, a leading independent healthcare foundation
TechSoup Global, a leader in bringing technological empowerment and philanthropy to social benefit organizations
FSG Social Impact Consultants, leading nonprofit consultants in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility
Wikimedia Foundation, home of the world's largest collaboratively edited reference projects
Civic Ventures, a nonprofit focused on aging and civic engagement
Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit focused on volunteering

Bill Draper, pioneering venture capitalist and social entrepreneur
Heather McLeod Grant and Leslie Crutchfield, nonprofit consultants
Thomas Parenty, information security consultant

"Mickey Butts served BCG for seven years in the roles of deputy editor and senior writer. If you know Mickey, you'll know that quality and craftsmanship matter tremendously to him. He has helped BCG up its game in a number of important areas, including creating innovative interactive and infographic data visualizations, scaling up and coaching BCG's network of freelance thought-leadership writers, and developing editorial best practices. Mickey's spirit, caring, and energy won't soon be forgotten."
Katherine Zoe Andrews, Global Editorial Director, Boston Consulting Group

"Mickey is a talented editor who also understands how to tell stories with data—a rare ability. As a designer and leader of an infographics agency, I find him great to work with: He is extremely organized, efficient, and punctual, and he has an eagle eye for spotting errors and inconsistencies. There's a sense of security working with Mickey, knowing that he's on top of the many moving pieces required to build the interactive and infographic data visualizations that we produced together. What's more, he's friendly and personable. Mickey is a great asset to the teams he collaborates with."
Tommy McCall, Founder and CEO,

"Mickey is an accomplished senior editor with a keen eye for a great intro and sturdy story structure. He's also an effective editorial coach. As the writers on my team can attest, he is quickly able to home in on the kernel of the story and then, without hijacking the process, help the writer to sharpen the lede and augment the impact of the piece for its intended readers. Mickey is also a data visualization whiz; work with him on an infographic or interactive and you'll see what I mean. It's hardly a stretch to say that data visualization is his thing. His epitaph will probably read: "He made data sing."
John Kerr, Principal, Ergo Editorial Services

"Mickey is a great writer and editor: very detailed oriented and keen on crafting messages that are easy to consume. He's very easy to work with, and it's been a pleasure working with him over the years."
Jean-Manuel Izaret, Senior Partner, Global Leader of the Pricing Practice, Boston Consulting Group

"Only 10 business editors in the country can do what Mickey Butts does with the written word. As chief content editor for the Jack Welch Management Institute, he has been invaluable in shaping the Jack Welch MBA curriculum and transforming our content into cases and lectures that are wonderfully rich and immensely readable."
Suzy Welch, coauthor, with Jack Welch, of the international bestseller Winning, and former editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review

"Mickey is a fine writer and a first-rate business editor. He is timely, hard-working, highly professional, and thoroughly reliable. Mickey has broad knowledge of management and business issues, as well as international economics and economic policy. He was a pleasure to work with, and MGI would not hesitate to hire Mickey again if the need arose."
Diana Farrell, Director, McKinsey Global Institute

"As first-time authors of a book, we were aided enormously by Mickey Butts. Mickey helped us structure our initial outline, sharpen our thinking, and refine our prose. He held our hand at every stage of the writing process, and took our manuscript to a higher level. He was a delight to work with: professional, timely, and willing to work within our deadlines and budget. We'd highly recommend him as a writer, editor, and thought-partner."
Heather Grant McLeod and Leslie Crutchfield, coauthors of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (Jossey-Bass, 2007)

"Mickey is a delight to work with — calm, competent, realistic, on time and budget — and talented. And he really gets business, which is hard to find."
Nancy Murphy, head of communications, editor-in-chief, and a member of the management team, Global Business Network

"Mickey's skillful and insightful editing are always extremely helpful for a final polish on our ideas. We would highly recommend Mickey to other organizations that want to take their writing from good to great."
Dana Yonchak, Director of Strategic Communications, FSG Social Impact Advisors

"Mickey is great at developing writing projects and at working with writers to help them do their best work."
Jesse Wiley, nonexecutive chairman, John Wiley & Sons and former editor at Jossey-Bass

"Over the past several years, we have worked with Mickey on a wide range of writing and editing projects and have been very pleased with the work. He is an exemplary writer and editor and, equally important, fantastic to work with. We would highly recommend Mickey and his work to other organizations."
Ann Goggins Gregory, Director of Knowledge Management, The Bridgespan Group

"I want to take a moment to thank someone who was an indispensable part of getting Love Leadership exactly right, and that is Mickey Butts. Mickey was my writing editor throughout the entire book development, drafting, and finalizing process, and I cannot give him enough credit for his superior eye, his command of research, his ability to take all of my energy and passion and organize it into a coherent thought process, and most of all for helping me get my "voice" on paper. I could not have asked for a better collaborator than Mickey Butts."
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Operation HOPE, and author of Love Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2009)

"Mickey Butts is an incredible writer who helped us conceive of our earliest outline and draft of the manuscript. His contribution to distilling and organizing our thinking was crucial to getting our arms around the hundreds of potentially disparate ideas and hypotheses we were originally considering."
James Citrin and Richard Smith, executive recruiters at Spencer Stuart and authors of the bestselling book The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (Crown Business, 2003)

"To Mickey Butts, thank you for bringing for structure, logic, and style to my inchoate drafts."
Ben Rigby, author of Mobilizing Generation 2.0 (Jossey-Bass, 2008)

"Thanks to Mickey Butts for invaluable advice."
Bernard Ross and Clare Segal, coauthors of The Influential Fundraiser (Jossey-Bass, 2008)

"We appreciate the work of Mickey Butts, a freelance editor who helped us frame our ideas and present them in what we hope is a compelling way."
Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin, coauthors of The Charismatic Organization (Jossey-Bass, 2008)

"[Thanks to] Mickey Butts, who offered wise edits."
Shirley Sagawa, author of The American Way to Change (Jossey-Bass, 2010)

"Mickey Butts ... shepherded our book with great care and vision."
Beth Kanter and Allison Fine, coauthors of The Networked Nonprofit (Jossey-Bass, 2010)

"Mickey Butts provided valuable editorial assistance during the formative stages of my book."
Thomas Parenty, information security consultant and author of Digital Defense, (Harvard Business School Press, 2003)