Our clients – investment funds, consultancies and corporations – need broader context and insight into the global industries they are researching. In addition to reading reports and speaking with sell-side analysts, they need to hear first-hand industry perspectives. This is why they come to Coleman. We help our clients find honest, expert opinions from people with relevant industry experience.
Your direct experience in your field gives you a unique view of the world. When our clients come to us with questions, we source from our extensive global network to find them experts like you who can provide context and insight. Then, we connect you through a brief phone consultation or an in-person meeting.
Our consulting network makes finding new opportunities – and valuable professional connections – easier. As an expert, you will contribute your expertise to world-class companies and hear the questions people are asking about your industry. We know your time is valuable, so we only match you with highly targeted projects in your areas of expertise.
We source experts based on the specific needs of our clients, and will only match you with projects where you can comfortably provide relevant knowledge or a unique perspective on your industry.
We receive a project request from a client
We search our network
We vet to make sure the project is a good fit for your expertise
We schedule the consultation at your convenience
You consult with our client
You receive payment from Coleman
We pride ourselves on the quality of our service, the breadth of knowledge amongst our community of experts and our commitment to making the right match. Join our network of expert knowledge and be part of the conversations that are helping to shape the modern marketplace.
We take the security of our experts, clients and information very seriously. All consultations that are facilitated by Coleman are strictly based around non-material, publicly available information; no if’s, and’s or but’s.View Our Compliance Policies
Your time is valuable, and we want to make your membership in our network worth your while. We encourage our experts to set their own hourly rates based on industry standards, commensurate with their level of expertise and experience. Our experienced Coleman analysts are happy to provide you with guidance if necessary.Join Our Network
We facilitate 1-on-1 calls, in-person meetings, industry conference meetings, surveys and hosted webinar events.Learn More About Our Services
We are always looking for new experts to join our network. For each consultation your referral completes within the first twelve months of his or her membership in our network, you will receive a monetary bonus from Coleman.Refer A Colleague
Coleman strives to find the best fit for every project. As a leader at a global aerospace and defense firm, I am able to state my preferences for the subjects I am willing and able to speak about, and the Coleman team listens. I never get asked to participate in a call that I don't feel is in my realm of expertise.
— VP in the aerospace & defense sector
Coleman’s systems and expert portal make it easy to consult and invoice for my time. Plus, the calls that I take with Coleman are just as educational for me as I imagine they are for Coleman’s clients.
— Expert with more than 40 years of experience in the O&G industry
Coleman’s Scheduling Team makes scheduling consultations very simple – which I need given my hectic and somewhat unconventional work schedule.
— Expert in the medical purchasing and management space
Coleman is by far the easiest expert network to work with. I love Coleman’s dependability, simplicity, consistency, professionalism, and follow-through. I also appreciate that I always have the option to opt out of projects that I don’t have the time or qualifications to take on.
— Former Vice President of a large retail chain
Coleman’s Associates are great at recognizing and knowing where my expertise lies. They always come back to me after I have completed calls with clients, and know that I have the ability to continue to provide insights on similar topics moving forward. Coleman’s personal touch is also a big plus.
— C-suite executive in the omni-channel and digital commerce space
Coleman Research is a leading expert network and brokerage of knowledge. We facilitate short-term consulting engagements between our clients - management consultancies, mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity firms - and experts across all industries. We foster mutually beneficial interactions between these thought leaders, which ultimately help to shape the modern marketplace.
In addition to compensating you at an hourly rate of your choosing, consulting with Coleman also provides you with an easy way to stay abreast of the questions that capital markets are asking about your industry. It also furnishes ample opportunities to expand your professional network and acts as an avenue through which to break into short-term consulting work.
We work with the world’s leading investment firms and management consultancies. Our client base spans the globe, and includes more than 6,000 individuals from hundreds of top institutions.
After we receive a project request from a client, we search our network for experts whose experience and expertise match the specific topic at hand. After we identify qualified experts, we reach out to ensure that the project is a good fit, and to make sure that he/she is available to consult at that time. We then schedule the consultation at the expert’s convenience and send a confirmation email for the call. After the consultation is complete, we issue payment to the expert in his/her requested form.
How often you consult will vary depending on our clients’ project requests, as well as your specific area of expertise, experience level and availability. Our team will contact you whenever we receive a project that is a match with your expertise. You may decline a consultation at any time, for any reason.
We ask that experts do not perform any prep work prior to taking a call, unless explicitly requested. Coleman consultations are informal in nature; our clients simply seek your insights and opinions from your unique industry perspective.
Our clients are looking for honest, informal discussions with experts who have real-life industry experience. During the vetting process, a Coleman employee will contact you to discuss the topic of the consultation and share any specific questions the client has provided. Additionally, it is against Coleman’s policy for experts to discuss confidential or material, non-public information during a consultation; our clients have agreed to not knowingly ask our experts to disclose such information. Experts are also restricted from consulting on projects where the client’s company of interest is the expert’s current employer or any other entity that may present a conflict of interest.
Experts are compensated at an hourly consulting rate of their choosing, which should be based on industry standards and the expert’s relative level of experience and expertise. Hourly rates are prorated and experts are paid for the time spent on each consultation. Once an invoice for a consultation is submitted by the expert, we issue payment in the expert’s preferred currency via check or direct deposit.
We are not always able to match experts immediately with client projects, as the requests we receive vary widely each day. If we have contacted you for a potential project that didn’t lead to a consultation, it is likely because the project’s priority or scope has changed. We do our best to inform our experts of these instances, but due to the high volume of client requests we receive, are not always able to address every occurrence. Further, we encourage our experts to regularly update their Coleman profiles to accurately reflect their employment information; third party relationships; and topics, companies and industries of expertise. By keeping your profile up-to-date, we are better able to match your expertise to client projects.
We work on projects across all industries, and welcome you to refer friends and colleagues who have similar areas of expertise to yourself, as well as those who are thought leaders in other sectors. As a Coleman expert, you are in a prime position to inform others about your experiences with us, and to let them know how they can get involved. For each consultation that your referral completes within the first twelve months of his / her membership in our network, you will receive a referral bonus from Coleman. It’s our way of saying “thanks” for spreading the word and for helping to grow our network of knowledge.Refer A Colleague