Damian Taggart

Hi! I'm a skilled consultant & mentor with 20 years of startup experience.


Services & Booking


I offer my services using a sliding scale (based on availability and the specific project or client ability to pay). Contact me to see if you qualify for sliding scale pricing (we will determine the price together based on delivered value). 

1-on-1 consulting, coaching, and training:
$250/hour or $1200/day rate

Speaking engagements:
Varies, please inquire

I can help you launch your next product or business. I have direct experience in launching multiple successful start-ups including a digital agency, a food truck, and a national creative brand. My two decades of experience covers many areas including: management, fundraising, business strategy, digital marketing, design, computer programming, security, and proven strategies recruiting and retaining creative and millennial talent. 

Through my company Wildist, I offer complete personal growth and leadership training curriculum, offering participants opportunities to grow and apply new skills through adventure travel and group seminars. I provide bespoke transformative programming using both wilderness and urban settings for personal growth, coaching and business development. 

Please contact me regarding rates and availability for my services including:

  • Business Consulting

  • Executive & Personal Coaching

  • Immersive Art & Themed Entertainment Consulting 

  • Speaking Engagements

  • Wilderness & Adventure Travel Programming  

  • Retreats & Events


Damian Taggart is a serial entrepreneur and investor currently focused on Wildist, a dual bottom line startup using wilderness and adventure travel as a platform for personal growth and leadership training. Damian is excited about changing the world by teaching radical acceptance as a foundation for empowerment and positive social impact.

Previously as Chief Business Development Officer for Meow Wolf Damian created value for the company, planning and executing business strategy, project management, managing improvements to company processes and infrastructure. Damian worked alongside CEO Vince Kadlubek to identify new opportunities for revenue, social impact and growth - helping grow the company grow from a small startup to a $100 million national creative brand. 

Prior to Meow Wolf Damian was founder and president of an award-winning software startup, Mindshare Labs. Damian successfully led Mindshare Labs for over ten years until selling the company in 2016. 



Wildist Inc
Mar 2018 to present

Meow Wolf Inc
Chief Business Development Officer
Jul 2015 to Mar 2018

Mindshare Labs Inc
Founder & CEO
Jul 2006 to Sep 2016

Multimedia Specialist

St. John's College
Web Production Coordinator
2002 to 2003



Certificate in Financial Management
Cornell University
2017 to 2018

Wilderness First Responder Certification
National Outdoor Leadership School


MovNat Level 1 Certified Trainer

B.A. Media Arts & English
University of New Mexico
1998 to 2003


Volunteer Experience

Business Regulation Working Group (formerly CBQL)
City of Santa Fe     
2014 to 2016

BizMix Mentor
MIX Santa Fe


Industry & Interpersonal Skills

Start-up Consulting

Wilderness Guiding & Skill-building

Strategies for Business & Personal Empowerment

Strategies for Effective  Empathetic Management


Public Speaking


Business & Executive Coaching

Leadership Training

Fitness & Natural Movement Training



Damian took on tactically difficult situation with a refreshing blend of sophistication and lightness. His presence was a godsend to me and to every department with which he interacted. His maturity, gusto, and grace greatly impressed me. Damian remains the first person I would recruit for future needs. Any organization that values excellence should ensure that Damian is part of their team.
— Andra Maguran, Communications Professional
As my supervisor, Damian was always honest and upfront about deadlines, ideas and goals. He taught me a lot about the type of work we were doing without ever limiting my ability to question and approach situations creatively. As a former employee, I gladly recommend Damian as a leader in any supervisory roles.
— Tiffany Schaefer, Teacher at Bright Horizons
I have known Damian for many years. He is an excellent business person, and a great person to work with. He is a dedicated to his work and offers a cutting edge product from a competent team. All facets of his business are handled professionally and without hangups. I highly recommend Damian for any project.
— Mandy Warr, Owner at The Remedy Spa
Damian is a prolific artist and designer, incredibly competent in leading edge technology.
— Sky Frostenson, Director of Program Management at VSCO

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