2021 SPEAKERS

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Ellen Leanse
Chief People Officer at Lucidworks

Ellen has catalyzed organizational innovation for nearly 40 years. An alum of Apple, Google, entrepreneurship, and strategic work with more than 40 technology companies, Ellen blends proven impact with a lifelong passion for understanding people. Her knowledge of neuroscience and anthropology informs her view of “Rehumanizing Work” through brain-aware, human-centric cultural outlooks.

Ellen Leanse
Chief People Officer at Lucidworks
Tiffany Stevenson
Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Global Head of Communities at Box

Tiffany Stevenson
Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Global Head of Communities at Box
Claude Silver
Chief Heart Officer at Vaynermedia

Claude Silver
Chief Heart Officer at Vaynermedia
Michelle Kim
CEO and Co-Founder at Awaken

Michelle Kim
CEO and Co-Founder at Awaken
Jevan Soo Lenox
Chief People and Culture Officer at Stitch Fix

Jevan Soo Lenox is the Chief People & Culture Officer for Stitch Fix, a personal styling platform leveraging data science and human stylists to help 3M+ clients look and feel their best. He previously held leadership roles at Square, Blue Bottle Coffee, and McKinsey & Company. Jevan received his MBA, Masters in Public Policy, and Bachelors from Harvard University.

Jevan Soo Lenox
Chief People and Culture Officer at Stitch Fix
Denise Thomas
COO at Cisco Meraki

Denise Thomas serves as the COO for Cisco’s Meraki business unit, where she’s responsible for Inclusion, Employee Experience, IT, Business Systems, Program Management, Facilities, Business and Manufacturing Operations. Before her current role, Denise served as Meraki’s Chief of Staff at Meraki and Head of People.

Denise Thomas
COO at Cisco Meraki
Katelin Holloway
Former VP of People & Culture at Reddit.

First introduced to the notion of intentional cultural development at Pixar, Katelin has studied alongside some of the most brilliant creative business minds of this generation. From there, she spent a decade building teams as a senior executive at some of the internet’s most influential startups, including Klout and Reddit. In early 2020, Katelin made the leap from operator to investor, supporting a new generation of leaders.

Katelin Holloway
Former VP of People & Culture at Reddit.
Iliana Quinonez
Sr. Director, Solutions Engineering at Salesforce

Iliana is a passionate advocate and ambassador for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. Her career in the high tech industry spans over 25 years in more than 10 countries, working at both enterprise and startup companies. At Salesforce, Iliana currently leads the Solutions Engineering team for the West. She is also an Advisor to Latinoforce, the company's Latinx Employee Resource Group.

Iliana Quinonez
Sr. Director, Solutions Engineering at Salesforce
Heather Doshay
VP of People at Weblow

Heather Doshay
VP of People at Weblow
Shane Metcalf
Chief Culture Officer at 15Five

Shane Metcalf
Chief Culture Officer at 15Five
Madhavi Bhasin
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Okta

At Okta, Madhavi is responsible for crafting the company's diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIB) strategy. Her efforts are focused on driving a diverse talent strategy and initiatives to ensure all Okta employees are empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. Madhavi loves to meditate, spend time with family and continuously learn about human nature.

Madhavi Bhasin
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Okta
Nariman Gathers
Program Manager at Slack | Lecturer at Stanford d.School

Nariman Gathers
Program Manager at Slack | Lecturer at Stanford d.School
Darren Murph
Head of Remote at Gitlab

Darren works at the intersection of culture, operations, people, talent branding, marketing, and communication. He’s spent his career leading remote teams and charting remote transformations. He authored GitLab’s Remote Playbook and “Living the Remote Dream: A Guide To Seeing the World, Setting Records, and Advancing Your Career.”

Darren Murph
Head of Remote at Gitlab
Denise Umubyeyi
Co-Founder and COO of Five to Nine

Denise is the co-founder of Five to Nine, a woman and Black-owned workplace program and event discovery software. Five to Nine integrates into existing tools allowing companies to use event and program data to make better decisions around their employee experience. As a venture-backed startup, Five to Nine has been featured in VICE, Business Insider, Forbes, and TedX.

Denise Umubyeyi
Co-Founder and COO of Five to Nine
Torian Richardson
Global Diversity Recruiting Leader at NVIDIA

Torian is an investor, culture scientist, and global executive coach who draws from 20+ years of vast experience to inspire the genius in others to live valiantly, so their potential grows into impact.

Torian Richardson
Global Diversity Recruiting Leader at NVIDIA
Jully Kim
Sr. Director, Engineering Programs at Zendesk

Jully is the Sr. Director of Engineering Programs at Zendesk and chief of staff to the EVP of Engineering. She champions the organizational efficiency of the scaling Engineering organization. Previously, she led PMOs focusing on Agile transformations for companies like BigCommerce, Fastly and Turnitin. She has served as the co-lead of the SF chapter of the Culture Collective.

Jully Kim
Sr. Director, Engineering Programs at Zendesk
Todd Donahue
Visual Storyteller at LinkedIn and Advocate for Conscious Creativity, Mindfulness, & Compassion

Todd is a lifelong artist and helps internal collaborators craft transformative business communications/stories via embodied design. Todd created/co-leads an ongoing passion project called the Conscious Creativity Community, with Peter McFadden of Microsoft.

Todd Donahue
Visual Storyteller at LinkedIn and Advocate for Conscious Creativity, Mindfulness, & Compassion
Tom Freeman
Manager, Global Engagement at Headspace for Work

Tom has dedicated his career to making companies happy places to work. He is the Manager of Global Engagement at Headspace, a global leader in meditation and mindfulness. His role involves working with Headspace’s ‘Headspace for Work’ clients globally to support them in building a culture of using Headspace in their workplaces.

Tom Freeman
Manager, Global Engagement at Headspace for Work
Beth Steinberg
VP of People at Chime

Beth Steinberg has over 20 years of experience in organizational growth, talent strategy, and leadership development for both emerging and Fortune 1000 companies. She holds her BA in Psychology from San Jose State University and is certified in Myers-Briggs, Hogan Assessment and the MRG. She is also a certified PCC level Leadership Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

Beth Steinberg
VP of People at Chime
Lars Schmidt
Founder of Amplify and Host of Redefining HR podcast

Lars Schmidt
Founder of Amplify and Host of Redefining HR podcast
Torin Perez
DEI Consultant, Speaker, and Author

Torin Perez
DEI Consultant, Speaker, and Author
Robert Ellis
Founder and Executive Coach at Futurosity

Robert Ellis
Founder and Executive Coach at Futurosity
Dave Landa
CEO at Kintone

Dave Landa
CEO at Kintone
Rocky Ozaki
Founder and CEO at NoW of Work Inc.

Inspiring leaders, and then helping to transform their culture and operations is where Rocky finds joy! Leaning on his rich experiences in both large enterprise and scrappy tech startups, he brings a unique view on how modern companies must operate.

Rocky Ozaki
Founder and CEO at NoW of Work Inc.
Luca Rosetti
Chairman and CEO at Beaconforce

Luca is the CEO and Chairman at Beaconforce, a fast-growing start-up with a mission to create work environments that allow people to be the best version of themselves. With a background in management consulting and behavioral sciences, he recognized many years ago that there is a gap between what science knows about human behaviors and what companies implement.

Luca Rosetti
Chairman and CEO at Beaconforce
Julian Lute
Strategic Advisor at Great Place to Work

Julian Lute
Strategic Advisor at Great Place to Work
Parneet Pal
Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs

Parneet the Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs, an SF-based company solving for stress, burnout, and loneliness in the workplace. A Harvard-trained physician, she focuses on the intersection of lifestyle medicine, behavior change and technology and building wiser workplaces using the science of mindfulness, resilience and compassion.

Parneet Pal
Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs
Melissa Sutor
Founder of Dragonfly Healing Center, Inc. and Director of Partnerships at Wisdom 2.0

Melissa lives with meaning and purpose in connecting people, nurturing relationships and bringing awareness to our shared humanity while appreciating and celebrating our differences. Through leadership at Dragonfly Healing Center nonprofit and in collaboration with with Wisdom 2.0, she works to improve lives individually and collectively to help create a better world for us all.

Melissa Sutor
Founder of Dragonfly Healing Center, Inc. and Director of Partnerships at Wisdom 2.0
Mel Rowsell
Coach and Consultant at Wisdom at Work

Mel is focused on bringing the human connection back to the workplace, be it through coaching, consulting or facilitating.

Mel Rowsell
Coach and Consultant at Wisdom at Work
Lisa Paredes
Head of Product Marketing at Beaconforce | Co-founder of The Culture Collective

Originally from Guatemala, Lisa moved to San Francisco and found her passion in the people space. She joined Beaconforce as their first employee to be a part of their mission to create work environments that allow people to be their best self. Her love for community and culture led her to be a co-founder of The Culture Collective, a global community of culture champions with 30 chapters around the world.

Lisa Paredes
Head of Product Marketing at Beaconforce | Co-founder of The Culture Collective
Greg Netzer
Sr. Consultant at XPLANE

Greg Netzer is a Senior Consultant at XPLANE and works with leaders and organizations to clarify their vision and build the strategy and culture that will help them attain it. He has consulted for organizations as varied as Fortune 100 companies and startup nonprofits for 25 years, leading their strategic planning, organizational alignment, communications and business planning, and change management efforts. Greg has recently worked with clients such as AstraZeneca, Intel, Carhartt, Nike, Mozilla, Colgate-Palmolive, and Abbott.

Greg Netzer
Sr. Consultant at XPLANE
Mark Mattek
President of Pi Consulting

Mark Mattek is a certified coach with 15 years of experience in roles leading & developing team members. He currently serves as president of Pi Consulting, working with companies to accelerate leadership & team capabilities during times of rapid change. Mark incorporates his unique lens of a therapist, business leader & coach.

Mark Mattek
President of Pi Consulting
Asiya Hasan-Damen
Founder and CEO of Cultuurloop B.V.

Asiya co-founded Cultuurloop in 2019 with a focus to help change how organisations develop, manage, educate and engage their people. With over 20 years of experience leading teams, She is an advocate of empathy-based leadership and balancing business needs with a positive culture.

Asiya Hasan-Damen
Founder and CEO of Cultuurloop B.V.
Raquel Castañeda Sauza
People and Culture Director at Yalo

Raquel has +10 years of experience leading HR and People teams. She is passionate and aware of the power of culture as a fundamental factor in the success of organizations and has focused her work on promoting the creation of high-performance environments, where people can be authentic and successful.

Raquel Castañeda Sauza
People and Culture Director at Yalo
Dr. Emily Anhalt
CoFounder and Chief Clinical Officer of Coa

Dr. Emily Anhalt is a clinical psychologist and the CoFounder and Chief Clinical Officer of Coa, the world’s first gym for mental health. For the past 11 years, Dr. Anhalt has been working clinically with executives, founders, and tech employees, and has conducted extensive research with prominent psychologists and entrepreneurs about how leaders can improve their emotional fitness.

Dr. Emily Anhalt
CoFounder and Chief Clinical Officer of Coa
Steve Wiley
President of CEEK LLC

As Founder and President of CEEK, Steve Wiley is on a mission to rid the world of “zombies in the workforce.” He developed and delivers Intentional Culture Plans for CEEK clients to engage and inspire a workforce in pursuit of shared mission objectives. His book, Navigate Chaos, provides a five step guide to balance work, family, and other life priorities.

Steve Wiley
President of CEEK LLC
Sarah Kim
Co-founder of Culture n Strategy

Positioned at the intersection of business, leadership and technology, Sarah helps growth-minded strategic leaders align with their people, through a synchronized approach to strategy and culture. To be more specific, she inspires and guides business leaders to create effective team vision, strategy and ownership.

Sarah Kim
Co-founder of Culture n Strategy
Kelsey Ley
Lead Facilitator at The Art of Leading People-Centered Teams

Kelsey Ley is a Company Culture Strategist & Leadership Coach. Through organizational development, systems thinking, and the design of collaboration, Kelsey's current work focuses on building people-centered teams through virtual training for individuals and company-wide engagements.

Kelsey Ley
Lead Facilitator at The Art of Leading People-Centered Teams
Ashley Schwedt
Leadership Trainer at LifeLabs Learning

Ashley specializes in leadership development, communication, and inclusion. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Social Systems and Human Resources and a Master’s degree in Social Science. Ashley has also worked in crisis management, agile project management, and program development.

Ashley Schwedt
Leadership Trainer at LifeLabs Learning
Fatma Ghedira
Head of Community at ThinkHuman

Fatma Ghedira
Head of Community at ThinkHuman
Pamela Lemus
Culture Specialist at Corporación AG

Pamela Lemus
Culture Specialist at Corporación AG
Jade Garrido
People and Culture Leader at Rose Rocket

Jade Garrido
People and Culture Leader at Rose Rocket
Erin Keeley
Founder of Interpersonal Institute

Erin Keeley (MS) is the founder of the Interpersonal Institute, an executive consulting organization that utilizes Interpersonal Intelligence to help companies engineer their cultures from contempt and drama into harmony, respect and productivity. Erin is also the founder of the Gifted Women's Summit.

Erin Keeley
Founder of Interpersonal Institute
Shaun Sperling
Facilitator at ThinkHuman

Shaun Sperling
Facilitator at ThinkHuman
Smiley Poswolsky
Author and Milliennial Workplace Expert

Smiley Poswolsky
Author and Milliennial Workplace Expert
Makeda Brown
Founder/Principal Consultant & Executive Coach at PVR Consulting

Makeda Brown
Founder/Principal Consultant & Executive Coach at PVR Consulting
Eunice Kajoba
HR Partner, Strategy & Consulting at Accenture

Eunice Kajoba is a human resources professional with industry experience in health care, non-profit, technology and consulting. She currently is an HR Partner at Accenture Canada and co-leads the local Black ERG as well as supports the local LGBTQ+ ERG. Eunice is a strong advocate for DEI in the workplace and enabling employees to bring their authentic selves to work.

Eunice Kajoba
HR Partner, Strategy & Consulting at Accenture
Damon Klotz
Work Culture Evangelist at Culture Amp

Damon Klotz is a leader in the workplace culture, Human Resources and startup space. He uses the power of storytelling, dot connecting, & relationship building to help people see a world and future they didn’t know could exist. Damon brings these conversations to life via the Culture First Podcast. Apple recognized it as one of the top 50 new business podcasts in 2020.

Damon Klotz
Work Culture Evangelist at Culture Amp

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