Speakers

Our talk themes include: collaborating with remote team members; building trust at a distance; hiring, onboarding and training remote employees; managing across time zones, lots of time zones; systems for communicating more and emailing less; convincing colleagues to experiment with new tools; tips and tricks for video calls, group chat, brainstorming software and more; making in-person meetings very useful; setting up satellite offices; the mechanics of successfully working from home.

Initial speakers — many more to be announced soon!

Anuj Adhiya

Company
PlanitWide
Twitter
@AnujAdhiya

Session
Tool Talk: Trello

Anuj Adhiya is a first time entrepreneur & the co-founder of PlanitWide, a startup creating a travel search engine to find the best websites, apps and books suited to your preferences, all without typing a single word.

Travel is Anuj’s passion and he believes that traveling makes the world happier. PlanitWide is his attempt at spreading the happiness.

With Masters Degrees in both Analytical Chemistry & Biochemistry, Anuj is applying a scientific approach to his startup by using systems thinking skills, that have been bolstered with Lean Six Sigma training.

Anuj is constantly on the hunt for anything useful that can be applied to his business but has seen the word useful defined in numerous ways over the years. He has decided that being useful is a choice we make about how we live our lives, allowing us to share and learn as an engaged community.

These days, Anuj has been abundantly useful building PlanitWide, raising two young sons and managing a day job.

Peter Armstrong

Company
Dashcube
Twitter
@peterarmstrong

Session
Tool Talk: Dashcube

Peter Armstrong is the cofounder of Dashcube and the author of 4 books: Programming for Kids, Lean Publishing, Flexible Rails and Hello! Flex 4. In 2009, Peter cofounded Leanpub, which is disrupting the computer book publishing industry. Peter has over a decade of experience as a software developer, with 8 years of experience doing software development at Silicon Valley startups. He lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and son. He’s bad at snowboarding, stand up paddleboarding and StarCraft 2.

Elisa Batista

Company
MomsRising.org
Twitter
@MomsRising ; @ElisaBatista

Session
The Secrets of Successfully Working from Home

Elisa Batista is an associate campaign director at MomsRising.org, a million-member organization advocating for policies related to family economic security, child health and ending discrimination against mothers. She assists the organization’s campaign directors in reaching out to the Latino community and mothers, in general, through social media campaigns on the blogs, Facebook and Twitter, and online via e-mail action alerts.

She is also a bilingual journalist and award-winning blogger. She is the co-publisher of the popular parenting website, MotherTalkers.com, which was named a “favorite mom blogger” by Ms. Magazine. She has also won an award by Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM), an online organization of 150,000+ Latinos, for her use of social media tools to promote causes. In addition, her writing has appeared at the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, FOX News Latino and Wired News.

When Batista is not on her computer, she is shuttling her two children or training for races. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, son and daughter.

Lukas Biewald

Company
CrowdFlower
Twitter
@l2k

Session
Inside a *Really* Distributed Workforce

Lukas Biewald is CEO and co-founder CrowdFlower, the leader in crowd microtasking of crowdsourcing platform vendor CrowdFlower. Prior to co-founding CrowdFlower, Biewald was a senior scientist and manager within the Ranking and Management Team at Powerset, Inc., a natural language search technology company later acquired by Microsoft, and also led the Search Relevance Team for Yahoo! Japan. He graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science. Biewald is also an expert-level Go player.

China Brotsky

Company
SumOfUs
Twitter
@chinasays

Session
Team Communication Tactics That Work

China Brotsky spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director. She is a serial entrepreneur and founded online donation provider Groundspring.org (now Network for Good), the Thoreau Centers for Sustainability in NY and SF and a bi-national peer-learning network – The Nonprofit Centers Network. China has a deep personal commitment to environmental and social justice as well as corporate accountability. She also uses her skills in finance and operations on the Board of Directors of Global Greengrants Fund UK and the ACLU of Northern California.

Chris Byers

Company
Formstack
Twitter
@rchrisbyers

Session
The Purpose of Purpose on a Virtual Team

Chris Byers is the CEO of Formstack and runs the day-to-day operations of the company. His goal is to deliver on the companies desire to Ship Inspired Software that Gets Business Done. Prior to Formstack, Chris ran an international non-profit while based in London, England and Poland. He has also served as a Vice President of Investor Relations and Financing for a regional healthcare company.

Davide Casali

Company
Automattic
Twitter
@Folletto

Session
Lessons from the World’s Biggest Distributed Company.

I’m Davide Casali, better known as “Folletto”, an user experience director and startup advisor, working at Automattic, with a hybrid background in design, psychology and technology. My objective is to change for better the quality of life of the people through the products I design and lead. I believe that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, as Leonardo DaVinci reportedly said and my approach is to reach a focused simplicity through the existing complexity. I developed with Gianandrea Giacoma Motivational Design, a method that provides a theoretical approach and tools to deal with social dynamics and design social environments. During my 11+ years of professional experience I designed consumer and enterprise products and services for more than 2 million users worldwide in different markets. I worked with companies like Bank of England, Intesa Sanpaolo, Banca Sella, Unicredit, Nokia, Vodafone, Telecom Italia, Ferrari, and Benetton. I co-founded Good 50×70, an international social communication project and Baker Framework, a platform to publish HTML5 books and magazines on the iPad. I was a design partner in the startup WideTag where I led the WideNoise product, listed in Compasso D’Oro selection, the ADI Design Index 2010, and selected in the Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009 and today opensourced as part of EveryAware, a foundation to monitor the european environment in a social way. I’m currently advisor of Flythegap, PosterForTomorrow, Pick1 and Tonight.eu and evangelist of Hunie.co.

Patti Chan

Company
Intridea
Twitter
@pattichan

Session
Where Is Everyone? Tools You Can Buy and Tools You Can Build for a Connected Team

Patti Chan has been crafting online experiences since 2002. She uses her developer, UX, and agile project management background to lead talented teams in building intelligent solutions for enterprises to startups. She serves as Managing Director of Projects at Intridea, a global force distributed across three continents. Patti has spoken at numerous conferences including SXSW and Distill, as well as universities and corporations. She’s also hosted Ignites on both coasts, a series of enlightening 5-minute talks.

Cheryl Contee

Company
Fission Strategy

Session
Build Culture, Establish Trust

Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl was recently named as an Affiliate of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011. Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 15 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digital strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco. Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, BBC, Current TV, MSNBC and CNN, among other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees: Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Focus100/Digital Undivided, and Public Radio International. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.

Laura Crescimano

Company
SITELAB urban studio
Twitter
@lcrescimano

Session
No More Downtowns? What Does It Mean When We Work "Anywhere"?

Laura Crescimano is Principal and cofounder of SITELAB urban studio, a San Francisco-based strategic design firm focused on using research & visualization to create great places, through big plans and small interventions. Laura’s projects range from the 5M Project, a 4-acre mixed-use development at 5th & Mission in San Francisco to a 300-pixel infographic for the non-profit, Destination Home. Prior to forming SITELAB, Laura was an Associate at Gensler, an international architecture firm where she worked on projects for UCSF, Kaiser Permanente, Hewlett-Packard, Sonoma County, and the US General Services Administration. Laura’s work investigates the social and political power of space. She has written on temporary urbanism as a blogger for SFGate’s City Bright column, and her research on the future of work and the urban impacts of the corporate campus has been published in SPUR’s journal, The Urbanist. In addition to teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Design and California College of the Arts, she is currently teaching on Design and Activism at UC Berkeley. Laura earned her BA from Yale University and Master of Architecture from Harvard. Laura served on the Board of Directors for AIA San Francisco from 2010-2012.

William Donnell

Company
Sodium Halogen
Twitter
@sodiumhalogen

Session
Bringing Lo-Fi to Wifi: Effective Brainstorming via Video.

William is founder and lead “designtist” of experience design firm Sodium Halogen. Over the past 12 years, William’s distributed team has worked remotely with startups from San Francisco to DC, as well as with established companies such as Chick-fil-A and Mars Pets, to create amazing brand experiences for the web and mobile with their “Designtific Method.”

William created a workshop with the smart folks at LUXr.co on remote collaboration, and he is passionate about teamwork and the technology that allows people to work together, even when they are are apart.

Keith Fahlgren

Company
Safari Books Online
Twitter
@abdelazer

Keith helps conceive and build new products at Safari, with a particular focus on helping people learn through books and videos. He’s particularly interested in distributed teams and empowered engineers, and that’s totally not just because he was a remote Director of Engineering.

Jared Goralnick

Company
Department of Health and Human Services
Twitter
@technotheory

Session
Making Remote a Reality in Large, Established Organizations

Jared Goralnick is Founder & CEO of AwayFind.com, a web application that addresses email interruptions. In 2010 he sold his technology productivity training company, SET Consulting, that worked with organizations like NTT, HP, NIST, and the FBI. Recently he has taken on two additional roles: an innovation fellowship with the Department of Health and Human Services where he’s working on the collaboration vision for a 130,000+ person migration to a cloud-based communications platform, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Lync, where he’s building the next generation of business communication tools. He is also the EVP of the Information Overload Research Group, a Founder of Inbox Love and Ignite DC, and a Mentor at Founder Institute and 500 Startups.

Everett Harper

Company
Tetherpad
Twitter
@everettharper

Session
The Key Elements of Effective Remote Communication.

Everett co-founded Tetherpad, maker of the mobile calendar Leave Now, where he focuses on customer development and user experience. He started leading virtual teams in 2007 within Second Life, as the head of Community & Customer Acquisition at Linden Lab. Other products include designing the wine app Bottlenotes, a Webby Honoree for mobile services, and Ninth House Network. Everett graduated from Stanford (MBA & M.Ed Learning, Design and Technology) and Duke (Biomedical & Electrical Engineering) and continues continues to blend interests in social psychology, behavioral data with a 20 year practice in mindfulness meditation. Fun fact: Everett started on Duke’s NCAA National Championship soccer team, the school’s first in any sport.

Paul Hepworth

Company
UserTesting
Twitter
@peppyheppy

Session
Making Remote Workers Feel like They're in the Same Room

Paul Hepworth is VP of Engineering at UserTesting, a successful Mountain View, CA company that offers on-demand usability testing. He is a Lean software practitioner and entrepreneur topped with a start-up friendly skill set and a side of high energy and humor. Paul’s recent focus has been on building a productive distributed engineering team that works together with product to rapidly deliver value where it matters most to customers.

Sadie Honey

Company
CivicActions
Twitter
@sadiehoney

Session
Connecting Knowledge Silos, Overcoming Conflict, and Building a Healthy Organizational Culture

With 19 years of experience in Internet technology, Sadie Honey is passionate about helping self organizing teams collaborate and solve problems together. She is currently VP, Operations & Agility at CivicActions, a fully distributed company that develops open source software for NGO and government clients. At CivicActions she works to apply Agile principles to all aspects of the way the firm operates.

Kailey Howell

Company
McBeard Media

Session
Tool Talk: Mural.ly

Creative Director for leading social media agency, McBeard Media, Kailey is focused on creating breakthrough social art — and the systems, processes, and collaboration tools that make it possible for a virtual team of 50 full-time creatives to work in daily harmony for some of the world’s biggest entertainment brands.

Lynne d Johnson

Company
lynnedjohnson.com
Twitter
@lynneluvah

Session
The Secrets of Successfully Working from Home

Lynne d Johnson works with brands and agencies to engage consumers through content-driven conversations that build passionate communities all with the goal of providing value for people while driving business ROI. She’s also spoken and moderated panels at such conferences as AdTech, BlogHer, Web 2.0 Summit, WebVisions, and SXSW.

Sieva Kozinsky

Company
StudySoup
Twitter
@SievaKozinsky

Session
How a Daily Meeting Can Transform a Distributed Team

Sieva Kozinsky is the founder and CEO of StudySoup, a course creation platform that empowers teachers to discover and curate any mix of course materials. Sieva formerly led business development at Reppify, and then Sprigeo before starting StudySoup. Sieva has also been featured in Wired Magazine, as well as the WSJ and now runs StudySoup’s “Educator’s & Influencers” series, where educators like Will Richardson (author of “Why School?”) and Michael Horn (Disrupting Class) are interviewed about new developments in this quickly moving space. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Raina Kumra

Company
Juggernaut
Twitter
@rainakumra

Session
The Secrets of Successfully Working from Home

With flexibility, creativity and strategic alignment – Raina Kumra has helped brands and ideas impact and innovate for nearly two decades. Raina Kumra is the CEO of Juggernaut, an agency focused on digital, design and disruption through behavioral & brand strategy. It’s mission is to create work that improves people’s lives by creating cross-cultural impact in both public and private sectors. She also identifies & evaluates early stage investments. Current clients include: The Knight Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, and the Federal Government. Raina was recently featured on the cover of Fast Company as a leader of Generation Flux, representing the future of an adaptable career in business.

Christina Lucey

Company
Yammer
Twitter
@christinaluce

Session
Experiments in Connecting Offices Eight Time Zones Apart.

Christina Lucey is a senior product manager at Yammer (a Microsoft company). She studied computer science at the University of Waterloo and has been excited about making good products since taking a course there in human computer interaction. She makes a mean jar of habanero pickled green beans.

Lori McLeese

Company
Automattic
Twitter
@loriloo

Session
Lessons from the World’s Biggest Distributed Company

Lori loves to laugh, travel, and write. She’s been fortunate to visit 52 countries and looks forward to exploring more. She loves hearing people’s stories and having the opportunity to live a day or two in their reality. Professionally, she helps make great companies even better through human resources and operations work. She’s currently working with the wonderful folks at Automattic (best known for WordPress.com). Previously, she was at Room to Read, Mervyn’s, CMP Media, and Oracle.

Nicholas McGill

Company
Heroik Media
Twitter
@iamheroik

Session
Tool talk: Popplet

Armed with imagination, duct tape, a unique take on tech and a thirst for adventure, Nicholas has been as a steward, curator and experience designer for exceptional brands, building ideas from thought to profit since 2003.

As a technologist, working from the age of 17 with leadership from Bechtel and BioDiesel, Nicholas was in charge of creating experiences and environments both physical and digital that enable even the busiest and overwhelmed to thrive. As customer centric advocate and Sr. Social Analyst he’s contributed to several innovation labs and consortiums working with Yahoo, Cisco, Google and others.

Now, running an innovation lab of his own, leading Heroik Media’s efforts, Nicholas works with a team that helps organizations make more holistic use of technology, cultivate a culture of authenticity and thrivalism to improve their reach, impact and performance. The stories captured and experiences created as a result of these efforts ensure that these brands are seen and felt as legendary in the eyes of their customers and employees.

“My purpose is to inspire individuals, teams, organizations and brands to become nothing short of Heroik.” -Nicholas McGill

Heather McGough

Company
Lean Startup Productions
Twitter
@UrbanityEvents

Heather McGough is an Executive Producer for Lean Startup Productions’ various events including The Lean Startup Conference, Office Optional and Quick Consulting series. As the founder of Urbanity Events, her focus is on education-based entrepreneurial conferences across sectors, startup pitch events and launch parties. She is known for honoring commitments, a genuine interest in the goals of partners and sponsors, leadership in the global educational entrepreneurial community, and ability to meaningfully connect people. Having deep roots in the non-profit sector, she has created multiple programs for underserved youth living in low-income housing, as well as programming for adult English language learners. She has inspired hundreds of volunteers, is a mentor to two young women and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Global Lives Project. She has always been one to look at the challenges facing those in the world around her, and to take action to help improve conditions of her fellow human beings. In her spare time, she works on a startup called Adoptful.

Frazier Miller

Company
Articulate

Session
Hiring and Onboarding Approaches that Work

Frazier Miller is COO of Articulate Inc – the leading provider of mobile and online training and education courses. Articulate is a fully distributed company with over 100 people working remotely across the world. Frazier lives in the Bay Area but hails from Kansas City. He has lived in 5 countries and loves to travel and spend time with his family. Professionally, Frazier has worked for companies large and small, successful and not! He’s primarily served in product roles, though recently has taken on more sales and marketing roles. Frazier loves to learn and considers himself a student of the “distributed operating model”.

Sarah Milstein

Company
Lean Startup Productions
Twitter
@SarahM

Sarah Milstein is CEO and co-founder, with Eric Ries, of Lean Startup Productions, a media company that teaches people how to build and scale high-growth startups. She is also co-author, with Tim O’Reilly, of The Twitter Book, and she writes regularly about race, gender and merit-based decision making. Her career has spanned the tech and media sectors, including hosting influential conferences like Web 2.0 Expo and Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC). During the first wave of the commercial Internet, she was a regular freelance contributor to The New York Times, among other outlets. Before that, she founded Just Food’s CSA in NYC program and helped children’s musician Laurie Berkner launch her record label. She blogs at DogsAndShoes.com, contributes to other sites, and splits her time between New York and San Francisco. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BA from Rutgers University. Bonus fact: She was the 21st user of Twitter.

Joe Moore

Company
Pivotal Labs
Twitter
@joem

Session
Intense Remote Collaboration

Joe began writing software in the late ’90s at a large insurance company. He soon moved to Evant in San Francisco, an early leader in eXtreme Programming and Agile software development processes. Joe joined Pivotal Labs in 2005 as a founding members of Pivotal’s Ruby on Rails practice, leading projects for a wide variety of clients, from one-person start-ups to the world’s leading social networks and search companies. Since moving to Atlanta in 2010 Joe has remote pair programmed full time with coworkers and clients around the country. In his free time blogs at http://remotepairprogramming.com and tries in vain to become the next Jack White.

Aaron Pava

Company
CivicActions
Twitter
@pava

Session
Connecting Knowledge Silos, Overcoming Conflict, and Building a Healthy Organizational Culture

Aaron Pava is committed to social empowerment through innovative and pioneering technologies. In 2004, Aaron co-founded CivicActions, a fully-distributed, free and open source technology firm which provides online strategy and development to NGOs and the public sector.
 CivicActions clients include the most notable organizations in social change including Amnesty International, ASPCA, American Public Media and Greenpeace. He brings more than 15 years of experience as a facilitator of personal growth and relationship workshops to the unique business of articulating and achieving goals. Aaron is passionate about nurturing healthy organizational culture through mindfulness and attention management practices.

Cass Phillipps

Company
FailCon
Twitter
@webwallflower

Session
Alleviating The Chronic Pain Of Time Zones

Cass has been a startup event producer for over seven years, producing and managing conferences like FailCon, SF MusicTech Summit, Inside Social Apps, Unleashed Conference, and many more. She works with clients to ensure each has a high-quality and profitable event, connecting them with the best partners, sponsors, and speakers for their topics. Recently, she’s escaped to the land of game design, determined to find what makes people have fun! You can follow her adventures on twitter @webwallflower

Eric Ries

Company
The Lean Startup
Twitter
@ericries

Session
A Conversation with Bob Sutton and Eric Ries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business. He graduated in 2001 from Yale University with a B.S. in Computer Science. While an undergraduate, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Ries continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at There.com, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content. He later co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers before moving on to advise startups independently. Today he serves on the board of directors for Code for America and on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and venture capital firms. In 2009, Ries was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Tara.

Teryn Rikert

Company
Steelcase

Session
The Three Modes of Collaboration–and What They Mean for Distributed Teams

Teryn Rikert is constantly looking for ways to connect business and design in order to create places, services and experiences that make people thrive. As a Workplace Strategist at Steelcase she ensures the work environment supports user behaviors and business goals, with a particular focus on driving innovation and distributed collaboration. Prior to Steelcase, Teryn worked with global teams in HR, Finance, IT and Legal to improve their business acumen, communication and collaboration skills. Before this, at the Corporate Executive Board, she worked with CIOs and IT executives to co-create solutions to talent and strategy challenges. At Accenture, helped clients navigate the intersection of technology and human performance. Teryn’s curiosity often has her outdoors exploring nature or indoors savoring SF’s restaurants, music, art and random festivals.

Robert Sutton

Company
Stanford University
Twitter
@work_matters

Session
A Conversation with Bob Sutton and Eric Ries

Robert I. Sutton is professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, where he is co-founder of the Center for Work Technology and Organizations, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and Institute of Design (“the d.school”). Sutton was named as one of 10 “B-School All-Stars” by BusinessWeek, which they described as “professors who are influencing contemporary business thinking far beyond academia.” Sutton studies innovation, leadership, the links between knowledge and organizational action, workplace civility, and scaling excellence. He has published over 100 articles and chapters on these topics in peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. His books include The Knowing-Doing Gap (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), Weird Ideas that Work, and two New York Times bestsellers, The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss. His latest book is the Wall Street Journal bestseller Scaling-Up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less (with Huggy Rao). Sutton is a Fellow at IDEO and is co-founder and director of three Stanford executive education programs: Leadership for Strategic Execution, Customer-Focused Innovation, and a new online program called the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate. He blogs at Work Matters and as a LinkedIn Influencer. You can follow Sutton @work_matters on Twitter.

Melissa Tinitigan

Company
Lean Startup Productions
Twitter
@eventdigerati

Melissa Tinitigan is an Executive Producer for Lean Startup Productions, overseeing logistics and event operations. She has managed and produced dozens of technology and entrepreneurship conferences over the past 3 years in San Francisco, New York, and London. Prior to event production, she worked in advertising sales and startup operations. Melissa has worked remotely for the past 5 years and is an avid world traveler. Her “office” has been wherever her travels have taken her, from a charming patisserie in Paris, to a beach-side bungalow in Maui, and a high-rise condo overlooking the mean streets of Bangkok.

David Yee

Company
Editorially
Twitter
@tangentialism

Session
The Craft of Group Chat

David Yee is CTO and co-founder of Editorially, a platform for collaborative writing and editing. He previously served as Chief Architect for 20×200 and as Technical Lead at Hearst Digital Media. In his first act as a member of the Internet boom of the late 1990s, he preached the benefits of Internet Relay Chat and built countless little chat bots. In the intervening fifteen years, he’s planned and developed large-scale commerce and content platforms in the publishing, music, and art industries. David has worked on partially-remote teams for almost ten years, most recently in Editorially’s remote-by-default workplace—with staff in seven different cities.

Steven Yee

Company
Gravitate Training

Session
Deconstructing HR for the Distributed Workforce

With over 16 years of experience in human resources consulting, training, and leadership, Steven immerses himself in a workforce evolution speedily shifting from a simple, physical workplace to a dynamic, digital workspace.

Leading an organic distributed team of 25+ HR consultants still represents an especially pivotal reflection point for Steven. He has lots of stories. His unique perspectives lean much on an amazing blend of business initiative, talent collaboration, product development, and service delivery moments.

Whether for major organizations, start-ups, or start-up operations within major organizations, Steven’s direct contributions and strategic guidance have helped diverse businesses nationwide do better business. He deeply appreciates helping entrepreneurial ventures succeed with key HR insights. The entrepreneurial spirit even recently has sparked Steven to become Founder of Gravitate Training, a mobile-focused solution geared for micro- to mid-sized enterprises.

While holding a degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, he is also recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a certified Senior HR Professional (SPHR). Steven enjoys volunteering and serving as well in leadership positions for various non-profit organizations. In addition, Steven’s passions in education, real estate, and the environment have converged and influenced his vision of our exciting future of work.