Empower every manager with personalized coaching. Improve utilization by 3x.

Kindred is an AI-powered Slackbot that provides personalized leadership coaching for every manager.

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"Improving manager effectiveness has been a perennial problem at every organization that I have worked at. With their focus on efficiency, personalization, and scaleability, Kindred Minds has built a solution to finally solve it."
Evan Wittenberg
Chief People Officer, PivotBio
Former Head of Leadership Development, Google
"Increasingly, employees want hyper-personalization of experience at work. This requires that organizations understand keenly how to drive engagement, retention and productivity. Professional development that targets the specific needs of each learner will unlock greater potential than what is currently available. Kindred Minds promises to hold that key."
Angela Cheng-Cimini
Chief People Officer, Harvard Business Review
Manager effectiveness is one of the most critical factors to a company's success. Many companies have tried to figure out enablement -- through training, coaching, community, and more -- but the one gap we've always seen: real time learning. I'm excited for what Kindred Minds can bring to move the needle forward.
Heather Dunn
Chief People Officer, Gem
"I really love Kindred Minds' approach to enable manager effectiveness using AI and cutting edge technology. I think that is the right way to scale and will be the future of the Human Resources function."
Amee Parekh
Chief People Officer, Hims & Hers
"Improving manager effectiveness has been a perennial problem at every organization that I have worked at. With their focus on efficiency, personalization, and scaleability, Kindred Minds has built a solution to finally solve it."
Evan Wittenberg
Chief People Officer, PivotBio
Former Head of Leadership Development, Google
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scale PERSONALIZED 1:1 coaching with AI.

1:1 coaching can be a highly effective solution, but it's often expensive and hard to scale. With AI, Kindred replicates the efficacy and personalization of 1:1 coaching at scale.

Each manager gets their own private Slack channel with their AI coach, Kindred. On that channel, they can ask any management questions they have and receive personalized, expert-trained responses within seconds.

Kindred personalizes its responses based on each manager's specific direct reports, communication style, personal leadership goals, and preferred coaching style. And Kindred gets better over time, continuously improving as a manager engages.

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make it easier for MANAGERS to Grow.

Kindred is integrated into the flow of work, enabling greater usage and efficacy than standard management enablement tools. Kindred seamlessly plugs into a manager's workflows by:

  1. Being built right into Slack, where managers already work.

  2. Integrating with each manager's calendar. Before each 1:1, Kindred sends an actionable tip that is personalized to the direct report that the manager is meeting with.

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Trained on your Company's culture

Every company is different with its own set of values, preferences, programming, and manager standards.

Kindred can be customized your team's existing manager toolkit so that Kindred references your own resources and language when making recommendations. This support learning that is consistent with your company’s culture.

Drive learning outcomes that matter.

88%

of managers used and engaged with Kindred's nudges frequently.

53%

of managers report that Kindred made them better managers within 4 weeks.

100%

of managers were onboarded on Kindred Minds within 3 weeks.

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Our Advisory Board

We work closely with some of the best practitioners to design and build the most effective learning experience. The Board is currently invite-only. If you are a People/HR leader and would like to learn more, please reach out to our team here.
AJ Thomas
Chaos Pilot & Head of Talent
Google X

AJ Thomas is currently the Chaos Pilot and Head of Talent at X, the Moonshot Factory looking after X’s portfolio of projects. Previously, she served as the Head of People Products and led X’s Human Experience Design (HXD) team made up of people analytics, learning and organizational development, shared services, talent operations, and performance management programs. She is an advisor to a portfolio of startups working in the Web 3.0, sustainable battery technologies, and future of work. Serving in these roles and tours of duty have allowed AJ to be a key contributor to developing talent for the future and has shaped her unique approach to coaching and leadership.

With a passion and responsibility for working on the future, AJ has explored multiple roles as the founder of Infuse Program Foundation, an non-profit providing entrepreneurial education and experiences to underrepresented youth in East Side San Jose and is Chief Explorer and Board Advisor at BrainCandy Labs, powered by Women in Technology International. Her experience includes several roles that have spanned across sales, support engineering, product & design and human resource and leadership. Her unique journey also includes deep experience in executive and leadership capacities, most recently serving as Vice President of People & Culture, CHRO, and Head of Talent roles at several enterprise technology and startup companies like T-Mobile, Adecco, Iron Mountain, HP Enterprise (Nimble Storage), Ten-X and Auction.com.

A lot of what fuels AJ’s interests and passions intersect at bridging the gaps in talent, culture and career. With a dash of creativity and live music! This includes serving as an executive and leadership coach and curating access to education for underrepresented talent. She is also the co-author of an award-winning children’s book Courage Takes Flight (www.couragetakesflight.com). The result of what she does moves people and organizations forward to create a future of infinite possibilities.

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Alex Seiler
Chief People Officer & Start Up Advisor
Various

Alex has 15+ years of global experience in the People/HR space. He has spent time working in different industries and for companies like Citi, NBCUniversal and WeWork, amongst others. His specific expertise has centered on creating, transforming and building out systems that foster an equitable, innovative and inclusive workplace culture. He has been a full-time Chief People Officer & Head of HR (e.g. GHJ and Control Risks) and is currently focused on fractional clients. He is also a start-up advisor in the HR tech space, currently working with When Insurance, Kindred Minds, and ChangeEngine.

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Alexis Joseph Merritt
VP of People
Pave

Alexis Joseph Merritt is the People leader at Pave, which also includes Operations, Talent and Places. Most recently, Alexis helped grow the People function as an HR Business Partner at Slack as the company grew from 450 to 4000+ employees. Her time there included Slack’s DPO (Direct Public Offering) and partnering through Salesforce’s $28B acquisition of Slack, the second largest ever for a SaaS company. Alexis is a proudly ICF certified leadership and performance coach, and a key partner to executive and leadership teams before, during, and after their highly anticipated public offerings. Previously, she had the opportunity at early-stage Uber to work as a leader in Talent and Recruiting, as the company grew from $400M to $7B in revenue, and from 350 to 9000+ employees.Alexis continues to believe that people are a company’s single greatest asset and relishes the opportunity to help plant the seeds to nurture growth and development, at all levels. She is actively involved as an angel investor, mentor and advisor in early stage startups, in varying industries. Alexis specializes in coaching leaders and their organizations to adapt and thrive in the endlessly dynamic world around them.

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Amee Parekh
SVP of HR
hims & hers

Amee Parekh is Senior Vice President Human Resources at Hims & Hers Health, Inc. (NYSE: HIMS), the multi-specialty telehealth platform focused on providing modern personalized health and wellness experiences. Parekh joined Hims & Hers from Uber, where she led human resources for UberEats U.S. and Canada and helped to scale teams and build leadership capabilities at an accelerated pace during a period of rapid growth. Prior to Uber, Parekh was Human Resources Director for Expedia group which includes Expedia.com, vrbo.com, Orbitz.com and Hotels.com. Parekh received her Master’s Degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and her undergraduate degree is in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India . She is based out of Seattle, Washington.

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Angela Cheng-Cimini
SVP & CHRO
Harvard Business Publishing

Angela joined Harvard Business Publishing as Senior Vice President, Talent & Chief Human Resources Officer in 2021. In this role, Cheng-Cimini leads the Human Resources and Facilities & Administration units, spearheading efforts to develop a talent roadmap that supports the business strategy and creates a deeply engaged and diverse workforce.

Angela brings 30 years of both generalist and specialist Human Resources experience, having worked across consumer product goods, professional services, and high-tech as well as nonprofits. She has shepherded businesses through start-up, growth, and maturity with key responsibility for helping organizations identify and build the necessary organizational capabilities. Prior to joining Harvard Business Publishing, Angela was at ClearMotion, Inc. an automotive technology startup where she accelerated the evolution of the HR function from administrative to strategic. She also served as the Global Head of Human Resources for Crabtree & Evelyn, where she led an international team spanning four continents and prepared the brick-and-mortar business to go completely digital. Angela sits on the Alumni Board of Directors for Cornell University; serves as an HR Venture Adviser for SemperVirens, an early-stage venture fund that invests in technology transforming healthcare, work, and financial wellness; and is Board Director for the T. Howard Foundation, a mission-driven organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the media industry.

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Arthur Yamamoto
EVP of People and Talent
Medely

Born and raised in NYC, Arthur started his career in banking before moving into Recruiting/HR.  Over a 20 year journey, he helped scale some of the top quant hedge funds before moving to the Bay Area to help scale tech companies.  Most recently, he led teams at Checkr, Twitch and Yelp through their biggest growth phases before joining Medely in 2022.  As the EVP of People and Talent at Medely, he's working to scale teams and processes to allow the company to revolutionize the healthcare staffing marketplace.  As a people tech nerd, he's an active investor and advisor who loves to tinker with any new technology he can get his hands on.  And while he lives and breathes people and talent, he's also a passionate father and diehard NY sports fan

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Balbina Knight
VP of People & Culture
Thrive Digital

Balbina Knight currently leads at the VP of People & Culture at Thrive Digital, where she serves as a people experience architect and activist, dedicated to building a better world of work. With over 13 years of experience in technology, Balbina has worked with various marketing agencies, managing growth marketing campaigns for some of the world's most exciting brands and leading top marketing teams in North America to shifting her focus to fuse together business strategy with people strategy to promote organizational growth and resilience. Through her innovative, compassionate, and human-centered approach, Balbina helps workplaces adapt to the ever-changing world by prioritizing the needs of their people.

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Dom Merritt
Chief People Officer
dscout

Dom Merritt is an HR-preneurial, enthusiastic, collaborative, and culture-focused People/ HR leader with over 15 years of experience to shape high-performing cultures in fast-growing venture and PE-backed start-ups (Series A-D) as well as established mid-market organizations. Using a People First approach, he helps companies translate business vision into innovative HR initiatives that improve performance, profitability, growth, and employee engagement while developing executable strategies to attract, retain, and develop high-performing talent. His broad areas of expertise include talent management, organizational development, HR management, change management, and communication.

Dom is currently the Chief People Officer for dscout, a SaaS video research platform that helps major brands gather, manage, share, and analyze millions of in-context moments submitted by people around the world. He has also held senior leadership roles at several high-growth SaaS companies such as Uptake, Sprout Social, and several others.  

In addition to his HR work, he is also a Senior Lecturer for Loyola University Chicago where he teaches management and communication courses and serves on the Faculty Advisory Board.

Dom obtained his Master of Science Degree in Organizational Communication Studies from Northwestern University as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Organizational Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

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Evan Wittenberg
Chief People Officer
Pivot Bio

Evan leads People at Pivot Bio. Prior to Pivot Bio, Evan was the Head of Leadership Development at Google and held executive leadership positions at several of Silicon Valley’s most recognized and successful companies including Box and Hewlett Packard. Most recently, he was Chief People Officer for Ancestry.com, the world leader in genealogy and consumer genomics, with $1B+ in annual revenues and 1500 employees globally. Evan received his BA with Distinction in Psychology and English Literature from Swarthmore College, and his M.B.A. with Honors from the Wharton School.

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Heather Dunn
Chief People Officer
Gem

Heather has spent 15+ years in People roles and is currently the Chief People Officer at Gem, where she leads all things People and Talent. Prior to Gem, she was the CPO at Newfront, where she established and scaled people programs, ultimately leading them through a successful merger that took Newfront from 300 to 700 employees. Previous to her CPO roles, she led the HR Business Partner team at Dropbox and held roles in Recruiting, Compensation, and HR Business Partner at Microsoft. In addition to her day job, Heather holds a number of angel investments and advisory roles across early stage startups.

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Karen May
Fmr. VP, People Development
Google

Karen is an organizational psychologist with expertise in leadership development, change management and executive coaching. She’s been privileged to work with executives and high-tech leaders to build and align high performance teams, scale organizations, and accelerate leaders’ growth to meet strategic challenges, For ten years, Karen served as Google’s vice president of People Development, heading up the company’s leadership development, L&D, talent management and career development teams across the globe. Prior to joining Google in 2010, Karen founded and led two organizational consulting firms, both with successful exits. Karen has a deep interest in mindfulness and meditation and is a frequent interviewer, contributor and advisor to Wisdom 2.0. She also serves as an advisor to Wisdom Ventures and their portfolio companies.

Karen earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at U.C. Berkeley and received her B.A. in psychology from Mills College. Karen served on the Mills College Board of Trustees for 10 years leading up to the merger with Northeastern University and is a past president of the Mills College Alumnae Association.

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Li-Ming Pu
Director, People Operations
Google

Li-Ming is a strategic people advisor and executive coach, driving business impact through being a trusted partner to senior leaders in fortune 500 organizations, start-ups and social service organizations.  She has worked across multiple sectors and industries and has a range of clients at different levels.  As a Lead People Partner at Google, she and her team develop and drive the people strategies in partnership with business leaders for a large function.  Her collective experience as a former Wall-street Analyst paired with her background as an executive coach, a frontline HR leader, consultant, and Head of People Development allows her to tackle problems with a breadth of experience from multiple perspectives.  Over her career she has worked in roles of increasing responsibility, and led and managed global teams, including having worked abroad in Asia. Li-Ming is also a deep subject matter expert in people development, organizational development, change management, talent and succession management, manager and leadership development, executive development, and career development.

Li-Ming is a certified executive coach, coaching managers and  leaders from behind to make meaningful change.  Li-Ming is particularly passionate about women’s initiatives and helping Asian leaders find their voice.  While at Google she has led the internal “Career Guru” program, the cornerstone of Google’s internal coaching program.  She was also the co-creator of the first cross-functional women’s executive program, Sustaining High Performance for Women Directors, which was board recognized.  Li-Ming’s coaching sweet spot is supporting individuals through change and transition.

Li-Ming’s work and writings have been featured in a variety of publications, and as a thought-leader in the field of change management.  Li-Ming holds a BA in Public and Private Sector Organizations from Brown University, and a MS in Organization Development from University of San Francisco.  She is certified in different leadership instruments including Change Style Indicator, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator I and II, Situational Leadership, and Immunity to Change.

Outside of work and her coaching practice, Li-Ming is a mom of two young daughters, striving to teach her girls community-oriented values, resilience and empathy.  She enjoys a good cup of coffee (made from scratch), walking, pilates, and cooking.

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Matt McFarlane
Sr. Director, People Ops
Oyster

Matt McFarlane is the Senior Director of People Operations at Oyster, a global employment platform that makes it possible for companies everywhere to quickly and compliantly hire talent anywhere. Matt is experienced working across complex, globally distributed environments and is passionate about building workplaces with people-centricity and operational excellence in mind.

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Scooter Sabel
VP of People
Vouch Insurance

Scooter leads the People Team at Vouch Insurance. He has extensive experience working in startup environments and specializes in nurturing world-class teams through strategic management.

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Shane Koller
SVP, People
Ancestry

Bringing 20+ years of experience in HR across high tech, healthcare, and medical device industries, Shane’s passion is creating a culture of high performance for companies in growth mode. For nearly seven years, Shane played a key role in the global expansion, merger and acquisition, and integration work for Omniture, helping to guide the company through a successful acquisition by Adobe for $1.8 billion.                                      

Looking to broaden his industry knowledge, Shane joined Edwards Lifesciences in 2011 and played a key leadership role in the 100%+ year over year growth for the Utah site.                

Shane joined Domo in 2013 to assist in developing its talent and culture as the company grew at 100%+ year over year. His side hustle at the time was as a product evangelist for the Domo platform, and he spent every free minute on demo calls with the Sales team.        

Sensing it was time to try his hand at small startups again, Shane joined Banjo in 2019 to guide them on their rapid, organic growth. The company more than doubled in the short time he was there, during which time Shane was able to implement a number of programs to help the company scale and keep the core culture strong.            

Shane has admired Ancestry from afar for some time now, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team in 2020. In his first role with the company, he led the Talent Management, Talent Development and Talent Operations functions, focusing on connecting the dots across the employee lifecycle to ensure a cohesive and meaningful employee experience. In October of 2021, Shane took on leadership of the global People & Places function and has been guiding the company through the next chapter in its product vision to build Ancestry for all.                                        

Shane is a Utah native and enjoys being part of the growth of Silicon Slopes. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah and lives in South Jordan with his wife and four children.

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Suzy Walther
Chief People Officer
FalconX

Suzy Walther is the Chief People Officer at FalconX responsible for scaling FalconX and building the infrastructure critical for employee engagement and retention that will drive FalconX’s long term success.Before joining FalconX, Suzy was the Chief People Officer at Carta, a company revolutionizing the way founders, investors, and employees manage equity and ownership. Prior to joining Carta, Suzy was the Global Head of Talent for Bloomberg, L.P.  During her 22 years with Bloomberg, Suzy navigated progressive roles in sales and product, ultimately leading and growing multi-million dollar businesses (Bloomberg PORT, TOMS, and SSEOMS). Her extensive global operating experience gives her unique perspective in the development and execution of innovative talent strategies.

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AJ Thomas
Chaos Pilot & Head of Talent
Google X

AJ Thomas is currently the Chaos Pilot and Head of Talent at X, the Moonshot Factory looking after X’s portfolio of projects. Previously, she served as the Head of People Products and led X’s Human Experience Design (HXD) team made up of people analytics, learning and organizational development, shared services, talent operations, and performance management programs. She is an advisor to a portfolio of startups working in the Web 3.0, sustainable battery technologies, and future of work. Serving in these roles and tours of duty have allowed AJ to be a key contributor to developing talent for the future and has shaped her unique approach to coaching and leadership.

With a passion and responsibility for working on the future, AJ has explored multiple roles as the founder of Infuse Program Foundation, an non-profit providing entrepreneurial education and experiences to underrepresented youth in East Side San Jose and is Chief Explorer and Board Advisor at BrainCandy Labs, powered by Women in Technology International. Her experience includes several roles that have spanned across sales, support engineering, product & design and human resource and leadership. Her unique journey also includes deep experience in executive and leadership capacities, most recently serving as Vice President of People & Culture, CHRO, and Head of Talent roles at several enterprise technology and startup companies like T-Mobile, Adecco, Iron Mountain, HP Enterprise (Nimble Storage), Ten-X and Auction.com.

A lot of what fuels AJ’s interests and passions intersect at bridging the gaps in talent, culture and career. With a dash of creativity and live music! This includes serving as an executive and leadership coach and curating access to education for underrepresented talent. She is also the co-author of an award-winning children’s book Courage Takes Flight (www.couragetakesflight.com). The result of what she does moves people and organizations forward to create a future of infinite possibilities.

read more
Alex Seiler
Chief People Officer & Start Up Advisor
Various

Alex has 15+ years of global experience in the People/HR space. He has spent time working in different industries and for companies like Citi, NBCUniversal and WeWork, amongst others. His specific expertise has centered on creating, transforming and building out systems that foster an equitable, innovative and inclusive workplace culture. He has been a full-time Chief People Officer & Head of HR (e.g. GHJ and Control Risks) and is currently focused on fractional clients. He is also a start-up advisor in the HR tech space, currently working with When Insurance, Kindred Minds, and ChangeEngine.

read more
Alexis Joseph Merritt
VP of People
Pave

Alexis Joseph Merritt is the People leader at Pave, which also includes Operations, Talent and Places. Most recently, Alexis helped grow the People function as an HR Business Partner at Slack as the company grew from 450 to 4000+ employees. Her time there included Slack’s DPO (Direct Public Offering) and partnering through Salesforce’s $28B acquisition of Slack, the second largest ever for a SaaS company. Alexis is a proudly ICF certified leadership and performance coach, and a key partner to executive and leadership teams before, during, and after their highly anticipated public offerings. Previously, she had the opportunity at early-stage Uber to work as a leader in Talent and Recruiting, as the company grew from $400M to $7B in revenue, and from 350 to 9000+ employees.Alexis continues to believe that people are a company’s single greatest asset and relishes the opportunity to help plant the seeds to nurture growth and development, at all levels. She is actively involved as an angel investor, mentor and advisor in early stage startups, in varying industries. Alexis specializes in coaching leaders and their organizations to adapt and thrive in the endlessly dynamic world around them.

read more
Amee Parekh
SVP of HR
hims & hers

Amee Parekh is Senior Vice President Human Resources at Hims & Hers Health, Inc. (NYSE: HIMS), the multi-specialty telehealth platform focused on providing modern personalized health and wellness experiences. Parekh joined Hims & Hers from Uber, where she led human resources for UberEats U.S. and Canada and helped to scale teams and build leadership capabilities at an accelerated pace during a period of rapid growth. Prior to Uber, Parekh was Human Resources Director for Expedia group which includes Expedia.com, vrbo.com, Orbitz.com and Hotels.com. Parekh received her Master’s Degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and her undergraduate degree is in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India . She is based out of Seattle, Washington.

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