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We identify manager performance gaps and use artificial intelligence to provide each manager personalized training through their own AI coach. Works with Slack or Microsoft Teams.
Managers are key to an organization's success, and they matter more than ever. Yet existing solutions such as internally developed programming, cohort-based workshops, or 1:1 coaching are ineffective, cookie cutter, and/or not scaleable.
At Kindred Minds, we use artificial intelligence with the latest research in manager development to create a learning experience that is more efficient, practical, and scaleable.
In fast-growing environments with rapidly shifting priorities, managers do not have enough time to meaningfully invest in learning long-term management skills. Workshops, courses, and retreats can feel like big commitments.
We make it easy for managers to learn the skills that matter most to them by focusing on practicality, personalization, and relevance.
Learn more about how we personalize & measure impact
We use best practices, such as Google's Project Oxygen, in understanding manager effectiveness to measure impact and train our models. We collect this data by surveying each manager and their direct reports. We resurvey every three months to track how managers are improving on the key behaviors that drives managerial effectiveness.
In addition to the above, we collect optional personality assessments, integrate with existing communication tools, and work with real human coaches to design the most effective AI coach for each manager.
The best manager learning happens on the job, not in a workshop or class. As such learning must be integrated in the flow of work rather than being static, siloed experiences. We bridge this "knowing/doing" gap through AI nudges—automatic, hyper personalized, bite-sized tips delivered in the moment of management.
See examples of nudges
We integrate nudges into managers' workflows and meetings seamlessly. We do this by delivering all of our coaching through Slack/Microsoft Teams and integrating with other tools such as calendars, emails, and more. Here are a few examples of meetings where we may nudge a manager:
1:1s & performance reviews: Providing important tips or practices to keep top of mind as a manager heads into a 1:1 or performance review with a direct report.
Weekly team meetings: Recapping the most important principles and agendas to keep in mind as a manager heads into a weekly team sync.
Retros: Sharing questions that a manager may want to ask individual team members to facilitate the most effective retro.
Sunil Arora is a professional coach for companies and individuals. Sunil focuses on CEOs/founders/senior executives navigating leadership and business challenges and professionals in transition. Sunil also facilitates workshops, training sessions, and leadership offsites for companies. Sunil’s clients include Adobe, BNP Paribas, Pico, Co-Star, Aday, Embark, Discord, Bridgewater, Frame.io, Sora, UMA, Tribe Capital, Trinity School, The Infatuation, Momentive (SurveyMonkey), and Advance Venture Partners. Sunil draws on his experience in technology and finance companies, sociology, and the public policy space. He previously helped open and lead the New York office for Addepar, a financial technology firm based in Silicon Valley, where he worked in senior sales, deployment, and technical sales roles. Sunil graduated with a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and received his MPA, with a concentration in international finance and economic policy, from The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Sunil also holds a certificate in coaching from The Hudson Institute of Coaching and is certified in the Integrative Enneagram (iEQ9) and the EQi-2.0/EQ 360.
Lulu Cheng coaches leaders and founders who are mission-driven, product-focused, and human first. As a writer, illustrator, and performer, her creative work explores identity and belonging, often through a humorous lens. Her work has been published in Hyphen, Slant'd, Quartz, and by Nomadic Press.
Lulu has also helped scale some of the most beloved consumer software products in the world at Pinterest and Dropbox. Representation and inclusion, especially in the workplace, matter deeply to her. Learn more about Lulu.
Noah's work in training, learning, and education has spanned 20 years. He's built award-winning e-learning courses, written teaching books, run education nonprofits and businesses, trained teachers, and taught people ages 9 to 89. His expertise makes learning meaningful and engaging.
He also does small-business and executive coaching. As a coach, he addresses issues in diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure an inclusive, culturally-relevant learning program. He's invested in mentees' success and lovingly pushes them to meet their goals.
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.
Alex is a global people leader with over 15 years of experience transforming people functions and putting talent first at companies such as WeWork, Blue Shield of CA, NBCUniversal, Time Inc., and Citi. He currently serves as Chief People Officer at GHJ, overseeing People, WorkplaceExperience and Internal Communications. Under his leadership, GHJ recently won the Transform Award for “People Activator: Employee Experience of the Year”.Outside of his day job, he acts as a strategic advisor to two other start-ups,ChangeEngine and When Insurance.
He is a savvy people and talent leader who has developed countless approaches that connect organizations’ business strategy with their people strategy. He has cut his teeth in both industries scaling for growth and what he calls “declining industries” and learned a great deal about scaling up and down. He is a long-term strategic thinker and advocates that HR is a strategic partner at the heart of successful businesses.
Alex is a graduate of Cardiff University in Wales and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics & History. While he has called the US homefor almost 20 years, he comes from a truly international background and perspective - he’s half British, half Swiss and was born and raised inHong Kong.
Alex is a champion for DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility), as well as mental health and has been recognized as a thought leader throughout his career. He speaks at numerous conferences, has written and been featured in articles, a book (Hiring forDiversity) and various podcasts.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lamya Alaoui is leading People Operations at Hala Systems as Chief People Officer. Lamya’s corporate background includes 15+ years of experience in Operations and Talent Acquisition and Management, where she had the opportunity to build and lead teams for companies such as Bertelsmann, Orange, Intelcia, Groupon, Google, and Microsoft. Her work experience spans North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
In her previous roles, Lamya specialized in leading cultural integrations after Mergers & Acquisitions and launching and scaling new ventures from 0 to over 3000 employees. Her work focuses on improving engagement, workplace performance, morale, and inclusivity by better understanding cultural differences, diversity, bias, and behavioral dimensions.
Lamya mentors startups at the Alchemist Accelerator, Alley Powered by Verizon and Plug and Play, serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Club of Silicon Valley and is an advisor for Astia, a global not-for-profit organization built on a community of experts whose goal is to ensure the success of women in high-growth start-ups.
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.
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.
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.
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.