All Leaders Need a Sounding Board!

Impacting business outcomes with customized, scalable and enterprise ready leadership coaching for all levels of your organization.

Great Leaders are made, not born...

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies are growing faster than ever.

Due to rapid change. employees are being more quickly promoted into management roles, often without adequate leadership training.  Lack of help and support from a manager is the number one reason employees quit their jobs. The cost to replace a highly trained employee can exceed 200% of their salary.  How can your company reach its goals when constantly being dragged backwards with retention and recruitment issues?  By investing in the leadership development of your team, overhead costs can decline and productivity can rise.   *Source:  GloboForce 2017, Survey

What about Leadership Outcomes?

Sound Coaching™ Leadership Development

Because all leaders need a Sounding Board, we offer solutions for leaders at all levels of the organization.

Our Solutions include 1:1 executive-style leadership development for new managers all the way up to C-level executives, plus on-boarding and priority alignment programs for enterprise organizations. And, because we live in a mobile world, our coaches are available globally in 29 countries, in the local time zone and in 14 languages. By focusing on Leadership Outcomes, Organizational Insights and Business Impact, Sounding Board gives you the tools you need to scale leadership development throughout your organization.

Who are Our Coaches?

Our coaches are proven leaders themselves

They have experience leading teams, are fully certified, and have years of experience.

Each Sounding Board coach is intensely vetted to insure the highest caliber leadership coaching. This in-depth process assures that each employee is matched with a coach that understands the challenges of a corporate environment, and has the skills to make them a better leader. That’s why our coach matching algorithm succeeds 97% on the very first try, saving HR from having to source, match, contract and schedule coaching sessions for each individual. We give you the most experienced, educated, and skilled coaches that can launch in weeks, not months, because we want your leadership skills to be the best.

How About Organizational Insights?

Organizational Insights and Productive Leadership.

The Sounding Board ROI is clear; Measurable upleveling of talent to support business growth.

Unlike other companies that focus on bettering your “feelings” or providing personal “therapy”, Sounding Board goes beyond these other approaches to a professional transformation of thinking, based on adult learning theory, neuropsychology and 25 years of frontline leadership expertise. Our Sound Coaching solutions generate more productive leadership and managerial behaviors that can be immediately applied to current work situations that directly impact business outcomes, helping to attract and retain exceptional leaders.

What About Business Impact?

Measure Results with Data

Through our feedback-driven Sound Dashboard™, HR leaders and key stakeholders can track the success of their teams.

Our full stack solution is GDPR compliant and enterprise-ready.  Easily gather insights, trends, and measure success with our integrated workflows and the Sound Dashboard™.  Drive business priority alignment, leader growth, and individual goal progress with continuous feedback, real-time data on leadership development and business impact to employees, their managers and HR. The Sounding Board ROI is clear; measurable up-leveling of talent supports business growth.

Awards and Recognitions

Two time Stevie International Business Award Winner

Sounding Board has been named a winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Startup of the Year and Tech Startup of the Year categories in the 2018 International Business Awards®.

Read what TechCrunch had to say about Sounding Board!

Sounding Board co-founders Christine Tao and Lori Mazan recently spoke with TechCrunch’s Connie Loizos about what sets us apart from other executive coaching services.

Honored to be chosen as a Fellows Program Finalist

Our co-founder and CEO, Christine Tao, was selected as 1 of 10 Tory Burch Fellows. This amazing opportunity allows Christine to receive a 1-Year Fellowship with the Tory Burch Foundation.

Lori Mazan

Co-Founder & Chief Coaching Officer

Lori Mazan is the Co-Founder and Chief Coaching Officer of Sounding Board, the preeminent global leadership development enterprise platform changing the face of leadership development through innovative technology for leaders at all levels of an organization. Lori is a seasoned executive coach who has guided hundreds of corporate executives through 1:1 coaching focused on business outcomes and developing critical leadership skills. Client companies advanced by Lori’s expertise include Fortune titans such as Chevron and Sprint as well as high growth and public companies like Intellikine, and Tapjoy, plus 10XGenomics, which became a public company in 2019 while top executives worked with Lori and the Sounding Board team.
Lori has spent the last 25 years coaching C-Suite executives to leadership excellence. Many of those public and private company CEO’s expressed that they would have liked this caliber of coaching earlier in their careers. Inspired by these experiences, Lori joined with Christine to launch Sounding Board as a feedback-driven, cloud-based leadership coaching platform that could maintain best-in-class leadership coaching while lowering costs to make it affordable and scalable for leaders at every level of their careers.
Before founding Sounding Board, Lori received her Masters’ in Adult Educational Psychology/Counseling from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors’ in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Lori is an educator and has spent over 10 years as a professor of social psychology and group dynamics while acting as the interim Dean of Students at Holy Names University, She is certified by the industry’s gold standard, the Coaches Training Institute, and is a founding member of the Genentech Preferred Network of Coaches. Sounding Board is one of <3% of sole female founded startups receiving venture funding. In 2019 Sounding Board was selected as 1 of 7 startups (out of 100+ applicants) as part of SAP’s HR tech cohort, a group that represents the rising stars of the next-gen HR ecosystem.

Christine Tao

Co-Founder & CEO Sounding Board, Inc.

Christine Tao is the co-founder & CEO at Sounding Board, a Silicon Valley startup redefining how organizations are developing their leaders. Her extraordinarily rapid career growth to executive management in the media, mobile and tech sectors of Silicon Valley became her inspiration for founding Sounding Board. As she began to manage larger teams and be responsible for growing revenues, it became clear that she needed a “sounding board” to coach her on the development of her leadership skills. That’s where her Sounding Board co-founder, Lori Mazan came on the scene. A seasoned executive coach focused on leadership development, Lori coached Christine on real-world leadership skills that had a direct impact on business outcomes. Based on her positive and impactful experience with leadership development, Christine was driven to make leadership development coaching accessible to people at all levels of the organization.
Christine advises several startups, is a budding angel investor and is also a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, a foundation dedicated to investing in the success and sustainability of women entrepreneurs.
Prior to co-founding Sounding Board, Christine was a Senior Vice President of Developer Relations at Tapjoy, a venture-backed, leading mobile advertising & publishing network. She led the growth of Tapjoy’s publisher advertising business from 0 to over $100 million in revenues in less than 3 years. Prior to that she led e-commerce partnerships and strategy at YouTube. Christine holds an MBA in Marketing & Operations from Wharton and a BA in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

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