The global pandemic revealed the real crisis. The need for employers to think long-term and do more to prepare women for leadership positions.
We all need career development help from time to time–even the most self-sufficient entrepreneurs can’t go it alone. That’s where our 2018 Fellow Christine Tao comes in.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a founder & CEO is that scale is a function of your team. Without a strong team, no matter how hard you work, your company will simply not grow. As we look to the future towards our mission of creating the world’s most impactful leaders, Lori and I feel so fortunate to have had an incredible leadership team surrounding us.
Sounding Board, Inc., the premier platform for cloud-based coaching, announced the close of an oversubscribed Series A funding totaling $13.1M. Canaan Partners led the round along with additional participation from angel investors. The company plans to use the funds to continue development of its cloud-based coaching platform and expand operations in several key areas including sales, marketing and product engineering.
In an unprecedented work environment defined by distributed teams and virtual-only communication, two co-founders think their 2018 bet reigns truer than ever: mentors need mentorship, too. Christine Tao and Lori Mazan, the brains behind Sounding Board, want to train any leader within an organization to be a better leader. The San Francisco startup connects anyone from first-time managers to C-suite executives with coaches through a marketplace.
Charu Sharma, host of “Drive Your Career” podcast recently interviewed Sounding Board’s Co-founder & CEO Christine Tao about her story of starting her VC-backed company while pregnant with her second child, what the right time is to get a leadership development coach, and tackling imposter syndrome as well as burn out. This lively discussion is part of a series of conversations with extraordinary women on unlocking meaning and success in their careers. Enjoy!
Until recently, only top managers were paired with an executive coach. Sessions were almost always in person, often required travel and cost thousands of dollars. At progressive companies, this has now changed.
Tommy is at his best helping clients think through complex challenges in order to create a positive impact on their organizations. He thrives when interacting with others whether helping his team succeed or working with clients to build long-term partnerships. He has extensive experience consulting with organizations on driving their employee experience, guiding organizations through change, and working to ensure organizations are moving the needle when it comes to their results.
Most recently, Tommy was a Client Services Leader overseeing some of GP’s most prized accounts on a global level. His responsibilities included overall client growth strategy, retention, and satisfaction. He represented all of GP Strategies’ major business lines including leadership, coaching, and engagement, digital transformation, outsourced services, and technology implementation solutions.
Before GP Strategies, Tommy spent several years with TTEC Digital (formerly rogenSI) where he led the sales team, eventually becoming the regional Learning & Performance practice leader for North America. While managing the P&L and sales team he also led the largest global relationship for the firm (Deloitte Globally). During his time at TTEC, he focused on delivering blended learning solutions that incorporate technology and hands-on training. Before TTEC Digital, he spent several years dedicated to strength-based leadership disrupting the business landscape regarding performance management and employee engagement with thought leader Marcus Buckingham at The Marcus Buckingham Company / TMBC (now ADP).
Tommy has had the privilege of working with some of the most well-known global brands in professional services, retail, technology, and healthcare including Deloitte, Facebook, Microsoft, Bank of America, Novartis, Gap Inc., lululemon, and Intel. Several projects he led for Deloitte were Global GNPS, New Partner Pivot, NextGen Partner Program Deloitte China, Present to Win, the RPM project on performance management, and Unconscious Bias.
Tommy holds a BS in Health Sciences from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Universidad del CEMA.
From leading remote workforces, building productive teams, to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion, Sounding Board has virtual and scalable enterprise solutions that are urgently required to adapt to rapidly changing workplace environments.
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