Christine Tao talks about “Building an Agile & Innovative HR Function for startups” with Hacking HR Global Online Conference and Workshop

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The panel will be moderated by our CEO Christine Tao, and take place on Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET.
More often than not the discussions around startups focus on product development, engineering, growth and innovation.

However, none of this gets done without the people and talent around the table. The HR function for startups is often not well understood – and oftentimes in the earliest stages of a startup it seems the only thing that gets prioritized is recruiting as teams sprint towards milestones and deliverables.

But with the challenges that have struck Uber, Wework and other companies that have blitzscaled, people and culture have come back to the forefront of the discussion around startups. How do startups grow and scale while also building a solid organizational foundation for success?

Hear from people leaders that have seen companies and unicorns through hypergrowth across every industry: consumer, B2B, Saas, media and gaming. Our panelists have all led the HR function at fast growing companies. They bring a blend of enterprise and startup experience to break down the core ingredients to building a successful and agile HR function. We’ll talk about how they define success in the role, as well as tips to identify if a startup is “ready” for a head of HR. You’ll learn how they bring data to the discussion to drive important initiatives at the executive level even in environments where resources are scarce. And you’ll hear why its so important to develop your managers to give yourself leverage as an HR leader. We’ll also get some real life anecdotes about the challenges that HR leaders personally face in carrying such a critical role in supporting a startup’s most precious assets – their people.

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HR Innovation and Future of Work

March 3 – 6, 2020
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

This 4-day event includes keynotes, panels, fireside chats and a workshop day with 150+ of the most renowned and influential global leaders.

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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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