A legacy of great leaders

About Sounding Board

Lori Mazan and Christine Tao Co Founders of Sounding Board Executive Coaching
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Sounding Board is a leadership development platform that offers scalable, personalized coaching to help enterprises grow their next generation of leaders. We serve clients all around the world, including several of the country’s Best Places to Work.

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What people are saying about us

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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 International Business Awards®.

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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.
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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.

Our Founders

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Christine Tao

Christine Tao is the Co-Founder & CEO at Sounding Board, a feedback-driven, cloud-based leadership coaching platform redefining how organizations develop their leaders. Her rapid career growth in Silicon Valley at Google and various startups inspired her to co-found Sounding Board with Lori Mazan, her executive coach. She has scaled hyper-growth startups to over $100M in revenue. Sounding Board is backed by leading investors like Bloomberg Beta and Precursor, and one of <3% of female-founded companies to raise venture capital.

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Lori Mazan

Lori Mazan is the Co-Founder and Chief Coaching Officer of Sounding Board. Inspired by her 25 years of executive coaching and hearing from CEO’s that they wished they had this kind of in-depth coaching much earlier in their career, Lori teamed up with her previous client Christine Tao to co-found Sounding Board, providing best-in-class leadership coaching affordable and scalable for leaders at every level of their careers. Sounding Board is one of <3% of female-founded companies to raise venture capital from leading investors like Bloomberg Beta & Precursor Ventures.

Our Investors and Supporters

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.

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Sounding Board thrives on our clients success and we are proud to share some of their experiences. We are honored to be part of their learning and development, as we work to impact business outcomes through strong leaders.

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Learn How to Build Agile and Productive Leaders Now!

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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Our expert coaches combine top notch coaching, business acumen and organizational savvy to truly become your leadership “Sounding Board”. Sounding Board coaches are all industry certified and strongly vetted going through a 3 step qualification process and receiving ongoing supervision and development.

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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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