Leading Forward: Top Insights for Leveraging L&D as a Catalyst for Change

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 top learning leaders Alisa Lewis, VP of HR - Bill.com, Janice Burns, Chief Career Experience Officer, Degreed and Kathleen Kirkish, Coach at Leadership Reimagined & Former Mozilla, Gap Head of Learning joined moderator Christine Tao in an engaging and thought-provoking webinar entitled “ Leading Forward: Top Insights for Leveraging L&D as a Catalyst for Change.” Sponsored by Sounding Board, Inc. and Degreed, the at-capacity event focused on the unprecedented changes to the workplace brought about by COVID-19 and how these chaotic times provide a chance for HR leaders to become positive disruptors and internal translators in delivering strategic business outcomes.

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Vice President Human Resources

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Chief Career Experience Officer

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Co-Founder & CEO

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Principal, Leadership Reimagined & Former Mozilla Head of L&D

The unprecedented changes to the workplace brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have brought a fast-changing landscape to the workplace that is evolving daily.

With ever-changing dynamics, leaders are struggling to find the best approach to leading their organizations forward, and understanding what the future of work will look like. What leadership skills are most needed to move forward and succeed? How can I build a business case for investing in the future of work, now?

Join Sounding Board CEO and Co-Founder Christine Tao as she moderates top enterprise HR pros as they discuss specifics on leveraging Learning & Development as a catalyst to organizational change required to lead forward and achieve meaningful business outcomes.

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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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