Award-winning entrepreneurial leader and turnaround expert with key executive roles as a startup founder, CEO, COO, CFO, and VP/GM for Fortune 500, enterprises, and startups with extensive software, consumer, and technology expertise.
Global business builder recognized for cultivating key strategic partnerships, accelerating sales through robust GTM strategies, maximizing distribution channels (B2B + B2C + B2B2C), and demonstrating the operational acumen to architect systems and infrastructure to support large-scale organizations.
Full 360-degree knowledge of SaaS, marketplaces, e-commerce, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing across multiple consumer categories including hardware, electronics, clothing, accessories, and food – as well as technology expertise using AI + ML across HRTech, EdTech, AgTech, and FashionTech.
Known for the ability to identify trends and quickly capitalize on growth opportunities, having a consistent record of building multi-million-dollar businesses ($0 to $75M) and driving triple-digit increases while maintaining financial controls for profitability, and the extraordinary people leadership skills to enable the impossible.
• Startup, Entrepreneurial Organizations
• Fundraising Seed To Growth Capital
• Business and Strategic Planning
• Financial Modeling, Analysis, Forecasting
• Sales, Business Development
• Strategic Partnerships, Team Building
• Brand Development, Go-To-Market Strategy, Product Launch
• Product Design and Development
• Domestic / International Sourcing and Production
SkillsBrand DevelopmentData AnalyticsExecutive LeadershipFinanceGo-To-MarketGrowth StrategySaaSStrategic PartnershipsVenture Capital
Kelley Steven-Waiss serves as Founder & Executive Chairman of Hitch Works Inc., (hitch.works), a talent mobility platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to match project-based opportunities to internal employee skill profiles. Kelley founded and commercialized Hitch while she was the Chief Innovation Officer and Human Resources Officer at HERE Technologies. She has more than 25 years of executive management and consulting experience in human resources, change management and corporate communications. Prior to HERE Technologies, Steven-Waiss was executive vice president, chief human resources officer, for Extreme Networks, Inc., and was responsible for the company’s global human capital strategies. She is on the board of FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM), the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
Co-Author of The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity, a new book that will help companies unlock the hidden skills within their organizations to maximize their talent, increase agility and thrive. Released April 2020.
Active member of HR technology community and is a sought-after speaker, with keynotes and panels including Singularity, Disrupt HR, and NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors). Forbes HR Council Member, Contributor, and has been interviewed and quoted in many publications including Forbes, Authority Magazine, and Thrive Global. Recipient of Most Influential Corporate Directors Award in 2019 by Womens, Inc. and the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Awards in 2020.
SkillsBoard GovernanceCHRO PractitionerCommunicationsInnovationLeadershipM&AMarketingPublic SpeakingStrategyTalent Management
Eswar Vandanapu is a technologist and engineering leader with more than 20 years experience in leading the development of largescale data platforms and building world-class engineering and operations teams. He has designed, developed, and deployed products at fortune 500 companies while working at several successful startups like enCommerce, Thor, Aviso, and Constella Intelligence, as well as run large development organizations at Oracle. He has architected SaaS platforms and grown engineering teams from the ground up, as well as re-architected and retrofitted legacy systems to create the base for next-gen products. Eswar has a portfolio of patents, a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad, and an MBA from Santa Clara University with special focus on entrepreneurship and managing technology and innovation.
SkillsAgileDevOpsDistributed TeamsEntrepreneurshipExecutive LeadershipManaging Technology and InnovationSaaS
I have always been passionate about data analytics, data science, and machine learning as it applies to people and HR systems and People Analytics. I apply my education and experience in NLP, machine-learning, computational statistics, and non-linear optimization methods for data analysis with the goal to make work and life more meaningful for people. As a lead data scientist, I ensure that our data science is based on unbiased, versatile, and state-of-the art best practices.
SkillsArtificial IntelligenceArtificial Neural NetworksData ScienceMachine LearningMathematical ModelingStatistics
Management and Information Technology Professional with demonstrated success in working with business units, delivering high quality, cost effective software solutions and understanding emerging technologies. Highly skilled in Project planning and management, Product development and problem resolution.
SkillsAgileData Science and AIMobile ApplicationsSoftware DevelopmentSolutions ArchitectureTechnology Leadership
Versatile high tech industry executive with sales, channel, customer success and operational experience. Unique capability to implement productivity and process innovations that add value to companies. Exceptional leadership and communication skills to motivate and coach teams. Deep understanding of the customer journey.
SkillsCustomer SuccessLeadershipMarketingOrganizational AlignmentProcess InnovationSalesSales Operations
Christian’s expertise is in financial and operations modeling, quantitative analysis, P&L management, and business intelligence. Over the past 15 years, he’s gained versatile experience from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in eCommerce, retail, and technology services. Taking many of those start-ups through various stages of venture capital funding and consulting with large PE-backed enterprises. He’s skillfully scaled multiple finance teams through his mentorship and “roll-up-the” sleeves execution. Christian thrives within environments of innovation as he makes practical and scalable financial decisions and assures best practices are implemented.
SkillsBusiness IntelligenceBusiness ManagementBusiness Process ImprovementCorporate StrategyFinancial AccountingFinancial ModelingFinancial ReportingForecasting
For 20 years, Simi Gambhir has held Chief of Staff, business management and HR roles across multiple industries and companies, including ABN AMRO Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The University of Chicago, and HERE Technologies.
Prior to joining Hitch, Simi was the Global HR Business Partner to the Global CIO of McDonald’s Corporation and Managing Partner of Third City Properties, a real estate investment startup. Simi has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University and is GPHR certified.
After living in Amsterdam, Dubai, and Brussels, she now resides in Chicago, where she serves on the Board of Arts & Business Council of Chicago. Simi is passionate about people data and analytics, process improvement, employee-led and employer-supported career changes, and operating with a global mindset.
SkillsBusiness ManagementChange ManagementCorporate GovernanceHR StrategyProcess ImprovementService ManagementTalent ManagementTransformation
Hitch Advisory Board
Tiffany Stevenson currently serves as SVP and Chief People Officer, at Patreon. In her role, she leads the People & Communities team, supporting and amplifying the mission-driven, global community and changing the way art is valued. With a core belief that culture is a VERB and not a noun, Tiffany believes that her ultimate calling is to help make culture WIN inside and out!
Prior to Patroen, Tiffany served for 3 years as the Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Communities at Box, which was named a 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For in addition to receiving several distinctions by Great Place to Work: Best Workplaces in Technology, Best Workplaces in the Bay Area, Best Workplaces for Diversity, and Best Workplace for Parents.
Prior to Box, Tiffany served 12 years at Sephora USA Inc. (LVMH), where she led the talent and learning functions and launched the D&I practice for the Americas region.
Outside of work, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (Smithsonian Affiliate) and most recently ended a two-year post on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the US Department of Commerce.
Tiffany holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Georgetown University.
CNBC called her “The Recruiter.” BusinessWeek named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters.” Newsweek appointed her to its Women & Leadership Advisory Board.
Kim is an accomplished C-suite executive, board director and expert advisor who has worked with companies ranging from start-ups to some of the largest global corporations.
Kim was Executive Vice President at First Data Corporation, over 16 years rising through the ranks from an entry-level call center position to become the youngest person to serve on the company’s Leadership Team overseeing its $2 billion card division and 8,000 employees. Her transition to search began as Managing Director with Korn/Ferry International followed by Vice Chair of a national search firm. In 2009 she founded her talent advisory and executive search firm. In 2018 Kim joined August Leadership as Chairman Advisory Board and Managing Partner.
Kim is a board director and advisor of several corporate and non-profit boards.
A sought-after speaker, Kim has lectured at Harvard, Columbia and Barnard College and has addressed The Conference Board, Young President’s Organization (YPO), Kennedy Information Conference, and Women for Hire.
Kim is also a frequent media guest and has appeared on CNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, Fox Business, WNBC, Lifetime Television, and NY1 News. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, Crains, Money, Fast Company, and MSNBC.com.
She is a member of the NACD, International Women’s Forum, and C200, an invitation-only membership organization including more than 500 of the world’s most successful female corporate executives and entrepreneurs.
Volker is a globally recognized leader in the human-centered future of work. Building on his skills as an entrepreneur, consultant, analyst, speaker, and author, Volker provides data-driven insights about business performance driven by a superior employee experience. Granular decomposition of the employee experience allows him to come up with strategies that organizations should implement to provide a superior experience to their people.
His company, TI People, crafts solutions from deep human resources expertise combined with a human-centered design approach and actionable data to make meaningful impact for individuals and businesses: Enriching lives at work through superior employee experiences at scale!
Business-driven Talent, Learning & Development executive skilled at leading functional transformation and innovation. With more than 30 years in the L&D space, I have built, re-structured, transformed all types of learning organizations across multiple industries. In addition, the implementation of global learning technologies infrastructures and high quality, high impact learning content have enabled the organizations I have worked with to deliver greater value – and win in the marketplace.
“Building future-ready, agile and resilient leaders and professionals through coaching and development programs.”
I help people achieve their personal best. My extensive experience spans across corporations, industries, and global regions enabling me to provide tailored coaching and consultation to drive transformational changes in people, teams, and organizations. In my coaching practice, I leverage my experience from senior level leadership roles and organizational transformations.
► Over the past 25 years I have coached, guided, mentored and trained over 10,000 executives, senior leaders, and professionals to identify their strengths, expand their skills and agility beyond their expectations, advance their leadership capabilities, achieve career aspirations, and deliver on organizational targets.
► I have implemented many changes in technologies, strategies, and business practices enterprise-wide and across multinational cultures; and have facilitated successful critical changes spanning organizational re-structuring, acquisitions, shifts in executive leadership and organizational strategy, and improving under-performing business units.
► I have established, led, and participated in several successful BRGs/ERGs, mentoring programs, and diversity coaching initiatives. My personal passion is coaching ambitious professional women to advance in their careers and love what they do.
► I have traveled extensively to 23 countries across the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Americas, and Asia, enhancing my appreciation of cultural diversity and global stakeholder relationships.
Inquiries for Career / Leadership / Executive Coaching, Global Leadership Development, Mentoring Programs, High Potential Coaching, and HR Strategy Consulting welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skills: Executive, Career & Leadership Coaching; Global Leadership Development Consulting; Learning & Development (L&D); Training; Employee Engagement; Talent Management; Performance Management; DE&I; Organizational Transformations; Organization Effectiveness; Change Management; Global HR; Thought Leadership; Board & Executive Relationships; Global Stakeholder Relationships.
Human capital executive with 25+ years of global experience and strong C-suite expertise. A passion for leveraging social/neuroscience to enable behavior change at scale – elevating leaders and transforming cultures.
An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, project-based work, and improving the system of work through increased diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list for 2015. Prior to founding Forshay, Sally co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times.
A speaker in two TEDx talks, Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, diversity & inclusion, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.
Sally launched WorkLab in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today’s workforce so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. WorkLab uses design thinking, lean startup, and storytelling skills to design, test, and scale experiments to #MakeWorkBetter.
Sally regularly lectures at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She served for six years on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
Dr. Michelle R. Weise is the author of Long-Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Even Exist Yet. Thinkers50 named her one of 30 management and leadership thinkers in the world to watch in 2021. She is a senior advisor at Imaginable Futures, a venture of The Omidyar Group. Dr. Weise’s work over the last decade has concentrated on preparing working-age adults for the jobs of today and tomorrow. She was the chief innovation officer of Strada Education Network as well as Southern New Hampshire University. With Clayton Christensen, she coauthored Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution (2014) while leading the higher education practice at Christensen’s Institute for Disruptive Innovation.
Dr. Weise also advises BrightHive, Hitch, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), the SkillUp Coalition, Strategic Education Inc.’s HIRE board, MIT SOLVE, Village Capital, Western Governors University Teachers College, Clayton Christensen Institute Social Capital R&D Project, and World Education’s Personal and Workplace Success Skills Library. She has also served as a commissioner for Massachusetts Governor Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning, Harvard University’s Task Force on Skills and Employability, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education.
Her commentaries on redesigning higher education and developing more innovative workforce and talent pipeline strategies have been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Harvard Business Review and on PBSNewshour.
Dr. Weise is a former Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Harvard and Stanford.
Amy Cappellanti-Wolf is an accomplished senior human resources professional, executive coach and public speaker, with leadership experience from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Her expertise focuses on developing high performance teams and guiding organizations through complex and challenging business transformations, including pre-IPO, rapid growth, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and consolidations. Her management roles span high-tech (Symantec, Silver Spring Networks, Cisco, Sun Microsystems), entertainment (The Walt Disney Company), and consumer goods (Frito-Lay). Amy’s specialty areas include Business Transformation and Change Management, Organizational Design and Process Management, Business Partnership, and Total Rewards.
Amy holds an M.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations, both from WVU. She provides ongoing support of children and foster children as a Board member of the non-profit Pivotal and serves as an advisor to several private companies. Recently named one of the top 50 most influential women tech leaders by the National Diversity Council, Amy has been a Forbes Human Resources Council Official Member since September 2018. She sits on the Board of Directors for Softchoice and Betterworks in addition to serving on Betterworks HR Advisory Council. In October 2019, Amy was named to the Roll of Distinguished Alumni at WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics.
Jai Jaisimha is a visionary software product and engineering leader with a strong track record of results in data science, machine learning, advertising technology, and SaaS/enterprise software.