We believe that with the benefit of diverse perspectives, our clients will design better products, deliver better services, and build a better world. We take a data-driven approach and draw on behavioral science research to design effective diversity and inclusion strategies.
Before founding Paradigm Joelle was a women's rights employment lawyer. As a Skadden Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates, she represented women in gender discrimination and sexual harassment litigation, and she advocated for local, state, and federal policies to ensure equal pay and other workplace protections for women. Joelle's legal background highlighted for her the consequences that can result from companies failing to consider diversity and inclusion early, and inspired her to found Paradigm. Joelle is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
Dyan’s work has been featured in the Academy of Management and the Journal of Neurosurgery. She holds a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College, and a B.A. in Psychology and Complex Organizations from Mount Holyoke College.
Camille is extremely passionate about combating gender bias, driving the economic development of disenfranchised communities throughout the world, and social justice. Camille graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs with concentrations in Women’s Studies and Economics.
Before Paradigm Rachel worked for PERTS, an applied research center at Stanford University. At PERTS, Rachel designed professional development courses and resources for educators, led growth mindset workshops, and partnered with various organizations and educators to develop psychologically wise materials and classroom strategies. Rachel has expertise in qualitative research, including focus groups, and has coordinated research involving over 10,000 students. Rachel holds a B.A. in Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College.
Natalie is an expert in unconscious bias, from analyzing potential bias in companies’ people processes to training employees and managers on how to manage and mitigate bias. Natalie was one of the original facilitators for Google's unconscious bias training, and has led hundreds of unconscious bias workshops for thousands of employees around the world.
Natalie’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, and she has been cited as a diversity and inclusion expert by USA Today and Times of India. She serves on the Board of Directors for Friendfactor, a San Francisco-based LGBT nonprofit organization. Natalie holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College. In addition to her work at Paradigm, Natalie is the co-founder and Head of Product at Bottle Bracket, a San Francisco-based wine club.
Prior to joining Paradigm, Angela worked for a global PR firm, where she developed strategies for clients to connect with key audiences, elevate their brands, and navigate crises. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before coming to Paradigm, Megan worked at Coursera where she partnered with top universities to increase access to high-quality education across the globe. She designed the company's first Social Impact Campaign and worked with partners to create over 150 courses and 3 online degrees. Megan also helped launch Coursera for Refugees which has served over 10,000 refugees since 2016. As an early employee, Megan developed Coursera’s first D&I processes and Employee Resource Groups, built out the company’s executive support framework for D&I programs, and launched a variety of data-driven inclusion initiatives.
Megan holds a master's degree in Education from Stanford University and began her career as a classroom teacher - first internationally in Kyetume, Uganda and then in Oakland, CA. Megan is trained in culturally responsive classroom management, teaching for social-justice curriculum, GLAD strategies for language learners, and APRICOT language acquisition for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Megan leverages this experience and training to inform her work at Paradigm.
Before joining Paradigm, Sean was a PhD fellow at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. At PACS, he worked with scholars from economics, sociology, political philosophy, and law to develop a better understanding and application of research to meet the needs of civil society. His experience instilled a passion for using multidisciplinary research and data analytics to address issues of justice and fairness in society.
Aimy is passionate about women’s rights and youth mentorship. She has led various inclusion-focused workplace initiatives, ranging from International Women’s Day events to local partnerships, and she spends her free time mentoring youth at organizations such as Publicolor and Young Enterprise. Aimy holds a master’s degree in Political Philosophy from King’s College London.
Carissa’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Education Week, and she has spoken at various conferences, including AtlanticLIVE, TechCrunch Disrupt, and Harvard Business School’s Gender and Work Symposium. Carissa is a member of Stanford University’s Mindset Scholars Network and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016 for her innovative work on growth mindset. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University.
Amy holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Berry holds an M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University. She also completed intercultural competency studies at the University of Osnabrück in Germany and at an SDSU-extension in Athens, Greece. She has presented both academic and practitioner-oriented research at national meetings of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). In addition to her work at Paradigm, Berry volunteers as a global communications lead at CULTURE LABx, a non-profit organization focused on cultivating conversations on organizational culture and the future of work.
Ada also gained years of teaching experience at Stanford, where she served as a guest lecturer and won the 2016 Stanford Zimbardo Teaching Award. Ada is particularly passionate about organizational education, and leverages her teaching expertise to design and deliver dynamic, high-impact trainings to employees, managers, and leaders. Ada holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Stanford, where she received the Robert B. Zajonc award for her research thesis focused on unconscious biases in the courtroom.
Before joining Paradigm Erin led D&I at Grant Thornton LLP and the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. In these capacities, she designed and executed transformational D&I strategies, introduced and enhanced work-life policies and benefits, and established and managed business resource groups. Her work has resulted in employer recognition from Forbes, The New York Times, Human Rights Campaign, Society of Women Engineers, vault.com, Working Mother, National Association for Female Executives, The Parkinson Council, and Equal Opportunity Magazine. Erin holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Social Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology and International Studies from Yale University.
Erin volunteers at several of Chicago’s nonprofit boards and committees including the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network, an organization focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities, and Society for Human Resource Management-Chicago’s Diversity Committee.
Before joining Paradigm, Pin-ya was an organizational consultant, where she conducted in-depth assessments of executive-level clients, focusing on behavioral strengths and opportunities, business challenges, and team dynamics. Pin-ya holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from the Ohio State University, where she taught undergraduate courses in psychology and scientific writing. She has presented research at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology national conference, as well as at other academic forums.
She developed this expertise at the Management of Organizations PhD program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she was trained as a computational sociologist. Katherine’s research at Haas focused on gender, labor market inequality, and entrepreneurship. Prior to Haas, Katherine worked as a Program Associate for the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings where she worked to disseminate social science research on gender bias. Katherine has master’s degree in Business Science from Haas.
Tash is passionate about bridging the divide between scientific research and practical application, and is skilled in utilizing creative methods to bring these disparate worlds into conversation with one another. Tash teaches cognitive science to future designers at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and holds a PhD in Positive Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.
Prior to Paradigm, Heather was a Senior HRBP at Donor Network West, a non-profit organization whose mission is to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation. Heather has HR experience across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, and market research, to name a few. She has led significant improvements to benefits programs, recognition initiatives, and internal people processes across a number of organizations which has resulted in impactful, measurable outcomes.
Aya holds a master's degree in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in French and Music from Stanford University.
WE PRIORITIZE IMPACT
Organizations have the power to drive lasting impact on the world around them. By helping companies become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable internally, we aim to produce positive change externally. We prioritize impact in the clients with whom we partner and the projects we choose.
WE TREAT EACH CLIENT AS UNIQUE
While many companies face similar challenges, each has unique strengths and areas of opportunity. The context, culture, and norms of an organization matter - they inform our understanding of barriers and choice of strategies. Rather than applying purported best practices, we work with each client to identify and design the strategies and tools that will be most effective for their organization.
WE FOLLOW DATA AND RESEARCH
Effective diversity and inclusion strategies are grounded in quantitative and qualitative data and informed by thoughtful research. We let data define effective practices, use research to guide our approach, and measure the effectiveness of our work.
WE VALUE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Creating diverse and inclusive teams is both a moral and a business imperative. Treating employees fairly while empowering everyone to do their best work is the right thing to do. It’s also critical to building effective, high-performing teams. Just as we believe diversity and inclusion will make our clients stronger, we know that bringing together people who come from different backgrounds, have different life experiences, and hold different perspectives will make our own team better.
WE EMBRACE A GROWTH MINDSET
We believe that people and organizations can grow and change. To foster a growth mindset internally and with our clients, we encourage setting bold and challenging goals, taking thoughtful risks, communicating openly about mistakes and failures, and giving honest, candid feedback. We value learning and growth over perfection.
Join the Team
If you're passionate about taking an innovative approach to diversity, we want to hear from you! Email us your resume at work@paradigmIQ.com.