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Our Team

Our team of award-winning, interdisciplinary experts all share the same goal — helping our clients build stronger, more inclusive organizations.

Aimy Ngo
Senior Director, Head of Strategy & Operations
Aimy Ngo
Senior Director, Head of Strategy & Operations
Pronouns: She/her

Aimy leads efforts in business development, strategic growth, and operations. As Paradigm’s Director of Strategy & Operations, she’s focused on growing our impact with existing clients while expanding our work to new industries, organizations, and geographic regions. Aimy developed operational expertise as a consultant at the Accenture Innovation Center in London and at Accenture Strategy, where she delivered strategic initiatives across multiple Global 500 and FTSE 100 companies. Aimy has spearheaded major business partnerships and implemented innovative programs in areas of enterprise technology, customer relationship management, and business policies. She has designed and led dozens of C-Suite workshops for major brands focused on human resource development, operational excellence, sustainability, and customer strategy.

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.

Alex Ruiz, PhD
Consultant
Alex Ruiz, PhD
Consultant
Pronouns: He/him

Alex designs and facilitates training programs that build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations. Alex uses his broad knowledge of the social-psychological research on stereotyping, implicit bias, and organizational culture to inform training programs. His own research has focused on gender and sexual orientation diversity and discrimination in the workplace — more specifically, he’s interested in how gender stereotypes and helping behaviors intersect in the workplace, the reprisals men may face for not satisfying masculinity norms, and the experiences of sexual minority employees in hostile organizational cultures.

With this expertise, alongside years of experience in tech and Human Resource Management teaching, Alex is able to distill the latest research in social psychology, organizational behavior, and human resources into easy-to-understand information that can be used for employee training or the formation of impactful DEI programs. Alex received his PhD in Organizations & Management from the University of California at Irvine Merage School of Business and received his MBA from the Loyola Marymount University College of Business Administration.

Alexandra Tiant
Senior Consultant
Alexandra Tiant
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Alexandra brings years of risk management consulting and diversity and inclusion leadership experience to Paradigm. She is passionate about evolving organizational cultures, developing leaders, and empowering professionals to prioritize their well-being.  At Paradigm Alexandra is a part of the Training & People Development team, helping clients plan, manage, and execute diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and designing and facilitating workshops for individual contributors, managers, and executives.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Alexandra spent nine years at a global consulting firm where she partnered with Fortune 500 clients across various industries. She also organized leadership development programs and designed effective strategies and tools for advancing diversity and inclusion goals. Alexandra holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.

Analia Stratton
Consultant
Analia Stratton
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Analia brings years of experience in curriculum design, facilitation, and growing innovative programs to her work with Paradigm clients. As a former educator, professor, and leader in New York City special-education spaces, Analia is passionate about incorporating intersectionality into disability-inclusion efforts. Drawing on her work in education reform, Analia cultivates diversity and inclusion through education about disability bias and advocating to remove environmental and social barriers for people with disabilities.

 Prior to joining Paradigm, Analia was an Assistant Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education, where her teaching focused on bridging research, practical application, and sociocultural contexts. A Teach for America alum and a co-founder of KIPP Infinity Elementary School in Harlem, Analia remains committed to innovating education and volunteers as a Board Member for Irene Morgan Schools. Analia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Special Education from CUNY Lehman College.

 

Ariel Sincoff-Yedid, PhD
Consultant
Ariel Sincoff-Yedid, PhD
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Ariel draws from more than a decade of experience in education, training, and curricular development around diversity and social equity to facilitate growth and transformation for clients. Ariel’s diverse professional background in NGOs, startups, political advocacy, and academia provides a global orientation for her work. Her professional experience spans the lifecycle of educational program development, including conducting initial assessments; developing curricula, courses, and trainings; providing instruction; and evaluating programmatic effectiveness.

Ariel holds a doctorate in Gender Studies from Indiana University, a graduate certificate in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from Union College. Her research focuses on constructions of identity at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and religion. She draws on this research and experience teaching a broad array of topics related to identity, diversity, and social equity in her role at Paradigm.
Aya Yagi
Consultant
Aya Yagi
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Aya is passionate about partnering with companies to build more inclusive, equitable organizational cultures so that all employees are up for success and can thrive. At Paradigm, she has worked with clients across industries from small tech companies to large professional services firms, designing strategic plans for improving DEI efforts across the employee lifecycle.

As a qualitative researcher and mixed methods enthusiast, she loves to surface stories and themes by leveraging all kinds of data to investigate the key challenges and areas of opportunity for her clients — from individual interviews to survey and quantitative employee data, she is committed to unearthing relevant context and pinpointing the right strategy.

Prior to Paradigm, she honed her research skills at Research for Action, an education nonprofit that focuses on education reform initiatives for traditionally underserved students. 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.

 

Bahareh “Berry” Soltani
Senior Consultant
Bahareh “Berry” Soltani
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Berry brings years of experience as a research-practitioner partnering with organizations to design and implement fair, objective, and inclusive talent management strategies. At Paradigm, she uses her expertise in translating research to practice to inform companies’ diversity and inclusion initiatives. Berry is an expert in psychometrics, from analyzing organizational data and systems to partnering with leaders and other stakeholders to initiate changes to talent measurement strategy and processes. Before joining Paradigm Berry was a Consultant at CEB (now Gartner), where she worked with organizations from a wide range of industries to address various employee assessment needs across the talent management lifecycle. These included defining talent requirements, designing legally defensible assessment solutions, and conducting talent reviews to inform workforce planning decisions and initiatives.

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.

Camille French
Operations Associate
Camille French
Operations Associate
Pronouns: She/her

Camille brings years of program coordination experience to supporting Paradigm’s sales team. In Camille’s previous roles at the U.S. Department of State and the World Bank Group, she developed expertise in balancing the hectic demands of scheduling, correspondence, travel, and event coordination. She understands the importance of maximizing team efficiency, and loves building, improving, and reimagining policies and procedures in order to ensure seamless business operations.

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.

Carissa Romero, PhD
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Carissa Romero, PhD
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Pronouns: She/her

Carissa is one of Paradigm’s Co-Founders, focused on helping clients transform their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives by using data to identify barriers and crafting tailored programs that will achieve measurable impact. Carissa has spearheaded Paradigm’s work with clients in a range of industries, including American Express, Etsy, Lyft, The New York Times, and Zillow Group.

Carissa is passionate about applying psychological research to solve real-world problems, and she is a leading expert in fixed and growth mindsets—people’s beliefs about the nature of talents and abilities. Before joining Paradigm, Carissa co-founded PERTS, Stanford University’s applied research center on mindsets, where she translated research into advice and tools to improve academic achievement across the country. At Paradigm, Carissa uses her expertise to transform companies’ diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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. 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. Carissa holds a doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University.

Chelsea MacMullan
Senior Director
Chelsea MacMullan
Senior Director
Pronouns: She/her

Chelsea leads Paradigm’s strategy consulting practice. Her team works with customers to transform their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives by using data to identify barriers and crafting tailored strategies and programs to drive measurable results.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Chelsea spent six years at Box, where she founded and grew the Change Management Consulting team, focusing on driving behavioral and organizational transformation through technology. She also co-founded the Families at Box employee resource group, which drove improvements in support for working parents at Box. She spent the early years of her career delivering organizational effectiveness and human capital consulting work for both Deloitte and Slalom Consulting.

Chelsea holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and is passionate about building programs and policies that drive large scale change and impact for public good.

Colleen Cox
Consultant
Colleen Cox
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Colleen is a passionate advocate for inclusion, committed to evidence-based policymaking across sectors. As a member of the training team, she designs and executes high-impact training programs, partnering with clients to implement initiatives that sustain learning and foster inclusion. 

Before Paradigm, Colleen worked as a diversity and inclusion consultant at Mercer, a global human resources consulting firm. While there, she led research on women in the workplace, facilitated leadership workshops, and collaborated with organizations across industries, using data and storytelling to underpin culture change strategies.  

Colleen holds a bachelor’s in international development from McGill University in Montreal, where she survived the cold by joining the school’s triathlon club. She has a master’s in public policy from Duke University, where she competed on the club triathlon team and worked as a research assistant for Policy Bridge, an initiative that aligns academics and policymakers. Colleen also served two years in rural Paraguay as a community economic development specialist in the U.S. Peace Corps.

Courri Brady
Director
Courri Brady
Director
Pronouns: He/him

Courri has committed his career to improving the lives of others through coaching, education, and leadership development. During the past 15 years, he has built, enhanced, and facilitated numerous learning experiences on university campuses and for global corporate leaders on topics ranging from cross-cultural engagement to strategic talent management. It is through these professional experiences Courri “lives” his personal mission: to create positive impact in the world through service and lifelong learning to give others the skills and confidence needed to do their best work. 

Prior to joining Paradigm, Courri led the talent management and training functions for a regional non-profit organization. Courri holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and International Development Studies from UCLA, and a master’s in business from California State University, Chico.

Evelyn Carter, PhD
Director
Evelyn Carter, PhD
Director
Pronouns: She/her

Evelyn is a social psychologist who is passionate about using research to inform how we detect, discuss, and confront bias, with the ultimate goal of building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities. As a Director on the Training & People Development team, Evelyn translates academic research into understandable, actionable insights and programs for clients in a variety of industries, including entertainment, higher education, law, non-profit, and technology. She’s worked with companies such as HitRecord, Relativity, and Snap.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Evelyn specialized in using her research expertise to help organizations develop equitable and inclusive practices and products. At Paradigm, Evelyn leverages these skills to design and advance the approach behind many of Paradigm’s core training offerings. She specializes in working with executive teams, and leads a team of consultants with expertise in a variety of areas.

Evelyn’s work and insights have been published in academic journals and popular press outlets such as ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Atlantic, and Huffington Post. Evelyn’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and in 2018, she was featured on the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences “20 Under 40” list. As a testament to her belief in implementing structural change to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion, Evelyn serves on the Diversity and Climate Committee for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and is the co-organizer of the National Science Foundation-funded Black Social and Personality Psychologists Retreat (BlaSPR).

Evelyn holds a doctorate from Indiana University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Jasmine Huang, PhD
Data Scientist
Jasmine Huang, PhD
Data Scientist
Pronouns: She/her

As a Data Scientist at Paradigm, Jasmine integrates her analytical skills and background in organizational theory to identify patterns in data and provide evidence-based recommendations that further companies’ diversity and culture goals. Her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace stems from her experiences as an engineer and as an analyst in the financial services industry. At Paradigm, Jasmine combines this motivation with her research expertise, leveraging data analytics to understand and improve organizations’ unique systems, processes, and outcomes.

Jasmine holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Olin, her research examined blame and credit in the workplace as well as leadership, team dynamics, and gender differences. Prior to earning her PhD, Jasmine worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a business analyst. Jasmine has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, where she served on the executive board of the university’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Jenna Lambert
Chief of Staff
Jenna Lambert
Chief of Staff
Pronouns: She/her

Jenna supports Paradigm’s leadership team in delivering on our mission of helping companies build better, more inclusive environments. She leads internal communications, drives executive alignment, and manages high-impact special projects.

Prior to Paradigm, Jenna helped scale leading tech companies in education and logistics. Her focus as Chief of Staff has been on sustainable business growth, product alignment, and employee experience. In her previous roles, Jenna helped BrightBytes positively impact student learning for 1 in 5 US public schools and helped Flexport break down trade barriers to become the seventh leading freight forwarder in the world.

Jenna is passionate about gender issues, education equality, and the socioeconomic imbalance facing her local community. Outside work, Jenna is a road trip enthusiast who is obsessed with finding every used bookstore and making sure her rescue pup, Dottie, lives her best life.

Jenna holds an MA in English Fiction from San Francisco State University and an MBA in Finance from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Joelle Emerson
Founder & CEO
Joelle Emerson
Founder & CEO
Pronouns: She/her

Joelle partners with leaders of some of the world’s most innovative companies to consult and advise on diversity and inclusion strategies. She has written extensively about diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and on the cover of The Atlantic. In 2017 she was named to Recode’s list of the 100 most influential people in business, and to Marie Claire’s “New Guard” list of 50 women changing the world.

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 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.

Katherine Ullman
Director of Data Science & Research
Katherine Ullman
Director of Data Science & Research
Pronouns: She/her

As Paradigm’s Director of Data Science and Research, Katherine uses her computational and statistical background to uncover patterns in organizational data and paint an evidence-based picture of companies’ demographic and cultural realities, as well as the main hurdles to achieving diversity goals. Katherine draws on conceptual and technical expertise to make data-driven strategic recommendations for changes to organizational systems and processes.

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.

Kiva Wilson
Senior Director
Kiva Wilson
Senior Director
Pronouns: She/her

Kiva Wilson is an experienced practitioner with more than sixteen years of DEI strategy and implementation experience in global, hypergrowth organizations. As a Senior Director on the Training & People Development team, Kiva works collaboratively with clients to design tailored workforce strategies, trainings, and implementation plans that lead to more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organizations. She is passionate about using quantitative and qualitative data to make informed decisions and develop strategy.  

Before Paradigm, Kiva led Diversity & Inclusion Talent Management for Facebook. In this role, she developed and implemented enterprise-wide strategies focused on growing and retaining historically underrepresented employees. She partnered closely with Diversity Business Partners, Human Resource Business Partners, Learning & Development Leads, and People Product teams. Prior to this, Kiva launched Facebook’s Early Career Marketing & Sales Development programs and also served as the company’s inaugural Diversity Business Partner. Kiva previously led the United States Peace Corps’ Office of Diversity & National Outreach where she launched national partnerships to increase representation of under-represented communities in international service. She has led DEI workshops in Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Togo, United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, and South Africa. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard University.

Kristin Demers
Director
Kristin Demers
Director
Pronouns: She/her

Kristin is an organizational development practitioner who is dedicated to creating measurable impact by guiding individuals and groups to success. She brings years of experience in human resources and project management to Paradigm’s Training & People Development team. Using a collaborative approach to creating learning and talent strategies, Kristin helps companies develop and advance their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and builds change management capability to ensure sustainable results. 

Prior to joining Paradigm, Kristin led global initiatives related to leadership development, performance management, succession planning, and compensation design in the financial technology and consumer goods sectors. She has partnered with senior executives across the globe to identify and implement highly customized solutions to meet qualitative and quantitative goals. 

Kristin holds a master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.

Megan Blanchard
Data Scientist
Megan Blanchard
Data Scientist
Pronouns: She/her

Megan is passionate about finding innovative ways to use data and interdisciplinary approaches to uplift structurally disadvantaged communities. As a Data Scientist at Paradigm, Megan uses her research and analytic skills to help companies identify evidence-based strategies to make their teams more effective and equitable. Previously, Megan worked at Mathematica Policy Research as a research assistant and statistical software programmer, where she performed analysis for large-scale longitudinal policy program evaluations.

Before joining Paradigm, Megan attended Princeton University where she worked toward a joint PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, with a certificate in African American Studies. Her research interests include social inequality/mobility, race discrimination, and belonging. At Princeton, Megan worked in the Graduate School’s Diversity and Inclusion office as a Diversity Fellow, served as the President of the Graduate Women of Color Caucus, organized a Race and Inequality Lecture Series, and taught Sociology of Inequality in East Jersey State Prison’s Education Program.

Myriah Ball
Client Services Coordinator
Myriah Ball
Client Services Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her

Myriah brings years of client coordination experience to supporting Paradigm’s Training & Implementation team. With her strong passion for client relationship management and capacity planning, Myriah manages the team’s schedules, training rollouts, and project timelines so that the team can deliver maximum impact to clients. In Myriah’s previous roles at Ameriprise Financial and Alliance Bernstein, she balanced the daily demands of current and prospective clients and managed the integration of three practices, as well as two practice acquisitions.

Myriah is extremely passionate about improving the economic and academic development of her local community. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a dual Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting and Finance.

Natalie Johnson
Co-Founder & Head of Services
Natalie Johnson
Co-Founder & Head of Services
Pronouns: She/her

Natalie is a Paradigm Co-Founder and the Head of Services. Natalie’s team is dedicated to helping clients bring their diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies to life through high-impact trainings and long-term strategic partnerships. Natalie has led Paradigm’s work with dozens of clients across industries, including Airbnb, Box, Capital One, GE, IDEO, Intuit, and Stripe.

Before joining Paradigm, Natalie was a part of Google’s People Analytics team, developing and analyzing a wide range of diversity and inclusion initiatives. During her time at Google, Natalie received an impact award for her meaningful work with Gayglers—Google’s LGBT employee resource group.

Natalie is a leading expert in unconscious bias, from analyzing potential bias in companies’ recruiting, compensation, performance, and promotion processes to training executives to manage and mitigate bias. Natalie has led hundreds of unconscious bias workshops for tens of thousands of employees worldwide. Her work has been featured in a range of publications, including USA Today and The Huffington Post. Natalie holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.

Nicole Colwell
Director of Marketing & Communications
Nicole Colwell
Director of Marketing & Communications
Pronouns: She/her

Nicole leads Paradigm’s marketing efforts, helping the company extend its impact and amplifying awareness around important diversity and inclusion topics.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Nicole led communications for mission-driven healthcare and financial inclusion companies, and spearheaded global PR programs for Fortune 50 companies. Throughout her career, Nicole has had the opportunity to promote equality for women in business and the interests of underrepresented groups—she’s had the opportunity to work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the NAACP, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the World Economic Forum.

After more than a decade in the technology industry, Nicole is passionate about diversity and inclusion’s role in creating more companies, products, and ultimately a more equitable world. Outside of work, she volunteers for political and civic causes, and enjoys seeing as much of the world as possible.

Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from California State University, Chico.

Pin-ya Tseng
Consultant
Pin-ya Tseng
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Pin-ya develops and facilitates Paradigm’s high-impact trainings, drawing from years of experience in psychological research, teaching, and leadership development. She designs trainings and leads workshops that are tailored to clients’ needs and that promote learning, while fostering more diverse and inclusive organizations.

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.

Roni McGee
Consultant
Roni McGee
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Roni has a human-centered, strategy-based approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work. She designs initiatives with a focus on creating learning opportunities and curating experiences that increase inclusive behaviors, attitudes, and practices. Roni’s passion for DEI is rooted in the belief that the work of inspiring individuals, transforming cultures, and empowering communities not only positively influences businesses, but also the world we live in. At Paradigm, Roni is on the Training team, where she designs and facilitates workshops and partners with clients to implement tailored DEI strategies. 

Before joining Paradigm, Roni worked for an agriculture technology company where she held consulting, DEI, learning & development, and HR management roles. With a decade of human resources experience in both university and technology settings, Roni is able to help companies apply DEI methods throughout their business. Roni holds a bachelor’s in Communications from Santa Clara University.

Ryan Godbey
Senior Consultant
Ryan Godbey
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: He/him

Ryan brings years of consulting and business strategy development experience to Paradigm. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies in different industries to leverage data analytics to inform organizational strategy and decision-making. At Paradigm, Ryan is a member of the Strategy & Insights practice, focused on helping clients transform their diversity, equity, and inclusion programs by using data to identify barriers and craft tailored programs that will achieve measurable impact.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Ryan worked for the global HR consulting firm Mercer, where he held consulting, strategy, and HR management roles. At Mercer, he partnered with executive leaders to develop and implement solutions around talent, culture, and business strategy issues. This included organizational redesign, change management, leadership communications, Employee Resource Group development, market analysis, and workforce compensation strategies.

Ryan served in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician and Intelligence Analyst, and he holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.

Sarah Stein, PhD
Data Scientist
Sarah Stein, PhD
Data Scientist
Pronouns: She/her

As a Data Scientist, Sarah leverages her background in organizational theory and computational methods to discover and interpret patterns in organizational data. In particular, she draws on both experimental and observational techniques to establish a robust picture of each organization’s unique culture, structure, and processes. Using these data, Sarah is then able to make targeted, organization-specific recommendations aimed at helping each individual company progress towards its diversity goals.

Before joining Paradigm, Sarah earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, she was also a member of the Computational Culture Lab, which works to develop novel methods of measuring culture and of modeling its evolution. Her own research examined the long-run consequences of hiring for cultural fit using techniques from natural language processing.

Tash Wilder, PhD
Senior Consultant and Executive Coach
Tash Wilder, PhD
Senior Consultant and Executive Coach
Pronouns: They/them

Tash weaves together industry experience, organizational psychology research, and a strong personal commitment to social justice to design workplace cultures that are inclusive and supportive of all employees. They lead our Paradigm Coaching practice, and have worked with companies including American Express, Buzzfeed, Hulu, Glossier, and StitchFix on global training programs.

Before joining Paradigm, they spent several years coaching executives to improve employee engagement and well-being, with an emphasis on working across cultures. Tash’s research examines the conditions that support workplace cultures of compassion and respect, as well as how employees from underrepresented groups experience these cultures.

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 holds a PhD in Positive Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Tess Thomas
Director of Talent
Tess Thomas
Director of Talent
Pronouns: She/her

Tess has spent years managing experienced hire and executive recruiting initiatives in the professional services, technology, healthcare, and finance industries. Her talent acquisition experience spans startup, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 organizations throughout the U.S. She has specific expertise in designing recruitment strategies that reduce bias through evidence-based feedback models and inclusive assessment approaches.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Tess managed talent acquisition for Slalom San Francisco’s business consulting practice. She developed and implemented new recruitment strategies, led recruitment process redesigns, and designed and facilitated interviewer training. While at Slalom, Tess co-founded an affinity group focusing on diversity, inclusion, and belonging – a group that was launched globally across Slalom’s 27 markets –  and co-led Slalom’s LGBTQ+ affinity group. Additionally, Tess has facilitated unconscious bias workshops and led forums on gender, race, and identity in the workplace.

Trudy Brown
Product Manager
Trudy Brown
Product Manager
Pronouns: She/her

Trudy manages Paradigm REACH, our eLearning platform that enables organizations to deliver engaging, relevant, and impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion training to their employees.

Before joining Paradigm, Trudy was a Learning Design Manager at Cengage, where she led a team responsible for achieving successful learner outcomes through strong instructional design based on learning science and strategic customer research. Before that, Trudy built up a wealth of expertise as a Content Development Manager and Managing Editor, supporting key revenue-driving products by maintaining roadmaps and schedules, orchestrating the work of subject matter experts, and refining processes and workflows to bring the highest level of quality to the creation of educational content.

After two decades in the publishing and educational technology industries, Trudy is passionate about lifelong learning and how it can be leveraged to improve people’s lives and to create a more equitable world.

Trudy holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland.