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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.

Aditi Chakravarty
Consultant
Aditi Chakravarty
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

As an organizational psychologist and cultural researcher, Aditi specializes in diversity & inclusion strategy, talent development, and change management for high-growth organizations. She combines an extensive marketing & communications background from the technology sector with expertise in organizational behavior and data analytics to build cultural infrastructure that supports, amplifies, and sustains business impact. Her work as a diversity researcher at Harvard Business School focused on the mechanics of recruiting and retention practices and the implications of internal and external constructs of “cultural fit” on organizational diversity outcomes.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Aditi served as a consultant for CEB, now Gartner, where she designed and implemented comprehensive talent and change management solutions for a wide range of Fortune 500 companies. She also served as the recruiting leader of Gartner’s employee resource group Mosaic, managing a global team to improve Gartner’s recruiting and hiring processes. Aditi holds a master’s degree in adult development and organizational psychology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Barnard College at Columbia University.

Aimy Ngo
Director of Strategy & Operations
Aimy Ngo
Director 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 & Implementation 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.

Andrew Brooks, PhD
Data Scientist
Andrew Brooks, PhD
Data Scientist
Pronouns: He/him

Andrew is a Social Science researcher with a background in mixed-methods studies and research design. As a Data Scientist at Paradigm, Andrew’s goal is to apply a range of statistical techniques to answer people-centered questions that fuel strategic recommendations. His previous experiences range from managing multiple research projects, designing studies, collecting data, and developing measurement and statistical methods to answering complex questions using various computational tools.

Before joining Paradigm, Andrew attended Stanford University where he obtained a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in Comparative Politics and International Relations. His research interests include the nature of change in the global political community and the complex character of processes such as globalization, ethnic conflict, development, colonialism, and systemic racism. While at Stanford, Andrew worked as a research assistant and facilitated several courses with a focus on international relations and politics.

Angela Ju
Senior Consultant
Angela Ju
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Angela brings years of strategic communications and reputation management experience to diversity and inclusion. She has helped numerous Fortune 500 technology clients redefine their diversity and inclusion strategies through extensive qualitative research, partnership identification and evaluation, and solutions to refine messaging. Angela has also supported clients in uncovering gaps in diversity and inclusion initiatives, and developing strategies to address those shortcomings. In addition to her broader consulting work at Paradigm, Angela acts as a thought partner to our clients in developing effective internal and external communications related to their diversity and inclusion strategy.

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.

Aya Yagi
Consultant
Aya Yagi
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Aya approaches diversity and inclusion through an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on experience in the arts, education, and social sciences. She honed her research skills at Research for Action, an education nonprofit that focuses on education reform initiatives for traditionally underserved students, and at the University of Pennsylvania Sociology Department as a research assistant. Aya is especially interested in using qualitative research to surface important stories and themes that help companies understand barriers to inclusion. At Paradigm, Aya supports our Consulting team in designing and implementing effective diversity and inclusion strategies, and in designing high-impact training.

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
Sales Operations Associate
Camille French
Sales 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 and is the Managing Director of our Strategy & Insights practice. Carissa’s team is 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 from 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.

Cody Morse
Client Account Manager
Cody Morse
Client Account Manager
Pronouns: He/him

Cody is passionate about gender and racial equality, as well as LGTBQ+ rights, and loves partnering with like-minded organizations. At Paradigm, Cody is an integral member of the Client Success team, helping companies navigate their diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys and drive positive impact. He is committed to creating true connections with his clients and values integrity, transparency, and honesty.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Cody held sales and account management roles at companies including DocuSign, BabyCenter, and Yelp. His consistent focus has been fostering relationships to help his clients succeed.

Cody graduated from Santa Clara University where he majored in marketing and captained the SCU Men’s Volleyball team.

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.

Cynthia Capacillo
Billing and AR Specialist
Cynthia Capacillo
Billing and AR Specialist
Pronouns: She/her

Cynthia brings over 20 years of accounting and billing experience in professional services to Paradigm’s Operations team. At Paradigm, Cynthia manages client billing and works to ensure that the invoicing process is timely and accurate, and that clients have the best experience when working with the Paradigm team. In Cynthia’s previous roles, she managed large volumes of billing and expenses across a number of clients and six different offices.

Cynthia is a San Francisco native and is passionate about contributing to her local community. She is a regular participant for the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk and the Divas Running Series. Cynthia also volunteers at Glide Memorial Church and is an active participant at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Noe Valley. Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Erin L. Thomas, PhD
Managing Director
Erin L. Thomas, PhD
Managing Director
Pronouns: She/her

Erin is an award-winning diversity researcher and practitioner. She leads the Paradigm Chicago office, where she is responsible for expanding impact in the Midwest and among Fortune 500 clients. Erin brings a distinct mix of research expertise and applied diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioner experience to Paradigm, where she collaborates with executives at the world’s most innovative companies to generate strength from diversity. Her research on intersectionality and social invisibility has received recognition and funding from organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Psychological Association. In 2014, she was honored by the Association for Women in Science-Chicago for her D&I advocacy.

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.

Evelyn Carter, PhD
Director, Training & Implementation
Evelyn Carter, PhD
Director, Training & Implementation
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. She works to translate academic research into understandable, actionable insights and programs for clients.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Evelyn co-founded Illuminate Diversity Consulting, where she helped tech companies, non-profits, and cultural centers develop equitable and inclusive practices and products. She also served as the Director of Translational Research & Anti-Bias Training in the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity, 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’s work and insights have been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and The Atlantic. 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.

Evelyn holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Fidel Rodriguez
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Fidel Rodriguez
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Pronouns: He/him

Fidel has a strong background in global talent acquisition across multiple industries such as enterprise technology, fintech, and agency recruiting. At Paradigm, Fidel helps our Talent Acquisition team find, engage, and hire the best people for our client-facing and internal teams. During his time at Leanplum, Fidel led recruitment efforts for their U.S., EMEA, and APAC offices. His global experience has allowed him to build strong relationships worldwide with some of the best talent. Fidel is passionate about connecting people to their dream teams while fostering a genuine and positive candidate experience.

Prior to working in talent acquisition, Fidel served in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years. Outside of work, he volunteers with veterans by helping them create resumes and prepare for interviews. When Fidel is not traveling or finding the best talent for Paradigm, you can find him continuing his studies at Colorado State 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.

Kirsten NJ Byron
Director of Client Success & Partnerships
Kirsten NJ Byron
Director of Client Success & Partnerships
Pronouns: She/her

Kirsten works with Paradigm’s clients to ensure we deliver best-in-class service to meet each organization’s unique needs. She also collaborates with partners to expand Paradigm’s footprint and scale our impact.

Kirsten has spent her career focused on the customer, managing teams across Sales, Customer Service, and Business Development.  Before joining Paradigm Kirsten spent seven years at Box. During that time she managed partnerships, drove business development efforts, built and led customer success teams, and managed the Sales Development team after serving as an early salesperson herself. Most recently, Kirsten has focused on growing Box’s relationships with key partners, including the launch and operationalization of the massive partnership between Box and IBM. She is passionate about helping women in business and spent many years as a leader in the Box Women’s Network, helping found the group and serving as its global co-chair.

Kirsten graduated Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow (MSx) and spent much of her time at Stanford exploring the topic of increasing diversity and inclusion in organizations.

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.

Megan Casey
Events Marketing Manager
Megan Casey
Events Marketing Manager
Pronouns: She/her

Megan plans and executes all of Paradigm’s events, from our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Labs to intimate salon-style dinners.

Megan has years of experience in event management. Prior to Paradigm, she worked for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in San Francisco and Vancouver, where she planned conferences, social events, and non-profit galas. She was also an active member of the RiiSE committee, which supported gender equality and diversity programs throughout Fairmont and Accor Hotels. Megan has a passion for connecting with people, and spends her time outside of work traveling and volunteering within her community.

Megan holds a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University.

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 & Managing Director
Natalie Johnson
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Pronouns: She/her

Natalie is one of Paradigm’s Co-Founders and is the Managing Director of our Training & Implementation practice. 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.

Safiya Castel, PhD
Consultant
Safiya Castel, PhD
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Safiya is passionate about shaping organizations into inclusive spaces for people from all backgrounds, and minimizing the barriers to career entry and advancement for people from underrepresented groups. Safiya brings to Paradigm a broad knowledge of social-psychological research on prejudice and discrimination, with an emphasis on subtle and insidious forms of bias that perpetuate barriers to diversity within organizations. Safiya’s research focuses on how majority group members reward people from underrepresented groups who uphold the power and influence of the majority group, while penalizing those who challenge that status quo.

Given her intensive research background, she also brings strong quantitative data analysis skills and an ability to distill the latest research in the fields of social psychology and organizational behavior into usable information that can be applied to the formation of impactful D&I strategy. Safiya has a PhD in Management & Organizations from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

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
Tash Wilder, PhD
Senior Consultant
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. 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 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.

Tess Thomas
Head of Talent Acquisition
Tess Thomas
Head of Talent Acquisition
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.