Groundwork features Chief People Officers from the world’s fastest-growing companies. These leaders guide organizations through the turbulent times of hypergrowth by investing in human beings. They lay the groundwork that makes the impossible, inevitable. Join Lingo Live CEO Tyler Muse for conversations on how they became the leaders they are today, how they’ve navigated their toughest challenges, and how they envision the future of work.
Brandon Sammut (Zapier, LiveRamp, TFA)
Brandon Sammut started out in recruiting at Teach for America. After earning a Stanford MBA, he dove right into hyper-growth startups. He served as the Chief People & Culture Officer at LiveRamp, a SaaS platform that he helped grow to over 1,300 employees across 13 offices around the world. Recently he’s moved on to become the Chief People Officer at Zapier, the $5 billion automation startup that pioneered distributed work at scale.
In this episode, Brandon talks about how he approaches career development and it’s radically different from what you might think. We’ll hear about one of the best decisions he ever made, his grandfather’s influence as an auto worker at the original Ford Motors factory in Detroit, and the phone call from his CEO that propelled him overnight to the leadership table.
Mariabrisa Olivares (Twitter, King, Owkin)
Mariabrisa Olivares began her career at Danone and The Walt Disney Company before transitioning to hypergrowth startups. She joined Twitter as their Head of HR in Latin America at a time when they were the underdogs, just 15 employees proving naysayers wrong that the platform had a chance to succeed in the region.
After that, she moved on to become a Chief People Officer at some of the most rapidly-growing companies in Europe, including, most recently Owkin, a biotech startup that’s pioneering artificial intelligence to accelerate medical research.
In this episode, Mariabrisa talks about the first two priorities she sets whenever she joins a new organization that’s looking to grow fast. We’ll hear about her experience with dyslexia, what she means by a guiding principle she coined “scarecited,” and the story of JFK’s visit to NASA and what he learned from one of the janitors on staff.
Kelli Dragovich (Pendo, GitHub, Looker)
Kelli Dragovich started out as an HRBP at Intuit. She moved on to Yahoo!, and from there, found herself in the world of rocketship startups. Her background says it all: SVP of HR at GitHub, SVP of People at Hired, Chief People Officer at Looker, and now Chief People Officer at Pendo. If there’s one thing Kelli knows how to do, it’s how to build the plane while flying it.
In this episode, Kelli talks about the biggest mistake she sees leaders make as they’re scaling from 200 to 3000 people. We’ll hear about her time as an amateur boxer and the magic words by a professor that changed the course of her career.
Introducing Lingo Live's new show about Chief People Officers from the world's fastest-growing companies.