The mission behind

AwakeTeams develops and measurably improves key behaviors that drive employee engagement and wellbeing.

Our Story
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Our Story

AwakeTeams trains teams together to create a new culture of practices that increase engagement over time.

Through a team learning model and curriculum, trust-building, effective communication, and productive collaboration skills are developed and measurably improved over time.

The team approach increases program engagement, allows for peer learning, and reveals blind spots through peer feedback. Each teammate is accountable for their own and the team's performance, so the team is encouraged to model and teach strong points and learn from others on weak points.

The Mission Behind AwakeTeams

1. Empower employees to show up fully

Employee disengagement is prevalent and costly, both in terms of unfulfilled human potential and impact to the bottom line in lost productivity. We move the needle on key engagement drivers to get employees back online.

2. Create belonging at work

We know more than ever that we are in all of this together, yet we are working remotely and struggling with inclusivity. AwakeTeams brings teams together and creates the conditions for authentic connection and productive collaboration.

3. Shift Organizational Culture

AwakeTeams creates a ripple effect as more and more teams complete the curriculum, speak the new language, and practice the new behaviors. The alumni create an ongoing wave effect in the organization.

Come and Visit Us

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Academy San Francisco

216 Eddy St, San Francisco, California (CA), 94102
(415) 655-9116

Academy New York

643 Mundy St Watertown, New York (NY), 13601
(304) 722-3754

Engage Teams!

Embark on the learning journey with AwakeTeams.

Based on memory research and social learning theory, AwakeTeams integrates bite-sized and tailored individual micro modules, team training modules and practices that reinforce, and peer feedback that keeps learning constant and dynamic over time.


Our Team

Leadership development experts, HR strategists, data science and product leads

Laura C. Wells, MBA

Founder & CEO

Laura brings together 15 years of consumer-packaged goods brand development, cross-functional and cross-border project management, six years of nonprofit leadership, and a longtime meditation practice to affect positive change in the business world. Positive change in the human and environmental impact of organizations as well as the development of human potential within organizations.

Paul van der Laken, PhD


Paul attained his PhD in people analytics, on the application, usage and deployment of statistical and algorithmic techniques in the Human Resources domain. Since then, he has been managing innovation and data analytics teams and projects at multinational companies. Paul also teaches professionals in effective data science deployment at various universities and on e-learning platforms.

Laura Isela Hazlett, MA


Laura is a PhD student in the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab at UCLA. She studies how positive social emotions affect our brains and bodies. Laura seeks to understand why these emotions, such as gratitude and social warmth, have such a powerful effect on our health. She is also interested in studying and developing interventions that help cultivate these emotions.

Akanksha Sinha, MBA

Product Manager

Akanksha is an experienced Product Leader in the Digital Marketing Industry. During her 14-year career at Google, she led diverse roles spanning Product Leadership, Product Planning, Sales, and Marketing resulting in many successful product launches. She aims to delight customers by advocating for them and ensuring a seamless end-to-end product experience.

Barbara Boselli, MBA


Barbara led teams in global 100 companies for 15 years. She now coaches and leads workshops that combine emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and neuroscience to empower individuals and corporations to relate in a healthy way to today’s accelerated pace of change and high stress environments, resulting in more fulfillment and productivity.

Luigi Maria Fierro, MBA


Luigi, Head of ING HR Strategy and People Analytics, leads the HR strategic agenda globally with clear focus on developing advanced analytics solutions on the People analytic side. Prior to joining ING, Luigi worked with McKinsey & Co. for 10 years, where, among many other things, he contributed to the development of the Organizational Health Index.

René Janssen, MSc


René is Founder and Managing Director of Lepaya, an on-demand learning platform for corporations and individuals. Lepaya is based in Amsterdam, serves clients across Western Europe, and has grown rapidly since inception. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief People Officer at Lazada, a Rocket Internet-founded business acquired by Alibaba.

Ravi Subramaniam, PhD


Ravi is a Distinguished Technologist at HP Inc where he leads and develops new concepts for future (3+ years) products and services. His current focus is on Machine Learning (models, SW infrastructure and SW/HW architectures) for efficient deployment for inference and training at the edge and on PC, IOT and device ecosystems.

Julia Geer, MS


Julia Geer is an executive specialized in commercialization and scaling of leading-edge technologies. She started her career in sales management and has progressed to leading sales, marketing, business strategy and product development in domestic and international markets. She has worked with startups and navigated multiple acquisitions.