The mission behind

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.

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.

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

Our Team

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

Laura C. Wells, MBA

Founder & CEO

Laura has trained leaders in emotional intelligence at organizations including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Kaiser Permanente. She also led Marketing at the nonprofit Brain & Behavior Research Foundation where she learned about neuroplasticity and human potential for behavior change. Prior to that she worked internationally in Fortune 100 CPG companies as a brand manager.

Paul van der Laken, PhD


Paul’s PhD is in People Analytics, with a focus on the application, usage and deployment of statistical and algorithmic techniques in the Human Resources domain. He has been leading and managing innovation and data analytics teams at multinational companies, including Royal Dutch Shell and Achmea. Paul also teaches professionals in effective data science deployment.

Caroline Hollister, BA


Caroline is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for inspiring action and teamwork. She brings hands-on experience working to improve company culture through communication along with expertise in project management. Caroline has developed and implemented training programs for employees and loves to be mission-aligned in her work.

Galih Setiawan, BS


Galih is a first-generation college graduate in his family and aspires to empower people through education. Over the past decade, he has honed his skills and knowledge as a Project Engineer, Project Manager and Business Leader at several multinational companies. He is eager to transition his career to the EdTech industry and is currently pursuing an MBA at UC Davis.

Kristen M Lee, MA


Kristen is a PhD student in Health Psychology at UCLA, where she conducts research at the intersection of social connection, health behaviors, and wellbeing. Her work considers the broader social context as well as social-emotional factors (e.g., sense of belonging) that promote or inhibit positive behavior change. Kristen is also a coach for executive functioning skills and intuitive eating practices. 

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 a powerful effect on our health. She is also interested in studying and developing interventions that cultivate these emotions.

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 focus on developing advanced analytics solutions on the People analytic side. Prior to joining ING, he worked with McKinsey & Co. for 10 years, where, among many other things, he contributed to the development of the Organizational Health Index.

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.

Mads Lillelund, MBA


Mads has 20+ years of C-suite experience in high-tech markets. He has led companies through massive product transformations with a focus on disaggregated, virtualized, and cloud native software solutions. He has also built high performance teams across multiple geographies, raised capital from venture funds, and led the exits for several firms.

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.

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.