The mission behind
AwakeTeams

AwakeTeams empowers employees, teams, and organizations to thrive in the new normal.

Our Story
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Our Story

AwakeTeams empowers employees, teams, and organizations to thrive in the new normal.

Through a team-based 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 the Google nudge model, AwakeTeams offers bite-sized and tailored individual micro modules that nudge, team training modules and practice sessions that reinforce, and peer feedback that keeps learning constant and dynamic over time.

Our PROGRAM

Our Team

Leadership development experts, HR strategists, data science and software engineers

Laura C. Wells, MBA

Founder & CEO

Laura brings together 15 years of Fortune 100 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 them.

Paul van der Laken, PhD

DATA SCIENTIST

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

CONTENT CURATOR

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.

Luigi Maria Fierro, MBA

Advisor

Luigi, Head of ING HR Strategy and People Analytics, leads the HR strategic agenda globally. As Head of Performance Management space, he redesigned the Group’s new performance management framework and ensured its full implementation for 55,000 employees. Prior to joining ING, Luigi was a junior partner at McKinsey & Co.

René Janssen, MSc

Advisor

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.

Michelle Maldonado, JD

ADVISOR

Michelle is Founder of Lucenscia, a consulting and advising firm dedicated to human flourishing, Emotional Intelligence, and business transformation. A former attorney, Michelle is now one of the “12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement” and her work focuses on leadership development through an equity lens, with a foundation of neuroscience.