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Cynthia Owyoung

Founder and CEO

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Cynthia Owyoung has established and led diversity and inclusion initiatives for nearly15 years at organizations both large and small, including GitHub, Yahoo and Intuit.  Cynthia is known for integrating a diversity and inclusion lens into all aspects of the business, from talent management to product development.

 Prior to her calling in human resources, she also built a decade-long career as a Brand Strategist for leading global brands and advertising agencies, developing campaigns for Microsoft, Levi Strauss and Apple. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abilities United, a nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities.


Susan Cooney



Principal Consultant

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Susan Cooney is a tech industry veteran and marketing strategist who partners with startups, growth stage companies and Fortune 50 organzations to navigate growth. A serial entrepreneur, Susan has been on the founding team of 9 startups, 6 with successful exits, including PayPal and LinkExchange. In addition to her extensive startup experience, Susan is a leadership coach, inclusion advocate and mentor. Susan graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, was a finalist in Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Startup Idol competition and was featured in Tom Peters’ The Circle of Innovation, a book exploring innovative talent-based enterprises.

Jessie Wusthoff

Jessie Wusthoff

Associate Consultant

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Jessie founded and currently runs the Diversity & Inclusion program at Quantcast, an advertising technology company in San Francisco.  With a non-profit and learning & development background, her lifetime commitment to breaking down stereotypes and building inclusion is now a full-time focus. Jessie serves on the Diversity Advocates leadership team, a community dedicated to advancing diversity across the technology industry.  Her current emphasis is on increasing the presence of disability and intersectionality in the greater diversity and inclusion conversation.


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