Joe Yao

Joe’s background is in high-growth technology startups and computer programming. He has worked with start-ups in education, consumer goods, wellness, and international non-profits. His expertise is in creating instructor training programs, and program-managing key computer engineering projects that increase business efficiencies.

Jenny Woo

Jenny has experience in scaling start-up training programs with high growth needs.  Her areas of focus include team building and leadership development for fast-growing organizations.  Jenny has a background in education and program operations and has worked within the edtech, DEI and non-profit sectors. 

Matt Williams

Matt specializes in leadership development, diversity & inclusion, and collaboration. Matt has spent the past 10 years working as a manager, researcher, and leadership consultant. Matt has spoken at TEDx and SXSW, and his work has been featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Fast Company, Fortune, and NPR. He holds a Master’s degree in communication from Wake Forest University.

Megan Wheeler

Megan Wheeler
Facilitator Lead

Megan has a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She specializes in managing distributed teams. Before LifeLabs Learning, she led L&D at Huge and managed the leadership development program at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Leadership Academy. She has spoken on management at SXSW and published on individual assessments and job selection in the Journal of Applied Psychology. She also supports the development and direction of our facilitation team.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The value that most resonates with me is Be Kind to Your Mind. I love how clearly LifeLabs encourages turning off work at the end of the day and weekends so I can spend time doing other things for myself that fill up my tank and allow me to be a better version of myself back at work.

Pronunciation guide: Megan (MEG-an, meg rhymes with leg)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I was once a Junior Olympian and I appeared in two MTV reality shows.

Nickname at LifeLabs: Mama Megs

Shawn Welch

Shawn Welch
Facilitator

Shawn’s areas of expertise include leadership development, organizational culture, and employee engagement. He has provided HR and management consulting for a broad range of industries, ranging from technology to hospitality. As an executive coach, he has also helped leaders rapidly develop their skills and their teams’ performance and engagement.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: For me, it’s Find a Way to Play. One of my favorite quotes is “Take your mission seriously, not yourself.” Bring passion and energy to your values and goals, but never stop laughing and celebrating what makes you unique.

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I’ve been bungee jumping.

Jeremy Weinberg

Jeremy Weinberg
Facilitator

Jeremy has a background in higher education and has extensive crisis response experience. He learned the incredibly nuanced nature of language and the importance of reflection and listening when he spent time working with students. His current areas of focus are DEI and communications. Jeremy has a Master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and an MBA from Boston College.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: 80% is Better Than 0% resonates most with me because it is an important reminder that I am a work in progress, and doing my personal best is more important than being perfect in all things. This is a difficult value to master as an ex-perfectionist, but one that is so important and informing my approach to work and life!

Pronunciation guide: Jeremy (JARE-uh-mee) Weinberg (WINE-burg)

Pronouns: he/him

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I was a classically trained vocalist from grades 6-12, and then became an a cappella music director in college – so music is very much an important part of my life!

Nickname at LifeLabs: JerBear

Ryan Vukelich

Ryan has an BS in engineering from Northwestern University and a background in psychology. He has trained managers around the globe in the science of negotiation and cross-team collaboration, including working for 7 years in learning and development at Google. Ryan’s areas of specialization are conflict resolution, communication, and influence. He also supports the development and direction of our facilitation team.

Chelsea Villareal

Chelsea Villareal
Facilitator

Chelsea’s expertise is in cross-cultural communication, with a focus on helping leaders and teams cultivate community and belonging. She has been a facilitator, curriculum developer, translator, and university lecturer and led educational programs in the US, Jordan, Egypt, and Spain. They have a Master’s degree in Arabic linguistics and have conducted research on language and gender identity.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: For me, Open the Circle is the value that underpins all the others. My work and overall mission in life centers around my commitment to a vision of a world in which people are free to live authentically and experience deep connectedness to themselves and others.

Pronunciation guide: Chelsea (CHEL-see) Villareal (VEE-yah-rae-al)

Pronouns: they/them or she/her

Languages spoken: English and Arabic – MSA and Levantine (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I worked in the food industry for 10 years and have done it all, from latte art to whole animal butchery.

Neli Vazquez

Neli Vazquez
Facilitator

Neli specializes in DEI and diverse culture learning, with a focus on building high-performing teams engendering inclusive cultural transformation. She has deep experience having served as an inclusion, agility, and innovation coach to mid to C-level executives. Neli’s background includes working for ​​Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, and in higher education.

Priti Trivedi

Priti Trivedi
Facilitator

Priti’s background is in consulting for scaling startups. She has designed and run numerous programs around leadership, culture, and inclusion, and has co-created educational curricula for companies and individuals in the technology field. Priti holds a Juris Doctorate and has published research on technology law.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: I truly love and embrace them all, but if I must choose, it’s Be Kind to Your Mind. The world is a big place and there are so many fascinating things learn and people to meet and things to accomplish! I have to remind myself that pushing too hard slows healing and growth instead of accelerating it, and Be Kind To Your Mind reminds me to do that!

Pronunciation guide: Priti (PREE-thee) Trivedi (Triv-ED-i)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I write, perform, direct, and improvise. Storytelling is a core part of how I connect with the world.

Julie Tobi

Julie Tobi
Facilitator

Julie has worked in a variety of settings including academia, health care, and research centers. She has a background in coaching, academic research, and health education, with experience managing distributed employees. She has published in a number of academic peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and Contemporary Clinical Trials. She specializes in developing curricula and research. Julie has a Master’s Degree in counseling.

Gustavo Tiffer

Gustavo is deeply passionate about human development, healthy organizational culture, and guiding people to success. True to the LifeLabs Learning value of Always Be Learning, Gustavo is most curious about the things that stir the soul: movies, stories, sounds, books, images, and moments. He is an avid podcast listener, photographer, baseball fan, and lover of reading. Gustavo has a Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in Communication.