Thu-Hang Tran

Thu-Hang Tran
Product Coordinator

As a Product Coordinator, Thu-Hang does quality assurance for our Product Department to keep information flowing swiftly and make sure we’re producing high-quality content. With a background in Mathematics and a graduate degree in Education, Thu-Hang’s expertise lies in design and process optimization. She also has the superpower of keeping small details from slipping through the cracks.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: I resonate most with 80% is Better Than 0% because I often find myself trying to stew too much to perfection instead of just testing things out to see where it may take me. This value is a reminder for me to take the first step even when I’m not ready.

Pronunciation guide: Thu-Hang (2-hang, like to hang with you)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English and Vietnamese (fluent)

Fun fact: I wear a size 2.5 in kids shoes!

Vanessa Tanicien

Vanessa Tanicien
Director of Product Strategy and Operations

Vanessa’s expertise is in codifying cultural norms, strategic planning, program management, and internal communication. At LifeLabs Learning, she’s the Director of Product Strategy & Operations, the host of The LeaderLab powered by LifeLabs Learning podcast, and facilitates training at all levels. Vanessa holds a degree from Boston University

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Cut the Clutter: I think keeping an eye on optimization is very powerful. When we do this we inevitably are kinder to our minds. Gotta love a double whammy!

Pronunciation guide: Vanessa (VUH-neh-sah) Tanicien (TUH-knee-see-YEN)

Pronouns: she/her

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

Fun fact: I’ve eaten pizza on a volcano that was made by the heat of the volcano. #findawaytoplay

Nickname at LifeLabs: V (super creative, I know)

Ian Scott

As our Director of Digital Learning, Ian designs systems and processes that ensure our digital learning experiences are sticky, sustainable, and scalable. His area of expertise is learning experience design, focusing on turning abstract ideas into practical next steps. Ian also has years of experience in product strategy and development. 

Diane Sadowski-Joseph

Diane Sadowski-Joseph
Head of Content

Before LifeLabs Learning, Diane spent 15 years building People Ops, L&D, and train-the-trainer programs in organizations around the globe. Diane’s specialization is in behavior change, leadership, and organizational design. At LifeLabs Learning, she is the Head of the Content department.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Truthfully, I love all our values because they each resonate in different moments of need. One that’s top of mind for me right now is Open the Circle because I believe it’s through deliberate attention to expanding access and welcoming different perspectives that we will create a better world for everyone.

Pronunciation guide: Sadowski (sad-OW-ski, Sad. Ow. Ski., like a ski accident in reverse)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), I can order food and count to ten in Mandarin, Czech, French, Spanish, and Malayalam

Fun fact: My first job was working on a horse ranch. I learned lots of life lessons about respect, courage, and shoveling manure.

Nickname at LifeLabs: DSJ, D-Train, Coach D

LeeAnn Renninger

LeeAnn Renninger
Co-Founder

LeeAnn is interested in all kinds of things, from noticing patterns in the way people part their hair to the way car headlights look like facial expressions.

LeeAnn has a PhD in cognitive psychology with a specialization in idea transfer, rapid skill acquisition, and leadership development. She is a co-founder of LifeLabs, a researcher, curriculum design specialist, and co-author of the books The Leader Lab: How to Become a Great Manager, Faster and Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable & Engineer the Unexpected. LeeAnn’s TED Talk–“The secret to giving great feedback”–has over 1.4 million views. 

LeeAnn has lectured at Columbia Business School, Princeton, MIT, the University College London, and the United Nations.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Our value of Find a Way to Play is a RASCAL. I love it. Why not live a life of mischief, joy, and rowdiness while getting important stuff done in the world.

Pronunciation guide: Renninger (RENN-in-GER, with a hard g)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English and German (fluent)

Fun fact: I like to make miniature bouquets, using mini mini vases. The world of the tiny invites wild wonder.

Nicknames at LifeLabs: Lenny

 

 

 

Samantha Martin

Samantha Martin
Head of Digital Learning

As Head of Digital Learning, Samantha creates and supports personal transformation through experience, learning, and product design. She has an Master’s Degree in Peace & Conflict Studies and founded and led an edtech company in the higher education space prior to joining LifeLabs Learning in a digital product and learning capacity.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Always Be Learning reminds me that every experience provides an opportunity to understand more about ourselves, others, and our world. 

Pronouns: she/her

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

Fun Fact: I enjoy home exchanges to travel like a local!

Nickname at LifeLabs: Sam

T.J. Jourian

T.J. Jourian
Instructional Designer

T.J.’s expertise is in training, consulting, and curriculum design, particularly in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Professionally, his experiences include LGBTQ campus centers, residential life, Quaker nonprofit work, and academia. T.J. has a PhD in Higher Education and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration with a Multicultural Education cognate.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me is Always Be Learning. I consider myself a lifelong learner and educator, am very curious and inquisitive, and I love going to conferences! #BigNerdEnergy

Pronunciation guide: Jourian (djuhr-yahn)

Pronouns: he/him

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Armenian (conversational+), and Greek (conversational)

Fun fact: I got my first driver’s license at the age of 31.

NeEddra James

As an Instructional Designer, NeEddra ensures our content is instantly useful and makes a lasting impact. She creates content and supports the ongoing optimization, research, and design of learning materials. NeEddra has a Master’s degree and background in education, with specializations in social and emotional development, learning experience design, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Olivia Chung

Olivia Chung
Expert Product Manager

As Expert Product Manager, Olivia creates digital systems and experiences that enable clients and Labmates to achieve their goals. She cares about advocating for the needs of her users, deeply understanding what they are trying to achieve, and creatively figuring out how to take ideas from inception to solution. Her expertise lies in product management, experience design, and strategic thinking.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: I believe Courage Over Comfort is the root of all other values and that’s why it resonates most with me. We need courage to be open to learning, allow ourselves to play, feel comfortable with 80%, cut the clutter from our work, give our brains permission to rest, and let others into the circle.

Pronouns: she/her

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

Fun fact:I love water-based activities, with a special eye for stand up paddle boarding!

Rachel Abrahams

Rachel Abrahams
Instructional Designer

Rachel is a certified instructional designer and skilled facilitator who has provided training at all levels. Her expertise is in process improvement, burnout, and adult learning theory. She has her Master’s degree from Columbia University and has spent her career as a manager, researcher, consultant, and analyst in a variety of industries, ranging from technology to healthcare.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Always Be Learning sums up my approach to life. Whether it’s a new coaching technique, a surprising animal fact, or a different perspective on something I thought I knew, I want to learn it. “Study hard what interests you in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible.” – Richard Feynman.

Pronunciation guide: Rachel (RAY-chul) Abrahams (AY-bra-hams) (*When I was little, I thought it was really embarrassing to have lingerie in my name.)

Pronouns: she/her

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

Fun fact: My claim to nerd fame is that I once corrected the Merriam-Webster dictionary. And they thanked me for “keeping them on their toes.”

Nicknames at LifeLabs: Rachela (Rachel was already taken); 🥒