Meet the Team

Kari Heistad, Founder & CEO

Kari Heistad, Founder & CEO

 

Kari Heistad, Founder & CEO

Kari has been involved in diversity and cross-cultural issues for more than 25 years, 19 years as the CEO of Culture Coach International which organizations to solve the teamwork issues that arise from diverse and multicultural teams.

Kari has worked across a wide range of industries, and her work has been called “insightful” and “thought provoking.” All her client work focuses on changing daily interactions in the workplace, within the practical application of consulting and training services.

Kari is an active speaker, a former Fulbright scholar to New Zealand, a media resource, and the winner of a national award from the United Nations Association of the USA for her lifetime commitment to international education including the pioneering of a global Model UN classroom program. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Administration from the School for International Training.


Leo Meira

Leo Meira

Leo Meira
Tech Co-Founder, Lead Software Engineer

Leo brings to the table his experience in startup development. He leads the Engineering team, strategizing on, designing, and implementing back end-to-front end architecture. He has spoken at tech conferences, contributed to the open source community, and interviewed top VPs of Engineering and CTOs in the Boston area for a publication on Medium. 

Leo is a passionate learner and a strong advocate for collaboration between people with different backgrounds and experiences, and wants to make a difference in society. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. LinkedIn.

 
Martha Ware

Martha Ware

Martha Ware
Experience Designer & Usability Researcher

Martha brings Lean UX Design, Usability Research, and Design Thinking to the team. Collaborating closely with development in iterative Agile cycles is her favorite way to implement Experience Design. She was drawn to the project because of a passion to help people, particularly underrepresented groups.

Martha earned her Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University, and is a member of UXPA Boston. She holds a Masters in Teaching from Smith College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. LinkedIn.

 
Teo Barbalho

Teo Barbalho

Teo Barbalho
Marketing

Teo is shifting into the marketing and advertising field from a legal background from an immigration law firm. Teo began his diversity and inclusion work throughout high school and college organizing workshops and peace rallies to educate his community and promote unity. He is dedicated and passionate about the Dashboard's vision and he believes that Diversity Dashboard will benefit businesses by incorporating people from all walks of life, starting with the Dashboard's team itself.  LinkedIn.

 
Yin Deascentis

Yin Deascentis

Yin Deascentis
Software Engineer, Project Management

Yin Deascentis is pivoting into technology project management from a background in social work and counseling. As a licensed mental health clinician, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient care, with young children, youth, adults, and families. Yin completed her second masters degree in computer information systems, in 2017.

Yin believes that increasing diversity in the workplace can improve human lives while minimizing unfairness. She combines her passion for human services with a range of project management, web development, software engineering, and data visualization skills, including Python, AngularJS, ReactJS, Javascript, HTML, and CSS. LinkedIn.

 
 

Advisory Team

iZtek Marketing - a firm focusing on revenue strategies for SaaS companies

CEO, Applewood Books

Former Managing Director Dawntreader Ventures early stage venture capital fund with over $250mm under management

Customer Advisory Board

former Chief Diversity Officer, Transamerica

Diversity and Patient Care Services, MGH

Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Partners Healthcare

CEO, Diversity Staffing Pros

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Eversource Energy