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Team

The Workplace Analytics Team.

Work with our team to understand the underlying data that defines your firm's culture, strategy, hiring practices, and innovation.

Executive Team

Lynn Vavreck.  Chief Executive Officer & President.

    

Strategy, Business Development, Survey Techniques

Lynn Vavreck, a professor of Political Science at UCLA, has spent her career making sense of how people react to political messaging. She has translated her research for non-expert audiences including political candidates and consultants, journalists, and regular readers of The New York Times. She is the co-author of the forthcoming “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America” and the 2012 award-winning campaign book, “The Gamble”, which was described by Nate Silver as the “definitive account” of the 2012 election. Lynn has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation to modernize the way surveys are conducted and is an inaugural winner of the Andrew F. Carnegie Fellowship, an annual prize given in support of research on challenges to democracy. She has served on the advisory boards of the American and British National Election Studies and is a past chair of the American Political Science Association’s Experimental Research Section. She has twice worked with survey research related start-ups, building the original panel for Polimetrix, Inc., an online survey research company now operated as YouGov America and for Integrated Media Measurement Incorporated. Lynn holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester and has worked at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and The White House.

Randy Stevenson.  Chief Scientific Officer.

    

Data Analysis, Survey Methods

Randy is a leading expert in applied statistics and data science and runs the research, modeling and analytical functions of Workplace Analytics™. Randy’s specialized focus in survey design, applied statistical methods, comparative mass political behavior, comparative political psychology, and experimental design make him a key part of the Workplace Analytics™ experience for clients. It is his ability to explain the underlying mechanics behind the assessments that is of particular value to executives.

In his work as a political science professor, Randy has taught advanced statistical methods at Rice University, graduate-level lectures in applied statistics at Oxford University, advanced statistical methods at the prestigious Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, and advanced statistical methods at the IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods at the National University of Singapore. Throughout his career, Randy has also provided statistical analysis and advice for government agencies across the U.S.

He is also an an award winning author (“The Economic Vote: How Political and Economic Institutions Condition Election Results” won the Gregory M. Luebbert Award for the best book published in Comparative Politics.) and his publications have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, and many other leading journals. Randy has also served as associate editor of the American Journal of Political Science, been the Principal Investigator on eight grants from the National Science Foundation, and is a member of the governing board of the American National Election Study.

Randy received his Ph.D and M.A. in Political Science at the University of Rochester, and his B.A. in Political Science at Texas A&M University.

Manu Kalia.  Chief Financial Officer.

    

Project Management, Data Analysis, Modeling

Manu brings 18 years of experience as a CFO, COO, and CEO of various venture-funded start-ups to Workplace Analytics and its clients. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, specializing in optical networking, before moving to Wall Street to serve as a research analyst and private equity principal. He then moved to Silicon Valley to focus on venture-funded start-up operations and financing. Manu is a co-founder of 86 Pillars, an expert witness services company, and Greensparc, an energy and utilities consultancy. Mr. Kalia holds a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Russ Rosenzweig.  Chief Operating Officer.

    

Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

Russ W. Rosenzweig is the COO of Workplace Analytics and has overall responsibility for executing on the vision of the firm. Russ is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, business advisor, and instructor in the area of entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder of 86 Pillars LLC, an expert witness search firm, the CEO of the Silicon Valley Institute for Business Innovation, Managing Director of Expert Capital Partners, a litigation finance firm, and the Executive Director of World Ventures Group, a non-profit dedicated to reducing global conflicts via commerce and entrepreneurship.

Russ previously served as the CEO of Round Table Group, since acquired by Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Round Table Group, Mr. Rosenzweig served as a senior consultant for the management consulting practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. Russ holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he serves as an active advisor and strategist to the Office of the Provost. He also holds a BA from Northwestern University in economics and mathematical methods in the social sciences.

Florencio De Avila.  Chief Marketing Officer.

    

Digital Strategy, Innovation

Florencio focuses on various strategic, analytic and digital initiatives at Workplace Analytics™. He is the co-founder and CEO of Bonfyre Concepts, an LA-based digital strategy and application design firm with a particular focus on biometric, healthcare, and e-commerce applications in North America and Africa, a co-founder and partner at Frolic, an e-commerce platform and agency connecting brands with rapid prototypes and customer analytics, and a director at the Silicon Valley Institute for Business Innovation, where he works with clients to design and develop innovation programs and strategies. Florencio holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and studied Mandarin at Fudan University.

Jeffrey Lewis.  Senior Vice President, Research & Analytics.

    

Data Analysis, Database Architecture, Application Development

Jeffrey B. Lewis, a Professor of Political Science at UCLA, is also the former Chair of the department, past President of the Society for Political Methodology, and previous co-editor of the American Political Science Review. He develops statistical methods that make sense of political attitudes and decision-making and then applies those methods to understand how well citizens are represented by those who govern them. His work in this area won him the Warren E. Miller Prize given to the best article published in Political Analysis in a given year. His research articles have also appeared in other leading outlets such as the Journal of Political Economy, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.   Outside the academy, Lewis helped to launch and held the position of Director of Statistics at Polimetrix, Inc. (now operated by YouGov, Inc.), a world leader in internet-based survey research, and he has served as an expert consultant and witness in a variety of legal cases related to voting, elections, and redistricting.  Jeff earned his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and has previously taught at Princeton University.

Beth Marchessault.  Vice President, Operations.

    

North America

Beth Marchessault brings an impressive array of operations and entrepreneurship expertise to the Workplace Analytics team. Beth plays a key role in coordinating the firm’s internal operations as well as the project management of major projects. Prior to joining the team, she was a senior manager for many years at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the world’s leading consortium of entrepreneurial company founders with at least $1m in sales. Specifically, she directed training and education operations at EO. Beth holds a BA from the College of William and Mary.

Ahra Wu.  Data Scientist.

    

Bio coming soon!

Andrew Wood.  Data Scientist.

    

Bio coming soon!

Advisors

Jean Egmon.  Senior Advisor.

    

North America

Dr. Jean Egmon is the founder and CEO of Third Angle, Inc., and a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Prior to her roles with Third Angle and Northwestern, she was an investment advisor and financial portfolio designer. Dr. Egmon founded Third Angle in 1999, at the request of organizations familiar with her innovative work and research in and outside of Northwestern University.

A “serial intrapreneur,” Dr. Egmon has established several new businesses, initiatives and curricula as a professor within Northwestern and its Kellogg School of Management, as well as organizations outside of academia. She founded KALE (Kellogg Action Lab Experience)—bringing together diverse companies and researchers from the best institutions looking to break through barriers to growth, and to innovate, collaborate and learn together. This award-winning, proprietary model has been adapted and is now a unique Third Angle offering (TALE© Third Angle Action Lab Experience). As the Director of Collaborative Practices and as the Founder and Director of the Complexity in Action Network (CANet) at Kellogg/Northwestern, Dr. Egmon has repeatedly translated scientific research into practical applications for a myriad of industries, focusing on innovation, growth and behavioral change of individuals and systems.

Dr. Egmon and her teams twice earned global recognition for innovation by the prestigious Edison Awards™ for their innovative business models and transformational designs. Prior to her roles at Kellogg and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Dr. Egmon founded and directed the Center for Learning and Organizational Change. She has also been an entrepreneur in her volunteer work, founding a global literacy initiative that has evolved to serve over a million adults and children every year through direct literacy service.

Dr. Egmon’s research includes the use of strategies used to successfully turn businesses around and transform them into innovative companies, as well as identifying Patterns of Profitability© that distinguish profitable and sustainable growth initiatives and cultures from unsuccessful ventures. She co-authored The Prepared Mind of a Leader: Eight Skills Leaders Use to Innovate, Make Decisions, and Solve Problems, and has written and published many articles. She is an internationally sought speaker on business innovation, individual and group collaboration, and behavioral change.

Dr. Egmon’s own education reflects a pattern of interdisciplinary bridge-building. She earned a double-major in business administration and English literature from Monmouth College. Her masters and doctorate degrees, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, emphasize the power of cross-functional leader cognition and the use of bridging strategies (e.g., metaphors, model building and framing) to activate collaboration, innovation, and economic and human growth.

Ekkart Kaske.  Senior Advisor.

    

Europe

Ekkart Kaske has been focusing for more than 12 years on Government Affairs and Public Policy activities of global players (Dresdner Bank AG, Allianz SE, Zurich Insurance Group). In his last corporate function, he served as Head of Government & Industry Affairs of the Zurich Group in Germany. In 2013, still within Zurich Group, he became interim co-lead of a pan-European government affairs role while continuing to hold responsibility for the German-speaking community in Brussels. Building upon his experience in strategic communication as well as regulatory and reputational risk management, in 2017 Ekkart Kaske founded a consultancy specializing in corporate diplomacy in Berlin. Since then he has been advising financial service providers, insurance companies and associations. In addition, he has taken up a leading role for a Brussels based non-profit advocacy and think-tank organization to ensure that the legal environment in Europe protects both consumers and businesses alike – with a focus on issues related to effective (mass) redress or ethical business regulation.

Earlier in his career he worked for nearly 10 years in the operations area of financial services companies – several of them included leading positions in China. Ekkart gained further experience in business development at a Telematics start-up in Trieste (Italy). He studied Business Economics in Munich, Glasgow and Bayreuth. During his Executive MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (Chicago) in cooperation with WHU (Vallendar), he focused on Political Risk Management and Government Relations.

Ekkart Kaske is fluent in German, French and English. He and his wife, a native of France, have three sons and reside in Berlin.

Kerstin Knöefel.  Senior Advisor.

    

Europe

Kerstin boasts over 20 years of experience in international corporate business operating in an array of challenging industries, including 18 years in leadership and executive positions with a particular focus on rapidly changing corporate environments and cultures. In her role at Workplace Analytics, Kerstin helps clients develop their strategies and capabilities in order for them to successfully reinforce the desired corporate culture.

Kerston is based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Francisco Prochaska.  Senior Advisor.

    

Latin America

Francisco has more than 30 years of experience developing projects and creating business initiatives while in management positions in both Chilean and foreign companies, including: Compañías CIC S.A. (IT); Trilogic S.A. (founding partner); Dell Computer de Chile Ltda. and, currently, as General Manager of Crisis Management Latin America S.A. Francisco is currently focused on developing industry in Chile through his consulting service, cultivating local consultants, and building strategic alliances throughout Latin America – with a primary focus on all facets of crisis management.

Francisco was trained on Specialized Corporate Level Crisis Management at Crisis Management International Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia and studied at Universidad Católica de Chile. He currently resides in Santiago de Chile.