A Note from Jonathan ...
Like you, I struggled for many years trying to bridge the gap between my personal and professional self. How could I make a great living in the world while feeling like I was moving closer to my authentic self at the same time?
In 2015, out of desperation, I had an epiphany.
What if it’s that very idea itself — that personal and professional growth were ever truly separate or should be — that we can’t seem to change the employee engagement numbers no matter how hard we try or how much money we spend.
What if being able to have personal growth conversations in a professionally appropriate way was the secret to:
- Creating happy and deeply engaged employees
- Getting managers get out of overwhelm, rework and too many meetings.
- Embodying the values-based culture that every CEO dreams about (secretly or not!).
Refound was created to offer an alternative philosophy for leaders who are truly committed to creating a people-first culture.
While leaders play a critical role, our approach starts in the middle of the organization. By training managers to reimagine their role — from taskmaster to personal growth facilitators, and giving them practical tools to start and manage the critical conversations — our clients are accelerating the shift to a culture based on personal ownership, transparency and fostering accountability based on strengths, not shame or judgment.
We believe that every employee deserves a great boss and that a great boss is someone that helps you become a better person while you’re at work.
We also believe that the dismal employee engagement numbers tell only part of the story. When we factor in the secondary impacts of a disengaged workforce on families and communities, on individual mental and emotional health, substance abuse, and chronic illness, there’s no more urgent problem to solve.
With all the uncertainty in our world, one thing is clear: changing the lives of employees is good for business, good for the world, and, most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.
Thanks for coming.
Jonathan Raymond, CEO
Jonathan is the owner of Refound and the author of Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For. After twenty years of not being able to decide whether he was a business executive or a personal growth teacher, Jonathan stopped trying to figure it out. He's the former CEO and Chief Brand Officer of EMyth, where he led the transformation of a global coaching brand and has worked in tech, clean tech, and the nonprofit world since graduating law school in 1998. He’s madly in love with his wife, tries not to spoil his daughters, and will never give up on the New York Knicks. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, a lovely town that’s too far away from a warm ocean.
Astrid Schanz-Garbassi, Head of Product
Astrid has taken on various leadership roles at early stage companies, most recently serving on the executive team at Stride health, where she grew the Member Experience department from one to 14 people. In all of her endeavors, she’s been repeatedly struck by the power of well-executed conversations focused on growth and accountability to transform outcomes, people and entire businesses for the better. Astrid currently lives in San Francisco where she delights in long trail runs, is grateful for the ever-growing network of bike lanes, and tries to resist buying unreasonably-priced avocado toast (with varying degrees of success).
Danelen (Dané) Johnson, Coach + Facilitator
Throughout her career Dané has dedicated herself to achieving goals by focusing on the contribution and growth of her team members. First in hospitality then in healthcare fundraising and innovation, Dané realized success is best achieved by cultivating relationships and building a culture in which collaboration thrives and employees find fulfillment - and fun - in their daily work. Before joining Refound, Dané was the Strategic Relations Director for OSF Innovation and Jump Simulation. Dané also serves as adjunct Management and Leadership faculty at Bradley University. She is a lifelong Cubs fan and is endlessly entertained by her two hilarious French Bulldogs.
Tony Piper, Coach + Facilitator
Tony loves to work with IT professionals to help them be their best selves and do their best work. After a 27-year career in the IT industry, he's able to bring this experience to those he works with, now as a coach. As the only Refounder currently based in Europe, Tony helps us to extend our coaching hours to unreasonably early and late hours in the US. Tony lives in London, where it is increasingly easier for him to zip to work by bike.