The GCI Team

Jennifer Akullian, GCI Founder

Jennifer Akullian, GCI Founder

About Jen

Jennifer is an industrial-organizational psychologist that focuses on individual and organizational growth in the tech community.  Founder and executive coach at Growth Coaching Institute, Jennifer supports professionals through one-to-one coaching, and provides organizational support through trainings, feedback processes, and mediation. Jennifer is a thought-leader and international speaker on the topic of mental health in tech, where she advocates and educates to reduce the stigma around mental illness and provides tools to individuals and organization to increase wellness. Jennifer’s doctoral training in cognitive science and experience working with diverse populations within the tech industry allows her to guide clients through an introspective process and identify blocks to professional and personal growth. Experiences are approached with awareness, curiosity and a growth mindset.

Lisa Nielsen, GCI Founder

Lisa Nielsen, GCI Founder

About Lisa

Lisa holds a Master’s in Psychology, with an emphasis on learning styles and human development. She has a second Master’s in Organization Development with a focus on addressing the people challenges associated with organization change. With a passion for learning and sharing knowledge, Lisa is known for her ability to articulate learning material with clarity and contextualization to foster participant insight. After spending four years as a management consultant working with the Fortune 500, she moved into the tech sector leading the People Team at Sequoia backed Keen IO. She has lived as a yoga instructor in Costa Rica, backpacked throughout India, and owned a pie company in Vermont.