The GCI Team

Jen Akullian, GCI Founder

Jen Akullian, GCI Founder

About Jen

Jen is a psychologist that focuses on individual and organizational growth in the tech community.  Founder and executive coach at Growth Coaching Institute, Jen supports professionals through one-to-one coaching, and provides organizational support through trainings and facilitated feedback processes. Jen is a thought-leader and international speaker on the topic of mental health in tech, where she advocates to de-stigmatize mental illness and educates to increase individual and organizational wellness and performance. Jen’s doctoral training in cognitive psychology, application of cognitive science theory to the developer mind and experience working with diverse populations makes her a unique coach and contributes to her impactful work in the tech sector.

Jen has been a keynote or guest speaker at:

SIGCSE 2020 (March 11-14 2020)

Kubecon + CouldNativeCon North America (Nov 19-21, 2019)
CMX Summit
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Django: Under the Hood
Pass Summit


Techstars FounderCon
Stanford University, CS+Social Good
Hack Mental Health Hackathon

Keen IO Mental Health in Tech Event
MassTLC Mental Health in Tech Event

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. 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, served as an advisor at Looker, and now sits on the executive team at Amplitude as their VP of People. She has lived as a yoga instructor in Costa Rica, backpacked throughout India, and owned a pie company in Vermont.