Meet the team of people dedicated to spreading the word
about Radically Candid guidance and feedback.
Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity and co-founder of the companies Radical Candor and Just Work. Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies.
She was also a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google. She’s managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow. She lives with her family in Silicon Valley.
In addition to Radical Candor, she is the author of three novels and the leadership book Just Work: How To Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Create a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusion from St. Martin’s Press.
CEO + Co-Founder
Jason is the CEO and Co-founder of Radical Candor. Over the last four years, he’s helped all kinds of organizations, from tiny startups to the giants in the Fortune 100, realize the power of creating a more Radically Candid culture. Through this work, he’s helped hundreds of companies develop real human relationships between team members and through those relationships, achieve amazing results collaboratively.
In his past lives, Jason received undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from New York University. He also worked as a product design team lead at Fog Creek Software, the small-but-mighty New York-based software company that created well-loved products like Trello and Stackoverflow. In 2010, he moved to California and helped launch Khan Academy, the world-renowned educational tech non-profit. Over the next seven years, he helped it grow from three people to a few hundred and reach over 100 million students around the world as both chief people and chief product officer.
Jason lives in a small town on the coast of Northern California with his partner Jillian and 16.5-year-old puppy Phoebe.
Chief Content Officer
Amy Sandler is the chief content officer at Radical Candor, where she also serves as a Candor Coach and is the host of the Radical Candor podcast. She has shared Radical Candor around the world, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, in industries ranging from aerospace to technology, financial services to franchising, and education to healthcare.
Amy has trained tens of thousands across a spectrum of roles, including CEOs and leadership teams, mid-level and new managers and individual contributors just starting on their career path. She is passionate about helping teams from around the world achieve more together than they could ever do on their own.
An executive coach, corporate mindfulness trainer and professional speaker, Amy has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles including Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Vistage and UCLA. She has an AB and MBA from Harvard University, an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and is a certified teacher of the Search Inside Yourself leadership program developed at Google. She is featured on the Simple Habit and Unplug meditation mobile apps, has performed stand-up comedy and she’s walked on fire six times.
Director of Operations
Nora Wilcox is a program administrator with more than 10 years of experience designing and managing educational and training programs. Spending the majority of her career in the non-profit arts, she has helped organizations successfully scale their offerings; build cohesive and effective teams and develop operational strategy for growth.
Prior to joining Radical Candor, Nora was the associate director of education for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) — a critically acclaimed non-profit theater located in the New York City metro area. While there, Nora helped develop and implement innovative theater-based arts-in-education programs and performances for more than 60,000 students and educators annually. Both in her role at HVSF and now as director of operations at Radical Candor, Nora is passionate about creating meaningful experiences that empower people to be more empathetic and collaborative creators.
Nora currently lives in Texas with her husband and their gang of rescue animals — two cats, Mario and Luigi, along with their newest addition, a puppy named Cooper. When she’s not debating whether or not to open an Instagram account for her dog, you might find her baking gluten-free recipes or binge watching The Office.
Director of Content Creation & Marketing
A professional writer, editor, storyteller and content strategist with more than 15 years of experience, Brandi Neal is the director of content creation and marketing and the podcast producer for Radical Candor. In one of her previous jobs, she worked as a web-development copywriter and a scriptwriter at L.L.Bean where she wrote and starred in product videos, including an instructional skiing video even though she does not know how to ski.
A former daily newspaper reporter and editor, magazine writer and digital journalist, she is also the editor of two literary anthologies and co-founder of the narrative magazine The Blue Room. In addition, she was a 2016 recipient of an Idyllwild Arts fellowship for nonfiction and has given readings of her work around the world. Brandi has a BA in journalism from the University of Toledo and an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing program.
Some of the stranger things she has done include walking on fire (twice), hiking to the top of an active volcano in the middle of the night, hanging from the wing of an airplane (and letting go) and participating in an impala dung-spitting contest, which is just as gross as it sounds.
Brandi lives in Southern California with two geriatric dogs and two cats. In a movie of her life, she wants to be played by Stana Katic.
Client Success Specialist
Tonya Powell is the client success specialist at Radical Candor dedicated to providing exceptional client support and logistics management on upcoming projects for amazing training experiences. Her professional journey, over the last 15 years, reflects a diverse
range of roles working with, or on behalf of populations in need of targeted assistance and in developing effective and efficient teams.
Tonya holds a bachelor’s degree in city planning from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from LaSalle University with a concentration in marriage and family therapy. Most recently, Tonya worked for Educational Testing Service as an operations manager where she led a resolutions team for college board programs. Here, she honed in on her gift to increase staff cohesiveness and productivity by helping people cultivate more caring and candid relationships in the workplace.
Tonya believes her early career positions as a conference coordinator, facilitator, and later, supervisor of a federal grant program gathering and analyzing client feedback positions her perfectly for her current role. She is looking forward to this journey with the Radical Candor team.
In her free time, Tonya likes to ride her beach cruiser bike “Mango,” create amazing charcuterie boards and add new destinations to her endless bucket list of travel (like Seychelles). While her hometown of Virginia is near and dear to her heart, she is currently a “Jersey girl.
Meet the Candor Coaches
Our highly skilled coaches are here to help your team roll out Radical Candor.
Melissa Andrada is a creative DEI strategic advisor, leadership coach, motivational speaker and workshop facilitator collaborating with organizations to design a more loving and equitable society. Her focus within Radical Candor is having heartfelt and uncomfortable conversations on anti-racism and all forms of oppression within the workplace.
Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Melissa was the COO and chief learning officer of Learnerbly, a VC-backed startup based in London that helps fast-growing tech companies and creative agencies accelerate the growth of their people. She co-founded the corporate learning arm of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins where she was a lead strategist working on clients that include BT, Skype and Smithsonian in both their New York City and London offices. One of her favorite projects was co-creating the original strategic vision for the MOOC provider FutureLearn as well as their first course, which has reached 85,000+ people.
She frequently gives interactive motivational keynotes focused on empowering marginalized communities (LGBTQ2IA+, women, people of color) and influencing allies to care at organizations that have included The New York Times, Google and Out in Tech. As a queer Filipina American born in Nigeria who came to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, Melissa brings an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the workplace where strategy and social justice intersect. She’s particularly passionate about collaborating with innovative organizations across tech, health and the creative industries that value education and equity. Outside of work and pandemic lockdown, Melissa can be found practicing a gentle yoga flow, volunteering for the East Bay Meditation Center’s LGBTQ+ sangha, surfing in Siargao and writing heartfelt essays on what it means to be human
Becca Barish, LCSW, is a learning designer who uses her background in social work and improvisation to motivate connection, empathy, vulnerability and resilience in the workplace. She believes that success can be boiled down to the everyday interactions that may seem small, but set the tone for the entire organizational culture.
As a licensed clinical social worker with a masters degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago, Becca has worked to apply improv in clinical and business settings through her work as a designer and facilitator for Second City Works, the professional development arm of the iconic Second City theater, as well as serving as program head for Second City’s wellness department.
She has helped develop programs such as Improv for Anxiety, Improv for Autism, Humor Doesn’t Retire, Improv for Veterans, Improv for Clinicians and Improv for Parkinson’s. Most recently, she helped design Improvising Radical Candor’s live experience. A collaboration between Second City Works and Radical Candor, Improvising Radical Candor incorporates improv performance and exercises to explore how to best manage Radically Candid feedback conversations.
She is also grateful to design and facilitate with Nova Collective, a company that trains across all levels of an organization to comprehend and operationalize core diversity, equity and inclusion concepts. Becca spends most of her time wondering if you’re gonna finish those fries, and if not, hoping she can have them.
Aaron Dimmock and his wife, Kim, have been married for over 23 years and are blessed with the presence of four children in their lives – Camden, Kinsey, Amelia and Peyton. A retired Naval Officer and Aviator, Aaron has had the privilege of serving in various managerial and leadership positions for over 20 years.
Most notably, he had the opportunity to serve as the Navy Representative to the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Military Professionalism at the Pentagon, the CEO of a Navy Recruiting District and as a mission commander and instructor pilot in multiple tours of duty. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Aaron is currently working toward his Ph.D. while studying how candor shapes and sustains group performance.
In addition to Radical Candor, his research interests include culture, trust, discernment, ethics, leadership, human behavior, conflict resolution, organizational performance and value creation.
Joe Dunn started his career as an engineer, then became a manager and executive, building engineering and product groups at startups around Silicon Valley.
His experience ranges from being one of “three guys in a garage,” to leading engineering through an IPO, to creating an early dot com that successfully exited. As a coach and mentor, Joe’s focus is bringing emotional intelligence and the human sides of ourselves to organizations at scale.
Bina Martin is a teacher, director, actor, writer, corporate facilitator and learning designer with over 20 years of experience across these varied fields. She is dedicated to what she calls “Human 101,” teaching individuals and industries to improve relationships, civility and productivity through improvisation, agility and deeper, more empathic understanding.
Bina is a facilitator and design lead at Second City Works, the business arm of the world renowned Second City theater, where she helped create Improvising Radical Candor, a live and virtual event collaboration between SCW and Radical Candor, that uses improv tools to help enhance the practice piece of feedback conversations. She was also a consultant on the partnership’s most recent digital offering, a workplace comedy series called The Feedback Loop.
A longtime faculty member of the Second City Training Center, Bina has taught in its Conservatory, Improv, Sketch Writing, Music, Youth, Online and Wellness programs, as well as directed numerous shows in its theaters. She was an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University. As an actor, Bina has appeared Off-Broadway in Lifegame (a two-act improvised play) and been featured in sketches on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (the original on NBC), as well as in numerous plays at regional theaters across the country.
She is a co-author of the syndicated column, Miss Manners and the books, Miss Manners’ Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding and Placid Pregnancy: A Miss Manners Guide. She is also a contributor to The Second City Network, a website that consists of humorous essays and digital content. Bina is a graduate of Harvard and The Actors’ Studio Program at the New School and lives in Chicago with her husband and perfect child, Greta.
Avery funny lady with a unique perspective, Lele Mason is a rising comedienne. Using her Master of Public Administration degree, she combines her understanding of organizational development and theory with comedy to enhance professional environments. Beginning her career in comedy with improvisation, making the transition to stand-up comedy became a natural choice. She has been teaching and facilitating since 2005. She has taught in various capacities and subjects of grades K-12.
Now she is currently working in professional spaces with companies and individuals far and wide to help them enhance their organizations. She has designed and implemented several programs, most notably Quite the Character for the Non-Profit Organization Free Lunch Academy where she once served as the artistic director. She understands team dynamics and the importance of communication. Her goal is to always maintain and support inclusive, fun, brave and safe working environments. You can now catch her observational, experiential and curious approach on a virtual stage near you.
Farrah Mitra is a strategy consultant-turned executive coach, facilitator, and people and culture consultant. She champions and invests in those she works with and empowers them to both shift their mindset as well as leverage the practical frameworks and infrastructure they need to drive their success. Farrah has experience working with traditional firms, having worked at Bain & Company for more than a decade.
She also enjoys working with startups, having built the people functions at two hyper-growth tech companies. Farrah has significant experience in understanding the pain points when it comes to leadership and the employee experience, especially in ambiguous, fast-paced environments. Farrah loves to work at all levels in an organization whether it be with executives, new leaders or those early in their careers.
Mike Pugh focuses on driving personal growth and team performance at the crossroads of conflict and collaboration. He’s been a catalyst in three hyper-growth public tech companies: eFax in a product role on the founding team, j2 Global as the GM of a highly profitable $300M business unit and RingCentral in a variety of SWAT team leadership roles. Along the way he has walked every step from MVP to $10B valuation.
Mike is an optimizer to the core. He has an MS in Systems Management, has worked over 25 successful M&A deals through to integration, and has led as many reorganizations. He’s applied his test-and-learn management style to high-performance teams in creative, engineering, marketing, and product.
In addition to decades of trial-by-fire experience, Mike is a certified court mediator and conflict management coach.
Stephanie Usry is a motivational speaker, executive coach, and HR leader. At 19, Stephanie was in a car accident that should have taken her life. Though doctors warned she would never live independently, after just three months in the hospital she surpassed all expectations by going back to college, graduating on time, and going on to live a full life. Her story emphasizes the importance of conscious choice to overcome obstacles and create a meaningful life.
Since then, Stephanie has held roles in tech companies in the Bay Area. From operations and product management to leading human resources while scaling from 100 to 1,000 employees in one year, she deeply understands the challenges of leading teams and organizations through change.
Stephanie’s consultancy, Not by accident, helps individuals, leaders and teams learn to live, work, and lead on purpose. She was the first Candor Coach with Kim Scott in 2016 and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Her clients include Google, Netflix, Stitchfix, Allstate, Morgan Stanley, AstraZeneca and more.
As creative consultant for Radical Candor, Nick Ditmore is passionate about the humanist parallels between great design and team leadership. His passion for solving complex problems and humanizing technology has been the foundation of a 22-year award-winning career in design, creative direction and product development in industries ranging from fashion to publishing to enterprise software. Nick is also currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Zeno Ventures, where he advises partners and investments.
Most recently, Nick led the UX team of 25+ ambitious designers and researchers for Infor Retail, a revolutionary retail ERP software suite built in close collaboration with major retailers like Whole Foods, Walgreens, Target, Home Depot and Lululemon. In addition to a design career that has never adhered to a particular industry or medium, Nick has co-founded many companies over his career, including three not-for-profits.
As a co-founder of Restore Redhook, Nick helped save over 70 retail businesses after Hurricane Sandy hit his local neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. He also co-founded and led the Times Square Art Square Foundation, working to replace ads in Times Square with art. After a successful Kickstarter and meetings with key organizations and city officials, the city established Times Square Arts and the Midnight Moment.
A Southern California native, Nick now lives in Oakland after 12 years in NYC and before that, Tokyo. When he’s not solving problems for products and teams, he can be found outside rock climbing, long-distance cycling or woodworking.
Following 20 years successfully leading high-performing teams in global corporate roles, Angela Neighbours stepped into the world of professional development with the goal of helping people achieve more than they believed possible.
Radical Candor’s New Zealand coach, she has since coached over 3,000 leaders across NZ, Australia and the UK, and she has worked extensively with chief executives at some of NZ’s leading organizations. Angela considers it an enormous privilege to see her clients spread their wings, take control of their lives, achieve new heights every day and transform their relationships at work.
Director of ilume Australia
Tim Ryan, Radical Candor’s Australia coach, is one of the most experienced and respected coaches in the country. With a career spanning more than 10 years in the industry, he has become widely recognized as “the vision and strategy guy.”
With his open and honest coaching style, Tim works effectively with all organizations – from small start-ups right through to ASX 100 clients – to help them successfully conquer challenges they thought were insurmountable. His successful approach encourages business leaders to shift their mindsets, embrace new challenges and transform their relationships at work.
Why is something
so simple so radical?
Learn how to build a feedback-first culture of Radical Candor.
A Candor Coach will introduce key concepts, share their own stories, and provide tips and tactics to get you started on your Radical Candor journey.
Develop a shared vocabulary and practice Radical Candor's order of operations: solicit feedback, offer specific praise, and give criticism that’s kind and clear.
Laugh & Learn
The Feedback Loop program includes a workplace comedy starring David Alan Grier to help you develop a candid culture of effective feedback.