Meet the team of people dedicated to spreading the word
about Radically Candid guidance and feedback.
Kim Scott is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity and the co-founder of Radical Candor LLC. Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies.
Previously, Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google. Known for her ability to generate billions of dollars in revenue from millions of small customers while keeping her team happy and margins high, her unofficial title was High Priestess of the Long Tail. After Google, Kim joined Apple to develop and teach a leadership seminar.
Additionally, she was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University. She is the author of three novels; she and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
CEO + Co-Founder
Jason Rosoff has a passion for building products and teams that scale. He believes teaching people to be better leaders is at the core of building anything great. As co-founder and CEO of Radical Candor, LLC, Jason helps teams at companies large and small build the best relationships of their careers and achieve amazing results.
Prior to Radical Candor, Jason spent seven years scaling Khan Academy from four people to hundreds as both chief people officer and chief product officer. Working in partnership with The Gates Foundation and Google, he helped Khan Academy improve educational outcomes for more than 100-million students and teachers worldwide.
Previously, Jason was a product leader at Fog Creek where he helped build the teams that created StackOverflow and Trello. Early in his career, Jason led engineering operations at a white-label producer of photo books for Apple. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in management from New York University.
CMO + Candor Coach
Amy Sandler is chief marketing officer and coach at Radical Candor. 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 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 marketing 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 walked on fire five 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.
As creative director 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.
Director of Content
A professional writer, editor, storyteller and content strategist with more than 15 years of experience, Brandi Neal is the director of content for Radical Candor. When she’s not tweeting or developing content for Radical Candor, Brandi heads to far-flung locales as a travel writer for California-based Coast magazine.
In one of her previous jobs, she worked as a web-development copywriter and a script writer 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, she is also the editor of two 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 country. Brandi has a BA in journalism from the University of Toledo and an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA 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, and participating in an impala dung-spitting contest, which is just as gross as it sounds. In a movie of her life, she wants to be played by Stana Katic.
Meet the Candor Coaches
Our highly skilled coaches are here to help your team roll out Radical Candor.
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.
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 driver for early-stage companies. From her time as one of the first employees at HotelTonight to her current role building the learning and development programs for 1,500 (and counting) employees at Pure Storage, Stephanie understands what it’s like to be an employee, manager and leader in high-growth startups.
Stephanie consults with growth-stage companies as a life coach and management consultant, bringing powerful training to growing organizations.
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.
Melissa Andrada is a creative strategic consultant, leadership coach, motivational speaker and workshop facilitator collaborating with organizations to drive sustainable inclusive transformation at scale.
Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Melissa was the chief operations officer of Learnerbly, a VC-backed startup based in London that helps fast-growing tech companies and creative agencies that include IDEO, Gocardless and ustwo 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 talks focused on empowering disadvantaged communities (LGBTQ2IA+, women, people of color) at organizations that have included The New York Times, Google and Out in Tech. As a queer Filipino-American immigrant born in Nigeria, Melissa brings an interdisciplinary, multicultural approach to the workplace where creativity, diversity and strategy intersect. She’s particularly passionate about collaborating with innovative organizations across tech, health and the creative industries that value education and equality. Outside of work, Melissa can be found practicing a gentle yoga flow, surfing in Siargao and writing heartfelt essays on what it means to be human
Chris O’Neill is a purpose-driven technology industry leader with decades of experience building and growing successful products, brands and teams. Chris draws on his experiences growing up in small-town Canada and the strong work ethic that instilled to make his way to become one of Silicon Valley’s most sought-after leaders of some of the world’s most beloved brands.
O’Neill is the former chairman, president and CEO of Evernote, where he orchestrated a successful turnaround of the company. Prior to Evernote, Chris held a variety of executive-level roles at Google, coaching multiple teams to success. As managing director of Google Canada, he oversaw all aspects of Google’s operations in Canada and served on the Americas’ Executive Management Group.
O’Neill is currently a coach, advisor to, and investor in, high-growth technology companies. He serves on the board member of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and is a former board member of Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI), Shop.org, and the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA). He is currently a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a charter member of the C100 and a former member of the Canadian Council for Chief Executives (CCCE).
O’Neill graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A in economics (with distinction) and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He lives in California with his wife and two children.
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.
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.
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.
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Tim Ryan, Radical Candor’s Australia coach, is one of the most experienced and respected coaches in the country. With a career spanning over 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.
Read With Your Team
Introduce your team to Radical Candor by reading the book together and committing to implementing one idea per month.