Meet The Radical Candor Team
Our dedicated Radical Candor team, led by Kim Scott & Jason Rosoff,
provides proven management and feedback training.
Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity and Radical Respect: How to Work Together Better and co-founder of Radical Candor, a company that helps people put the ideas in her books into practice.
Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter and other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google.
She’s also managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow. She lives with her family in Silicon Valley.
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 Connecticut with his partner Jillian and dog Jack.
Lead Coach & Podcast Host
Amy Sandler is the Lead Coach and Podcast Host at Radical Candor and has formerly served as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Content Officer. 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 paths. 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, son and a gang of rescue animals — two cats, Mario and Luigi, and a dog 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.
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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, travel 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 her geriatric beagle, BiBi, and two part-time cats, Ted and Ziji. In a movie of her life, she wants to be played by Stana Katic.
Director of Client Partnerships
Drew Muir is Radical Candor’s Director of Client Partnerships and brings 15+ years of experience working with companies large and small to improve individual and organizational performance.
Prior to joining Radical Candor, Drew designed and deployed go-to-market strategies for F500 companies as part of CEB, and led commercial efforts for the business arm of The Second City on the West Coast.
In these roles and with Radical Candor, Drew is passionate about helping people actually listen to one another and enjoy working together.
Drew currently lives on California’s Central Coast with his wife and their Golden Retriever, Gerry. When he’s not working or walking/playing with/paying way too much attention to Gerry, Drew is likely catching up on soccer highlights, reading, or finding a reason to be outside.
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Client Success Specialist
A southern transplant now firmly rooted in the northeast, Erin Read is a project manager and performer with 16 years of experience supporting and encouraging creative thinkers. Much of her career has been spent in the nonprofit arts, working with theater companies and philanthropic foundations to enrich the greater Philadelphia cultural community.
Prior to joining Radical Candor, Erin oversaw COVID testing logistics for organizations throughout the United States. She co-created client collateral and piloted new testing software in the infancy of the pandemic.
In addition to her work as Radical Candor’s client success specialist, Erin also works with her local children’s hospital in a program that provides clinicians with opportunities to practice delivering difficult news to patients and families. Whether telling stories for connection, safeguarding public health, or bolstering communication skills, community is at the root of her career.
Outside of work, Erin is happiest by the water after spending her most recent paycheck at the nearest bookstore.
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Meet The Radical Candor Team — Candor Coaches
Our highly skilled coaches are here to help your team roll out Radical Candor.
Bringing together a rare combination of strategic thinking, operational rigor and emotionally attuned facilitation, Mel collaborates with ambitious organizations, teams and leaders who truly want to operationalize Radical Candor into their culture. Her focus as a facilitator within Radical Candor is having uncomfortable feedback conversations on mental health and inclusion that evoke deeper team belonging and safety.
Mel created emotional safety at MetaLab by sharing her own life story of Radical Candor that modeled to our employees how vulnerability can be a doorway to innovation. People still talk about the impact of her training today! Paired with her sharp strategic thinking Mel stands out above the rest for what she brings to the table.” — Amber Larsen, Director of Learning & Development, MetaLab
Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Mel was the Chief Operations Officer of Learnerbly, a VC-backed workplace startup in London where she made Radical Candor a core organizational value, helped raised $1.6 million of funding in their first year, retained 100% of flagship clients and grew a team with 40% people of color and 40% women.
Mel frequently gives interactive motivational keynotes focused on empowering marginalized communities (LGBTQ2IA+, women, people of color) and allies at organizations that have included The New York Times, Google and Out in Tech.
Over the course of her career, Mel co-founded the digital learning arm of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins where she was a lead strategist working on clients that include BT, Skype and Smithsonian in New York City and London. One of her favorite projects was co-creating the original strategic vision for the online higher education provider FutureLearn as well as their first course, which has reached 100,000+ people.
As a queer Filipina American born in Nigeria who came to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, Melissa brings a global interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to facilitation and organizational change.
Outside of work, Mel can be found teaching a hatha flow for the queer community in the Bay Area, surfing in Mexico, making art out of food and flowers and writing heartfelt essays on grief and what it means to be human.
Mel is completing a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies and holds a Master’s in Cultural Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
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 master’s 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.
Terri Burns is a speaker, investor and builder. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, NYU, the youngest member in NYU’s history.
Most recently, she was a partner at Google Ventures (GV), the youngest partner in GV’s history, focused on investing in digital consumer companies.
She led deals in Locker Room (acquired by Spotify), HAGS (acquired by Snapchat) and stealth investments, while also participating in board work with companies like Bloom Tech, Kitchen United and others.
Burns is recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 awardee for Venture Capital. She is a practiced host and speaker, having served as two-time co-chair of Fortune Magazine’s annual Brainstorm Tech Conference.
She has given talks and keynote speeches at the likes of All Raise, Stanford GSB, the Teen Vogue Summit and many more.
She’s been featured in Vogue, Fortune Magazine, TechCrunch, Business Insider, CNBC, the Power Law book on venture capital and a plethora of additional publications.
Burns was previously an associate product manager at Twitter building features for the core product: the home timeline.
She also served as a board member at Brave Initiatives, a non-profit dedicated to educating young girls with computer science skills. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a bachelor’s from the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Jonny Camara is a people development strategist, leadership coach, and diversity, equity and inclusion facilitator based in Berlin, Germany.
The son of an Irish mother and a Senegalese immigrant father, Jonny was raised in Ireland and had to overcome various challenges around identity and belonging. Navigating these challenges allowed him to discover his passion for understanding people and how they lead themselves and others.
He turned his passion into a career, where he has enabled thousands of leaders to build self-mastery, stronger relationships and highly effective teams.
His work is focused on engaging and practical learning experiences and leadership programs that drive organic change across all levels of organizations.
As a strong advocate for vulnerability at work, Jonny does not shy away from sharing his own story of becoming and being a leader — opening the space for others to relate and take away new strategies.
With over seven years of experience scaling organizations, like SumUp, Blinkist, Mercedes Benz and Carwow, Jonny uses his unique perspective to guide them toward more inclusive, authentic and healthy workplace practices.
Jonny has been a strong advocate for Radical Candor throughout his career. Whether leading a team or partnering with teams in their development, Radical Candor has always proven to be an inspiring and practical model for mastering the tricky intersections in human communication.
As an ex-rugby player, he finds balance through sport and fitness. On other days, you might catch him expressing his creative side as an actor or in a café reading a book on psychology or philosophy.
Aaron Dimmock strives to humbly be himself in service of others so we may all become better human beings.
He believes that by creating cultures of candor, we enable each other to model the character, competence, and courage necessary for everyone to thrive in a psychologically safe environment.
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.
Aaron 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.
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.
A very 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.
Stephanie Usry was the first coach to work with Kim Scott to bring Radical Candor to a wider audience. Through her consultancy Not by accident, she offers executive coaching and leadership facilitation for fast-growing startups and their leaders.
Stephanie works with companies from seed stage to Fortune 500, from the Bay Area to South Africa. Her clients come from companies like Google X, JP Morgan, Twitter, NEAR Foundation, Clubhouse and more.
During her career in Silicon Valley, Stephanie scaled sales and operations for HotelTonight (Airbnb), developed the engineering org at Pure Storage, and led People and Places at Vida Health.
Stephanie knows what it takes to rapidly scale a company, but she’s particularly keen on what it takes to scale its leaders.
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.
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. 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.
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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 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.
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Working in corporate leadership and strategic roles for over 17 years in Australia, the UK and across Europe, Natasha Osmond-Dreyer has developed a love of people and providing clear and simple frameworks to deliver success. Leading a diverse range of people in global organizations — in small multifaceted teams as well as large revenue-focused divisions in commercial banks — she transformed culture, identified issues and delivered significant returns for major businesses.
Inquisitive by nature, Natasha is deeply passionate about identifying what needs to change to help businesses and teams deliver.
Natasha has worked closely with a broad range of clients such as the ATO, CBA, Minter Ellison, Tomra, Arkose Labs, NAB and BNZ to deliver thought-provoking workshops to groups ranging from 10 to over 500. Inspiring and educating their leaders on business-critical skills such as leadership, and communication.
In addition to her facilitation work, she is a coach to several C-Suite executives and thrives as a constant learner — having also found time to complete a Fintech program at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and an MBA at the University of Canberra in the last two years.
Why is something
so simple so radical?
Let the Radical Candor team teach you how to build a feedback-first culture.
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.