Gianna Driver, Chief Human Resources Officer - Exabeam
Gianna Driver is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Exabeam. As CHRO, Driver manages the strategy and processes related to building, investing in, and retaining top talent at Exabeam, enabling employees to do their best work. She is responsible for architecting the company’s talent strategy, driving corporate culture and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and leading the global human resources function.
Driver brings nearly 20 years of executive human resources management experience in small, large, private, and public global companies to Exabeam. Prior to Exabeam, Driver was the Chief People Officer at BlueVine, a private fin-tech company based in Redwood City, CA. Before BlueVine, Driver led HR and People functions in high-growth technology, gaming, consumer, and SaaS organizations including Playstudios, Aristocrat, Actian Corporation, Talend, and Balsam Brands.
She is passionate about building high-performance cultures, establishing operational excellence, and creating joy at work. Driver is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Key takeaways from this episode:
- Prioritize humanness by recognizing employees as humans first
- Normalizing mistake-making and vulnerability promotes authenticity
- Transformation and reflection can be messy, but they’re also essential to personal and professional growth
What to listen for:
[05:54] How to encourage employees to be their authentic selves
[11:28] Recognizing growth is a journey
[17:47] Practices that disrupt reactivity and restore rationality
[20:24] Creating safer environments for diverse populations
[24:15] The importance of embracing change and transformation
[28:13] Improving diversity, equity, and inclusion with feedback
[33:29] Challenging imposter syndrome with kindness toward yourself
[37:51] Normalizing reflection as a core component of growth
[42:37] Gianna's challenge to leaders to make a more human workplace