Humans First, Employees Second with Gianna Driver

Diversity is key to the success of the organization. It fuels creativity and innovation by merging different perspectives and experiences. But empowering all members of the organization to embrace their whole authentic selves can be tricky if leaders don’t listen to their struggles and concerns. Amplifying the voices of marginalized groups and minorities can help the human power of a business reach its fullest potential. In this episode, Brian McComak, Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Humanity, breaks down the benefits of taking feedback when leading an organization with humanness. Tune in to learn more about how promoting a healthy dialogue can create a better environment for people to succeed.

Guest Info

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.


Show Notes

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


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