Who We Are

At Emtrain, our mission is to create healthier organizations by developing peoples' skills and strengthen the social fabric of the workforce. We believe ethics, respect, and inclusion are core competencies and essential to a healthy workplace culture.

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We're Women-owned & Women-Led

Janine Yancey (Founder & CEO) is responsible for envisioning our solution and assembling our diverse team that helps organizations move the needle on improving ethics, respect, inclusion, and belonging through online education and people analytics.

As a first-generation college graduate, former employment investigator and litigator, as well as her lived experience as a woman founder of a B2B tech company, Janine understands the need for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Janine and the diverse Emtrain team are advocates for the underrepresented individuals while understanding the practical needs of any business to show key performance indicators and a return on investment (ROI) for any investment in learning or compliance programs. This unique blend of experiences makes Emtrain a strong partner to any business.

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Our Journey

January 2004
Emtrain was founded

Emtrain was founded in 2004 when CEO Janine Yancey grew frustrated at the limitations of the legal system in solving workplace problems. Rather than encouraging employers to focus on defending claims Emtrain prompted companies to put in the work to solve the culture issues causing those claims. Read our full founder’s story here.

March 2006
1st 5 full-time employees

Emtrain goes from a "side hustle" to a real business

June 2009
Sacramento office opens

1st SaaS learning platform launches

May 2012
Workplace videos as a Service released

1st video shared publicly on YouTube

January 2015
Expert Q&A feature added

Emtrain brings on a team of subject matter experts to answer anonymous learner questions

October 2016
Video-based Microlessons launch

Responds to increasing need for short, timely lessons that reinforce past learnings

April 2017
The Social Media Fix for Harassment

Months before the #MeToo movement gains momentum, Emtrain's founder Janine Yancey publishes a piece highlighting social media's role exposing harassment

June 2017
Outside capital

Emtrain receives $2M in outside capital from Decathlon Partners

March 2018
San Francisco office opens

Becomes home to Emtrain's Product, Engineering, and Marketing teams

May 2019
Culture tech solution launched

Including diagnostic questions in our content, capturing millions of employee responses about their workplaces

March 2020
1st Workplace Culture Report released

Report shows more than 80% of workers say they wouldn't report harassment if they saw it, and 41% say even if they did report it, their managers wouldn't take them seriously

April 2020
Series A funding

$8 million in growth capital funding, led by Education Growth Partners ("EGP"). Signature Bank provided a $2 million facility to complement the equity investment

July 2020
New Post-Pandemic Data released

Pandemic and BLM protests impacting corporate workplace culture health. Percentage of employees who say they need to minimize their heritage and identity at work jumps 7%

April 2021
Company's First President

Emtrain hires software leader and inclusion activist Odessa Jenkins, former YourCause exec, also trailblazer in the sports world as founder and CEO of Women's National Football Conference.

May 2021
2nd Workplace Culture Report released

Report reveals key causes of diversity and inclusion failures in companies data. From more than 83,000 employees, only 43% believe they can truly be their authentic selves at work; half believe their company is genuinely committed to inclusion.

September 2021
First Academic Paper released

A new management theory using social capital indicators as modern measures of organizational health.

March 2022
Research Paper

The Center for WorkLife Law & Emtrain find links between Bias, Respect, and Harassment in the Workplace.

Leadership Team

Janine Yancey

Founder & CEO

Susan Pollara

Director of Sales

Laraine McKinnon

Head of Client Experience

Bill Takacs

VP of Product

Board of Directors

Tracy Coté

Board Member

Janine Yancey

Founder & CEO

Scott Taylor

Director, J2 Global, Piper Sandler Companies & Western Technology Investment

Peter Campbell

Founder & Managing Partner, Education Growth Partners

Ty Yancey

Board Member


Steve Cadigan

Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures

Christina Hall

CHRO, Instacart

Don Loeb

VP Corporate Development and Strategy, Techstars

Alice Katwan

Former Senior Vice President of North American Sales, Twilio and Salesforce

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2 Embarcadero, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

1731 J Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95811

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