Meet the Experts Behind Our Trainings

When dealing with sensitive workplace issues, people want to learn from experts and ask follow up questions about challenging situations. Emtrain’s community of experts includes partners in global law firms, professors, former government regulators, and other respected workplace professionals and subject matter experts. Our Experts are also available for direct consulting with our employer community. Connect with them directly or ask us to schedule an introductory meeting.

In 2019, the Department of Justice issued guidance on compliance training programs, stating that online training programs have “a process by which employees can ask questions arising out of the training.” Emtrain’s in-platform Ask an Expert feature enables users to ask questions about compliance, bias, harassment, and diversity & inclusion as they come up.

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Sharon Anolik

Global Data Privacy Expert

Sharon Anolik is President and Founder of Privacy Panacea LLC, a boutique firm providing strategic data privacy and compliance solutions and advice. A member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, and a seasoned privacy and compliance executive, Sharon is a recognized industry leader, bringing expertise culled from two decades of leadership in designing and operationalizing privacy and compliance programs and solutions for prominent organizations.

Before founding Privacy Panacea, Sharon was Vice President and Global Privacy Risk and Strategy Leader for McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 10 health care services and information technology company. Sharon built and led McKesson’s first global, enterprise-wide privacy program with a focus on quality, strategy, and innovation, enabling McKesson to improve health care and realize opportunities through the trusted use and protection of information.

Courses informed by Sharon Anolik:
Global Data Privacy Training

Nancy Douyon

Ethics & Culture Expert

Nancy Douyon is a global design ethicist and product philosopher. She is a trailblazer in human experience design with over 15 years of industry experience building scalable user research platforms and revitalizing user interfaces at leading companies such as Uber, Google, IBM, Cisco, and Intel. Throughout her career, Nancy has gained a reputation for delivering big results in a culturally honest and purposeful way with hundreds of products deployed in over 80 countries worldwide. She consults globally on remote user research methods and development in engineering markers. Her past research examined design frameworks around the promotion, development, and implementation of global policies around user experiences in tech.

Nancy is currently developing the Douyon Signature Labs, Silicon Valley’s first social enterprise research institute focused on bridging the gap between human potential and tech ecosystems

David Brezinski

Cybersecurity Expert

David is the Director of Security Architecture & Engineering at Juniper Networks. He leverages his vast expertise in information security to help organizations around the globe maximize their investments, online security, and foster a business environment with robust risk mitigation capabilities. David’s insight—along with over 25 years of experience in enterprise architecture planning, security, operations, monitoring, and optimization—make him an essential authority in the information security sector.

Courses informed by David Brezinski:
Cyber Security Training

Amii Barnard-Bahn

Ethics Expert

Amii Barnard-Bahn, JD, CCEP, CCEP-I, PCC has been recognized by Forbes as “one of the top coaches for legal and compliance executives.” Clients include Adobe, Gap, Chegg, Lyft, Bank of the West, and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Amii brings over 20 years of executive experience from McKesson, Allianz, and the California Dental Association, serving in multiple executive roles including Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer. Amii is an expert on leadership effectiveness, workplace culture, and board governance; she publishes and speaks on these topics nationally at industry conferences and in her monthly Ask Amii column in Compliance Week.

A Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Coaching, Amii earned her law degree from Georgetown and B.A. from Tufts University. To see where you stack up with the leadership elements that get you promoted, download Amii’s Promotability Index at http://bit.ly/promoteindex

Courses informed by Amii Barnard-Bahn:
Code of Conduct Training

Kristy Grant-Hart

FCPA & Anti-Bribery Expert

Kristy Grant-Hart is an expert at making compliance officers in-demand business assets. She’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Compliance Week, Corporate Financier, and on the cover of Compliance and Ethics Professional Magazine. She’s the author of several highly-acclaimed books, including the best-selling book, “How to Be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer.” She’s the CEO of Spark Compliance Consulting, and has served as adjunct professor at Delaware School of Law, Widener University. Previously Ms. Grant-Hart was the Chief Compliance Officer at United International Pictures.

Courses informed by Kristy Grant-Hart:
Global Anti-Bribery and Corruption Training

Simone Francis

Employment Law Expert

Simone effectively spearheads and collaborates with external and internal teams to identify and deliver solutions to clients concerning employment law issues.

As a civil litigator with more than 20 years of experience, she has managed the defense of lawsuits involving a range of federal and local laws, including lawsuits alleging claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. Simone also provides proactive and practical advice before litigation arises. She has developed customized, interactive training programs to educate supervisory and management personnel about their responsibilities for ensuring compliance with employment laws, and she routinely counsels businesses concerning a range of workplace issues, including managing internal investigations. Simone is a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, where she divides her time between the firm’s offices in New York City and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Courses informed by Simone Francis:
Preventing Workplace Harassment Training

Steve Cadigan

Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures

Steve Cadigan is a highly sought-after talent advisor to leaders and organizations across the globe.  As Founder of his own Silicon Valley-based firm, Cadigan Talent Ventures, Steve advises a wide range of domestic and international companies that include Twitter, Google, GoPro, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and the BBC. He is also regularly retained by some of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms such as Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Sequoia, and Greylock Partners for his counsel on a wide range of talent topics.

Steve speaks regularly to conferences and major Universities around the world and his amazing work in helping shape the unique culture at LinkedIn led Stanford University to build a graduate- level class around this ground-breaking work.   Steve is frequently asked to appear on global TV and is a regular guest on Bloomberg West and CNBC, and he is also a regular contributor to Forbes.

Timothy Crudo

Corporate Risk and Governance Expert

As an expert in corporate governance and white collar criminal matters, Tim regularly advises corporate boards and executives on topics such as: insider trading, securities violations, accounting fraud, and other corporate crimes. As a former Chief of the Securities Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, Tim was the lead prosecutor in a number of high-profile criminal trials of senior corporate executives in Silicon Valley. For several years, Tim was a partner at Latham & Watkins.

Currently, he is a partner at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, where he heads up the firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Enforcement Practice Group. As a trial lawyer, he focuses on investigations and cases brought by criminal prosecutors, government regulators, and shareholders in white collar, securities, and corporate governance matters as well as internal corporate investigations.

Courses informed by Timothy Crudo:
Insider Trading Training

Ute Krudewagen

International Workplace Harassment Expert

An international employment law expert and a partner at DLA Piper, Ute focuses on providing multinational companies with solutions to the challenges presented in managing a global workforce.

Her experience includes advising both emerging growth companies and Fortune 500 companies across a wide spectrum of industries and jurisdictions across the globe, including technology/software, fashion/retail, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, energy, manufacturing and distribution, energy, as well as banking and finance.

Allison West

Employment Law Expert

Allison West has a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive. An employment attorney by background, Allison uses her legal skills coupled with sound human resources practices, to help create safe and respectful work environments.

Allison is a top-rated speaker at HR, industry, and diversity conferences around the country, including the 2018 and 2019 Society for HR Management Annual Conferences, where she was in the top 10 highest rated presenters. Allison is a noted expert and has appeared on NPR and in O Magazine discussing workplace harassment. She was brought into CBS News days after Charlie Rose was terminated to deliver harassment prevention training and appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss workplace harassment issues.

Allison specializes in delivering and customizing interactive management and human resources training using a discussion-based training style – no power point.

Courses informed by Alison West:
Preventing Workplace Harassment Training

Charles Krugel

Employment Law Expert

For the past 18 years, Charles Krugel has run his own management-side labor and employment law practice based in Chicago. Charles’ clients are worldwide across all industries. One-third of his practice is HR counseling on day-to-day micro issues; another third of his practice is transactional law (e.g., contracts, agreements & negotiations); & the final third of his practice is litigation in both state & federal courts. Charles represents union as well as non-unionized companies. Finally, Charles is frequently quoted by the media, is a frequent & in-demand public speaker and trainer, and serves on numerous boards of directors for numerous organizations.

Courses informed by Charles Krugel:
Preventing Workplace Harassment Training

Jarod Bona

Business Compliance Expert

Jarod Bona is an antitrust attorney and the founder of Bona Law PC, an antitrust boutique law firm. He also writes for a blog he founded called The Antitrust Attorney Blog (www.TheAntitrustAttorney.com). Before starting Bona Law, he spent a dozen years as an attorney with the large international law firms DLA Piper and Gibson Dunn. Jarod has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex antitrust litigation, targets of government investigations, and companies seeking antitrust counseling. He has also helped to create company antitrust policies and has advised on competition issues relating to mergers and acquisitions.

Jarod graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001 and followed that up by clerking for Judge James B. Loken on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Jarod takes a practical approach to antitrust-law practice, recognizing that his role is to help his clients evaluate risks and look for opportunities.

Courses informed by Jared Bona:
Antitrust Compliance Training

Shana French

Employment and Labor Law Expert, Canada

Shana French is a leading Canadian lawyer whose sophisticated expertise includes the representation of employers in several areas of employment and labour law, with particular emphasis on multinational entrance into Canada, compliance and risk management, policy globalization, executive and non-executive compensation, human rights and accommodation, workplace investigations, and wrongful and constructive dismissal. Prior to joining her firm, Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Shana was Legal Counsel to a telecommunications company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Shana is frequently asked to chair and speak at national conferences and for employer associations and clients.

Shana is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Corporate Counsel, Privacy, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation), International Warehouse Logistics Association, and Law Society of Ontario.

Courses informed by Shana French:
Canadian Workplace Harassment Training

Jane Tight

Leadership and Coaching Expert

Jane Tight is an Executive and Leadership Master Coach, Enneagram teacher, and certified Radical Collaboration trainer, who partners with clients to raise emotional intelligence in the workplace. She co-founded SeeChange Partners in 2004 to work with individuals, partnerships and organizations in private and corporate venues to help them to lead lives and organizations that are balanced, productive and successful.

Jane has a Masters of Science Degree in Communication Disorders: Language Pathology. She founded and managed a full-service speech clinic between 1981-1998. Relevant training to her current work is in counseling, neurology, behavior change, personality development, human motivation, and healthy communication.

Courses informed by Jane Tight:
Coaching and Mentoring Training

Janine Yancey

Emtrain Founder & CEO
Employment Law Expert

Prior to founding Emtrain, Janine was a partner at Employment Law Partners where she specialized in solving labor and employment problems for high tech firms including Google, Intuit and a variety of start-ups. Janine also worked as counsel at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, served as Board Member of the Northern California Human Resources Association, and authored The HR Handbook, designed to help young tech companies navigate workplace laws. Doing that work, she saw the need for a scalable solution for larger workforces, as well as a solution that could be used quarterly to measure and change employee behavior.  Sitting in Silicon Valley, she knew there was a better way, and her work building Emtrain’s data driven compliance training platform began.

A tireless thought-leader, Janine writes extensively, has provided expert testimony and advice to state legislatures, and helps leading companies implement harassment prevention, diversity, ethics, and compliance programs. Janine is a sought-after speaker and has been published and interviewed in the mainstream media including The Washington Post, Fast Company, USA Today, Bloomberg Business, TechCrunch, and Startup Grind. She’s presented at Society of Ethics and Compliance; Techstars FounderCon; Founders Network, and The Club.

Courses informed by Janine Yancey:
Preventing Workplace Harassment Training

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