FountainBlue’s Front Line Managers’ Online Series


FountainBlue’s Semi-Monthly Online Series for Front Line Managers (FLM Online) was founded based on the input of the HR leaders in the network, who agreed that their most important thing they can do to support and grow the people side of the organization is to support front-line managers.

Launched on May 15, 2020, the series features a panel discussion of HR leaders presenting on leadership and innovation topics of interest to front line managers. Participating attendees are invited to send their questions to the panelists through email prior to the meeting or through chat during the meeting.

Our meetings are conducted online from 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m., generally on the first and third Fridays. Each meeting features articles and research on topics of interest for Front Line Managers in the network, along with additional input and advice from participating HR leaders within the FountainBlue network. Below is a list of past and upcoming topics.

Front Line Managers Online, Topics, Dates and Speakers

Change Curve – May 15, 2020

  • Monica Kaldani-Nasif, Kateeva

Conflict Management Best Practices – June 5, 2020

  • Conflicting Needs – Nivedita Ojha, CITRIX
  • Conflicting Styles – Kavita Shah, Nova
  • Conflicting Perceptions – Krista Pavlakos, Renasas
  • Conflicting Goals – Ronald Goossens, ASML
  • Conflicting Pressures – Nancy Gilbert, Lam Research
  • Conflicting Roles – Megan Cheek, Anatomage
  • Different Personal Values – Tracy Meersman, Skybox Security
  • Unpredictable Policies – Olga Campa, ProofPoint

The Diversity Imperative: We Must Do Better – June 19, 2020

  • Opening Remarks on the Diversity Imperative by KT Moore, Cadence Design Systems
  • Win the Talent War: Shari Moore, Coherent
  • Improve the Quality of Decision-Making: Erica Wright, Agilent
  • Increase Customer Insight and Innovation: Monica Kaldani-Nasif, Kateeva
  • Drive Employee Motivation and Satisfaction: Dana Gharda, Lam Research
  • Improve Company’s Global Image: Yvonne Thomson, former Symantec

Embracing Agility – July 2, 2020 

  • Adopting an Agile Mindset – Berylann Paz, FireEye
  • Pivoting the Strategy, the Processes, the Target Goal – Tracy Meersman, Skybox Security
  • Aligning Short and Long Term Goals – Megan Cheek, Anatomage
  • Embracing Best Practices for Training an Agile Workforce – AJ Elias, Meriwest Credit Union
  • Leveraging Tools to Optimize Performance and Communication – Krista Pavlakos, Renasas
  • Measuring and Monitoring Differently – Indira Joshi, Micron

Building Engagement – July 17, 2020

Decision-Making Best Practices – August 7, 2020

Performance Review Best Practices – August 21, 2020

Uncomfortable Conversations – September 4, 2020

Centered Leadership – September 18, 2020

Common Management Challenges – October 2, 2020

Stress Management Best Practices, October 16, 2020

Productivity Hacks, November 6, 2020

The Gift of Feedback, November 27, 2020

December 4, 2020

December 18, 2020

Draft Agenda

A draft agenda for our semi-monthly Front Line Managers Online meetings is below.

11:50 Networking and IT Check (no-host lunch and drink)

12:00 Welcomes and thank yous

12:02 Introduction to the topic, and research

12:10 Presentations by a senior HR leader from participating company

12:40 Facilitated interactive discussion with additional questions from participating front-line managers and HR leaders

12:55 Takeaways, Closure

1:00 Meeting Adjourned. Presentation will be uploaded to site for access by participating HR leaders


As a follow-up to our July blog entitled ‘What One Thing Can We Do to Support Black Professionals?’, FountainBlue will launch a ‘You Can Too‘ program, to give more education, access and connection to under-represented, disadvantaged and at-risk youths and young professionals. 

FountainBlue will provide up to 20 You-Can-Too Summer Scholarships for youths and young professionals to attend of our semi-monthly Front Line Managers Online programs from July-September, and including a fifteen minute online coaching session once a month for three months.

To apply for the summer scholarship for our ‘You Can Too’ program, visit To volunteer to support the program, e-mail us at, or just refer your nominated candidates to the program.

Below are suggestions on how you can get involved, so the themes of Diversity, Empowerment and Engagement remain front and center every time, all the time – for the greater good for our leaders, for our teams, for our business.

  • Become a corporate partner for the Front Line Managers Online series – see benefits below.
  • Continue to share your stories and your resources on what non-Blacks can do to support Black professionals.
  • Share your best practices on how we can better Embrace Diversity, Facilitate Empowerment, Measure Engagement. The findings will be shared in our August blog.
  • Connect one-on-one to discuss how we can sustainably make a difference in mindset, in confidence and communication, in measured business results. 

Cost and Benefits

The associated costs for becoming a partner for the Front Line Managers’ Online Series is $1000 a month with six month minimum commitment. Program benefits include:

  • attendance for 4-6 front line managers for each of two online Front Line Managers program each month
  • inclusion in HR leaders online community, with access to meeting notes, articles and resources as well as discounts and free events and merchandise,
  • optional half hour each monthly to provide program, coaching, facilitation and other support,
  • participation in semi-annual VP of HR roundtables, offered online on the fourth Fridays in April and October each year,
  • inclusion in semi-monthly Front Line Managers Online programs as speakers and
  • nominations for quarterly ‘You Can Too’ scholarship program.

There will be a discounted rate of $10,000 for a one-year commitment, and discounted fees should you sign up for more than 6 managers per event.

For more information, e-mail us at