Front Line Managers Online


Launched in May 2020 at the recommendation of HR leaders in the community, FountainBlue’s Semi-Monthly Front Line Managers Online series features semi-monthly panel discussion on leadership and innovation topics of interest to front line managers. 

Our meetings are conducted online from 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m., generally on the first and third Fridays, and feature interactive conversations on topics raised by our corporate partners and the larger FountainBlue network. 

Notes are distributed to attendees and also saved and distributed to the online group, along with resources and information of interest.

Register now for our next upcoming Front Line Managers Online program! 

A half hour of coaching or consulting services is available for each corporate partner each month. You can sign up for additional coaching or consulting at a rate of $200/half hour.

Front Line Managers Online, Topics, Dates and Speakers

There are also links to notes taken for each program, active for corporate partners for the series.

E-mail us at if you’re interested in becoming a corporate partner with access to programs, community and notes.

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

July 2, 2020: Embracing Agility

  • 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
  • Meeting Notes
  • Meeting Slides

July 17, 2020: Building Engagement

  • Enable, Measure and Report on outcomes, Linda Holroyd, FountainBlue
  • Optimize the Employee Experience, Tammy Sanders, Lam Research
  • Walk the Talk, Talk the Walk, Preethy Padmanabhan, Freshworks
  • Be Aligned on a Corporate Purpose Which Resonates in the Market and with the Staff, Roxanne Dos Santos, Samsung
  • Notes from the Meeting
  • Slides from the Meeting

August 7, 2020: Decision-Making Best Practices

  • Involve more of the right people, Communicate and Measure Progress – Monica Kaldani-Nasif, Kateeva
  • Make critical small choices, Communicate and Measure Progress – Monika Thakur, Oracle
  • Set up a nerve center, Communicate and Measure Progress – Suruchi Sharma, T-Mobile
  • Empower leaders at all levels – Marilyn Becker, Western Digital
  • Opportunities When We Make Better Decisions – All
  • Notes from the Meeting 
  • Slides from the Meeting

August 21, 2020: Performance Management Best Practices

  • Doing Performance Management Differently – Linda Holroyd, FountainBlue
  • Show Me the Data – Charu Madan, Veeam Software
  • A Culture of Feedback – Larissa Boyd, FireEye
  • Peer Review and Support – Kavita Shah, Nova Measuring Instruments
  • Recommended Tools, Processes, and Approaches – David Ortiz, Oracle
  • Alignment on Purpose, Focus on Execution, Communicate for Results – All

September 4, 2020: Uncomfortable Conversations

  • Feeling Uncomfortable in Conversations: Linda Holroyd
  • Embrace Diversity and Change: Steve Jarrett, Oracle  
  • Draw a Line in the Sand: Lora Muller, Tektronix 
  • It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Data: Amber Barber, Lam Research
  • Making A ‘Me Outlook’ Into a ‘We Outlook': Paula Ewanich, Skybox Security
  • Best Practices for Having Uncomfortable Conversations (All)

September 18, 2020: Centered Leadership

  • Alignment of Values and Principles – Julie Cullivan, ForeScout
  • Deer-Stops-Here Mindset – Stacey Moser, Tektronix
  • Slow Down to Speed Up – Preethy Padmanabhan, Freshworks
  • Strategy Meets Execution – Krista Pavlakos, Renesas
  • Best Practices for centered leadership​ – All

October 2, 2020: Common Management Challenges

  • A New Take on Old Management Challenges – Linda Holroyd
  • The Importance of Stability, Then and Now – Urvashi Sheth, Intermedia
  • The Importance of Relationships, Then and Now – Nehal Mehta, Genesys
  • The Importance of Social Cohesion and Inclusion, Then and Now – Debbie Shotwell, Saba
  • The Importance of Individual Purpose and Contribution, Then and Now – Kim Harr, Lam Research
  • Managing in the Digital Age – All
  • October 16, 2020: Stress Management Best Practices
  • November 6, 2020: Productivity Hacks
  • November 20, 2020: The Gift of Feedback
  • December 4, 2020: The New Normal
  • December 18, 2020: HR Leaders: Predictions for 2021
  • January 8, 2021: Goal-Setting Best Practices 
  • January 22, 2021: Growing Your Network
  • February 5, 2021: Optimizing Performance
  • February 19, 2021: Adopting a More Inclusive Workforce
  • March 5, 2021: Change Management Best Practices
  • March 19, 2021: Show Me the Data
  • April 2, 2021: One Dot a Point, Two Dots a Line, Three Dots a Trend
  • April 16, 2021: Managing Up
  • May 7, 2021: Mentorship Best Practices
  • May 21, 2021: The Art of the Pivot

Meeting 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 cost for becoming a corporate partner is $1000 a month and includes:

  • Admission for ten people to attend our semi-monthly Front Line Managers online programs
  • Admission for ten people to attend our monthly When She Speaks program
  • Admission for one executive to join our monthly VIP roundtable and
  • Optional half an hour of coaching or consulting each month
  • Inclusion in online community, with access to meeting notes, articles and other resources and connections
  • Panelist participation in semi-monthly programs
  • Nominations for quarterly ‘You Can Too’ scholarship program.

To register for this month’s programs, visit

There is a $500 discount if you order for a six month period and a bonus half hour of coaching each month, along with a $2000 discount if you order for a twelve month period. For these six and twelve month options, we work with your finance departments following their PO and invoicing process.

Individual Passes and Coaching Options

You may also purchase individual passes for each When She Speaks program ($50), Front Line Managers Online program ($50 each) or VIP Roundtable ($200 each). You may also purchase a corporate pass for $250 for ten people to attend any ONE When She Speaks event, but there are no volume discounts for the Front Line Managers Online series.

If you become a corporate partner, you will receive half an hour of executive coaching (or program support) each month. You may purchase additional coaching (or program support) services for $200/half hour. Find out more about our coaching services.

To register for individual tickets or coaching services, visit

For more information, e-mail us at