Front Line Managers Online

FountainBlue’s Semi-Monthly Front Line Managers Online Program

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 on Fridays from 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m., PST 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.

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2022 Front Line Managers Online Programs –

All held online from 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST

  • Communicate, Connect, Engage, January 14, 2022

Front Line Managers Online Program:

Communicate, Connect, Engage, January 14, 2022


    • as a People Leader – Tammy Sanders, Lam Research
    • as a Product Leader – Shobhana Viswanathan, Automation Anywhere
    • as a Business Leader – Louise Lamb, Coupa Software


Choose Your Battles, January 28, 2022


  • as a People Leader – Olga Campa, ProofPoint
    • as a Product Leader – Sam Gupta, Pure Storage
    • as a Business Leader – Nancy Mason, NVIDIA

Choose Your Battles Panel

Negotiating for a Win-Win, February 11, 2022



  • as a People Leader –  Roxanne Dos Santos, Samsung
  • as an Engineering Leader – Tam Nguyen, Arlo
  • as a Business Leader – Sahana Bergland, Texas Instruments

Embracing the Creative in a Tech-Rich World, February 25, 2022


Embracing the Creative in a Tech-Rich World

  • as a People Leader – Tammy Sanders, Lam Research
  • as a Product Leader – Mariah Manzano, Cisco


The VUCA Reality – It’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous, March 11, 2022


Introduction – Personal and Professional Background and Shifts with COVID

The VUCA Reality – day to day challenges in a VUCA reality

  • as a People Leader – Roxanne Dos Santos, Samsung
  • as an Business Leader – Nancy Moreno, Adobe
  • as a Product Leader – Sam Gupta, Pure Storage

VUCA Panel

One Plus One Makes Eleven, March 25, 2022


  • as a People Leader – Charmy Ruparel, Okta
  • as a Product Leader – Prajakta Naik, PayPal
  • as a Business Leader – Marla Field, NOVA
One Plus One Makes Eleven

One Plus One Makes Eleven

Customer-Led Digital Transformation, April 8, 2022


  • as a Business Leader – Lara Bliesner, ARM
  • as a Marketing Leader – Angel Oberoi, Gigamon
  • as an Engineering Leader – Shruthi Koundinya, Stealth Start-up
  • as a Program Leader – Nancy Moreno, Adobe

DigitalOne Dot a Point, Two Dots a Line, Three Dots a Trend, April 22, 2022


    • as a People Leader – Sameena Siddiqui, Micron
    • as an Engineering Leader – Pooja Agrawal, Renesas 

One Dot a Point, Two Dots a Line, Three Dots a Trend

Embracing an Agility Mindset, May 6, 2022


  • as an Engineering Leader – Pooja Agrawal, Renesas
  • as a People Leader – Roxanne Dos Santos, Samsung
  • as a Program Leader – Nancy Moreno, Adobe
  • as a Business Leader – Lara Bliesner, ARM

Resolving Conflict when the Stakes are High, May 20, 2022


Resolving Conflict When the Stakes are High

Resolving Conflict When the Stakes are High

The Need for Speed, June 3, 2022

Speed3SpeedPanelShow Me the Data, June 17, 2022


June 17 Front Line Managers Online Program: Show Me the Data

June 17 Front Line Managers Online Program: Show Me the Data

Growing Your Emotional Intelligence, July 1, 2022

    • as a Business Leader – Sheri Simmons, Philips
    • as an HR Leader – Roxanne Dos Santos, Samsung Research America and Susan Norton, BOLD
    • as a Product Leader – Ashwini Lahane, Freshworks



Embracing Agility, July 15, 2022

  • as a Business Leader – Louise Lamb, Coupa
  • as a Program Leader – Mona Hudak, Cisco
  • as an Engineering Leader – Pooja Agrawal, Renesas




Managing Up, Down and Sideways, August 5, 2022

  • as an HR Leader – Kerry Perryman, Samsung Research America
  • as a Product Leader – Sondra Bollar, Oracle
  • as an Engineering Leader – Stephen McGrath, Trimble ManagementPanelAug5

Problem Solving Strategies, August 19, 2022

  • as a Product Leader – Lora Muller, Tektronix
  • as an Engineering Leader – Pooja Agrawal, Renesas



Problem-Solving Strategies

Problem-Solving Strategies

Performance Management Best Practices, September 2, 2022

  • as an HR Leader – Kerry Perryman, Samsung Research America
  • as a People Leader – Jennifer Exum, Gig Talent Collective
  • as a Program Leader – Sam Gupta, Pure Storage


Performance Management Best Practices Panel 2022The Why Before the What, Before the How, September 16, 2022


    • as a People Leader – Ruth Radford, Lam Research
    • as a Program Leader – Sam Gupta, Pure Storage 
    • as an Engineering Leader – Pooja Agrawal, Renesas


Making Decisions That Count, October 7, 2022


Change Management Best Practices, October 21, 2022


The Gift of Gratitude, November 4, 2022


Open Hearts, Open Minds, December 2, 2022


Visioning Program for Sponsors and Speakers, December 13, 2022



2021 Front Line Managers Online Programs

Goals2January 8, 2021: Goal-Setting Best Practices

  • Lori Kate Smith, Health Wildcatters
  • Shobhana Viswanathan, Automation Anywhere
  • JD Dillon, Tigo Energy (not pictured)
  • Lynn Marie Viduya, Intermedia

January 22, 2021: Networking to Expand Your Circle of Influence



February 5, 2021: Efficiency in the New Normal



February 19, 2021: The Urgent Need for Inclusivity


UrgentNeedInclusivityMarch 5, 2021: Change Management Best Practices

ChangeManagementChange Management PanelMarch 19, 2021: Show Me the Data


Show Me The Data March192021

April 2, 2021: One Dot a Point, Two Dots a Line, Three Dots a Trend



  • Kristen Brastad, Lam Research
  • Claudia Galvan, Oracle
  • Shruthi Koundinya, HPE
  • Nivedita Ojha, CITRIX

April 16, 2021: Managing Up

Managing Up


ManagingUpApril16PanelMay 7, 2021: Collaboration Best Practices



  • Nancy Gilbert, Lam Research
  • Tina Sayadi, Texas Instruments
  • Claire Zhang, Samsung Research America

May 21, 2021: Embracing Agility

AgilityMay21PanelBeing Agile in the Next Normal: How can being agile help you:

    • As an Engineer: Mike Chen, Samsung Research America
    • As an IT Leader: Jason Amici, Intel
    • As a Product Leader: Indira Joshi, Micron; Ramana Murthy, Nutanix
    • As a Business Leader: Smiti Sharma 


AgileLeaderJune 4, 2021: Building Emotional Intelligence 


Building Emotional Intelligence – What is it, Why Have it?

Managing and Growing Emotional Intelligence

    • as a Product Leader – Karthi Gopalan, Maxim Integrated
    • as an HR Leader – Sanchita Gupta, Samsung Research America
    • as an Operations leader – Louise Lamb, Coupa Software

Building Emotional Intelligence

June 18, 2021: People Not-Like-You


People Not-Like-Me

People Not-Like-Me

July 2, 2021: The Need for Speed


The Need for Speed


July 16, 2021: Culture In the Next Normal


  • As an HR Leader: Roxanne Dos Santos, Samsung
    • As a Business Leader: Louise Lam, Coupa

August 6, 2021: Being Creative in a Techphilic World


    • as a Product Leader – Shruthi Koundinya, Aruba HPE
    • as a Business Leader – Beth Trivedi, Pure Storage
    • as an People Leader – Tammy Sanders, Lam Research

August 20, 2021: Negotiating for a Win-Win


  • As an HR Leader: Shari J Moore, HR Leader and SJSU Professor
  • As a Marketing Leader: Krista Pavlakos, Renesas


September 3, 2021: The Why Before the What, Before the How

  • as a Product Leader – Vidya Venkatesh, Exact Science
  • as a Business Leader – Linda Christensen
  • as a People Leader – Dana Gharda, Lam Research


WhyWhatHowPanelSeptember 17, 2021: Climb the Mountain ClimbMountain

  • as a People Leader – Sanchita Gupta, Samsung
  • as a Product Leader – Amber Barber, Lam Research
  • as a Business Leader – Krista Pavlakos, Renesas

Climb the Mountain PanelOctober 1, 2021: Be the Sherpa


  • as a People Leader – Ruth Radford, Lam Research
  • as a Product Leader – Swati Handa, Cisco
  • as a Business Leader – Sam Gupta, Pure Storage

October 15, 2021: Never Settle

Never Settle NeverSettle

  • as a People Leader – Yvonne Thomson
  • as an Engineering and Business Leader – Adriane McFetridge, Netflix

November 5, 2021: The Gift of GratitudeGratitudeGratitudePanel

  • as a People Leader – Roxanne Dos Santos, Samsung
  • as a Product Leader – Colm Lysaght, PeerNova
  • as a Business Leader – Tamara Rivera, Viavi
  • with comments on Gratitude Journaling by Nancy Mason, NVIDIA

December 3, 2021: Open Minds, Open Hearts


  • as a People Leader – Susan Norton, BOLD
  • as a Product Leader – Umesh Lakshman, Lumen
  • as a Business Leader – Shari Begun, Renesas

OpenHeartsOpenMindsPanelDecember 14, 2020: 2022 Visioning for Sponsors and Speakers – Invitation-Only Interactive Discussion

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

  • Stress as a Part of Life – Linda Holroyd, FountainBlue
  • Building Self-Awareness and Centeredness – Courtney Gribble, Coupa Software
  • The four A’s of Stress Management – Diana Pohle, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Helping Others Manage Stress – Roxanne dos Santos, Samsung
  • Stress as an Opportunity – Preethy Padmanabhan, Freshworks
  • Advice for Dealing with Change – All


ProductivityNovember 6, 2020: Productivity Hacks

  • The Challenge to be Ever More Efficient and Effective – Linda Holroyd, FountainBlue
  • Email Productivity Hacks – Parshuram Zantye, Lam Research
  • Meeting Management Techniques – Nancy Moreno, Equinix
  • Leveraging IT for the Good – Sameer Mehdiratta, Renasas
  • Optimizing Communications – Adriane McFetridge, Netflix
  • Embracing Productive Excellence – All

Productivity Hacks PanelResources: 

FeedbackNovember 20, 2020: Welcoming the Gift of Feedback

  • The Gift of Feedback – Maranda Dziekonski, Swiftly
  • Explain the Why – Maranda Dziekonski, Swiftly
  • The Customer as King – Kavita Shah, Nova
  • Performance Review Feedback – Colm Lysaght, Micron
  • Facilitating Awkward Feedback Conversations – Thenu Kittappa, Nutanix
  • Best Practice for Providing Feedback as a Gift




NextNormalDecember 4, 2020: The Next Normal

  • 2020 – A Story for the Ages – Debbie Shotwell
  • Collaborating to Create An Agile and Resilient Supply Chain – Amanda York, Lam Research
  • Optimizing Operations and Facilities – Aaron Campbell, OhmniLabs
  • Rethinking Business Strategies and Business Models – Krista Pavlakos, Renesas 
  • Embracing a Decentralized Workforce – Louise Lamb, Coupa Software

Dec 4, 2020 Next Normal Panelists

NewNormalRoundtableDecember 15, 2020: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of 2020 and What It Means for 2021 – Invitation-Only Interactive Discussion

Please join me in thanking our panelists for their participation. 
  • Amber Barber, Lam Research
  • Roxanne dos Santos, Samsung Research America
  • Maranda Dziekonski, Swiftly
  • Ronald Goossens, ASML
  • Karthi Gopalan, Maxim Integrated
  • Thenu Kittappa, Nutanix 
  • Louise Lamb, Coupa Software
  • Debbie Shotwell
  • Amanda York, Lam Research
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of 2020 and Its Implications for Planning for 2021

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of 2020 and Its Implications for Planning for 2021

 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