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A Letter

A Letter from Our Director


A Letter

A Letter from Our Director


As someone whose career has spanned everything from circus performance to management consulting, I am constantly impressed by people. Individually, humans can be incredible learners, capable of resilience and adaptation; in well-organized teams, we can accomplish even more.

As a performer, I’ve always been a proponent of the spontaneous connections that take place when exceptional people come together. In early 2016, I had the pleasure of producing a day-long "Un-conference" on the Future of Work. Attendee enthusiasm was overwhelming, and I saw the need for an annual conference exploring work in the 21st Century. Thus, the Responsive Conference was born.

My goal for the Responsive Conference is not just to talk about human development and organization change, but to create a learning experience where we can embody these ideas. I am committed to making the entire process an experiment in culture, from the advisory board, to the production team, to the curation of presenters and attendees, to the experience of the conference itself.

I am thrilled to be entering our fifth year and look forward to sharing this experience with you.


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Meet the Team

The Organizing Team

Meet the producers, curators, and event organizers behind the 4th Annual Responsive Conference.

Meet the Team

The Organizing Team

Meet the producers, curators, and event organizers behind the 4th Annual Responsive Conference.


Robin zander, Founder & EXECUTIVE director

With a diverse background ranging from management consulting to the circus, Robin has spent his career working with individuals and companies to improve performance.

In addition to directing Responsive Conference, Robin is the founder of Zander Media, a strategy and creative firm that works with responsive companies to build brand and drive measurable business outcomes.

Through his podcast, The Robin Zander Show, he interviews exceptional performers to understand how individuals and organizations can accelerate change. He is the author of two books: “Responsive: What It Takes To Create A Thriving Organization,” as well as the Japanese best-seller “How to Do a Handstand”.

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Willow is an event producer whose passion lies at the intersection of human behavior and experience design. Their work explores how we can shift business and education practices to help individuals and teams to more effectively execute their mission and feel more fulfilled in their work. Event production brings together their passion for people, love of learning, and creative drive to organize. 


Nicole Piechowski, Community

Whether through fostering a great company culture or at a live event, Nicole designs systems for people to succeed.

Throughout the year, Nicole supports our communication and outreach efforts. During the annual Responsive Conference, she serves as our volunteer coordinator.


Our Partners

We work closely with several exceptional companies to produce Responsive Conference

Zander Media
Strategy and Creative

Sean Gannet Productions
Live Event Production

Aline Collective
Graphic and Event Design

Lost Gold Media


Our Advisors

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Marie Szuts, Advisor

Marie Szuts is the Head of People Operations at Figma, a company that is building a new way of collaborating around design. A medieval historian by training, Marie began her career in the world of editorial content, and led the team responsible for producing various specialty food magazines (such as La Cucina Italiana). These experiences working with a passionate community of readers helped shape her foundation of supporting and communicating culture. Today, Marie continues that holistic approach towards people operations and creating human-centered processes as she builds and coaches teams of all types.

 She is an advisor for PeopleTechPartners, a network of people operations leaders who advise early stage HR tech companies. Marie holds a BA and MA from Yale University, and is also certified by SHRM.


Deborah Seidman, Lead Facilitator

Deborah is a facilitator with a passion for working with leaders and their teams to increase their effectiveness and improve organizational performance.  

Deb has helped a wide range of clients such as UBS, Pfizer, Save the Children, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to implement organizational change strategies. Her areas of expertise include leadership and team effectiveness, performance management, and talent management.

At Responsive Conference, Deborah serves as our lead facilitator, organizing the handful of facilitators who lead lead groups during the days of Responsive Conference.

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Glenn Marks, PhD, Coordinator and Advisor

With a PhD in clinical psychology and a Global MBA, Glenn Marks provides a unique combination and depth of expertise in human behavior, leadership and motivation.

Glenn has worked with more than 11,000 clients representing nearly every industry, as well as the Department of Defense, the State of Arizona, the Veteran’s Administration, and academic, for profit and non-profit hospitals.  

Glenn’s work is driven by vision, passion, and a commitment to challenging the way that people and organization’s think about their situation so they can unlock the creativity, talent, and potential of each of its members.  

Glenn conducts our monthly Responsive Org webinars, facilities our Responsive Masterminds, and co-organizes a variety of other Responsive events throughout the year.



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