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The Future Forum team

Say hello to the team behind the Future Forum

Brian Elliott,  Vice President

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Brian Elliott is the VP of the Future Forum, a consortium launched by Slack to help companies reimagine work in the new digital-first world.

Previously, Brian was the VP & General Manager of Platform at Slack, where he oversaw Platform strategy and execution. Slack integrates with enterprise tools from companies such as Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and Workday, as well as more than 2,300 other tools and services.

Before Slack, Brian was General Manager of Google Express, Google’s full stack commerce platform, driving product, engineering, operations and go-to-market functions. Prior to Google, Brian was CEO at startups like Monsoon Commerce, a software platform that services thousands of online businesses, and Alibris, a global ecommerce marketplace. Before that, Brian was a consultant with Boston Consulting Group.

Brian received a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business.

Sheela Subramanian,  Senior Director

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Sheela Subramanian is a Senior Director of the Future Forum, where she leads go-to-market, content, and programming initiatives.

Prior to this role, Sheela spent four years at Slack in a few leadership roles, including as the Head of Global Enterprise Marketing, where she drove the team's shift to a BtoB organization. She also led the Product Marketing team, building elements from the ground-up and launching Slack in the enterprise segment and five new countries.

Before Slack, Sheela was the Vice President of International Business Development and Operations at Jana Mobile, where she led the company’s entry and growth in eleven markets. Prior to Jana, Sheela spent five years at Google, where she drove marketing and strategy for a range of products. Most notably, she co-founded the Global Market Development team, where she led global and multicultural go-to-market efforts for the company.

Sheela received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the proud mom of two magical daughters.

Helen Kupp,  Director

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Helen is the Director of Product Strategy of the Future Forum, where she leads membership program development, and strategic partnerships.

Previously, Helen led the Strategy & Analytics team at Slack, where she drove various cross-functional initiatives such as international launch and strategy, building our professional services offering, and leading Slack’s fundraising and direct listing efforts.

Before Slack, Helen held various bizops and product roles at Thumbtack and BloomReach, primarily focused on launching and scaling new initiatives. Prior to a career in technology, Helen was a consultant with Bain & Company.

Helen received a BS from Caltech and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She’s a new mom to a spunky 10 month old baby boy, and is passionate about advocating for and creating better support for working moms.

Christina Janzer,  Senior Director

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Christina Janzer is the Senior Director of Research & Analytics at Slack.

She is responsible for leading all global research and product analytics efforts that provide insights about people and work. With the goal to build an enterprise tool that improves people’s working lives, Christina and her team work to better understand the people they’re building for, the challenges they face, and the broader world of work in order to help inform overall product, marketing and sales efforts.

Prior to Slack, Christina founded and grew the User Research team at Facebook after helping to lead the Customer Support team. Christina is passionate about helping make things that people love, and helping to build teams that people love to be on.

Christina received a BS in Engineering/Product Design from Stanford University. She is a proud mom to three amazing kids.

Maddy Cimino,  Program Manager

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Maddy Cimino is the Program Manager of Future Forum. 

Previously, Maddy owned global employee engagement and program development on Slack for Good — the social impact arm of Slack. Slack for Good aims to make the technology industry a more equitable and inclusive space. Prior to joining Slack, Maddy led operations for the customer support team at Pinterest. Maddy combines her program management and operations expertise with her experience championing diversity and inclusion to support the Future Forum.

Maddy currently lives in Oakland, California. As a native Bay Area resident, Maddy is committed to uplifting the community she grew up in. Maddy studied Political Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.