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The Future Forum team

Say hello to the team behind the Future Forum

Brian Elliott,  Executive Leader & Senior Vice President

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Brian Elliott is the Executive Leader and Senior Vice President of 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,  Vice President

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Sheela Subramanian is a Vice President 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 & Partnerships 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 1 year 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.

Dave Macnee,  Senior Relationship Manager

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Dave Macnee is a Senior Relationship Manager of the Future Forum, where he is focused on executive engagement and building the Future Forum membership program.

Prior to this role, Dave spent six years at Slack in various Customer Success roles, including as Slack’s first Success Manager and as a leader of Strategic and Scale Customer Success teams.

Before Slack, Dave held various marketing roles on both the agency and client side, including leading marketing for a non-profit camp for kids with cancer.

Dave received a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver and is a proud dad of two.

Taryn Brymn,  Senior Group Manager, C-Suite Programs

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Taryn Brymn is the Senior Group Manager of C-Suite Programs for Future Forum where she is responsible for setting the vision, intended outcomes, and milestones for Future Forum’s executive programs.

Most recently, Taryn was Director of Programs at G100 Network (part of the World 50 company), where she shaped membership programs for C-Suite executives and board directors of F1000 companies and helped them reimagine solutions to their current and future business challenges. Earlier in her career, Taryn held roles in nonprofit grant execution and management. Most recently, she worked on the revitalization of cultural institutions in New York City at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

Taryn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Eliza Sarasohn,  Senior Group Manager, Content and Editorial

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As Senior Group Manager of Content and Editorial for Future Forum, Eliza Sarasohn collaborates with data scientists, academics, and executives to produce the Future Forum Pulse as well as case studies, playbooks, and other content focused on the future of work.

Prior to joining the Future Forum team, Eliza was Associate Vice President of Communications at The Trust for Public Land, where she led communications for the annual ParkScore® index—the national gold-standard comparison of city park systems.

Prior to that, she held editorial and content roles for Gaiam, JetBlue Airways, and GE Ecomagination, reporting on travel, sustainability, science, and health.

She received a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Berkeley, California and can often be found hiking a Bay Area trail with her husband and two boys.