Transforming leaders and teams from the inside out



I have always loved leading big groups. My experience directing and producing the AcroYoga Festival for the first 3 years was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Every time I got onstage to make an announcement, I would well up with tears over how beautiful it was to see so many people gathered together around the values of trust, connection and playfulness.

For the past many years, I have been waiting for the next big gathering to be born, and The Culture Conference is that gathering. My goal with this event is to not just talk about culture, but to embody it at every level. I am committed to having this whole process be an experiment in creating 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 excited to be on this journey of discovery with you and to co-create this magical experience together.  



Our Team


Jenny Sauer-Klein

Founder + Director

Jenny Sauer-Klein is the founder and director of The Culture Conference. She is an expert at building collaborative teams, and shaping the culture of companies through play. Through her Play On Purpose programs, she helps rapid-growth companies bring their values to life so they can attract and retain the best talent. She is also the co-founder of AcroYoga, a global movement based on the values of trust, connection and playfulness. She successfully scaled this culture into a thriving international brand, community and organization with hundreds of thousands of practitioners including Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. She is a regular presenter at Wisdom 2.0 and Summit Series, and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company and Newsweek.


Ting Kelly

Assistant Director

Ting Kelly is the Founding Partner of the Emergent Collective, an experience design studio that produces global immersive experiences, tools and editorial content for leaders on the frontier of art, culture and technology. Previously, she was co-founder and lead designer at Doorstep Studios, a digital creative agency in San Francisco specializing in rapid prototyping and brand identity design. Prior, She served as CMO at SNP, a communication design firm working with Fortune 100 executives on storytelling. She regularly speaks in Asia and Silicon Valley about human-centered design, ecosystem building and the future of culture + technology.



Our Advisors

Meet the curatorial team who is helping to influence the impact of this event.

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Daniela Plattner - Facilitator, Strategist, Coach

A facilitator, strategist, and coach, Daniela helps people and organizations accelerate creativity and collaboration. She is a partner at Sightful, an innovation strategy consultancy and a founding facilitator at Play on Purpose. Daniela has worked with companies like Facebook, IDEO, Boeing, Eileen Fisher, Omega Institute, and presented at Nexus Youth summits at the United Nations and US Congress. She holds an MA in Intermodal Arts Consulting & Coaching, and a BA in Psychology. Daniela is certified in Integrative Health Coaching and 5Rhythms, a mindful movement practice she has been studying for over 15 years. 

David Ngo - Behavior Designer

David brings Behavior Design to get the psychology right for organizations that use technology to improve lives of children and adults -- such as health, fitness, & education.  

His team of behavior designers, researchers, and programmers draw experience and training from Dr. BJ Fogg and the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. 

David created & graduated with Stanford University’s 1st Behavior Design program.  He and Dr. Fogg are working on a book together on Behavior Design methods.


Dave Kashen - co-founder & CEO Worklife

Dave Kashen is co-founder & CEO of Worklife. Worklife is a YC-funded startup with a mission to help everyone love their work life, starting with making meetings awesome. Dave's been on a personal mission to help people thrive for over 10 years. Prior to Worklife, Dave served as a CEO coach, leadership trainer and culture consultant to some of Silicon Valley's fastest-growing technology companies. He co-founded the Unleashed conference series to help startups learn how to build strong cultures and attract values-aligned talent.

Previously, he was co-founder of Wellsphere, an online health & wellness company (acq. by IAC/Sequoia-backed HealthCentral), and served as an investment associate for SPO Partners and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. 

Dave graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.  

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Emmy Negrin - Manager, Yahoo For Good, Yahoo Employee Foundation

Emmy is a Social Entrepreneur and currently an intraprenuer at Yahoo focused on Social Impact and culture initiatives. In her current role, she manages the Yahoo Employee Foundation teaching employees about philanthropy and oversees a $12M donor advised fund which grants to hundreds of nonprofits globally. She also designs, facilitates and leads cultural programs such as a Mindfulness Program and diversity initiatives for employees in partnership with community organizations. Prior to Yahoo, Emmy worked with organizations focusing on youth and experiential learning programs in the Bay Area such as Galileo Learning, Citizen Schools, Youth Community Services and was a global wilderness tour guide for Adventures Cross Country. She serves on the Advisory Board at UC Berkeley for the Executive Development program, Innovation and Leadership through Positive Psychology. She received her BA in Communication and Culture, International Development and Social Change from Clark University.


Larissa Conte - Founder, Wayfinding

Larissa is a coach, culture designer, and rites of passage guide who helps leaders navigate from their deep listening into greater alignment through her business, Wayfinding. She creates the training ground for Wayfinders by blending ten years of experience in leadership coaching, culture consulting, ecosystems science, ceremony design and facilitation, and holistic healing into uniquely transformative experiences.

Larissa’s offerings range from 1:1 coaching and leadership circles, to rites of passage, culture transformation, and leadership qigong. All of her work is designed to help leaders foster integrity through inner listening, embody their authentic leadership style, and navigate from their center, so they can more skillfully serve as stewards of creative energy. She's worked with hundreds of leaders across startups and the Fortune 100 from companies like Box, Deloitte, Genentech, Google, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Marie Applegate - Investigative Artist + Experience Designer

Marie distills Stanford CCARE's findings and translates them into playful interactive public experiences and installations that promote prosocial behavior. Her work has been featured at the Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, Makers Faire, Market Street Prototyping Festival, Civic Center Commons, and the Asian Art Museum. Previously, she produced community activations as lead organizer of [freespace] and Activate McCoppin and is currently curating activations as part of the new Civic Center Commons Initiative in San Francisco.

Marie is available to create temporary or permanent site specific experiences and installations that use positive regression as a means to build a more playful, creative and compassionate culture.

Scott Shigeoka - Community Designer + Storyteller, OpenIDEO

Scott Shigeoka is curiously and joyfully creating at the intersection of community, stories, design and collective change.

He is a Community Designer and Storyteller with OpenIDEO. There, he's supporting community-driven projects that address social challenges. He supports OpenIDEO Chapters, a network of communities that are designing social events and projects in more than 20 cities worldwide.

Prior to his work at IDEO, Scott was a Fulbright-MTV Networks Fellow in Iceland. There, he researched the role of music in the country's modern environmental movement. He also founded a social enterprise that designs creative experiences—like music festivals, residencies and leadership summits—that imagines a world where community activism is the norm. 

Scott has worked with institutions like the University of Pennsylvania as a strategist, community designer and facilitator. He is a writer that worked as a contributing music reporter for The Washington Post, and has also sporadically published his thoughts on culture, arts and community for other media outlets.

Tara-Nicholle Nelson - Founder + CEO, Transformational Consumer Insights

Tara is Founder and CEO of Transformational Consumer Insights (TCI), a research and strategy consulting firm. TCI helps brands create products, marketing and content that connects with Transformational Consumers: people who invest a great deal of their time and money into their aspirations to get healthier, wealthier and wiser.

Formerly, Tara was the Vice President of Marketing for MyFitnessPal. During her tenure, MyFitnessPal grew from 45 million to more than 100 million users, her team drove a 22 percent increase in user engagement, and the company was acquired by Under Armour.

Previously, Tara led marketing strategies for companies including Trulia (now Zillow), Lookout Mobile Security, Chegg and HGTV.