Jennifer Kurkoski, Manager, People & Innovation Lab at Google, and Brian Welle, People Analytics Manager at Google, discuss Google's plan to keep employees healthy.
Manager, People & Innovation Lab, Google
People Analytics Manager, Google
Jennifer Kurkoski directs Google's People & Innovation Lab (PiLab). Part of Google's People Operations (aka, Human Resources) department, PiLab members conduct innovative research aimed at transforming organizational practice within Google and beyond. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company magazine. Prior to Google, Jennifer worked in leadership development and online community management in positions at both internet firms and non-profit organizations. She holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where she studied the factors that drive social network evolution.
Brian Welle has been a member of Google's People Analytics team since August, 2006. During that time he has conducted research and designed programs that strengthened Google’s HR initiatives. He currently leads a team of Analysts that has three main goals: (1) guide Google's talent management, learning programs, career development and diversity practices through the strategic use of data; (2) launch surveys that take the pulse of the organization, including the annual employee opinion survey, and empower clients to act on the results; and (3) conduct basic HR research through the People and Innovation Lab (PiLab), an internal HR think-tank focused on understanding (and improving!) manager effectiveness, employee health, and innovation. PiLab research has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive Online, the MSNBC program, Your Business, among others. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a Research Director at Catalyst, a non-profit consulting organization specializing in diversity, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.