Leadership Team

Our founding team is deep in experience in technology, innovation, social activism, and entrepreneurship. The three founding partners have participated in 80+ boards during their careers in both not-for-profit and for-profit/technology sectors.

The key element that ties our team together is a common belief that a combination of technology, political change, climate change and political change have brought about a time period unparalleled in human history, where those who care to change the outcome have an opportunity to re-write the rules.

Randy Haykin (Founder & Partner):

is a well-known Silicon Valley angel, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He established three early-stage venture funds (www.outlookventures.com) since 1997. Forming his career at Apple Computer in the late 90’s, Randy later became the founding Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Yahoo; he has mentored 60 + startups since. He is a Professor at UC Berkeley and Cambridge University, teaching courses on New Venture Finance and Innovation/Creativity. Randy holds a BA in Organizational Management from Brown University, and earned an MBA from Harvard.

Contact Randy at randy@gratitudefund.org

Dr. Chris Pitt (Founder & Partner):

Senior Vice President, World Vision International (www.worldvision.org) has a background in international consulting specializing in micro enterprise development (MED) and enterprise generation programs. Has led relief and development work in Africa, Asia , Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. Currently, Chris is responsible for organizational effectiveness, innovation, collaboration and enterprise engagement at WorldVision. He successfully led the organization’s partnership-wide re-engineering and change process. Chris holds a Phd in business ethics from Cambridge University and is passionate about developing of social venture capital models that drive strategic sustainable solutions to poverty. He holds several board level appointments for business and charities in the UK, US and Europe. Chris will initially be part-time, while maintaining his global responsibilities at World Vision.

Contact Chris at christopher@gratitudefund.org

Guru Singh (Founder & Partner):

Guru Sing is a third generation yogi — master teacher of Kundalini and Humanology; a recording artist, published author and minister with a doctorate in divinity; chairman of an international board of ministers working with religious leaders of every faith. Teaching throughout the world he is a founding director of Miri Piri Academy, an international school in India, graduating global citizens and leaders. On the boards of fast growth companies in education and technology to connect his over-arching mission: reaching humanity locally to produce wellbeing globally.

Contact Guru Singh at gurusingh@gratitudefund.org

Lynley Sides (Creator of The Gratitude Awards)

CEO of The Glue Network, was recognized as one of “15 Founders & CEOs to Watch” in Women 2.0 and believes business success and social good are inextricably linked.

A serial entrepreneur with boundless energy, she started her first successful business at age ten. As a seasoned tech and digital media executive, she’s launched award-winning new products and marketing programs for companies such as IBM, Westinghouse and RedHerring.com, where she led 3X growth of users, subscribers and revenue. And in parallel, she’s been a passionate supporter of social causes, founding or supporting dozens of organizations and influencing her companies and schools to operate sustainably and contribute to the social good.

In 2001, she founded an interim executive and consulting services firm that has remained profitable while giving back along the way. While leading Sides & Associates and as a consultant with A.T. Kearney, she’s helped companies and non-profits including Genentech, HP, Touch Revolution, Levi’s, Outlook Ventures, and the Sierra Club assess, develop, and market new products and grow responsibly. After adopting a child from China in 2005, she founded a Mandarin language program for kids that helps special needs orphans in China.

In 2010, she partnered with The Glue Network founders to launch a platform that enables companies of all sizes to improve their bottom lines through giving and social media. As an advisor to The Intersection Event, she’s creating a global award that will recognize new ventures driving positive social change through innovation.

Lynley has been a speaker and contributor to Sustainable Brands, INC.com, Women 2.0, The Future Buzz among others on topics including cause marketing, digital media and company social responsibility. Lynley holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. An avid skier and runner, Lynley lives in Lafayette, California with her husband and two children.

You can follow her on Twitter @LynleySides.

Nadia Ghanmeh (Community Manager):

Nadia is an active networker, blogger and social media enthusiast. She has most recently been a research assistant and writer at UC Berkeley, and previously worked with a variety of social/impact groups including World Learning Nonprofit Organization and Questescope in Jordan. Nadia holds a BS in International Development from UC Berkeley.

Contact Nadia at nadia@intersectionevent.com or @nadiaghanmeh.