Rebels with a Heart: February 24th 2021

Leading with Love

This episode features a panel of Rebel Leaders who are leading with love. If you’re looking for creative ways to take better care of your teams, you’ve come to the right place! Enjoy ways to grow and maintain a culture of caring, find out the importance of sharing vulnerabilities with your teams, and discover successful strategies for engaging your people and driving performance.

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Hosted by: Derek Lundsten, President and CEO at LifeGuides

Our Panelists:

Laila Tarraf

Laila is a senior human resource executive with over 25 years of professional experience. After graduating with her MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, she became one of the founding team members at She then served as Chief People Officer at Peet’s Coffee and Tea, an iconic Bay Area premium coffee company. Currently, Laila is currently the Chief People Officer at Allbirds focused on leading through a global pandemic and broad social unrest. She is also a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and investors and is a regular guest lecturer at Berkeley Law School.

Libby Sartain

Libby is an independent director and human resources advisor. With 40 years of experience in human resources, she is also an author and frequent speaker. She led human resources at Yahoo! and Southwest Airlines during transformative periods. Both companies were among Fortune magazine’s “Best Places to Work” during her tenure. Sartain now serves on the board of directors of ManpowerGroup, AARP, and AARP Foundation (Chair). Former board chair of the Society for Human Resource Management and currently immediate past Chairman of the SHRM Foundation Board. She formerly served on the board of Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Shutterfly Inc.

Garry Ridge

Garry is Chairman and CEO of WD-40 Company. He joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and held various leadership positions in the company before being appointed to CEO in 1997. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management, and succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. He is passionate about the learning and empowering organizational culture he has helped establish at the WD-40 Company. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.’

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