about us

by sesh

emotional intelligence

on demand

Sesh corp  - the lifelong learning company - created Empath as part of its suite of products designed to improve communication and augment intelligence

Empath enhances people intelligence in video conferencing environments. it is emotional intelligence on demand

our

values

humanity 

we want humans to communicate better. we designed skills-based learning, Sesh sessions, to improve communication in organizations. we created Empath to improve communications and better human understanding at scale

 

empathy

empathy lies at the core of EQ on demand. we live and breath this in our company practices, in our product and in our outward contact. better human understanding in our communications relies on better understanding of each other, finding shared values and shared ideas as a grounding for more efficient and effective conversation 

transparency

we do not want to hide what we do. we have a number of tools in mind that externalize what our technology does for our customers to explore as much as possible. we champion privacy. we will do our best to make it understood what data we use and do not use

curiosity

our curiosity is our guide. our iterative work on our technology and service will benefit from a tight continuous feedback loop between our users and our team, allowing our curiosity and humanity to guide what we build, while letting our transparency and empathy guide how we build


growth mindset
our growth mindset drives our business, while our ethics drive our product. we will continue to see how we can create the most value for our users, while we expand our knowledge of what works and what does not 

balance
we seek balance in all things. between technology and humanity, transparency and privacy, curiosity and empathy. we know where we want to go but remain open to new ideas along the way

 

our

leadership team

David Dorfman 

co-founder & ceo

David is a proven business leader with over 18  years of international business and development experience across disciplines. he has served as a strategic advisor to many startup founders and teams and has helped raise $60M+ in funding for early stage ventures, technology transfer and licensing, laboratory research, capital investment, scholarship, and research programs

    

“Efficiency, empathy and communication drives productivity. By honing these skills and  focusing on positive outcomes for everyone, we can make many small contributions to our collective progress. Sesh is a manifestation of my desire to bring this to the world.”
 

cauri jaye 

co-founder & chief technology innovation officer

cauri is a technologist, futurist and instructor with over 26 years building green field technology and training business teams at startups and fortune 100 companies. he has led on over 100 tech projects in Europe and America from gesture controlled technology to the augmented reality department at National Geographic. he specialises in frontier tech that helps companies solve intractable problems with nascent technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented/virtual reality
 

“My obsession with the first principles of success led me to the creation of Sesh. Curiosity and lifelong learning can solve any problem and unlock any door.”

Kevin Woolery

co-founder and chief software architect & data scientist

as an avid technologist and entrepreneur, Kevin began writing code at age nine and his software has since contributed to several high-profile entertainment, infrastructure and publishing systems. he began his career in computer switch maintenance for the U.S. Air Force and soon went on contribute to the creation of the world’s first Content Delivery Network (CDN), which is still deployed over 20 years later as the Century Link CDN. 

 

“During my career as a technical leader, I’ve spent the majority of my time focused on software and systems engineering with the goal of increasing scale and profit. I joined Sesh because the goal of the company goes beyond money, which, of course, is necessary, but rather building products that help move humanity in a positive direction through education and insight.”

Jennifer Fox

head of product & operations

Jen is an imaginative and passionate product manager with 9+ years experience  working in startups, AdTech companies, and agencies alike. her extensive experience in  sales, client services, operations, and now, product management has awarded her indispensable collective knowledge which she finds key for successful product and technology development.  Jen is also a certified Agile team facilitator; helping teams to collaborate, problem solve and scale their agile process.

“Early in my career I learned the importance of lifelong learning as a mindset. Working at Sesh is my way of paying this forward to those who have not been so lucky. Sesh is challenging conventional learning and working strategies to help professionals develop tools to work smarter. Sesh is for those who say to themselves ‘there’s got to be a better way of doing this,’ because there is, and I want to be a part of that solution.”

Sierra Dowd

head of marketing & community

Sierra brings 12 years of marketing, eCommerce, community and communications expertise to businesses and entrepreneurs at the intersection of beauty, fashion, entertainment and tech.  prior to launching Los Angeles-based consulting firm SVP House, Sierra was the director of eCommerce partnerships at Beautycon, a globally-recognized community for Gen Z and Millennial content creators

“An underlying theme throughout my career has been empowering people and businesses through education and emotional intelligence training. Each product that Sesh develops not only encompasses both education and EQ, but exhibits the unimagined power of each. Sesh is changing the way the world learns and interpersonally connects, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

Luca Michelini

senior software engineer

full-stack software engineer with 15 years experience. from the day Luca was gifted his first Commodore VIC 20, coding has been his biggest passion. so much so, that he even writes code in his free time 

"In the last few years I’ve taken an interest in psychology and emotional awareness but as a software engineer, those paths often didn’t cross. Sesh has given me an opportunity to blend these interests and discover exciting and useful applications." 

Serena Epstein

user experience researcher 

Serena is a qualitative researcher with a design background and 11 years creating delightful, user-centered experiences. she’s a passionate advocate for science, accessibility, and inclusive design practices, with a master’s degree in human-computer interaction and design. Serena spends her free time running a small retail business, fundraising for environmental and human rights nonprofits and singing to her houseplants

“For me, the practice of empathy has always been central to building inclusive experiences. I love that our work at Sesh brings social intelligence and impactful communication within reach for everyone, making large scale institutional change accessible and achievable. I’m continually inspired by my talented, thoughtful teammates and the potential impact of our work on the world around us”

our

advisors

Jorge Barraza, Ph.D

advisor 

assistant professor of consumer psychology at the university of southern california (usc), specializing in applying psychology and neuroscience to understanding and predicting consumer behavior. Dr. Barraza has published numerous articles on emotion, behavioral neuroscience, and the use of stories to influence costly decisions

Ross Hale

advisor 

veteran software product development team leader and CTO who has overseen teams of 100+ developers. his life's work is helping to create authentic, creative, fun, and effective software development teams and cultures 

Armen R. Kherlopian, Ph.D

advisor 

serves as Chief Science Officer at Genpact and has provided high impact Data Science advisory for Global Fortune 100 companies and government organizations such as NASA. he is a co-founder of the Data Science Bowl, the largest data challenge for social good, and a co-author of the Field Guide to Data Science, which has over 25,000 copies in distribution. he holds a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Algorithms from Columbia University, a PhD in Biophysics with a focus on Machine Learning from Cornell University, and completed a fellowship in High Performance Computing with a focus on Artificial Intelligence at Princeton University