Our firm was founded in 2018 as an initiative to experiment with new DEI approaches in response to the challenge in the ecosystem of operationalizing DEI in and throughout the core work of organizations.
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
Founder of Moving Beyond, Aparna works at the intersection of DEI and organizational design. She currently leads the strategy and evaluation practice within the firm and supports fund managers, wealth advisors, impact-investors, philanthropists, and other social innovators creating a positive impact for people and the planet.
An award winning entrepreneurs, Aparna has launched a number of companies in the past decade. Her first in 2013, Project Feast, upskilled immigrant and refugee women in South King County to launch careers in the food industry. In 2015 she launched Firki, India’s first online teacher education platform supporting 1 million educators in its first year and in 2019 she launched Future for Us, a platform to advance women of color at work and grew a professional community of 11,000.
Her work has been featured in Forbes, Seattle Magazine, Business Insider, PSBJ, and Melinda Gates’s Evoke Magazine. She been a presenter on the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) with program design and evaluation at SXSW, The American Evaluation Association, SOCAP, Global Impact Investing Network, as well a number of Greater Seattle Area organizations, including Equal Pay Today, Equal Rights Advocates, WASBA, Legal Fund of Washington, Seattle University and more.
Aparna serves as an advisor to a number of startups, former faculty at the Washington State Bar Association, and is a regular contributor to publications focused on diversity and inclusion in workforce development. Having lived and worked in six countries, Aparna brings a diversity lens to all her work.
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Nicole is dedicated to developing and using valid data and assessments. She has her BA from Gonzaga University in Psychology, MA in Industrial Organizational (I-O) Psychology from Seattle Pacific University (SPU), and became ABD in I-O Psychology in September of 2020.
Before pursuing her PhD, she worked at Boeing and had responsibility for summarizing annual employee survey results for her vice president and his managers, conducting organizational needs assessments impacting 300–100,000+ employees, developing market assessments to inform supply chain sourcing strategy, and finally, new business development strategy and analytics. In 2018, she launched, from business case to operationalization, a multi-billion dollar program that brought recycled aircraft parts into the formal supply chain.
Her dissertation (in-Progress) is focused on trauma’s prevalence in everyday workplaces and its contribution to negative outcomes for organizations. Her research is focused on validating measures on Adverse Work Experiences, Psychological Well Being at Work, and Workplace Psychological Distress. When not working on her dissertation she takes care of the Free Little Pantry in her driveway.
Learning & Training Partners
Results Accountability Leader, Professor of Civic Engagement at Claremont Lincoln University
Fleur Larsen Facilitation
Focus - intersectional feminism, accountable allyship, identity-based caucusing
Focus - Senior leadership education at Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, education groups, nonprofits