Dr. Janet AhnDr. Janet Ahn

Chief Behavioural Science Officer at MindGym 

Dr. Janet Ahn is an expert academic researcher, professor, and consultant. She is MindGym's first Chief Behavioral Science Officer leading product innovation and R&D and serving as primary subject matter expert translating academic models into scalable and actionable insights to solve organizational problems.

Janet is a trained psychologist from Barnard College, Columbia University (Bachelor's degree in Psychology), New York University (Ph.D. in Social Psychology), and Teachers College, Columbia University (postdoctoral fellowship).

Prior to joining MindGym, Janet was a tenure-track professor of Psychology at a large public university in New Jersey, where she created tools and interventions to increase persistence and retention for underrepresented groups (women and persons of color) in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) fields.

Janet is published in high-impact, peer-reviewed academic journals topics related to motivation, goal pursuit, cognitive biases. Her research has been featured in several media sources - Business Insider, NPR, Times Higher Education, CBS, Women's Health Magazine, etc. She has consulted for various Fortune 500 organizations, educational institutions, and non-profit agencies.

Takes part in

May, 21 3:00 PM CEST
Visionary Stage
Panel Discussion

The Future of Inclusion: How to take a scientific approach to building a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion

MindGym are behaviour change specialists that equip the world’s most ambitious companies to be ready for tomorrow. We believe improving performance comes from changing behaviour, not systems. Over 3 million people have taken part in a MindGym experience and we’re just getting started.

In this session you will learn about tried and tested techniques for building a culture of inclusion. Join us to explore:
  • How DE&I programs influence business results
  • Why existing approaches often fail to deliver
  • The scientific approach that is proven to transform culture and performance
Dr. Janet Ahn Chief Behavioural Science Officer at MindGym 
Desi Kimmins Chief Commercial Officer at MindGym
May, 21 10:00 PM CEST
Big Ideas Stage
Panel Discussion

Current State of Diversity & Inclusion: Panel on Polarization

How should we lead on inclusion in the new environment? Looking at the research over the past 12 months, the panel will discuss:

  • Is polarization getting worse or better?
  • Is there too much of a focus on race?
  • ‘Heat’ vs ‘light’ approaches to driving social and behavioral change
  • How we can talk about race and other high stakes issues in ways that help
  • Is there a difference between what our organization needs vs. what it is ready for?
Wei-Li Chong U.S. President of MindGym
Dr. Janet Ahn Chief Behavioural Science Officer at MindGym 
Tessa West Associate Professor at New York University (NYU)
Khalil Smith Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement at Akamai