“The mechanics of industry is easy. The real engine is the people: their motivation and direction.” Ken Gilbert

Companies grow with courageous, inquisitive, and innovative people. Retensa stays dedicated to this formula and we have become some of the most recognized Employee Retention Experts in the world. Selected Retensa Team Bios and Advisors are listed below. Great appreciation goes out to each of them for their hard work and commitment to our vision.

Chason Hecht: CEO

Chason Hecht is an advocate and innovator of employee retention strategies, and the founder of Retensa. Retensa addresses the social, operational, and financial impact of employee turnover. Chason built Retensa to be a leading employee retention program provider in 44 countries and 12 languages. As the world’s most recognized employee retention expert, Chason is noted by global media including NBC News, ABC News, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Associated Press, HR Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, World Policy Journal, and the United Nations. He is a popular keynote speaker from Kentucky to Kuala Lumpur and the publisher of Employee Retention News. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations at an international manufacturer where he led employee reward and recognition programs, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. As Manager of Technology at a global consulting firm he oversaw a $40 million IT budget across the US and Europe. Additionally, Mr. Hecht bicycled across the United States, climbed Mt Fuji, and worked in the Israeli army.

Dana Small: Service Delivery Goddess

Dana Small is an experienced Talent Management professional specializing in survey design, survey analysis, and employee perceptions. She develops employee surveys for clients all over the world including private, public, educational and non-profit employers with hundreds to hundreds of thousands of employees. Her survey experience includes Exit Interviews, Employee Engagement, Program Evaluation, Training Needs Assessments, Employee Commitment, and more. She has depth of industry knowledge in Accounting, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Technology, and professional services.

Dana’s talent management skills and expertise also includes improving employee hiring and selection programs by identifying and developing workplace competency models, creating competency-based organizational structure, and deploying performance rating instruments. She has designed and launched enterprise-wide Mentor Programs, including needs analysis, mentor/mentee selection and mentor program training. Prior to Retensa, Dana worked at AIG (American International Group) where she was responsible for evaluating leadership training initiatives. Dana holds a BA, cum laude in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, where she was a Masters Scholar.

Carol Ann Caccioppoli: Queen of Training

Carol Ann Caccioppoli has over 25 years experience as a learning and development professional specializing in training and retaining employees. She implemented proven methodologies of manager effectiveness, interpersonal skills, organizational change, project management, and motivating across generations at clients including KPMG LLP, Chevrolet, Bayer, and Costco. As a Vice President of Prudential Securities, Carol Ann’s team delivered customer service and leadership development training to the entire nationally and internationally based operations group. She worked with senior management, line managers, and administrative personnel in designing and establishing an acclaimed mentor program for 17,000 employees.

Carol Ann designed and implemented off-site leadership training from 5 to over 500 managers and supervisors. From Tampa to Tokyo, she has provided management skills training addressing issues specific to the retail industry workforce, as well as manufacturing and transportation sectors. Carol Ann positively impacted Employee Opinion scores in areas of training and morale, increased the bottom line through leveraging personnel, and her work at a retail bank reduced turnover 67% and reduced absenteeism 80%. She has a proven track record in her distinguished ability to help transform corporate culture. In addition, she has served as adjunct faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hofstra University, and is currently adjunct faculty in the GOAL MBA program at Adelphi University.

Phyllis Rosen, PCC, CPCC: Clairvoyant of Coaching

Phyllis Rosen has over 24 years experience in leadership, staff, and executive coaching, as well as training, learning and development programs. She brings proven personal and professional growth techniques for individuals to break through sticking points to reach new levels of performance, organizational success, and personal fulfillment. Phyllis also served as Corporate Vice President and Manager of Training at UBS where she managed the development and delivery of leadership development programs for the firm’s top 20% producing brokers.

In her executive coaching and corporate training, Phyllis facilitates accelerated development session with all levels of an organization such as managers, financial advisors, technologists and support staff, and served as a corporate and career management coach for executives and professionals. She served as Director for a regional non-profit, executing a seven-figure budget to design and deliver training and retention programs for Information Technology workers. Phyllis is a professionally certified career and executive coach by Coaches Training Institute. She is a founder of the Career Counselor Consortium (CCC), and previous Board Director of the NYC chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Marc Levine: Senior Engagement Soothsayer

For more than 16 years Marc Levine has performed as a consultant, executive coach, and leadership trainer for individuals and teams in the public and private sectors. He has worked with organizations such as Prudential Financial, New York Methodist Hospital, Citigroup, EisnerAmper and The Brooklyn Public Library to create quantifiable improvements to employee performance. His client success includes increased revenues, reduced employee turnover, improved employee engagement and exceptional client service. His corporate training began at Xerox and includes work as a training manager for a publishing company and a training specialist for a Manufacturing firm where he prepared account managers and district managers to better serve current/potential clients. With Long Island University, Marc helped employees, managers and leaders reach their business goals faster leveraging existing team and resources. He designed and delivered courses ranging including Team Building, Resolving Conflict, and Powerful Communication to help participants break barriers to achieve higher levels of performance. As a director of sales in wireless data and professional services Marc built, led and coached sales teams to exceed $3M annual sales goals.

Marc is a highly requested speaker for industry and professional associations. He presented multiple times at the ATD International Conference (American Society for Talent Development), American Society of Training and Development, the Organizational Development Network, and others. Incorporating a background in psychology, neuro-linguistic programming and improvisational comedy; Marc delivers an engaging, relevant, humorous, challenging, supportive, and results-oriented training experience.

Brendon Nimphius: Inspiration Guru

Brendon is a Talent Management professional with extensive experience in training design and facilitation, leadership development, performance management, executive coaching, employee engagement surveys, process improvement and other organizational development strategies.  Prior to working with Retensa, Brendon worked as an Associate Director of Organizational Development with a 5,000+ staff public healthcare facility. As a director, Brendon developed and facilitated a leadership development program for nearly 200 leaders, resulting in significant increases in manager effectiveness scores across the enterprise. Brendon developed and facilitated training programs to enhance the skills of all levels of staff in areas such as communication, teamwork, leadership, accountability and emotional intelligence. In addition to facilitating in-classroom training, Brendon also leads keynote speeches, team building events and provides individual coaching to organizational leaders.

Brendon received a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Baruch College and certification in training design & facilitation, performance consulting and “Lean” production systems. He holds a BS from Binghamton University in Psychology. Brendon is known for being a dynamic, charismatic, and engaging public speaker and facilitator.

Da Yu: Talent Analytics Jedi

Da Yu is an experienced Talent Management professional specializing in employee engagement, survey analysis, workforce analytics and HR metrics. Prior to Retensa, while working at Accenture and Ogilvy & Mather, he focused on analyzing data and discovering insights for consumer-focused clients. After completing his M.A in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, he transformed his career interests into organizational development and talent analytics.

On Retensa’s consulting team, Da helps clients understand workforce challenges and improve individual and organizational performance by unearthing the hidden insights in HR data. He designs and analyzes survey instruments across the employee life-cycle. His extensive survey analysis experience includes New Hire, Employee Commitment, Upwards Evaluation, 360’s, and Exit Interviews for global organizations with hundreds of thousands of employees. With in-depth skills in data mining, he conducts meta-data analysis on multi-year cross-industry survey data to establish employee retention benchmarks and establish employee engagement best practices. Additionally, he implements and enhances the comprehensive HRMetricsPro talent analytics toolkit to calculate and track workforce trends, prevent and predict possible risks. With his rich survey management experience and understanding of clients’ needs, he works to expand TalentPulse feature set, a leading cloud-based software to conduct employee surveys, collecting and reporting workforce opinions.

Gabriel Stavsky: Exit Interview Commander

Gabriel Stavsky is a Talent Management professional specializing in exit interview survey management for domestic and global clients. Gabe manages the full cycle of project deployment from exit interview survey design through survey data analysis, interpretation, and prioritizing action items. He diagnoses the root causes of turnover for clients in industries including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and professional services with workforces ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands of employees. On Retensa’s consulting team, Gabriel leverages his talent management skills and expertise to design organizational structures and processes for high-growth organizations, using data-driven tactics to prioritize talent management needs and challenges across the employee life-cycle. Prior to joining Retensa, Gabriel was a part of the HR team at Bumble and bumble, an Estee Lauder company. He streamlined and guided performance management to better serve the needs of diverse and virtual internal clients. Gabriel received a B.A. in Economics from NYU. He holds a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Baruch College. Gabriel is currently completing his Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology at Hofstra University. In between his academic pursuits and working at Retensa, Gabriel can be found at Yankee Stadium during the Summer days or catching up on old movies when baseball is out.

Chen Feng: Customer Success Sorceress

Chen Feng is a Talent Management professional specializing in the deployment of predictive analytics technology to unlock the hidden potential of a workforce. At Retensa, she manages the front-end client activities associated with global software product lines: ExitPro, TalentPulse, and HRMetricsPro. From “How to Deploy Real-time Feedback” to “How to Make Data-Driven Decisions”, Chen guides clients throughout their user experience to predict and prevent breakdowns across the employee life-cycle. With a strong focus on streamlining and automation, she steers companies in over 50 countries to preset employee data transfers, survey deployments, and report subscriptions. She heads the Client Success Team to ensure all users are as successful integrating modern technology with their existing culture as they are impacting change with the insights revealed. When not interacting with clients, she collaborates with the product team to expand reporting capabilities, design new features, and enhance users’ experience. Prior to joining Retensa, Chen delivered HR functions across multiple industries in fields including Diversity & Inclusion, Performance Management, and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). She holds a M.S. in Human Resources Management from New York University. She is also a trilingual speaker: English, Mandarin, and Turkish. Outside of Retensa, you can find her reading a book at Washington Square Park or watching a comedy show “in the village”.

David Mazer: Retention Research Whisperer

David brings extensive experience as a Talent Management professional, contributing to: management training program development, employee survey design, advanced survey analytics, and performance management. One of his specialties is creating and implementing training programs for clients that focus on the development of leadership and accelerated performance management. His extensive survey design experience includes: New Hire, Quality of Hire, Work Climate, Employee Commitment, Exit Interviews, and Upwards Evaluation surveys. He analyzes employee turnover metrics for organizations, and develops recommendations to improve employee retention programs. Previously, David managed the human resources department of a boutique hospitality company. Holding a Master’s in Psychology from Long Island University, David completed his Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University. He specializes in team research and has published a book chapter titled “What Matters for Team Cohesion Measurement? A Synthesis”.  Additionally, he actively presents research findings at various conferences such as: the Eastern Psychological Association, Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Association for Psychological Science.

Idit Madanes: Talent Acquisition Oracle

Idit Madanes is an experienced Talent management professional specializing in recruitment, on-boarding, training, and learning and development. Prior to Retensa, Idit worked as HR manager in the airline industry managing the entire recruitment cycle to employment process, including sourcing, screening, and interviewing best practices. Idit also developed and delivered training programs to improve professional, managerial, and communicational skills, teamwork, and staff productivity. Idit completed prestigious leadership training programs such as “Rabin Leadership Program” and “Positive psychology program at Maytiv Center” by IDC, as well as “The Leadership Development Program in Israel” by LEAD, allowing her to develop strong leadership and communication skills.

On Retensa’s retention consulting team, Idit identifies and recruits top talent for internal positions and external projects. She also develops and delivers interactive training programs in leadership, management skills, group dynamics, and performance to identify barriers and unearth opportunities for growth and development. Idit holds a Master’s in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, as well as a B.A in Psychology (cum laude) from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel. She also served two years in the Israeli Army where she gained robust training and experience in leadership and management skills. When she is not working, she loves to travel and tour the world.

Olivia Lu: Data Visualization Diva

Olivia is a multi-lingual and intuitive Talent Management professional, specializing in employee survey analysis, workforce data visualization, and talent management strategies across Media, Manufacturing, Finance and IT industries. She is enthusiastic to help clients develop confident and data-driven Talent Management decisions, that will engage employees and raise human capital Return of Investment.

As a member of Retensa’s Talent Analytics team, Olivia predicts future turnover for clients by synthesizing individual, HR, demographic, and geographic data. She interprets customized commitment surveys to measure and diagnose employee loyalty. Olivia’s expertise also includes leading companies to standardize and streamline HR management practices. Through Talent Management Audits, she evaluates organization’s current HR programs across the Employee Life Cycle, and provides actionable recommendations for immediate impact to reduce costs and integrate best practices.

Prior to Retensa, Olivia worked at Maison Kayser, where she focused on Talent Acquisition and New Hire Experiences. She received her M.A. in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Olivia holds a B.A., in Psychology, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University. Olivia won’t stop talking if you ask about her two furry babies and wine collection.