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ABOUT IMPROVING THE HEALTH & WELL-BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ENGAGING TECHNOLOGIES AND RIGOROUS RESEARCH

Founded in 2001 with the bold idea to create a video game that would help kids fight cancer, HopeLab remains at the forefront of the digital health field, designing fun and engaging experiences to improve the health and well-being of kids and young adults.

 

We believe that technology has the power to empower individuals – to support behavior change, enhance human connection, and increase our capacity for self-efficacy. And we believe that it can help make proven solutions more affordable, accessible and scalable.

 

We combine research, design, and technology to create digital solutions for kids and young adults that drive healthy behaviors and bolster resilience, with the goal of attaining and sustaining measurable impacts on health. We seek partners who share these goals and can help us create and distribute these solutions to the kids and families who need them most.

A bold idea. In 2001 Pam Omidyar founded HopeLab to create a video game that would help kids with cancer fight their disease. Many people thought the idea was outlandish. But the game, Re-Mission, worked. Players felt stronger, more connected to their treatment process, and more in control of their recovery – like a hero with a purpose. In short, they experienced resilience. Research showed that young cancer patients who play the Re-Mission games stuck to their cancer meds more consistently, improving their health and well-being.

A catalyst for change. Building on the success of Re-Mission, HopeLab has gradually expanded its focus – moving from the development of games for patients with cancer, to the wider application of evidence-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of kids and young adults. The lessons we’ve learned about how to apply human-centered design and technology tools to create resilience among youth puts us in a unique position to assist a wide number of partner organizations seeking to make a difference in kids’ lives.

Design recipe. In designing health solutions, we start by identifying specific behavioral outcomes. Like taking cancer drugs, or getting more physical activity, or being kinder and more compassionate. We gather data to better understand the psychology that motivates or inhibits that behavior. Then, we create solutions that engage those psychological drivers, like a  video game, or an activity meter, or an app. By helping users shift their attitudes and motivation, our technology solutions help empower healthy behavior.

Our difference. We combine a broad set of capabilities that enable us to create technology products that help kids and young adults respond to life’s adversity in healthy ways.

  • Discovery Research—We conduct and sponsor scientific research investigating the connection between psychological and biological health and use this research to inform our work.
  • Human-Centered Design—We analyze research literature and conduct consumer interviews to inform technology development, translating research insights into real-world prototypes that can be scientifically tested and optimized for efficacy and impact.
  • Partnerships For Social Impact—We engage with commercial, philanthropic, and government partners to scale distribution and maximize the social impact of technologies with proven efficacy.
  • Philanthropic Mission—As part of the The Omidyar Group we seek to take risks and conduct bold experiments to promote social change. Our work reflects The Omidyar Group’s commitment to individual empowerment and evidence-based research.

The Omidyar Group. HopeLab is the health-focused R&D organization of The Omidyar Group, which represents the personal, professional, and philanthropic interests of Pam and Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. For more information, visit: OmidyarGroup.com.

HopeLab values. We believe that successful organizations are clear and authentic about their core values. These are the fundamental values that guide our work, culture, and partnerships:

  • Compassionate action based on scientific evidence.
  • Achievement of societally meaningful impact.
  • Courageous experimentation.
  • Customer engagement in every stage of our work.
  • Curiosity and continual learning.
  • Willingness to let go of ideas that don’t work.
  • Respect for ourselves and others.
  • Acting with integrity.
  • Joy and gratitude.

Recognition. It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for quality work, especially when it’s done in collaboration with outstanding partners in support of the kids and young adults we serve.

HopeLab wins the Drucker Award for nonprofit innovation…

HopeLab wins the Drucker Award for nonprofit innovation, recognized for its pioneering work in creating products that help people tap into their innate resilience and respond to life’s adversity in healthy ways.

In 2014, Re-Mission 2, a collection of six online cancer-fighting games…

In 2014, Re-Mission 2, a collection of six online cancer-fighting games, won a Common Sense Media Award. receiving the highest rating for learning potential and engagement.

Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge, our cancer-fighting mobile app for iOS and Android…

Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge, our cancer-fighting mobile app for iOS and Android, is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner! The Parents’ Choice Awards program honors the best material for children, ranging from books, toys, music, and storytelling, to magazines, software, video games, television, and websites.

Timely coverage. “[HopeLab] represents the kind of innovative thinking that can transform lives and change the world.” —Fast Company

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HopeLab Announces Chris McCarthy as Vice President of Strategy & Innovation

Tools to cultivate culture. We believe that a strong sense of connection, respect, integrity, learning and joy is a great way to support both business and people. Here are tools we use to support our culture at HopeLab. Use them, share them, and tell us what you think!

Check-in activities invite a pause in our busy schedules...

Check-in activities invite a pause in our busy schedules to create quality connections and prime creativity at meetings. Topics include:

  • Getting acquainted
  • Inviting presence
  • Diving deeper
  • Reflecting and closing

A set of prompts for leaders to get curious about...

A set of prompts for leaders to get curious about the choices we make and their impact on us and others.

  • Candor
  • Responsibility
  • Beauty
  • Genius
  • Gossip

A practice for inspiring reflection and future-focused thinking about…

A practice for inspiring reflection and future-focused thinking about life and work. Topics include:

  • Purposeful work
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Key learnings
  • Growth edges
  • Worries and concerns
  • And more

Several creative ideas for supporting effective meetings and decision-making…

Several creative ideas for supporting effective meetings and decision-making in your organization. Topics include:

  • Why meetings fail?
  • Kinds of meetings
  • Sample agendas
  • Decision-making methods
  • Action minutes grid

Think of them as signposts or rules of engagement...

Think of them as signposts or rules of engagement, which help teams—small and large—spark generative and impactful conversations. Topics include:

  • Staying open to influence
  • Listening
  • Testing mental models
  • Speaking up
  • Being fully present
  • And more

Explore the principles and practices that guide our work…

Explore the principles and practices that guide our work and culture at HopeLab. If you find anything useful, we encourage you to borrow and adapt it to meet your team’s needs. Topics include:

  • Community, aspirations, and obligations
  • Supervision
  • Curiosity
  • Ladder of inference
  • Feedback
  • Staff development
  • And more

At HopeLab, we use this tool to explore…

At HopeLab, we use this tool to explore how we arrive at our beliefs and actions, and to think beyond our own story and assumptions.

Join us. We value curiosity, flexibility, integrity, courageous experimentation, and teamwork.

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Meet The Team

Margaret Laws
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Margaret Laws
President and Chief Executive Officer

Margaret oversees HopeLab's management team, ensuring the board’s vision for HopeLab is embraced and operationalized by all staff. She develops partnerships to advance HopeLab’s work in creating engaging technologies to improve the health and well-being of kids and young adults. If you’re wondering what motivates Margaret, “My favorite word is curiosity. It’s what drives me.”

Dan Cawley
Chief Operating Officer
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Dan Cawley
Chief Operating Officer

Dan oversees the Systems and Operations department and ensures that our finance, IT, office, and HR and legal systems have the greatest possible impact to support HopeLab’s work. Dan has no idiosyncrasies save one. “Some people might say that I overuse the word ‘great.’ I think it’s ‘actually,’ actually.”

Steve Cole
Vice President of Research and Development
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Steve Cole
Vice President of Research and Development

Steve leads HopeLab’s Research and Development efforts and studies the social regulation of gene expression, focusing on neuroendocrine regulation of genome activity by viruses, cancer cells, and the immune system. Steve has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University and is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA. “I joined HopeLab to change the world through discovery research and tech design!”

Shane Brentham
Director, Marketing & Communications
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Shane Brentham
Director, Marketing & Communications

Shane is responsible for evolving HopeLab’s brand, marketing, and communication strategies. He is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of award-winning marketing and brand development experience. Shane received his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Texas, Arlington. In his spare time, Shane enjoys all Northern California has to offer, including skiing, surfing and exploring the wine country.

Fred Dillon
Director, Strategy & Innovation
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Fred Dillon
Director, Strategy & Innovation

Fred leads interdisciplinary teams of HopeLab staff and external collaborators to develop and refine innovations in an iterative, customer-focused process. He has a B.A. in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley. In addition to his passion for technology, Fred has a strong desire to travel, to time travel, that is. “I’d love to jump ahead 50 or 150 years to see how we’ve tackled some of our most pressing challenges.”

Jana Haritatos
Director, Research, Strategy & Innovation
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Jana Haritatos
Director, Research, Strategy & Innovation

Jana is is an innovation and strategy leader for philanthropic and high impact product and resource development initiatives. Her human-centered design research applies social science and behavioral psychology to develop high impact solutions for health and well-being. Jana came to HopeLab because it combines the best of both worlds - “applied research and the ideal of social impact.”

Chris McCarthy
Vice President, Strategy & Innovation
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Chris McCarthy
Vice President, Strategy & Innovation

Chris McCarthy is the VP of Strategy & Innovation at HopeLab where he is excited to partner with this progressive organization to deepen its impact on the health and wellness of young people through innovation and design. He is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Innovation Learning Network.

Valerie Casey
Strategic Adviser
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Valerie Casey
Strategic Adviser

Valerie Casey is an internationally recognized social innovator who works with organizations around the world to identify, build, and launch breakout products. Casey was Chief Product Officer for Samsung and has held executive leadership positions at IDEO, frog, and Pentagram. She founded the international consultancy, Necessary Projects, and the global creative coalition, the Designers Accord, which is the largest multidisciplinary group of designers, business leaders, and educators working together on social impact. Casey is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. She serves on several boards, including the WEF Entrepreneurship Council and the Kleiner Perkins Design Council. Casey received her BA from Swarthmore College and MED from Yale.

Alice Cabrera-Bryant
Senior Accountant
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Alice Cabrera-Bryant
Senior Accountant

Alice is responsible for daily accounting duties and supports the controller in all financial arenas. She has a dream of traveling the world and helping people. “I believe that human kindness is the best resource I can offer anyone.”

Janise Chan
Senior Associate, Strategy & Innovation
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Janise Chan
Senior Associate, Strategy & Innovation

Janise is driven by a passion for understanding people and creating meaningful experiences that empower them to live well. At HopeLab, she supports the human-centered design work through user interviews, synthesis, and design workshops. She holds a B.S. from the school of Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. In her free time, she loves to pound the pavement in search of great coffee and the perfect margherita pizza and get outside as much as possible.

Yin-Juei Chang
Senior Associate, Research & Development
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Yin-Juei Chang
Senior Associate, Research & Development

Yin-Juei (pronounced “Ing-Ray”) implements data collection tools with a focus on deep listening and end-user analysis, and turns these observations into tech-based product designs. Yin-Juei holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University and an M.Sc in Neuroscience from University College London, where she studied infant cognition and brain development. In her non-research time, you may find Yin-Juei swimming in a pool or swinging over/on/in a hoop.

Caroline FitzGerald
Senior Associate, Research, Strategy & Innovation
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Caroline FitzGerald
Senior Associate, Research, Strategy & Innovation

Caroline supports HopeLab’s user-centered design research and product development work for our health products through deep listening activities, research synthesis, and design workshops. She has a M.Sc in Occupational Therapy and a B.Sc in Occupational Science from Ithaca College. She is inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi; "When I feel small in the world I remember how this petite woman led a peaceful revolution against an incredibly powerful regime."

Avi Khanian
Intern
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Avi Khanian
Intern

Avi is an intern working with the Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer team at HopeLab. Avi recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara, majoring in psychology. He currently is the California State Representative for TeenCancerAmerica and has helped UCLA create one of the first Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer units in the greater Los Angeles area. Avi’s passion is to foster relationships between patients, and inspire resiliency through his story. Read more on our blog where he shares his cancer journey from diagnosis to life after treatment.

Joy Khoo
Chief Executive Assistant
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Joy Khoo
Chief Executive Assistant

Joy provides high-level admin support for the Office of the President and the Board of Directors and leads the administrative team to provide efficient and effective support to the entire organization. She has a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and an MBA from Pittsburg State University. Joy is a talented artist and designer and finds beauty in everyday possibilities. “I love how powerful it is to be human and to appreciate waking up every morning to possibilities.”

David Kim
Manager of IT
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David Kim
Manager of IT

David manages the continuous delivery of information technology services, solutions, and support for HopeLab. He has an abiding passion for all things sports—football, baseball, basketball, and even curling.

Rosa Lopez
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Rosa Lopez
Rosa Lopez
Employee Services Manager
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Rosa Lopez
Employee Services Manager

Rosa manages daily office operations and helps facilitate internal procedures and communications. She attributes her graceful moves in the office to one thing and one thing only, “I love Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. It’s great music to dance to.”

Sue Marquis
Accounts Payable Accountant
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Sue Marquis
Accounts Payable Accountant

Sue supports the Director of Finance Operations and Senior Accountant. Beyond her love of numbers, Sue has another life passion. “I love to read. If I were shipped off to a deserted island, I’d bring, books, books, and more books to keep me busy all day.”

Mike Mohr
Board Member
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Mike Mohr
Board Member

Mike has served as a member of the HopeLab board of directors since the organization was founded in 2001. He serves as managing director of The Omidyar Group and is a close advisor to HopeLab founder and board chair Pam Omidyar and her husband, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Luke Mondello
Senior Associate, Research, Strategy & Innovation
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Luke Mondello
Senior Associate, Research, Strategy & Innovation

Luke supports HopeLab’s human-centered work by planning and executing deep listening interviews, user-feedback surveys, and design workshops. He has an M. Ed. From Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College. Although Luke hails from Brooklyn, his spirit animal is the California sea otter because they’re playful, mustachioed, and love water.

Pamela Omidyar
Founder & Board Chair
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Pamela Omidyar
Founder & Board Chair

Pam is a philanthropist, mom, and ocean lover. In 2001, she founded HopeLab to pursue her belief that a video game might improve the lives of young cancer patients by giving them a chance to “blast away” at their disease. Pam remains a guiding visionary at HopeLab, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Ashley Pandya
Manager, Strategy & Innovation
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Ashley Pandya
Manager, Strategy & Innovation

Ashley works with interdisciplinary teams to ensure that HopeLab’s work has broad impact and is positioned for scale. She holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA from Tufts University. Ashley surfs poorly, but loves it anyway.

Needhi Parikh
Director of Finance
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Needhi Parikh
Director of Finance

Needhi oversees the finance department’s daily activities and is responsible for financial reporting and budgeting. She’s a gifted dancer. “I grew up competing in tap and jazz and then went on to competitive Indian dancing in my college years — Bhangra, Bollywood, and Garba.”

Robin Raskob
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
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Robin Raskob
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

Robin manages event marketing, product marketing, and media relations. With a B.A. in English Literature from Santa Clara University, it’s no surprise that she loves a good story. “To come to work each day and contribute to the HopeLab narrative is truly fabulous.”

Brian Rodriguez
Senior Manager, People & Culture
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Brian Rodriguez
Senior Manager, People & Culture

Brian guides HopeLab’s efforts to create a productive and meaningful workplace where people feel excited to come to work, are energized by our mission, and live our organization’s values. He is inspired (and humbled) by this poem by Hafiz: “The small man builds cages for everyone he knows. While the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, keeps dropping keys all night long for the beautiful rowdy prisoners.”

Amber-Nicole Stephens
Executive Assistant, Strategy & Innovation
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Amber-Nicole Stephens
Executive Assistant, Strategy & Innovation

Amber-Nicole provides administrative support for senior-level staff in the Research, Strategy, & Innovation department as well as general department support. She has a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and dual B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and Homeland Security Management from Central Penn College. A Bay Area transplant from Bronx, NY, Amber-Nicole is learning to love the Bay Area and has eclectic hobbies such as tribal belly dance, video games and creative writing.

James H. Sabry, M.D., Ph.D.
Board Member
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James H. Sabry, M.D., Ph.D.
Board Member

James joined the HopeLab board of directors in May 2006. He’s interested in drug discovery and development approaches that focus on managing serious medical illness.

Jeffry Weisman
Board Member
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Jeffry Weisman
Board Member

Jeffry joined the HopeLab board of directors in February 2009. He is a designer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the San Francisco-based design firm, Fisher Weisman.

Madeline Wetta
Executive Assistant to Research
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Madeline Wetta
Executive Assistant to Research

Madeline provides administrative support to the Vice President and Director of Research & Development, as well as general support to the department. She holds degrees in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Kansas State University and has completed masters level coursework in educational technology at the University of Kansas. She confesses “I’ve read the Harry Potter books more times than I can admit or count.”

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