red thread  n. a connection between two seemingly unrelated people or ideas.

About Us

At RedThread Research, we get it.

Sure, we’re experts in performance, people analytics, learning, and D&I – and we’re well versed in the technologies that support them. But we’re also truth-seekers and storytellers in an industry often short on substance, and too full of #!%. Our mission (indeed, our very reason for existing) is to cut through the noise, and amplify what’s good. We look for the connections (or red threads) between people, data, and ideas – even among seemingly unrelated concepts. The result is high-quality, unbiased, transformative foresight that helps you build a stronger business.

Our People

Karina is a Research Lead for RedThread Research. She is passionate about understanding the individual and organizational elements that help people thrive at work.

Prior to her work at RedThread, Karina designed talent selection and development solutions around the validation and use of assessments, and provided talent management expertise on organizational behavior, competency modeling, and leadership development.  

Karina completed her undergraduate education at Penn State University and received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Karina Freitag

Research Leader

Stacia is a researcher, and thought leader on talent management, leadership, D&I, people analytics, and HR technology. A frequent speaker and writer, her work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as well as in numerous HR trade publications.

Stacia co-founded RedThread Research in 2018 after leading talent and workforce research for eight years at Bersin by Deloitte. Before Bersin, Stacia spent nearly five years conducting research and creating learning content for the Corporate Leadership Council, part of CEB/Gartner.

She has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.


Stacia Sherman Garr

Co-founder & Principal Analyst

Dani is Co-founder and Principal Analyst for RedThread Research. She has spent the majority of her career writing about, conducting research in, and consulting on human capital practices and technology.

Before starting RedThread, Dani led the Learning and Career research practice at Bersin, Deloitte. Her ideas can be found in publications such as Wall Street Journal, CLO MagazineHR Magazine, and Employment Relations.

Dani holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Dani Johnson

Dani Johnson

Co-founder & Principal Analyst


Priyanka Mehrotra is a Research Analyst at RedThread Research. Before joining the company in 2018, she was part of the research team at Bersin by Deloitte where she worked on talent management, leadership, and people analytics as well as conducted research and contributed content for Bersin’s Mid-market study.

Prior to Bersin by Deloitte, Priyanka worked at several non-profits, think-tanks, and international organizations where she published and co-authored several articles and conducted research on international relations, conflict, and development. 

Priyanka received her bachelor’s degree in History from Delhi University and holds two master’s degrees. She received her Master of Arts in International Relations from New York University in 2014.


Priyanka Mehrotra

Research Lead


RedThread Alumni

Emily Sanders is a Research Leader at RedThread Research. Prior to joining RedThread she consulted for The NeuroLeadership Institute and held an analyst role at Bersin by Deloitte.

She has experience researching industry practices and trends in performance management, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and career and learning. In addition to her experience in consulting and analyst roles, she has conducted research on survey design, validation and analysis, individual and team assessment and dynamic group processes.

Emily is currently completing a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology and received her M.A. in I/O Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University.

Emily Sanders

Emily Sanders

Research Lead


Our Collaborators

Lisa Solomon was born in Tucson Arizona, but has lived most of her life in California. She currently resides in Oakland with her husband, daughter, a pitbull, a small scruffy dachshund/terrier mutt, 2-3 legged cats, a stumpy tail kitty, and many, many spools of thread [Gutterman is her favorite brand]. She received her BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 1995 and her MFA from Mills College in 2003


About Lisa

Lisa Solomon was born in Tucson Arizona, but has lived most of her life in California. She currently resides in Oakland with her husband, daughter, a pitbull, a small scruffy dachshund/terrier mutt, 2-3 legged cats, a stumpy tail kitty, and many, many spools of thread [Gutterman is her favorite brand]. She received her BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 1995 and her MFA from Mills College in 2003



Strategic and hands-on sales enablement, customer training, onboarding programs. Lead teams that leverage agile mastery, culture, and engagement for innovative learning programs that get results. Specialty in healthcare, technology sales, complex global learning programs, facilitation, and executive development.

Ceil Tilney

Josh Bersin is a world-known industry analyst and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning.


Josh Bersin

Ongoing Research Partners

Burning Glass Technologies is an analytics software company that has cracked the genetic code of an ever-changing labor market.  Powered by the world’s largest and most sophisticated database of labor market data and talent, we deliver real-time data and breakthrough planning tools that inform careers, define academic programs, and shape workforces.

Data-Driven Insight

We deliver frequent webinars, online training courses, and executive retreats all aimed at building your skills, knowledge, and value.

Our networking activities bring peers together at least quarterly, and use the co-creation designed thinking techniques to solve some of the most difficult topics in people analytics.

Our Nine Dimensions Model helps people analytics teams develop a roadmap for future success, and our leaders provide advisory support on a continuous basis.

Putting People Analytics

Our name—like our passion for visionary entrepreneurs and companies—is inspired by this place with the power to transform. We’re proud that the heart of global innovation is also our home. And much like Silicon Valley has redefined business, GSV aims to redefine growth investing.


GSV Connects Silicon Valley

This year’s theme, one that’ll remain with us ongoing, is People Data for Good. We’ve selected this based on the need to lead a conversation around how people measurement and analytics are being used to benefit workers of all types, as well as the leaders and organizations they serve. As data generation and use becomes more pervasive, it’s now our collective challenge to understand the boundaries and, in turn, choose wisely. With this in mind, this year we’ll be coupling the leading practices and ideas shared by many of the world’s foremost People Analytics leaders with what we call the People Analytics Technology Expo. The People Analytics Career Expo will join on day 2, Friday, February 1st, thus this is sure to be a uniquely valuable experience for all.

People Data For Food

At Mercer, we make a difference in the lives of more than 115 million people every day by advancing their health, wealth and careers. We’re in the business of creating more secure and rewarding futures for our clients and their employees — whether we’re designing affordable health plans, assuring income for retirement, or aligning workers with workforce needs. Using analysis and insights as catalysts for change, we anticipate and understand the individual impact of business decisions, now and in the future. We see people’s current and future needs through a lens of innovation, and our holistic view, specialized expertise, and deep analytical rigor underpin each and every idea and solution we offer. For more than 80 years, we’ve turned our insights into actions, enabling people around the globe to live, work, and retire well.

Dani Johnson

About Mercer