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Empovia exists to build a more equitable and sustainable world for current and future generations.

About Empovia

Empovia (formerly Change Catalyst) is an innovative learning and development partner. Through our globally trusted educational solutions, we empower individuals and organizations with the knowledge and tools to catalyze positive cultural and organizational change.

Since 2014, our research-based Learning and Development solutions have motivated leaders, managers, and teams at Fortune 500 companies, startups, and venture capital firms to drive lasting inclusive innovation in their teams, cultures, systems, and products.

Together with our clients and partners, we are changing behaviors, changing cultures, and changing the world.

Our Vision

A world where all innovations and cultures are founded in empathy, equity, sustainability, and justice.

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Our Mission

We empower individuals and organizations to create inclusive, accessible, and sustainable cultures, systems, and products through research-based learning and development solutions.

Meet the Team

Meet our intersectionally diverse team of leaders in DEI, social justice, organizational development, learning design, behavioral science, and data science. We look forward to partnering with you!

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Melinda Briana Epler

Founder & CEO, Keynote Speaker &
Workshop Facilitator

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Cory Ervin-Stewart

DEI Consultant, Workshop Facilitator

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Max Masure

Workshop Facilitator

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Carly Hill

Director of Learning & Development

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Christina Swindlehurst Chan

Marketing Project Manager, Podcast Producer

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Renzo Santos

Finance and Operations Analyst, Podcast Producer

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Ariyah Chambers April

Marketing Consultant

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Kosisoose Odiaka

Business Data Analyst 

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Amanda Salazar

Marketing Assistant

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Our Story

In 2014, the Silicon Valley tech industry released diversity numbers for the first time, and they were grim. Melinda Briana Epler and Wayne Sutton decided to join forces to develop a conference that brought together people across the tech ecosystem to focus on solutions to diversity and inclusion. In 2015, Empovia (formerly Change Catalyst) launched our first Tech Inclusion Conference, and it sold out! The long-lasting impact of our global events on the tech industry motivated the team to expand our work.

Since 2015 we’ve been growing our training, consulting, and coaching practice throughout various industries with clients across the world. In all our work, we focus on solutions: solutions that incorporate the latest research and behavioral science, strengthen communities and ecosystems, and build lasting change across organizations.

In 2023, with our experience developing learning solutions for hundreds of global clients, we launched our eLearning courses to reach more people at a lower cost.  Our online courses allow individuals and teams to learn the skills and behaviors needed to build better cultures, systems, and products at their own pace. We are continuing to expand our live workshop and online course offerings to provide relevant and valuable educational tools for executives, people leaders, and teams.


Check out the resources we have created for you and your teams on our Resources page