Empovia exists to build a more equitable and sustainable world for current and future generations.
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.
A world where all innovations and cultures are founded in empathy, equity, sustainability, and justice.
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!
Melinda Briana Epler
Founder & CEO, Keynote Speaker &
Co-Founder & Advisor
DEI Consultant, Workshop Facilitator
Director of Learning & Development
Christina Swindlehurst Chan
Marketing Project Manager, Podcast Producer
Finance and Operations Analyst, Podcast Producer
Ariyah Chambers April
Business Data Analyst
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.
We are deeply conscious of our collective responsibility as an organization. As a certified B Corp, California benefit corporation, and Catalyst2030 member, we are constantly evaluating how we can further improve our social and environmental impact. We are proud of how our diverse team has made an impact in the world, and we continue to measure our impact and hold ourselves accountable through our certifications.
As Seen In…
Check out the resources we have created for you and your teams on our Resources page