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Lorraine Vargas Townsend

Chief People Officer

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With more than 20 years of experience as an HR executive, Lorraine (she/her) is celebrated for her progressive HR practices and leadership in the field. Before ESO, she served on the board of directors at Babson College’s Executive Development Center and previously led HR at A Cloud Guru, Mendix, and athenahealth. She has been recognized as a Female Health IT Leader to Know, and in 2019 was named one of the Leading Latinas by Hispanic Executive Magazine.

As queer, latinx, and a daughter of an immigrant, her life’s mission is to develop people-first HR policies to go beyond tokenism and build an inclusive, anti-racist workplace. Lorraine has been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and invited to speak on several podcasts about HR disruption and innovation and has been invited to keynote events such as the Women in Tech Festival, Silicon Valley Organization, Siemens Digital Summit, Sharp Heels Conference for Women in Business. Lorraine lives in Austin with her wife, Cyn, and their daughter, Flo.

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