about us

Let's face it, we're all stressed and tired. None of us know what we're doing all of the time, or even most of the time.

We built Sesh to reduce feelings of inadequacy and help you be more confident in your parenting skills. 

 

Our team includes a diverse group of parents, scientists, developmental psychologists, veteran technologists, and entrepreneurs dedicated to helping humans communicate better and instilling lifelong learning and curiosity.


We are a multi-cultural, multi-racial, gender-diverse, neuro-diverse group with varying ethnic, philosophical, and religious backgrounds.

accolades

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We are proud to announce that Sesh graduated from the 2021/22 Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) - Montreal Artificial Intelligence program. After being selected for the program from over 200 applicant companies in September 2021, Sesh was among 8 ventures to graduate. 

Check out Sesh on CDL

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In Spring 2022, the ASU+GSV Summit announced that Sesh was an Elite 200 semi-finalist out of over 750+ global pre-seed and seed-stage ed-tech startups. The Elite 200, represents a group of the world's most innovative startups. The Elite 200 are selected from a global applicant pool after being evaluated by a vanguard of leading global venture capital firms as well as strategic partners in digital learning and skills.

Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual ASU+ GSV Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work.

Check out more on the GSV-ASU Summit

our leadership team

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David Dorfman 
co-founder & ceo

David is a proven business leader with over 18  years of international business and development experience across disciplines. He has served as a strategic advisor to many startup founders and teams and has helped raise $60M+ in funding for early-stage ventures, technology transfer and licensing, laboratory research, capital investment, scholarship, and research programs. Father of two.

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cauri jaye 
co-founder, 
chief science & technology officer

cauri is a technologist, futurist, and instructor with over 26 years building green field technology and training business teams at startups and fortune 100 companies. He has led over 100 tech projects in Europe and America from gesture-controlled technology to the augmented reality department at National Geographic. He specializes in frontier tech that helps companies solve intractable problems with nascent technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented/virtual reality. Father of two.

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Kevin Woolery
co-founder and chief software architect & data scientist

As an avid technologist and entrepreneur, Kevin began writing code at age nine and his software has since contributed to several high-profile entertainment, infrastructure, and publishing systems. He began his career in computer switch maintenance for the U.S. Air Force and soon went on to contribute to the creation of the world’s first Content Delivery Network (CDN), which is still deployed over 20 years later as the Century Link CDN. He was a core team member at Sandpiper Networks, which was acquired for $1.1 billion. Father of four.

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Jennifer Fox
head of product & operations

Jen is an imaginative and passionate product manager with 10+ years experience working in startups, AdTech companies, and agencies alike. her extensive experience in sales, client services, operations, and now, product management has awarded her indispensable collective knowledge which she finds key for successful product and technology development.  Jen is also a certified Agile team facilitator; helping teams to collaborate, problem-solve and scale their agile process.

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Sierra Dowd
head of marketing & community

Sierra brings 13 years of marketing, community, and communications expertise to businesses and entrepreneurs at the intersection of fashion, art, and technology. Sierra co-founded and spent six years leading Be More Heroic, a national non-profit focused on decreasing bullying through soft skill development. Prior to launching her Los Angeles-based consulting firm SVP House and social enterprise brand 98society, Sierra was the director of eCommerce partnerships at Beautycon, a globally-recognized community for Gen Z and Millennial content creators.

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Serena Epstein
head of user experience

Serena is a qualitative researcher with a design background and 13 years creating delightful, user-centered experiences-- including 8 years building learning technologies. She’s a passionate advocate for science, accessibility, and inclusive design practices, with a master’s degree in human-computer interaction and design. Serena spends her free time running a small retail business, fundraising for environmental and human rights nonprofits, and singing to her houseplants.

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Masooma Ali, Ph.D
data scientist 

Masooma is a postdoctoral researcher in quantum gravity, working at the intersection of physics, probability theory, and high-performance computing. Over the past 10 years her love for reformulating and solving mathematical problems using statistical data, has led her work in pulsar astronomy with messy real-world data, and in classical and quantum gravity with pristine simulated data. Most recently it led to a natural segue into machine learning where she is fascinated by how similar ideas and techniques can be used to study the natural world and also build intelligent systems. Mother of one.

our advisors

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Keneisha Sinclair-McBride, Ph.D
clinical pyschologist

Keneisha is a licensed clinical psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital and an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has a small private practice for children, adolescents, and young adults. She is trained in a variety of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Prevention (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Keneisha treats a range of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, disordered eating, and adjustment concerns. She strives to provide culturally responsive and sensitive care to clients from all backgrounds. Mother of one.

 

Learn more about Dr. Keneisha Sinclair-McBride

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Kara Weisman, Ph.D
cognitive scientist & developmental psychologist

Kara is a cognitive scientist and developmental psychologist. Her research focuses on how people learn to represent and reason about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Recent papers have explored how adults and children in different cultures think about minds, bodies, and emotions; and how parents and other caregivers think about infants’ developing mental lives. Kara completed her B.A. in cognitive science at Yale University, her Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University (under the supervision of Ellen Markman and Carol Dweck), and her postdoctoral training in anthropology and psychology at Stanford University and the University of California, Riverside. Mother of one.

Learn more about Dr. Kara Weisman

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Robin B. Steinberg-Epstein, MD
developmental-behavioral pediatrician 

Dr. Robin Steinberg-Epstein is a developmental-behavioral pediatric specialist in Orange, California, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including CHOC Children's Hospital and UCI Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. A renowned expert, Dr. Robin Steinberg-Epstein is frequently asked to speak to local medical groups and parent groups on diagnosis and management of ADHD and/or autism. She participates as a lead investigator and co-investigator in numerous research projects examining diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and Autism, including multi-center site studies through the National Institutes of Mental Health. With a special care for children, Dr. Steinberg-Epstein’s passions include early diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism and learning disorders, management of ADHD, stress reduction among parents of children with special needs, and improving outcomes for children with special needs. Mother of two.

Learn more about Dr. Robin Steinberg-Epstein

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Rachel Sklar
parenting coach

Rachel is a dynamic speaker and an incredible resource for parents who long for an easier life with kids. She supports working parents, industry leaders, and their partners with an eye toward brain development, core needs, systems, routines, and relationships. Her approach to parenting is heart-centered, no-nonsense, and fully customizable to the individual strengths and challenges of every family. Rachel is the former co-founder of ParentSpark, acquired by Cleo. Mother of three.

Learn more about Rachel

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Armen R. Kherlopian, Ph.D
chief science officer at Genpact

Serves as Chief Science Officer at Genpact and has provided high-impact Data Science advisory for Global Fortune 100 companies and government organizations such as NASA. He is a co-founder of the Data Science Bowl, the largest data challenge for social good, and a co-author of the Field Guide to Data Science, which has over 25,000 copies in distribution. He holds a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Algorithms from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Biophysics with a focus on Machine Learning from Cornell University, and completed a fellowship in High-Performance Computing with a focus on Artificial Intelligence at Princeton University.

Learn more about Dr. Armen Kherlopian

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Stacey Grant-Thompson
board director at Meridian Credit Union

Former Chief Marketing Officer at Manulife Canada. as part of her mandate, she led the creation and build out of the Advanced Analytics & AI function for Manulife’s Canadian business. Stacey is a marketing and customer experience expert who has successfully designed, scaled, and optimized multiple brands and businesses using data-driven marketing models. Stacey is an active Advisor, Mentor, and Board member with a focus on digital business models and digital transformation. Mother of two.

Learn more about Stacey

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Amit Goldenberg, Ph.D
assistant professor at Harvard Business School

Assistant professor at Harvard Business School (NOM) and a psychologist by training. His research focuses on the role of emotions in social interactions, and on the interaction between emotions and technology. Amit received his Ph.D from Stanford University under the supervision of James Gross.

Learn more about Dr. Amit Goldenberg

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Jorge Barraza, Ph.D
assistant professor of consumer psychology
at USC

Assistant professor of consumer psychology at the University of Southern California (USC), specializing in applying psychology and neuroscience to understanding and predicting consumer behavior. Dr. Barraza has published numerous articles on emotion, behavioral neuroscience, and the use of stories to influence costly decisions. Father of four.

Learn more about Dr. Jorge Barraza