• Build a Team and Culture to Drive Success

    Taught By
    Rachel Robinson Vice President of People and Culture, Thorn

    Why cultivating your organization’s culture from the start is key to building a successful, supported team.

    A founder may make hundreds of decisions a day, but few are more important – or enduring – than finding the right team. Rachel Robinson is VP of People and Culture at Thorn, a nonprofit that builds technology to defend children from online sexual abuse. Rachel believes that a trusting, open culture, along with a focus on resilience and wellness, enables a team to thrive. In this class, regardless of your organization’s size, you’ll learn Rachel’s methods for:

    • Focusing on the right hires for long-term growth
    • Cultivating a people-first workplace culture (remote and IRL)
    • Prevent employee burnout using trust and openness


    Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson is Vice President of People and Culture at Thorn, the nonprofit building technology to defend children from online sexual abuse. In this role, Rachel fosters a people-first culture across the fully remote team, anchored in a foundation of wellness, inclusion, and resilience. Thorn, a TED Audacious winner and Skoll Foundation Grantee, has been named a ‘best workplace for innovators’ by Fast Company. A CPOHQ Founding Member, Rachel previously worked in London (and on planes) as Vice President at Deutsche Bank scaling their global team, as HRBP at Citigroup, and as a consultant to start-ups in Silicon Valley.



Learn from experts on topics specific to the tech nonprofit experience, all for free. You’ll have a front-row seat to conversations that get to the heart of how to level up your social impact work.


With tactics and new frameworks in-hand, you’ll walk away feeling unblocked and empowered to leverage new learnings within your organization.


You’ll find yourself in the company of peers who believe in - and are building - social impact tech. A supportive community of impact-driven leaders awaits you.

About Fast Forward

The world’s biggest social problems, from healthcare to education to human rights, deserve the best tech. Fast Forward invests in entrepreneurs who are using technology to accelerate social impact.

Fast Forward’s investments span beyond philanthropic funding, through products and programs that bridge the tech and nonprofit sectors to build capacity for tech nonprofits.To date, Fast Forward’s 90 Accelerator alumni have raised $753 Million in follow-on funding, impacting 186M lives.

As the first and only organization focused exclusively on scaling organizations that combine the best tech with sustainable nonprofit business models, Fast Forward’s mission is to accelerate impact.

About Our Partners

The eBay Foundation is committed to unleashing the power of entrepreneurship to build economically vibrant and thriving communities. To this end, they invest in organizations that empower underrepresented entrepreneurs to build a stronger and more inclusive world. The eBay Foundation is proud to support Fast Forward in its pursuit to do the same.

The Fast Forward Academy is also supported by Comcast Business. With a long history of supporting local communities and organizations wherever they do business, Comcast Business shares our belief that an entrepreneurial spirit is necessary to innovating for a better world.

Fast Forward’s work is made possible with the generous support of our premier partners Google.org, BlackRock, HPE Foundation, Twilio.org, and GM.