INFLUX programs are built on solid experience. All our consultants have international training experience and hold either a post-graduate or doctorate degree in communication studies. Many of them publish original research, papers and books, and teach in universities, which makes them leaders in their fields and provides cutting-edge programs to our clients. Because of their expertise in teaching and coaching, our consultants are able to tailor transformative learning experiences that suit you and help you build your skills in practice, not just in theory.

 
  Ashok K. Babbar   Chairman of the Board   Ashok Babbar is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and currently a Chairman of Influx Training and Consulting. His experience in Silicon Valley spans over 30 years, providing fiscal, strategic, product design/development and operations leadership across various industries. He is exceptionally creative in transforming startups and established businesses with a clear path to growth and financial stability as well as in penetrating progressive growth markets with a keen understanding of global impact. Mr. Babbar's areas of expertise include raising capital, merger & acquisition, advising C-level management, corporate governance, assessing risks, long-term sustainability and deal structuring.

Ashok K. Babbar
Chairman of the Board

Ashok Babbar is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and currently a Chairman of Influx Training and Consulting. His experience in Silicon Valley spans over 30 years, providing fiscal, strategic, product design/development and operations leadership across various industries. He is exceptionally creative in transforming startups and established businesses with a clear path to growth and financial stability as well as in penetrating progressive growth markets with a keen understanding of global impact. Mr. Babbar's areas of expertise include raising capital, merger & acquisition, advising C-level management, corporate governance, assessing risks, long-term sustainability and deal structuring.

  Minna J. Holopainen   Chief Executive Officer, Principal Consultant   Minna Holopainen is the CEO and founder of INFLUX Training and Consulting. She has worked as a communication practitioner, trainer, and lecturer with various public and private organizations and universities in the United States, Central America, South America, Finland, and Pakistan since 2008. Her work focuses on the practical application of dialogue, intercultural communication, leadership and organizational change on diversity issues, and collaborative online pedagogies.

Minna J. Holopainen
Chief Executive Officer, Principal Consultant

Minna Holopainen is the CEO and founder of INFLUX Training and Consulting. She has worked as a communication practitioner, trainer, and lecturer with various public and private organizations and universities in the United States, Central America, South America, Finland, and Pakistan since 2008. Her work focuses on the practical application of dialogue, intercultural communication, leadership and organizational change on diversity issues, and collaborative online pedagogies.

  Deanna L. Fassett, Ph.D.   Director of Products & Services, Principal Consultant   Deanna L. Fassett is the Director of Products & Services and a Principal Consultant at INFLUX Training and Consulting. She works also as Department Chair and professor of communication pedagogy at San José State University where she has, since 2002, mentored her department’s graduate student instructors. Her published research has appeared in a broad array of communication studies journals, and she is the author and editor of five books.

Deanna L. Fassett, Ph.D.
Director of Products & Services, Principal Consultant

Deanna L. Fassett is the Director of Products & Services and a Principal Consultant at INFLUX Training and Consulting. She works also as Department Chair and professor of communication pedagogy at San José State University where she has, since 2002, mentored her department’s graduate student instructors. Her published research has appeared in a broad array of communication studies journals, and she is the author and editor of five books.

 
 
  Andrew F. Wood, Ph.D.   Principal Consultant      Andrew F. Wood is a professor of Communication Studies and Humanities Honors at San José State University, and a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Wood has authored or co-authored several books on urban life, internet communication, reality television, roadside Americana, and the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. He is also a highly sought public speaker and commentator, delivering keynote addresses and providing commentary for National Public Radio, USA Today, and other media outlets throughout North America and Europe.       

Andrew F. Wood, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant

 Andrew F. Wood is a professor of Communication Studies and Humanities Honors at San José State University, and a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Wood has authored or co-authored several books on urban life, internet communication, reality television, roadside Americana, and the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. He is also a highly sought public speaker and commentator, delivering keynote addresses and providing commentary for National Public Radio, USA Today, and other media outlets throughout North America and Europe.  

 

  Bettina Brockmann, M.A.   Principal Consultant   Bettina Brockmann, a native of Germany, has lived in California since 1998. Since 2010, Ms. Brockmann has been coaching communication skills nationally and internationally in the corporate as well as the academic environment. She is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at San José State University and an MBA Communication Coach at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She also frequently teaches communication strategies, online and in-person, at German universities. Her areas of expertise include accessibility, inclusion, and sustainability, and she has authored a book in disability communication. Ms. Brockmann promotes a work-life balance, and she enjoys running, traveling, and practicing mindfulness.

Bettina Brockmann, M.A.
Principal Consultant

Bettina Brockmann, a native of Germany, has lived in California since 1998. Since 2010, Ms. Brockmann has been coaching communication skills nationally and internationally in the corporate as well as the academic environment. She is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at San José State University and an MBA Communication Coach at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She also frequently teaches communication strategies, online and in-person, at German universities. Her areas of expertise include accessibility, inclusion, and sustainability, and she has authored a book in disability communication. Ms. Brockmann promotes a work-life balance, and she enjoys running, traveling, and practicing mindfulness.

 
 
 
  Stephanie Anderson, M.A., B.F.A.   Consultant   Stephanie Anderson is a lecturer at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. She has been teaching public speaking, performance studies, and writing courses at San José State University, De Anza College, CA, USA, and Finland since 2010. Anderson's work focuses on critical pedagogy, performance studies, and intercultural communication. Over the years, she has coached nationally ranked speech and debate teams from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stephanie Anderson, M.A., B.F.A.
Consultant

Stephanie Anderson is a lecturer at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. She has been teaching public speaking, performance studies, and writing courses at San José State University, De Anza College, CA, USA, and Finland since 2010. Anderson's work focuses on critical pedagogy, performance studies, and intercultural communication. Over the years, she has coached nationally ranked speech and debate teams from the San Francisco Bay Area.

  Ching Ching Tan, M.A.   Consultant   Ching Ching Tan is a Communication Studies Lecturer at San José State University. Native of China, mother tongue Mandarin and Cantonese, fluent in Italian, she specializes in professional and interpersonal English learners communication. She has worked as a fashion consultant for an up-market Italian fashion firm. Before moving to the US, Ching Ching was a radio broadcaster, and founder/manager of a radio production company in Guangzhou, China.

Ching Ching Tan, M.A.
Consultant

Ching Ching Tan is a Communication Studies Lecturer at San José State University. Native of China, mother tongue Mandarin and Cantonese, fluent in Italian, she specializes in professional and interpersonal English learners communication. She has worked as a fashion consultant for an up-market Italian fashion firm. Before moving to the US, Ching Ching was a radio broadcaster, and founder/manager of a radio production company in Guangzhou, China.