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Mai Ton

Chief People Officer, Ethic


Mai Ton is currently Chief People Officer at Ethic. She formerly led the People team at Kickstarter, White Ops, HelloSign, OneLogin, RichRelevance and Trulia. She is the author of a book called Come into My Office: Stories from an HR Leader in Silicon Valley from New Degree Press.


Mai has 20 years of experience leading all aspects of Human Resources in several small and mid size rapidly growing businesses in the San Francisco and New York areas. Over the course of her career, she has been the first People Leader at nine different technology startup companies. She has handled 1 IPO, 9 M&A transactions, 1 divestiture and 5 CEO replacements.


Mai has won 14 awards for her companies, and was named to the list of the Top 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business, Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology, Top 50 Tech Leaders, and Top 20 Tech Trailblazers.


Mai is the Board Chairperson of LEAP, a non profit organization that helps Asian Americans break the bamboo ceiling. She also is a Board Member of Berrett Koehler Publishers. Finally, Mai is an advisor to some of the newest HR technology software companies like Knoetic, Bennie and Charter, and shares her knowledge with others by speaking at various HR conferences.


Mai received a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin.

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