Sachin Doshi

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Sachin Doshi
Culture as a Lever for Impact
Title:Financial and Systems Analyst
Organization:Mental Health America

From Seven-Figure Loss to Industry Leader: This Century-Old NPO Prioritized its Employee-First Culture and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next

The key to employee-driven impact is an employee-first culture – the mantra is echoed by the likes of Richard Branson and Kip Tindell but is often (falsely) regarded as a significant financial burden or implemented as a list of superficial fringe benefits. A truly integrated employee-first philosophy promises significant ROI in the form of decreased turnover, increased engagement and productivity, improved mission outcomes – and in the case of Mental Health America, a seven-figure turnaround and industry-leading impact.

This session will highlight the myriad benefits of assimilating an employee-first approach into the heart of an organization. How did MHA’s leadership and culture shift transform the “impact-ability" of its employees and enable it to lead its field? How does great culture drive great ideas?

Attendees will take away tools for implementing meaningful changes in corporate policy, often with minimal financial investment.

Learning Objectives

Individuals will learn how to:

  • Turn a $1 million operating loss in 2013 into three consecutive years of operating gains
  • Revitalize an abandoned program to reach 23M+ people
  • Achieve a single-digit turnover rate with glowing exit interviews
  • Massively expand reach through programmatic efforts, Facebook, Twitter, email, and more

This session is co-facilitated by Jessica Kennedy. 


Sachin is a budding nonprofit professional interested in using the science of how people think to drive sustainable productivity. At Mental Health America, Sachin oversaw the development of a flexible, employee-first work environment designed to boost employee engagement and loyalty.

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