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S2E7: No Panic at the DISQO

In this episode, Andra Kaleps, Business Partnerships Leader for Tangram, sits down with Tiffany Chelsvig, VP of People Operations for DISQO, to discuss her experience of being the hired as the head of people in a time (June 2020) when she couldn't physically meet any people. The two also talk through, DISQO's approach to real estate pre and post pandemic, how they've worked to retain employees the past year and a half and the importance of cultivating cultural opportunities.

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