create / 2016

Putting the human back into business.

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by The integrated Learning Annex

TiLA is a learning center devoted to personal, professional, and organizational development with humanism, critical thinking, and empathy baked into its mission.


Please describe your project proposal.

The integrated Learning annex is spearheaded by strategist, Bryce Brown, and clinical neuropsychologist, Michelle Conover, Ph.D., to create high-impact learning experiences for companies, organizations, and institutions interested in getting the most of our their people. Our approach is ‘people over policy’, so we create options for executives, decision-makers, and managers that put human capabilities in the driver’s seat. We deliver programming in-person or virtually.

Which of the create metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”)
  • Minority- and women-owned firms
  • Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating
  • Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • San Fernando Valley
  • Westside
  • County of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to create?

Creating better business practices does not start with abstract concepts or theories; it starts with the people you have conducting your business. The integrated Learning Annex pulls practical insight from clinical neuropsychology and management consulting and develops curriculum that examines employee skill sets, leadership styles, and business aims. From this, we are able to instruct decision-makers on how to maximize the efforts of their people.

As a human-centric professional learning center, TiLA places high value on conceptual and interpersonal skills, and looking at behavior as an extension of mental state. Rather than creating endless policies and ineffective process improvements, we empower the people themselves to explore their growth and the growth of their teammates.

Our programming is delivered in-person and online after an exploratory period. We take the information we gather through interviews, assessments, surveys, and in-house data and deliver high-impact, improvement programming.

As long as there are humans interacting for accomplishing goals, there is a TiLA learning experience. We work with school systems, nonprofits, corporations, small business, and even communities, to get an understanding of how their people work and collaborate. From there, we can deliver outstanding and insightful workshops tailored for their desired outcomes.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

The success of TiLA comes from the clients and their measurements of performance. Qualitative improvements (self-reports, sentiment surveys) should occur as quickly as a week, while quantitative measures will be captured at those times the company releases its performance data. We track our efforts against those of our clients.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support