About Us


Solid, useful, timely research

We use high-quality research methods, honed over nearly two decades of experience. We share our work as we go – developing ideas, pressure testing them, and incorporating additional points of view. We provide useful, practical findings our community can implement.


Meaningful, personal interactions

We value the relationship with our community, whose members give our research life, accessibility, and practicality. We try to give back more than we take.


Saying it like it is

We are independent researchers for a reason: so we can be brutally honest about what we’re seeing. We cut through the bullsh*t to provide the cleanest, most unbiased research we can.



We try new stuff. We fail. We try again. We rely on feedback from our community to tell us what is valuable so we can continue to make it better.



The right solution is almost always dependent on context. We do our best to provide thorough research, detailed data, and examples to help leaders make the best decisions for their organizations.



We are all in this together to make work better. The more we share with each other, the better our workers’ lives get. We share ideas, concerns, credit, and solutions liberally.

At Redthread Research,
We Get It

Sure, we’re experts in performance, people analytics, learning, and D&I – and we’re well versed in the technologies that support them. But we’re also truth-seekers and storytellers in an industry often short on substance, and too full of #!%. Our mission (indeed, our very reason for existing) is to cut through the noise, and amplify what’s good. We look for the connections (or red threads) between people, data, and ideas – even among seemingly unrelated concepts. The result is high-quality, unbiased, transformative foresight that helps you build a stronger business.

Our Co-founders

Dani Johnson

Co-founder & Principal Analyst

Dani is Co-founder and Principal Analyst for RedThread Research. She has spent the majority of her career writing about, conducting research in, and consulting on human capital practices and technology.

Before starting RedThread, Dani led the Learning and Career research practice at Bersin, Deloitte. Her ideas can be found in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CLO Magazine, HR Magazine, and Employment Relations.

Dani holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Stacia Sherman Garr

Co-founder & Principal Analyst

Stacia is a researcher, and thought leader on talent management, leadership, D&I, people analytics, and HR technology. A frequent speaker and writer, her work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as well as in numerous HR trade publications.

Stacia co-founded RedThread Research in 2018 after leading talent and workforce research for eight years at Bersin by Deloitte. Before Bersin, Stacia spent nearly five years conducting research and creating learning content for the Corporate Leadership Council, part of CEB/Gartner.

She has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Let's work together

We believe through shared experiences and collaboration, we can learn new concepts and ideas that will benefit so many in our industries.