The Human Connectors

The Human Toolbox is comprised of people people. Individuals who adore a challenge, appreciate a no-bullshit approach, and are willing to walk the distance to help build an open and communicative culture. From award-winning writers to TEDx speakers, we have a multi-cultural, diverse and passionate group that are eager to provide you the support to grow.


Gabriella Opaz

Founder & Chief Communication Ninja

While some children spoke at length about being an astronaut, a doctor or a superhero, I dreamt of being a prophet. Not the craggy old man kind with a long beard and white cotton robes, but the kind that spoke passionately on how to effectively manage the world inside myself. While my home life crumbled around me, and my school life ignored the practical life skills to help me connect with others, I fantasized of a book that listed the 1,001 ways to deal with my mind, body and emotions. A manual that listed the basic human tools to engage and communicate with anyone, at anytime, anywhere.


Joana Castro

Chief People Ninja

Like many passionate young business professionals, I wanted to be a world famous CEO. But when I became one of the youngest Global Brand Managers at Abbott, I quickly understood that I needed people, not processes. I needed to travel the world, speak various languages, eat exotic foods and see life from a different perspective. For 4 years, I tilled organic farms in Australia,  built  schools in Africa, and met thousands of people for whom I fell madly in love with. Regardless of their upbringing, their culture or their education, I found humans to all need the same thing: love, respect, empathy, listening, sharing and hope.


Michael Boland

Chief Culture Ninja

Over the years, I have worked in many fields: from anthropological research and training in applied psychology to the design industry and software development. One thing remained the same though no matter where I went - people problems. I quickly realized during each job that credentials do not equal competence, especially when it came to emotional intelligence. As a result, problems are often over-simplified and solutions over-complicated. Yet given technological advancements and new ways to communicate and collaborate, typical hierarchies of work can be completely flattened and redesigned.