whO WE ARE      


Helena Goto is the Managing Principal of HG Consulting. Since 2013, she has successfully worked with, and advised clients from both public and private companies in conflict management and dispute resolution.

Helena’s background gives her the combined benefit of understanding both how a successful businesses functions, as well as the human dynamics that motivate people to work well together. Backed by a personal commitment to transparency and authenticity, Helena’s work focuses closely on how emotion impacts both business decisions and employee relationships.

Helena graduated from The University of Southern California in 2010 with an MBA and Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute in 2011 with a Masters in Dispute Resolution.

Cultural Competencies: New Zealand, Japan, France

Leila Bidad is a consulting partner at HG Consulting. She has earned a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law School and dual bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Relations from UC Irvine.

Leila has an extensive background in custom conflict resolution systems design, transformational mediation, and program implementation. Leila has received the International Ombuds Association (IOA)  training and served the Ethics and Ombuds office at Los Angeles World Airports.

Leila’s experience includes significant contributions to the design, implementation, and management of the dispute resolution department at Hyundai Motor America’s corporate headquarters. Leila also contributed to the culture-shift within Abercrombie & Fitch, focusing on diversity in recruitment and inclusion in the workspace.

As a co-founder and Alumni board member, Leila devotes her time to train future leaders on ADR topics at the Olive Tree Initiative of UC Irvine, a program developed to address campus climate issues and ranked a top 10 citizen diplomacy program in higher education by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State.

Language Competencies: Farsi, Spanish, Azeri

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