This Isn’t Your Cookie Cutter Culture Conference.


Your workforce is more unique and dynamic than it ever has been.  Full-time employees, remote workers, an on-demand workforce, Gen-Xers, Millennials; they all require a more innovative and personalized approach to building culture. Introducing Culture Summit, a one-day conference that brings together founders, thought leaders, and culture champions to help make culture solutions more applicable. We’ll get beyond the fluff and dive into the data, strategies, and practices that take it from soft skills to actual results.  If you are tired of buzz words and are ready to talk about real-world solutions, this event is for you.


At Culture Summit, You Will:


  • Hear inspiring stories, get different perspectives and fresh ideas on how to build and scale culture from founders, thought leaders, and culture champions.
  • Learn the specific culture development strategies used by some of the world’s most innovative companies.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to increase employee engagement, optimize talent, and develop high performing teams.
  • Discover the latest trends, techniques, and tools to help you build thriving cultures.
  • Connect with hundreds of like-minded culture heroes to brainstorm new ways of improving the employee experience.
  • Walk away with tactical, strategic insight for building company culture and much more. 


Building Culture From the Employee Level Up

This isn’t just for HR professionals. This is a conference for anyone who is passionate about building and impacting company culture. If you are a skeptical founder, a manager stuck in the frozen middle, or a disengaged employee, join us and walk away with actionable steps and insights to help you immediately redefine the employee experience. 




VP of HR, Facebook



Senior Director of Global Support, Google



VP of UX & Design, Salesforce



VP of Culture & Experience, HubSpot



VP of Strategy & People, Greenhouse



Senior Manager, Employee Engagement & Strategic Talent Mgmt, Cisco



CEO & Founder, CultureIQ



Chief People Officer, Plural Sight



Author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Millennial Career Expert



Culture Architect, Human Side of Tech



More Speakers Coming Soon


The full schedule and agenda for Culture Summit 2016 will be posted shortly.

Wednesday August 17, 2016

  • Half Day of Workshops (optional)
    Must purchase workshop ticket to attend
    Time: 9:30am – 3pm.  Scroll down for workshop schedule and agenda
    Location: Galvanize – 44 Tehama St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday August 18, 2016

  • Culture Summit Conference
    Time: 8am – 5pm
    Location: The Village – 969 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103




  • 7:45am – Breakfast, Registration, Networking


  • 8:45am – Opening Remark
    Hung and Vanessa, the producers of Culture Summit, will welcome everyone and set the expectations for the day.


  • 9:00am – How to Ignite a Culture of Collaboration
    Peter Scocimara, Sr. Director of Google For Work, will discuss how teams can collaborate more effectively to create opportunities for innovation. He will share the key elements, strategies, and tools for creating this type of culture, as well as how companies can evaluate their success in doing so.


  • 9:30am – Building Cultures of Innovation
    Tatyana Mamut, VP of Design at Salesforce, will explore the four archetypes of innovative cultures; the Visionary, Tinkerer, Navigator, or Explorer.  You’ll learn what the benefits and challenges of each are, how to identify your ideal archetype, and which elements you need to build and live it.


  • 10:15am – Networking Break


  • 10:35am – Creating a Purpose Driven Workplace
    Do you struggle with providing your employees with a sense of purpose and meaning? Author and millennial career expert Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky will discuss strategies and tactics on how to attract, maintain, and empower the next generation of workers.


  • 11:05am – Interactive Guided Culture Discussion
    You asked for more opportunities to interact, and we heard you.  In this session, you’ll chat with your fellow Culture Heroes as culture architect Anita Grantham leads you through an interactive guided discussion tackling topics such as scaling culture, building remote culture, and getting leadership buy-in.


  • 12:05pm – Lunch


  • 1:05pm – How to Scale Culture As You Grow
    The #1 most requested topic for Culture Summit this year.  Janelle Gale, VP of HR at Facebook, will discuss how Facebook has been able to sustain and maintain its culture during years of rapid growth and what you can do to scale culture as your company grows.


  • 1:50pm – Why The Best Things About Culture Are Free (Or Close To It)
    Looking for opportunities to engage and recognize your company but don’t have a large budget to do so?  Katie Burke, VP of People at HubSpot, will show you how with brilliant culture hacks that explain why the best things about culture are free or at least close to it.


  • 2:20pm – The What, Why, and How of Using Data to Make Human Decisions
    Greg Besner, CEO of Culture IQ, shares why measuring and tracking culture metrics enable you to drive towards positive results.  He will explore best practices for measuring, leveraging data, and engaging leadership so that you can turn your culture into a competitive advantage.


  • 2:50pm – Networking Break


  • 3:10pm – The ROI of Culture
    Without investing in your company culture, you’re handicapping your organization’s ability to attract and retain talent and compete in the marketplace.  Maia Jo, VP of People at Greenhouse, will talk about the true value of culture and how to validate your efforts to upper management.


  • 3:40pm – How to Get Leadership Buy-in
    Every leader plays a pivotal role in championing workplace culture. Some understand the importance of culture, while others see it as an overused buzzword.  Michelle Paluch, Sr. Manager at Cisco, helps you define why culture is a strategic business priority and how to get your leaders involved.


  • 4:10pm – Culture Stories Community Panel
    A big part of what makes Culture Summit special is its growing community. Hear from everyday community members on their recent struggles with poor culture and disengagement, what they did about it, and the learnings they took away from the experience.


  • 4:50pm – Closing Remarks


  • 5:00pm – Evening Reception
    Head downstairs and enjoy a beverage or two on us.  Chat with other culture heroes, meet the speakers, and hang out with Hung and Vanessa.


  • 8:00pm – After Party
    Not ready to go home yet?  Join us at The Grand Nightclub in SF for a summer mixer after party presented by Startup Socials and IBM.  All Culture Summit attendees get in for free. Get ready to dance the night away!





This year we're offering a half day of workshops before the conference to help you take your culture building strategy to the next level. Purchase a workshop ticket to attend both workshops. Save money by registering for both the workshop and conference.

Morning Workshop: 9:30am – 12pm
Scaling Culture Through Growth


Are you worried about losing the great culture you’ve built as you grow?  What about figuring out how to scale your culture while hiring?  Do you struggle to determine if your culture needs to change to meet evolving strategic goals?

Growth is a great thing in a successful company until it starts to impact your culture.  
By measuring and aligning culture through growth you can:

  • Supports achievement of strategic goals
  • Clarifies hiring for culture fit
  • Enhances engagement of existing and new employees

In this interactive two hour workshop you will learn how to:

  • Understand the difference between your company’s aspirational and actual culture
  • Align your growing culture with your strategic growth objectives
  • Avoid common pitfalls in culture course corrections during growth
  • Ensure you hire, develop, and engage employees with the culture you are building as you scale


 Natalie Baumgartner

Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist at RoundPegg

Natalie is the co-founder and chief psychologist at RoundPegg, a culture and engagement platform that helps companies increase engagement, reduce churn, retain top talent, and break down silos. She is a popular speaker on culture and a TEDx speaker on culture fit.


Afternoon Workshop: 1pm – 3pm
How to Gain Leadership Buy-in
and What to Do When You Don’t


Every leader plays a pivotal role in championing workplace culture and driving the employee experience. Some leaders naturally see the connection between their role and cultivating a thriving culture, while others see culture as an overused buzzword.


No matter the reason, leaders must understand the strategy behind why having a thriving culture matter to their bottom line.

In this interactive two hour workshop you will learn how to:

  • Define why culture is a strategic priority in business
  • Articulate “What’s In It For Me?” to your leader
  • Set realistic expectations for leaders
  • Work through various leadership challenges
  • Be a culture champion and change agent when your leader is not


 Michelle Palluch

Senior Manager, Employee Engagement and Strategic Talent Management at Cisco

Michelle is a senior manager at Cisco leading the talent, culture, and engagement operations supporting Cisco engineering.  Before Cisco, Michelle was a senior manager at NetApp where she led global organizational effectiveness and employee engagement initiatives.


Last year's audience consisted of C-Level executives, people managers, and culture champions from these awesome companies.




Culture Summit is expected to sell out so register early to guarantee your spot.

I really enjoyed attending the Culture Summit on several levels. The speakers were diverse, and all relevant to the conversation on how to build and maintain an extraordinary culture. The venue was intimate and easy to network. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and plan on attending again.
Mariah DeLeon, VP of HR at Glassdoor



The Village

969 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103


The Village is a state-of-the-art event facility situated in the heart of San Francisco’s burgeoning Mid-Market neighborhood. Its multi-use environment is designed to foster the evolution of storytelling through interactive media.

There is 17,000 sqft throughout its tri-level space plan with a total guest capacity of 1,200. It is equipped with a 75-foot panoramic projection wall along with lighting, motion picture, and interactive technologies to create unique and memorable experiences.


Need Hotel Accommodations?


Hotel Nikko (short 4 min walk to the venue)
We’ve reserved a block of rooms from August 16 – 19 for the low price of $259/night (rate good until July 19).  Click on the link above to book online or call 1-415-394-1111 and mention “Culture Summit” when booking.


Hotel Zetta (short 2 min walk to the venue)
While we don’t have discounted rooms available here, we recommend checking out this hotel as it’s quite close to the venue.


Parc 55 (short 2 min walk to the venue)
While we don’t have discounted rooms available here, we recommend checking out this hotel as it’s quite close to the venue.


Intercontinental (short 6 min walk to the venue)
While we don’t have discounted rooms available here, we recommend checking out this hotel as it’s quite close to the venue.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How Did Culture Summit Get Started?

Culture Summit was founded by Hung Pham in 2014.  The inspiration came from a poor experience with an early employer 10 years ago that left him disengaged. Tired of reading about how some companies thrive because of their amazing culture, Hung simply asked the question, “Why can’t all companies be like that?” Not having an HR related background, Hung’s focus is to help companies build their culture at the employee level up and thus Culture Summit was born.

When and Where is Culture Summit?

Culture Summit is happening on August 18th, 2016 and will take place at The Village – 969 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103.

What to Expect From Culture Summit This Year?

Doors open at 8am.  Grab some breakfast and mingle with other culture champions.  The speaker talks will start promptly at 9am and are 25 minutes in length with 5 minutes for Q&A.  There are multiple networking breaks throughout the day including a 1.5-hour lunch.  This year we will be including an interactive guided discussion that will give you the opportunity to meet and learn from other attendees.  The day will conclude at 5pm followed by an evening reception where you can continue the discussions and meet the speakers.

How Can I Become a Sponsor or Partner?

There are lots of ways for you or your company to sponsor, partner with, or otherwise support the efforts of Culture Summit. Sponsorship benefits include promotion in all conference materials, an invite to the speaker dinner, and much more.

Please fill out the contact form if you’re interested in pursuing a sponsorship or partnership with Culture Summit.

How Can I Speak at the Next Culture Summit?

You can find the speaker application here. Due to a high volume of applicants, we are unable to get back to everyone individually. We do read each submission carefully, and will contact you for more information if your submission seems like a good fit. Please note that Culture Summit does not pay any speaker fees.

How Do I Get a Press Pass to Culture Summit?

You can find the press pass application here. We only offer a few press passes per event, and they’re quite competitive. Please note that press passes only cover the cost of the conference, not lodging or travel.

How Can I Volunteer at Culture Summit?

You can find the volunteer application here. Please note that Culture Summit volunteer spaces are limited and competitive.

Are The Tickets Refundable or Transferrable?

The tickets are non-refundable but we’re happy to transfer them to a friend or colleague.  If for some reason you cannot make it, we can save your ticket for the next Culture Summit.

Will You Be Selling Tickets at The Door?

Unfortunately we won’t.  Tickets sold out weeks in advance last year so if you are interested in coming, we recommend you buy a ticket early to guarantee your spot.

Do I Need to Print My Ticket to Attend?

No need to.  Once you register, just show up and we’ll take care of the rest.