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FOR CULTURE CHAMPIONS


Culture Summit is a cross-functional, cross-industry conference that brings together founders, thought leaders, and culture champions to share actionable culture solutions for companies from startup to scale.  Our speakers and workshops empower you with the data, strategies, and practices that drive actual results.  If you are tired of hearing about perks and want to learn how to build strategic initiatives and programs that get results, this is the place for you.


AT CULTURE SUMMIT, YOU WILL:

 

  • Connect with hundreds of other culture champions in fun engaging and interactive ways.  This is your tribe; we will not let you fail.
  • Hear inspiring stories and share best practices with your peers on building thriving cultures and communities of belonging.
  • Discover the latest trends, techniques, and tools to help your company build and scale its culture.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to increase employee engagement, optimize talent, and build high performing teams.
  • Walk away with tactical, strategic insights used by some of the world’s most innovative companies on company culture and more. 

WHY ATTEND CULTURE SUMMIT?

Culture isn’t an HR strategy anymore, it’s an everyone strategy.


WHO ATTENDS CULTURE SUMMIT?

Last year’s audience consisted of executives, people managers, and culture champions from these awesome companies.

 

2018 SPEAKERS

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Helen Russell
Chief People Officer at Atlassian

Helen Russell is Chief People Officer of Atlassian, a leading provider of team collaboration and productivity software. Helen has global responsibility for the attraction, engagement, development, and experience of Atlassian's most important asset - its people. Previously, she served as CHRO of SONOS, Inc. and Kantar, and as VP HR EMEA for both Yahoo, Inc. and Siebel Systems.

Helen Russell
Chief People Officer at Atlassian
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Cat Lee
Startup Advisor. Former Head of Culture at Pinterest

Cat Lee
Startup Advisor. Former Head of Culture at Pinterest
Rajesh Subramaniam
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at FedEx

Rajesh Subramaniam
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at FedEx
Katelin Holloway
VP of People & Culture at Reddit

Katelin Holloway
VP of People & Culture at Reddit
Christina Kosmowski
Global Head of Customer Success

At Slack, Christina ensures customers realize the type of business value from Slack that drives lifetime customer loyalty. Before Slack, she spent 15 years at Salesforce, helping the company grow from 200 employees and $30M in revenue to over 25,000 employees and $8B in revenue.

Christina Kosmowski
Global Head of Customer Success
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Susan Lee
VP of People at Warby Parker

Susan Lee
VP of People at Warby Parker
Sarah Elizabeth Graham
Employee Communications & Culture Manager at Twitter

Sarah Elizabeth has a background in leveraging communication strategy to help drive digital innovation, change management, organization design and people development. She currently works in the tech industry handling employee communication and culture.

Sarah Elizabeth Graham
Employee Communications & Culture Manager at Twitter
Justin Kan
CEO of Atrium

Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur and investor. He founded many companies including Justin.tv, Socialcam, and Twitch, (acquired for $970mm by Amazon); Currently he is the CEO of Atrium, which builds products and services to help automate legal workflows and innovate new processes.

Justin Kan
CEO of Atrium
LaFawn Davis
Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio

LaFawn Davis is the Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, focused on elevating core values, leadership principles, inclusion, diversity and belonging through creative methods of education, inspiration and global employee engagement.

LaFawn Davis
Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio
Jack Altman
Co-Founder and CEO of Lattice

Jack Altman
Co-Founder and CEO of Lattice
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Joshua Lavra
IDEO Products Lead

Joshua is an engineer turned designer, marketer, and educator. Inspired by the human connection to designed systems, he explores how individuals can foster cultures of innovation within their organizations.

Joshua Lavra
IDEO Products Lead
Katie Womersley
Director of Engineering at Buffer

Katie Womersley
Director of Engineering at Buffer
Robin Zander
Founder and Director of the Responsive Conference

Robin Zander is an author, strategist, and performance coach who has helped individuals and organizations maximize their potential. Robin helps founders and HR professionals improve company culture and is the author of “Responsive: What It Takes To Create A Thriving Organization.”

Robin Zander
Founder and Director of the Responsive Conference
Afeef Hussain
Regional Director of Training and Development at LUX Resorts & Hotels

Afeef actively inspires service cultures wherever he works. He believes the fundamental element of success for organizations is building a world-class service culture where everyone comes to work and take responsibility in adding value to their colleagues, customers and community.

Afeef Hussain
Regional Director of Training and Development at LUX Resorts & Hotels
Melanie Moore
Director of Global Operations, Talent Acquisition, and Employment Branding at Monsanto

Melanie Moore
Director of Global Operations, Talent Acquisition, and Employment Branding at Monsanto
Julian Lute
Organizational Culture Consultant at Great Place to Work

Julian is passionate about the intersection of culture, design, business and music. As an Organizational Culture Consultant, he works with leaders to develop and implement strategies that harness the power of culture to foster innovation and deliver measurable market value.

Julian Lute
Organizational Culture Consultant at Great Place to Work
Adam 'Smiley' Poswolsky
Author and Millennial Career Expert

Adam 'Smiley' Poswolsky
Author and Millennial Career Expert
Michelle Kim
Co-Founder and CEO at Awaken

Michelle is the co-founder and CEO of Awaken, a leading provider of experiential workshops that empower managers and teams to lead inclusively. Michelle is a passionate speaker and writer -- she was named “Top Writer in Diversity” by Medium and is a contributor to Quartz at Work.

Michelle Kim
Co-Founder and CEO at Awaken
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Aaron Kahlow
Founder of ConsciousCircles.org

Aaron Kahlow
Founder of ConsciousCircles.org
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Karlyn Borysenko, PhD
Owner and Principal at Zen Workplace

Dr. Karlyn Borysenko is an organizational psychologist and performance coach. She helps organizations create amazing cultures using positive psychology and highly practical mindfulness. She holds an MBA and a PhD in Psychology, and is the author of Zen Your Work.

Karlyn Borysenko, PhD
Owner and Principal at Zen Workplace
Carrie Staller
Director of Sales and Marketing at The Go Game

Carrie Staller
Director of Sales and Marketing at The Go Game
Maurice Wilkins
Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Maurice is a former urban education leader turned Diversity and Inclusion advocate. He currently leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He also is the founder of TechNColor, an alliance for underrepresented people of color in tech that aims to create an inclusive and diverse community.

Maurice Wilkins
Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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CULTURE SUMMIT WORKSHOPS

Take your culture transformation to the next level 


Purchase a three-day ticket
and attend the workshop day on July 10th.  Connect with culture building experts in intimate, hands-on sessions where you’ll learn a variety of actionable strategies and tactics. Each workshop is two hours with a morning session and an afternoon session.

 

At all of our workshops you will walk away with:

1. Insights from experts in the field with a focus on actionable insights

2. Tools you can take back to work to help you execute your strategy

3. A group of peers who are facing similar challenges to you and can support you after the workshop

Note: 
Each workshop is limited to 60 attendees.  Once the workshops are full, we will not release additional tickets.  Register early and reserve your seat.

 


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Workshop 1: Culture Mapping – A Systematic Tool For Creating Great, Sustainable Company Culture (FULL)


Facilitator:
 Greg Netzer, Senior Consultant at XPLANE

 

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Workshop 2: Using Culture to Unlock Your People’s Potential

Facilitators:
 David Hassell, Founder and CEO at 15Five and Shane Metcalf, VP of Customer Success and Co-Founder at 15Five

 

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Workshop 3: Designing a Conscious Intentional Culture

Facilitator:
Russ Elliot, Founder of the Conscious Culture Group

 

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Workshop 4: The Whole Employee – How to Boost Employee Engagement and Prevent Burnout

Facilitator:
 Laura Hamill, Ph.D.,  Chief People Officer at Limeade & Managing Director of the Limeade Institute

 

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AGENDA

Attendees will attend morning workshops in which they are registered for.

12:00 PM

Attendees will attend afternoon workshops in which they are registered for.

Dinner details will be emailed to VIP pass attendees.

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Helen Russell
Chief People Officer at Atlassian

Atlassian recognizes that the ever-increasing complexity of work in our gig economy has thrust teams into a new role: they are the growth engines of business. The company has studied and worked with hundreds of teams over the years—technical and leadership, small and large, diverse and homogeneous. And along the way, Atlassian has learned a few things about what derails team health and performance and what empowers teams to stretch, fly and be the very best they can be.

This opening keynote will explore team dynamics and best practices, and how to overcome issues including trust, clarity, communication, and prioritization. While research proves that the introduction of a diverse team member materially increases the impact of a team, Atlassian recognizes that to truly maximize team impact requires a greater understanding of what is going on at the individual level.

Rajesh Subramaniam
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at FedEx

Raj Subramaniam, FedEx executive vice president and chief marketing officer, believes it takes vision and a people-focused workplace to build and sustain a great culture. Every day FedEx team members around the world are motivated by a pledge to customers and to each other to make every experience outstanding – the Purple Promise. Learn more about how this simple yet effective principle drives success at one of the world’s most admired companies.

Julian Lute
Organizational Culture Consultant at Great Place to Work

According to a recent Gallup poll, 43 percent of Americans surveyed spend some time working remotely, and the amount of time employees spend working remotely has also increased. Business benefits aside, a remote culture can set up a unique challenge for HR leaders charged with building and maintaining company culture.

In this session, Julian Lute from Great Place to Work will moderate a panel of three culture leaders whose companies have done a stellar job building culture across remote teams.

Panelists:

Sarah Elizabeth Graham - Employee Communications & Culture Manager at Twitter
Katie Womersley - Director of Engineering at Buffer
Afeef Hussain - Regional Director of Training and Development at LUX Resorts & Hotels

Moderator:

Julian Lute - Organizational Culture Consultant at Great Place to Work

Christina Kosmowski
Global Head of Customer Success

Improving customer experience is often a top business priority, but what about employee experience? Studies have shown that companies that excel at customer experience have a workforce that is 1.5X more engaged than companies that don't excel at customer experience. In this session, Christina Kosowski will use the principals of customer success to teach you how to design your employee experience to maximize engagement and performance.

In this keynote, Christina will cover designing culture and the employee journey as it spans across:

- Hiring
- Onboarding
- Performance
- Growth
- Exit

12:10 PM

Carrie Staller
Director of Sales and Marketing at The Go Game

Do you plan meetings, offsites, team building, or conferences for your company? Then this session is for you (or anyone else who is interested to learn about successful event design through the eyes of a game design company!) In this talk, we'll present design principles to consider when planning crowd-pleasing events for your company.

We'll also help you on your culture champion journey with the business case and academic research that gets buy-in from leaders to prioritize culture-building events. We'll learn all these principles and then get to see many of them in action with an interactive and playful game immediately following.

Imagine if the Amazing Race, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Cranium got funky at Culture Summit. That's The Classic Go Game. In this interactivity activity, you'll work with other culture champions to solve creative challenges that include fun trivia, photos and videos, head to head battles, and location riddles. This session provides a community building experience that helps you develop your peer/ally relationships.

Michelle Kim
Co-Founder and CEO of Awaken

Research shows the rising political and cultural tension in and outside of the office is impacting company cultures. In times of volatility, are your managers equipped to truly lead, to build and retain diverse and inclusive teams? Join this timely conversation with Michelle Kim to learn how to supercharge your managers to be agents of change in creating and sustaining inclusive culture.

Robin Zander
Founder and Director of the Responsive Conference

This is a new session we're incorporating this year to give attendees the chance to share and present at Culture Summit. This Fishbowl style interactive discussion moderated by Robin Zander, offers attendees the opportunity to speak on the main stage and share insights, strategies, and best practices on how they have turned their company culture around.

9:00 AM

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Cat Lee
Head of Culture at Pinterest

Core values matter. They support the company mission, help shape the culture, and reflect what is important to the company. They are the essence of a company’s identity and serve as its cultural cornerstones.

However, defining your company core values is only the first step. They need to be integrated into every aspect of your company. That’s how you ensure your values are more than just words. From the first interview to the last day of work, employees should understand that the company core values form the basis for every decision they make.

In this keynote presentation, Cat Lee, Head of Culture at Pinterest will share how Pinterest weaves its mission and core values into every aspect of their employee experience.

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Susan Lee
VP of People at Warby Parker

Culture transformation can start from anywhere; even the deepest, tiniest, simplest steps which, when repeated over and over, will ideally become part of a company culture’s muscle memory.

These steps known as rituals can be thought of as small and tangible improvements to one’s workplace. They help redesign how employees interact from an atomic level.

At Warby Parker they have established a bunch of rituals that reflect the values and culture of the company they are trying to build. For example, when a new hire joins Warby Parker, they get a copy of author Jack Kerouac’s book ‘Dharma Bums’ because the name Warby Parker comes from two characters in the book.

Although simple in nature, rituals can be powerful drives of culture. In this session, Susan Lee, VP of Culture at Warby Parker, will show you how creating rituals help strengthen and reinforce your company’s culture and core values.

Jack Altman
Co-Founder and CEO at Lattice

Calculating the ROI of culture is extremely difficult. Unlike other departments in an organization, the output of your people initiatives has few measurable outputs.

Because of this, it’s difficult to demonstrate the absolute value of making investments in your talent practices. And without being able to articulate the ROI of culture, getting budget and resources for your people initiatives becomes a real challenge.

That’s because you need leadership buy-in, which is critical in making any large organizational change happen.

In this panel moderated by Jack Altman, CEO of Lattice, Jack will discuss with three culture leaders, how they calculate the ROI of culture at their companies and what tools and tactics they use.

Panelist:

Katelin Holloway - VP of People at Reddit
Melanie Moore - Director of Global Operations, Talent Acquisition, and Employment Branding at Monsanto
Justin Kan - CEO of Atrium

Moderator:

Jack Altman - Co-Founder and CEO of Lattice

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Aaron Kahlow
Founder of ConsciousCircles.org

Over the past several years, mindfulness has gained so much traction that in a 2014 article, Time magazine called it a revolution. If you’re not familiar with mindfulness, it’s about being focused on the present moment.

That means you’re not worrying about tomorrow’s deadline or dwelling on what happened in yesterday’s meeting. This shift enables you to step back and make better decisions while helping to increase creativity, focus, and productivity.

But with mindfulness gaining a cult-like status in the business world, are we all just blindly following the leader? Are there cautionary tales we should be aware of?

In this presentation, Aaron Kahlow, founder of Conscious Circles, will navigate you through the good, bad, and ugly about mindfulness at work and how to properly use it in the workplace.

11:55 AM

In this facilitated interactive networking activity, you'll get to discover more about your core values and passions, connect with other culture champions on a deeper level, and share best practices about culture transformation through facilitated full group, small group and dyad challenges. This session helps create unique and memorable interactions that will support you in building your ``culture network.``

LaFawn Davis
Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio

In 2013, McKinsey & Company published a report called “Lessons from the leading edge of gender diversity.” In this report, it was noted that CEOs of companies most successful at creating gender diversity have been committed to the cause at a much more personal level, with a passion that “goes well beyond logic and economics.” In this session, LaFawn Davis, Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, and Maurice Wilkins, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will discuss the importance of moving beyond numbers to changing leaders' hearts and minds to create a truly inclusive and diverse company culture.

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Joshua Lavra
Products Lead at IDEO

It's been proven that organizations who build and maintain a culture of creativity are more agile, engaged, innovative, and successful. In this session, Joshua Lavra will walk through the six key behaviors that build creative and innovative teams and include data and case studies that help conceptualize each behavior.

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Karlyn Borysenko
Owner and Principal at Zen Workplace

The importance of employee engagement can’t be overstated. When employees are engaged, productivity rises, turnover decreases, and daily performance increases across the board.

Many organizations, unfortunately, don't have the resources to give workers more time off or a big budget to spend on retreats and team outings. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t engage your employees.

It’s important is to make sure, employee engagement isn’t an afterthought. Instead, engaging employees should be practiced at all levels of the business and cultivated on a regular basis.

In this closing keynote by Dr. Karlyn Borysenko will walk through several ways to engage your employees without breaking the bank. In fact, you don’t even have to spend a dime.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Can I Speak at the Next Culture Summit?

We are currently accepting speaker submissions for Culture Summit 2018.

Go here to begin the speaker application process. 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 or travel fees.

How Can I Become a Sponsor?

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 Volunteer at Culture Summit?

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

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.

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?

No, we will not be selling tickets at the door.  Purchase a ticket online to guarantee your seat.

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