2022 Virtual Culturati Agenda

June 6, 2022

Marshall’s story of sticking by her leadership principles of listen, learn, and love — or what she calls the “three Ls” — and the success it led to over the course of her career. As the first Black female CEO of an NBA team, Cynt was hired in 2018 to turn around the Dallas Mavericks’ culture. They are now recognized as one of the league’s most well run franchises and have since enjoyed winning records.

Key Takeaways:

  1. How listening is the first step towards cultural revolution.
  2. The value of learning who your employees are, personally and professionally.
  3. The key to lasting success: love your workforce as people first and employees second.

Leaders have long understood the importance of financial capital and human capital. However, in light of the changing nature of work, we’ve seen a third type of capital emerge that is the key to unlocking both: social capital, i.e., the network of relationships and connections, shared norms, and trust among individuals, teams, and leaders. Despite its importance, social capital has been largely overlooked to date. Leaders that are able to successfully harness the power of social capital will not only be able to deliver value, but will also be able to attract, develop, and retain their talent.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Explore the science behind social capital
  2. Discuss the impact social capital has on organizations and their people
  3. Learn the ways leaders can create greater social capital in their organizations to drive performance

Explore the idea of social capital and the role it plays in unlocking culture and performance with a Chief People Officer who is helping her organization redefine what it means to be productive and prioritize human interaction and connection, while simultaneously embracing the flexibility employees want.

Key Takeaways:

  1. New definition of productivity
  2. Importance of understanding the DEI impact of focusing on social capital
  3. Role of the company, People/HR function, and managers going forward

The workplace is changing — fast. From onboarding to employee engagement, it’s more important than ever to invest in your people. Join Seth for an interactive workshop on the innovations that will help shape the new digital employee experience.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Learn how to map a digital employee experience
  2. Leverage new people insights for wellbeing and productivity
  3. Discover practical steps to get started now

At a moment when businesses face unprecedented change — including permanently distributed workforces, retention challenges, and shifting markets — leaders need to make sure employees feel connected to the company’s most important goals. In this talk, measurement expert and author Vetri Vellore puts conventional performance metrics in the hot seat, and shares a new way of setting purpose-driven goals across your organization.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Discover how purpose-driven goals drive better business outcomes
  2. Learn the fundamentals of a flexible and inclusive Objectives and Key Results (OKR) framework
  3. Get tips on how to make goals stick in your organization

To achieve a sense of belonging for team members, five conditions must be in place, and each team member shares a responsibility to proactively communicate and participate.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Learn five conditions that drive a culture of belonging
  2. Define your own sense of belonging
  3. How to sustain a culture of belonging

To attract and retain the best talent, companies must continually grow and evolve. NXP Next encapsulates our ongoing evolution — from how we architect the company to new ways of working and more. The COVID-19 pandemic transformed workforce needs, and gaps between rapidly shifting employee sentiment versus slower-moving employer sentiment became apparent, presenting new challenges to address. From employee wellbeing to flexible work arrangements, NXP is working to navigate an ever-changing world and adapting to lessons learned over the past two years, while balancing management viewpoints and expectations.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Discuss with peers and colleagues various talent challenges resulting from shifting workforce needs and ways forward
  2. Exchange ideas for narrowing the gap between employee and employer sentiment on how we work and attract/retain talent
  3. Hear from McKinsey & Company on what matters to employees and potential hires, and how that data may require companies to rethink standing practices and policies

Now, more than ever before, organizations need to transform to remain competitive — and those that are most successful place an equal emphasis on transforming their culture. However, truly transforming a culture requires more than top-down efforts and policy changes. Rather, it involves shifting mindsets and behaviors across all levels of the organization.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Discuss the power of mindsets and how they can hinder or accelerate change
  2. Learn the critical behaviors (and corresponding mindset shifts) that help drive transformational change

Tom Meredith has led teams as a senior and c-suite executive at several Fortune 100 companies, national & international nonprofits and investment firms. He’s developed a template for leadership which he believes differs from management — acknowledging the critical roles of vision, communication and inspiration. Join Tom Meredith and DLA Piper Austin Managing Partner Nicole Brennig for a round table discussion of effective leadership in today’s world.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Habits of most effective leaders
  2. Identification of communication style
  3. Identifying your Achilles heel as a leader

AI is shaping culture in many different ways and in all aspects of our lives from our access to information, to the people we engage with, and the opportunities we have in life. But there are growing concerns that AI can replicate bias and discrimination in our culture and society at unprecedented scale. What happens to society when machines make decisions that have historically been made by humans? Come to hear how we can work to build AI systems and cultures that are more inclusive, transparent, and equitable.

Key Takeaways:

  1. What does bias in AI look like and how can we identify it?
  2. Learn how to create technology with a lens towards fairness and equity
  3. The future of AI as it relates to culture

50% of the plants that we eat are corn, wheat, and rice, which means that our food system is inherently fragile. The damage caused by our food system is 2.1 trillion that is not included in the price. COVID made hunger catastrophically worse. The conflict that exists in Ukraine will make things much worse globally. This is because Ukraine and Russia are not only important in supplying wheat, but also in supplying fertilizer globally.

Key Takeaways:

  1. How are wheat prices tied to social unrest?
  2. What is the effect of climate change on farming in Russia because of the advent of capitalism? (Read “The Harvard Boys Do Russia,” by Janine R Wedel)
  3. What were the effects of the grain export ban imposed by Russia in 2010?
  4. Can other countries make up for the fact that Russia will be producing less wheat?
  5. History of food system is a history of colonialism

June 7th

Distrust is a cancer eating away at our society. It magnifies enmity, stifles cooperation and fuels conspiracy thinking. So the question is, how do you build trust?

Within organizations, trust is usually built by leaders who create environments that encourage people to behave with integrity, competence and benevolence. That’s not just a matter of character, but of having the right practical skills — knowing what to do in complex situations to make people feel respected and safe.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Practices leaders have used in their companies and organizations to build trust
  2. Concrete behaviors to rebuilding trust

Civil discourse is not a compliance program, it’s a practice that supports collaboration and innovation. Leaders must model listening to understand the grievances, fears or values that give rise to uncivil behavior. Separating the work of understanding from problem-solving deescalates conflict and builds trust.

Key Takeaways:

  1. A framework for separating understanding from problem-solving when conflict arises
  2. Rules of engagement for difficult conversations
  3. Practice applying this approach during the workshop

Two years into a global pandemic, it’s clear that the workplace and workforce will never be the same. Join Amy Coleman, Microsoft’s CVP of HR who will share key lessons Microsoft has learned from its unexpected journey into hybrid work, breaking down the importance of strong culture, the new terms of attracting and retaining talent, and what employee wellbeing really means.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Learn how to make flexible culture stick in hybrid work
  2. Empower managers to be conduits for employee wellbeing, productivity, and talent retention
  3. Uncover the people and technology investments required to make hybrid work work

To thrive in this new era of hybrid work, every leader will need to study the data to help solve the biggest business challenges — from building social capital in a digital-first world to meeting changing employee expectations. Join Matthew for a dive into the research and urgent trends that emerged in Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index. Published in March, the report features key findings gleaned from a survey of 31,000 people in 31 countries, along with analysis of trillions of productivity signals in Microsoft 365 and labor trends from LinkedIn.

Key Takeaways from the Research:

  1. Employees have a new “worth it” equation and managers feel stuck in the middle
  2. Leaders must make the office worth the commute
  3. Flexibility doesn’t have to mean “always on”

Recent research on the “Great Attrition” has found that flexibility and belonging are two critical factors for retaining today’s workforce. Despite its importance, many organizations have struggled to implement a hybrid strategy in an optimal and inclusive way. Leaders that anchor in flexibility and build a culture of inclusion will create a clear competitive advantage.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Share the latest research on “Great Attrition,” in particular factors that are driving retention and employee preferences for flexible work
  2. Discuss best practices for creating a hybrid strategy
  3. Share what matters most when building an inclusive culture — and how to maximize inclusion in a hybrid world
  4. Learn best practices from an all-remote organization, since inception, and how they collaborate, communicate, and deliver results in 65+ countries

Since long before the pandemic, companies struggled to promote the deep connections between employees needed to create a community that supports an unparalleled experience. Inspired by intelligent buildings and fully-remote companies alike, this highly-visual presentation explains how to create a physical and virtual workplace that will attract and retains top talent, support new ways of working, and inspire employees to see the humanity in each other.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The future workplace is virtual-first, but not place-less
  2. The purpose of the post-pandemic workplace is human connection
  3. Workplaces need a clearly defined purpose and activated community
  4. Teams need a choice architecture for the best place to work and why
  5. Most meetings are not moments that matter (have fewer of them)

As an investor/board member or former board member of Facebook, Walmart, Marvel Entertainment, Dell, Blackstone, Circle, Twentieth Century Fox, and several other companies, and as an investor at Breyer Capital, Jim has a deep understanding of the power of culture. We’ll discuss the value of culture, ESG and CSR not only as tools to manage risks and identify opportunities but as tools for scaling global organizations, for attracting & training new employees in this hybrid work environment, and as filters for identifying investments.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Culture’s importance to us as citizens of the world and what it implies as investors
  2. What culture elements you need to drive 2–3x as much value from your team
  3. Where AI intersects with culture and what might mean in the future

Perception deeply affects the way you work with others. But perception doesn’t always match reality, and the gap in between is a recipe for unspoken (and therefore unmet) expectations that can make great teamwork go bad.

The most effective decisions are made with a shared understanding of work and clear expectations of teammates. Unfortunately, humans aren’t the best mind readers, so many teams are in a constant state of misunderstanding.

This session will offer an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of personal and professional blindspots and gain practical tools you can share with your team to pioneer new ways of working together and enhance team collaboration. In a partnership with Bloomberg, Atlassian conducted web-based focus groups among teams across several industries and geographies, evaluating 5-key hypotheses relating to team success. Drawing on this study, Atlassian’s Product Craft leader, Danielle Dannenberg, will lead an immersive session that starts with an inquiry into your team’s perceptions and patterns.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Increased awareness of team patterns to enable more effective teamwork
  2. Deeper understanding of perception gaps to be a more effective communicator and impact team performance
  3. Practical tools you can share with your team to pioneer new ways of working together and enhance team collaboration

Mental health concerns skyrocketed throughout the Pandemic — as people across all nations grappled with anxiety, uncertainty, isolation, depression and exponential substance abuse…So — what about the children? How did they fare? What are the issues and resources to help a generation?

Key Takeaways:

  1. What effect will the pandemic have on the workforce of the future, what are the long term ramifications?
  2. Actionable steps to mitigate these negative effects
  3. The potential positive effects of the pandemic

As the Great Resignation continues, businesses are rethinking their hiring processes and what it takes to attract talent. In parallel, technology and automation are evolving which in turn is driving the need for greater adaptability among people and employers. Indeed CEO Chris Hyams will offer perspective on the following topics:

Key Takeaways:

  1. The state of the current job market
  2. What research shows about the state of talent pools in the future
  3. Why businesses need to focus on greater access to opportunity for all



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