Driving Culture Change Working Group | Hosted by Microsoft | October 5, 2017 | Redmond, WA

Thursday | October 05, 2017

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LOCATION:  Microsoft Conference Center, Room:  Lassen | 16070 NE 36th Way | Redmond, WA  98052

We know that culture is an important part of engaging employees in organizations and driving business performance.  For many companies, the ultimate aspiration is to create a culture where every employee can do their best work and to do so we not only need to create a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment but also a culture in which employees feel like they belong.  However, effectively shifting culture to this aspirational state with today’s diverse workforce, rapidly changing technology and disruptive forces in the business is a bigger challenge than ever.  This working group will explore how culture is impacting the workplace, what CAHRS member companies are doing to keep pace in this environment and what strategies we might employ to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging.

Key topics that the session will cover:
  • What culture are you trying to drive (growth, innovation, etc.)?  How does it reinforce your business strategy?
  • What tools are you using to drive your culture?  What has been successful?  What hasn’t?
  • How are companies involving employees in creating culture?
  • Given the expanded diversity in the workplace, what new challenges does that present in your culture?
  • How are you leveraging leadership, training, etc. to build culture?
  • How does the changing workforce, work place and environment impact/contribute to the forming or changing of a company culture?  Are there ways to use this as a driving force?
  • What is HR’s role in culture transformation and what skills are needed to do it well?

The target audience for this session is senior HR leaders (12+ years’ experience) who are responsible for driving culture change (i.e. Chief Learning Officers, Heads of Organization Effectiveness or Organizational Development, Directors/VP level for HR Business Partners).

In preparation for the meeting, please spend some time reflecting on your own personal experiences in the above areas. During the meeting, we’ll spend time talking about each of the areas as well as others that are identified through the course of our conversations together.

Also, we welcome your input. If there are other specific issues you would like to discuss, please send them prior to the session to Beth Flynn-Ferry or Jo Hagin.  We and our host, Microsoft, look forward to seeing you in Seattle on October 5th, 2017.

This working group will run from 7:45 AM to 2:00 PM with a continental breakfast and working lunch.  The session is free of charge to CAHRS partner firms, but participation is limited to no more than twenty-five attendees.

Cornell Discussion Leader:
Chris Collins, Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies and Director of CAHRS, ILR School, Cornell University
Beth Flynn-Ferry is the Managing Director for the Cornell Center for Advanced HR Studies (CAHRS), ILR School, Cornell University

Hotel Accommodations:
Seattle Marriott Redmond (Closest to campus in Redmond)
Hyatt Regency Bellevue (Located in Bellevue, WA - around 20 to 30 min away)
The Westin Bellevue (Also located in Bellevue, WA - around a 20-30 min commute)

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