Center for Innovative Cultures

Helping organizations thrive by unleashing the talent, passion, and potential of people at work

Culture Round Table Discussions

The Culture Round Tables (CRTs) are monthly discussions on articles or short videos related to culture in organizations. We have been holding these CRTs face-to-face at Westminster College for the past several years. This year, we will begin an experiment by holding "virtual" CRTs with participants invited from throughout the Americas and Europe. We will meet via Zoom (links will be sent out to registered participants ahead of time) from 9:00-10:00 am Mountain Standard Time. The articles and videos will be thought-provoking. The discussions should be lively. The CRTs will be good opportunities to network with like-minded and like-hearted individuals with many different experiences and perspectives.


Next Discussions:


Collaborative Culture Summit
September 18th - 20th, 2019
The Lodges at Deer Valley
Park City, Utah

How To Change Your Organization’s Culture
If You’re Not the CEO (or Even if You Are)

What would your workplace look like if employees brought their discretionary enthusiasm to work every day?  What would it mean to your organization if you could improve engagement, increase retention, raise the level of trust and increase collaboration?  If you are trying to build a company where this type of culture drives organizational success, if you are trying to change a culture that is floundering, or if you are already on the journey to culture excellence but want some insights on how to take the next steps, this 2 1/2-day workshop is exactly what you need.

Your takeaways:

  • Deepen your understanding of the impact of organizational culture and its importance in our current organizational environment

  • Learn a framework for how to think about the architecture of organizational culture, and the key elements that enable organizational and individual “thriving”

  • Approach culture development and change, not as a “burning platform” that requires urgent action, but as a journey towards an organization that is “fit for the future and fit for human beings.”

Workshop co-leaders :


Michael Pacanowsky, Founding Director of the Center for Innovative Cultures at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and author of The Thriving Organization: An Exploration into the Deep Dynamics of High-Performing Organizational Cultures.

Jerry Benson, President of 3rd Wind Leadership, an organizational and leadership development consultancy. 3rd Wind Leadership helps organizations become CLEAR - reach clarity of purpose and strategy, develop principled leadership, cultivate employee engagement, achieve alignment of systems and metrics, and produce breakthrough results. Previously, Jerry was the President/CEO of Utah Transit Authority.


John Sininger, is a former Associate at W.L. Gore and Associates, where he worked his entire career until retirement in 2012. He began as a technician in the manufacturing operation and advanced through numerous new product development efforts ultimately serving as the leader of the Medical Products Division where he helped guide the Medical Division to a position of being a major supplier of life saving technologies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Who is this for?

  • Senior executives committed to creating long-term organizational success by unleashing the talent, passion, and potential of all employees

  • HR, OD, and culture change professionals responsible for implementing a high-performing organizational culture

  • Directors and managers convinced that their units can improve performance through practices that enable engagement, ownership, and discretionary effort of their teams

Cost per attendee:

  • $2795 - Corporate Individual

  • $2545 - Corporate Group (2-5 attendees)

  • $2395 - Corporate Group (6+ attendees)

  • $2250 - Alumni/Non-profit (organizations with less than 50 employees)

Event Information

The Lodges at Deer Valley
2900 Deer Valley Drive
Park City, Utah 84060


To take advantage of our group rate,
reserve your room at the Lodges with this using the booking code Westminster2019
or you may call to book at: (855) 410-3337 using the same code
Room rates:
Hotel Room - $159 per night
One Bedroom Suite - $212 per night


Park City Passport
(435) 655-5255


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Westminster Alumni Event:
An Evening of Cultural Discussion
Why Work Culture? Why Now?

Michael Pacanowsky

Nike Headquarters, Portland Oregon
September 26, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Join us in Portland, Oregon on September 26th for dinner and a discussion regarding why organizational culture matters.

Our mission is "helping organizations thrive, by unleashing the talent, passion, and potential of people at work."

Michael Pacanowsky is the Gore-Giovale Chair in Business Innovation at Westminster College, and the Founding Director of the Center for Innovative Cultures in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. He spent much of his professional life working at W. L. Gore & Associates (the Enterprise founded by Bill and Vieve) and most well-known for its GORE-TEX (R) Fabrics outerwear--and for their extraordinary empowering culture.

At our evening of cultural discussion, Michael will be briefly sharing some of the highlights on how we look at culture and what we've learned. He will also bring up-to-date news about our Center and how you or your organization can be involved with the work we are doing.

This event is FREE but space is limited and