Center for Innovative Cultures

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

Culture Roundtable Discussions

The Culture Roundtables are monthly discussions on articles or short videos related to culture in organizations.  We meet early in the morning from 7:30-9:00 am.  The articles and videos are thought-provoking.  The discussions are lively.  The CRTs are good opportunities to network with like-minded and like-hearted individuals.


Next Discussions:

  • May 1, 2019

  • September 4, 2019

  • October 2, 2019

  • November 6, 2019

  • December 4, 2019

    For more information, or to RSVP, please contact:
    Summer Dawn Shumway at

2019 Tools & Practices Workshop

Salt Lake City, Utah
April 12, 2019
7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
Registration is required.

This one-day workshop is intended to help leaders who wish to better understand the tools and practices of high-performing organizational cultures to:

  • Better engage the people with whom they work

  • Share knowledge more broadly and more rapidly

  • Help create greater alignment on projects, change initiatives, and strategy implementation

  • Maximize the potential of the individuals with whom they work

Who is this for?
Directors, managers, supervisors, and anyone moving into or interested in leadership roles.

Rich Sheridan

You won't get to joy by leading the way you always led. You, the leader, will need to make change, serious change.  In this talk, Rich will explore his own journey to joy, how he had to learn to lead in a completely different way and by doing so, witnessed results that exceeded his wildest expectations.

All of these lessons are available to everyone no matter how big their company or how old their organization.

Dr. Betty Uribe

Enjoy a funny, touching, and encouraging journey as Dr. Betty shares true stories about extraordinary leaders from around the world in addition to the lessons she has learned as a breakthrough performance expert. Attendees will learn how to identify and utilize their values and to create results as a transformational leader, regardless of their experience, title, or profession.

Values Based Leadership - Actionable Takeaways:

  1. Top 10 Values Based Principles

  2. Lead with values and understand your higher purpose

  3. Utilize your unique experiences and individuality to get people to say yes

  4. Learn to trust yourself and inspire others with purposeful action

  5. Increase your results and those of others around you

*You may find a parking permit for the event HERE

Thriving Organization Master Class


“Navigating the Deep Dynamics of
High-Performing Organizational Cultures"

North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Durham, North Carolina
May 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
Registration is required and limited to 20.

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, or 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 1-day workshop may be exactly what you need.

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

Key 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”

Master Class Co-Presenters:


Michael Pacanowsky is the Gore-Giovale Chair in Business Innovation and 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. He is also the author of The Thriving Organization: An Exploration into the Deep Dynamics of High-Performing Organizational Cultures


John Sininger is a former Associate at W.L. Gore and Associates, where he worked his entire career. He began his career 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. He retired from Gore in 2012. John helped guide the Medical Division to a position of being a major supplier of life saving technologies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.


$745 (Early Bird registration by April 15th)
$995 (Regular registration after April 15th)