Culture was the Meriam-Webster “word of the year” for 2014 and it's a hot topic for many different organizations. It's an especially important topic for nonprofits interested in supporting their mission and maximizing their impact. There's tremendous misinformation about the subject of culture in the popular press and many "experts" oversimplify the subject without providing clear insights for change.
This session will bring clarity to the elusive subject of culture through a combination of culture fundamentals, non-profit culture research, audience engagement and a roadmap for change. Learn the culture fundamentals advocated by the top culture experts in history. These fundamentals serve as a foundation for a nonprofit culture roadmap attendees with complete in order to connect the fundamentals to current problems, challenges and goals. Support your mission and maximize your impact as you learn how to apply these insights with confidence to deliver meaningful results.
Tim Kuppler is the co-founder of CultureUniversity.com and the Director of Culture and Organization Development with Human Synergistics, a 40+ year pioneer in the field of workplace culture and leadership. The mission of Human Synergistics is Changing the World—One Organization at a Time® and it's the home of the most widely used and heavily researched organizational culture assessment in the world. CultureUniversity.com is a 100% educational blog which features a faculty including some of the top organizational culture experts in history. The purpose of CultureUniversity.com is to positively impact society on a global scale through culture awareness, education, and action. Tim previously spent 20 years as a senior leader where he led many organizations through major culture transformation efforts with a high level of involvement, teamwork and rapid improvement. He is an accomplished speaker and recognized as a top 100 leadership conference speaker on Inc.com. Tim sees culture work becoming a clearly managed force positively affecting most individuals, teams, organizations, and even society.
Yeshiva of Greater Washington
In his work as a non-profit executive, Leon Seemann has spent the past 20 years helping non-profits grow by ensuring they are “Well Funded, Well Run, and Well Respected.” A key to his technique is helping each non-profit align its finances, procedures, and culture with their mission and strategic plan. He has worked with non-profits in diverse fields including arts, education, Jewish community, associations, youth, and those servicing vulnerable populations.
Mr. Seemann is currently the COO of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington – Tiferes Gedaliah (YGW). At YGW, he serves as the deputy to the Headmaster, where he works in close collaboration with the leadership team, existing administration, and the board of directors to identify areas for improvement, develop solutions, and implement them. Through his work, Mr. Seemann converted - within a three year period - an annual deficit of over $600,000 to a surplus of over $200,000 while raising salaries for the lowest 25% of staff. He also played a key role in helping YGW recover from the death of its founder.
Mr. Seemann continues to consult on projects, to serve on the selection committee for the AIM for Excellence Award which honors superior nonprofit management (formerly Washington Post Award for Excellence in non-profit management), and to serve on various non-profit boards in the area.
Other career highlights include: growing Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) from $1.4M, nine-person operation to a $2M, 23- person operation which led to CTDC being named one of Greater Washington’s Best Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy; and assisting Studio Theatre to professionalize its internal operations while growing the organization 60% and maintaining a surplus in each of his 8 years of tenure.
Founder & CEO
“Kathy Albarado is the Founder and CEO of Helios HR, an award-winning human capital management and recruiting firm in Reston, VA. Helios is most known for helping their clients scale to their next stage of growth. Kathy's counsel has been credited with contributing significantly to firm valuation and long-term employee retention. She has been quoted in various media sources including The Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, The New York Times, Human Capital Magazine, Compliance Magazine, Virginia Business and ExecutiveBiz regarding human capital and leadership challenges. Kathy considers herself fortunate for having been recognized by numerous awards that focus on her commitment to community, corporate social responsibility and ethics. In fact in 2014, Kathy was honored as Executive of the Year by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Corporate Citizenship. More recently, SmartCEO Magazine awarded Helios HR with the Corporate Culture Award.”
Dr. Sherri Hebert
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Compass Rose Benefits
Dr. Sherri Hebert is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Compass Rose Benefits Group, a non-profit organization that provides insurance solutions to federal employees. In 2009, this organization transitioned from a government to commercial organization and Dr. Hebert was instrumental in the culture change that ensued. Having a master’s degree in organizational development and a PhD in organization and management, Sherri found that leading the change and living in it simultaneously was challenging and rewarding. Over a two year period of focused change efforts, the organization saw an impressive shift towards the organizations desired culture. Sherri continues to lead the organization in initiatives that engage employees and reward performance. Dr. Hebert is also an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Business Psychology, an avid golfer and a CrossFit enthusiast.
Elizabeth Scott, PhD has expertise in strategic planning, process-improvement and human capital development. Her wealth of experience managing complex projects is evident in her proven track record working with clients to increase organizational and business efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to founding Brighter Strategies, Liz served as the Vice President of Strategy and Performance Development for a large Virginia human service organization. Liz also provided a wide range of management consulting services to federal, state, and local government clients through her earlier career experience working with a governmental consulting agency. She has been an examiner for the prestigious Baldrige-based Virginia Senate Productivity and Quality Award (SPQA). Liz is a respected and sought after speaker on the topics of strategic and operational planning, outcome measurement development and program evaluation.
In addition to managing the practice, Liz holds a faculty position at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she teaches in the master’s of Industrial Organizational Psychology program and the doctorial program in Organizational Leadership.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Organizational Sciences from The George Washington University, as well as a second master’s and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
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