Cracking the Culture Code

9:50am–10:30am Monday, 10/14/2013
Location: Mercury Ballroom and Rotunda Level:
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Avoiding the pitfalls that bring down great companies

Culture is not amorphous, mystical, or rocket science. Nor is culture about foosball tables, making everyone happy, or scoffing at professional decorum. Culture is the way stuff gets done. And like any field, it has vocabulary, fundamentals, and theories that once understood, clarify the behaviors of our seemingly bewildering organizations.

An organization’s attitude towards its people and the market influences everything from innovation, productivity, release cycles, hiring, to politics. But once we understand the nuts and bolts of culture, we can either reinforce, reprogram, or select a culture where we’re productive and happy.

This talk demystifies culture and provides real-world case studies that illustrate how not-so-fuzzy and highly strategic cultural thinking ultimately makes or breaks every company.

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Elaine Wherry


Elaine Wherry co-founded Meebo where she served as Meebo’s Chief Experience Officer prior to being acquired by Google in 2012. Elaine is a classically trained violinist, a recipient of the Founders Fund TechFellows Award in Engineering Leadership, and her work on team-building and leadership have been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and CBS. Prior to Meebo, Elaine served as Manager of Usability & Design at Synaptics after graduating from Stanford with a major in Symbolic Systems and a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. Today she advises entrepreneurs on product design, user experience, and team-building.


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