Culture Hacks for Leaders

23 May 2019

Culture Hacks for Leaders

On creating inclusive, high-performing organizations

Research has shown that organizations with inclusive cultures are two times as likely to meet or exceed financial targets, three times as likely to be high-performing, and six times more likely to be innovative and agile. And, while most business leaders now believe that having a diverse and inclusive culture is critical to performance, it is one of the hardest things to get right.

On Wednesday, May 15th, we pulled together a line-up of celebrated inclusion leaders to share their personal stories and “culture hacks” at an event in Toronto at the Shangri-La Hotel. The presenters included Nouman Ashraf, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior and HR, Rotman School of Management; Kim Messer, Global Diversity Business Development Leader, North America, IBM Canada; Kim Carlin, Organizational Leadership Strategist and Author; and Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors.

Through a series of dynamic, ten-minute TEDx-style talks, our speakers shared their own personal stories and inspiring ideas that ranged from challenging our belief systems and accepting our inherent biases, to spreading responsibility across our teams, showing empathy and practising random acts of inclusivity.

The event was kicked off by Tony Gaffney, Managing Partner and Jane Griffith, Partner and National Diversity leader. Jane then moderated a Q&A session in front of the audience of 80 executives from the Greater Toronto Area.

You can listen to the four talks from the event here:


Below are some photos of the event, the full gallery can be viewed online here.

Tony Gaffney
Group at Culture Hack
Panel at Culture Hack event
Audience at Culture Hack event

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