Tyson Tuttle and Heather Brunner at Culturati Summit 2019 (photo by Ben Porter Photography)

What is Company Culture Anyway?

The Culturati Summit brings together the nation’s top business leaders to explore the power of culture and creativity

Dr. Steven Tomlinson speaking at the Culturati Summit (photo by Ben Porter Photography)

“Culture is the principal asset of businesses that innovate.”

In addition to the larger keynotes, Culturati attendees were also given the opportunity to interact in more intimate settings, allowing for individuals to engage in deeper conversation. The dinner I attended was hosted by Aceable CEO Blake Garrett, and included a diverse range of individuals from large corporations to small startups, the tech sector to academia. We exchanged stories about our own experiences in our respective organizations, and talked about the challenges of maintaining cultural fluidity as a company grows.

“No matter the size, scope or industry, every company should be operating from a mission-driven perspective.”

While there were a range of opinions at the table, one thing we all agreed on was the importance of consistent communication and clearly-defined values. No matter the size, scope or industry, every company should be operating from a mission-driven perspective. Many of us reiterated the importance of ensuring a company live and breath its values, and if an organization’s professed values appear to be inconsistent with actual behavior, change them.

Culturati attendees gather for an intimate dinner to dive into deeper conversation (photo by Ben Porter Photography)

“You can be a diversity and inclusion practitioner in the work you do every day without relying on one person to go out and do the research.”

Diversity, equity and inclusion are often treated as an afterthought by companies, but I was happy to see the conversation front and center at Culturati. Building a truly equitable and inclusive culture requires resources, ongoing commitment, and sincere buy-in from leadership.

Candi Castleberry Singleton, Caroline Wanga and Josh Jones-Dilworth discuss Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (photo by Ben Porter Photography)
  1. A company should live and breath its values and revisit them regularly
  2. Clear and consistent communication is key to a company’s success
  3. Employers should invite feedback and encourage creativity from their employees
  4. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the collective responsibility of an organization, not a single person or department

About Culturati

Culturati is a community of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and other C-Suite leaders who practice & study culture building and share our playbooks. We’re leaders — from technology, finance, banking, the arts, other industries, educational institutions and government — who get the power of culture. We organize impactful & actionable keynotes and breakout sessions for the annual Summit. We share information online, in our recently published book (The Culture Book V1: When Culture Clicks) and at our Culturati Connect events hosted around the country. To learn more, visit culturatisummit.com.

Savannah L. Barker

Savannah L. Barker is a Culturati Fellow and leads Diversity & Inclusion efforts at Capital Factory, the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas.

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Culturati is a community of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and other c-suite leaders who practice & study culture building and share our play books.