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Lab Sessions: Culture



Emily Tsiang

Co-founder, CultureLabX





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Defining culture has been a problem ever since people first became aware that there’s more to being human than pure biology.



The ability to spearhead culture change in today’s rapidly changing workplace is the difference between industry leaders and industry losers. Join CultureLabX Co-Founders Emily Tsiang and Josh Levine as they explain why corporate culture is more important than ever before and how you can effectively lead your business through cultural transitions. This lab will explore modalities in organizational change rooted in brand strategy, positive psychology, experience mapping, and more.

DAY ONE: Introduction to Culture as Competitive Advantage
Using Silicon Valley start-ups as a lens, we will explore methodologies for both implementing and measuring culture change and learn why culture is the next great competitive advantage in business.

DAY TWO: Designing Culture Programs for Your Organization
In day two we will share and discuss five different culture design paradigms. As individuals and in small group-teams participants will experiment with the model they feel best fits their needs. Participants will take away a new perspective and a powerful set of frameworks that will prepare them to kick off their culture change initiative the next day.


Emily is the Co-Founder of CultureLabX and leads the strategic growth of the organization. She is passionate about cultivating creative communities and applying design principles to the employee experience. Prior to launching CultureLabX, she managed transformational efforts aligning talent to business strategy at Cisco in Cloud Services, M&A, and Learning & Development.

In a previous life, Emily spent a decade in urban economic development with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) as well as with the Mayor's Office of Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Administration, Emily implemented the aggressive transformation of New York City's workforce development services. The strategic operating plan and performance management system she designed now serve as innovative models for public sector service delivery.

She holds a dual BA from UCLA and an MBA in Organizational Strategy & Design from the University of Michigan, where she co-founded Design + Business.


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