Topic: Workplace Culture: What It Is and Why It Matters
Speakers: Mike Juran, CEO Altia & Nina Polok, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)
We throw the word “culture” around with abandon: pop culture, culture wars, multicultural, coffee culture, cyberculture, political culture, you name it! And every day we go to work in a workplace culture that impacts how we feel and what we do.
In the 21st century, workplace culture will make or break your organization’s success. It’s no longer a nice-to-have, but a necessity to attract and keep talent. Without thoughtful attention and meaningful action on culture, your company can quickly turn dysfunctional and your competition will eat your lunch.
Join the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), College of Business' Office of Professional & Executive Development (OPED) for a six-part business education series, Business Briefings.
This cutting edge series will focus on relevant business challenges and complex topics. Each session is co-facilitated by a university professor and a local business executive, merging both research-based business concepts with real-life experiences, creating an innovative learning environment. Participants will have the opportunity to network, learn, exchange ideas and gain insight into high-level business trends, all while furthering their leadership and professional skills.
About the Speakers:
Mike Juran is the CEO and co-founder of Altia, a software company that provides user interface development tools for the automotive, consumer and medical industries. Altia is headquartered in Colorado Springs and has operations in Detroit, Tokyo, Munich and Seoul. Altia’s software can be found in over 30 million cars worldwide. In 2016, Altia was named Colorado Springs Company of the Year and in 2018 it was named one of Colorado Springs Best Workplaces.
Dr. Nina Polok is a recently retired professor from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Her contributions to the University include time as faculty, Director of Leadership Academy (focused on faculty and staff development), and Director of the Bachelor of Innovation™ family of degrees. Nina spent many years in industry improving the effectiveness of the organizations. This included design and delivery of various kinds of leadership training as well as executive coaching, strategic planning, team building, and change management. She continues to design and facilitate executive education programs and executive coaching.