Karen D. Weeks, SPHR is a results-focused, strategic partner, whose drive is to help companies build and scale their teams and culture to meet their business goals. Her passion is around talent development, organizational effectiveness, change management and helping individuals build fulfilling careers. Karen has been asked to speak on several panels, podcasts and serve as a guest writer on change fatigue, bringing a company’s values to life, scaling culture without sounding like “HR” and overall talent development. She recently published her first book, “Setting the Stage: A Guide to Preparing for any Feedback Conversation” which is now available on Amazon.
Currently, Karen serves as the VP of People at Ordergroove, where she is building the people strategy and focuses on maintaining a strong culture during the growth stage of the company, including winning it’s first Best Companies to Work in New York! Additionally, she can be found teaching management and HR strategy courses at Baruch College and as a professional development coach with GoCoach. Karen’s academic credentials include an MS in Human Resources Development from Villanova University and a BA in Theatre Arts from Elon University. She lives in NYC with her husband of almost 20 years and her furry babies.
Presentation: It’s not about the Cereal
How to scale your culture during fast growth?
It was my first month at a growing tech company and I kept hearing “they took the cereal away” and now only offered snacks. I was totally perplexed. This experience led me to a revelation that I refer to almost ten years later, “It’s not about the cereal”. The company was growing rapidly and to people who had been there from the earlier days, it didn’t feel like the same scrappy start-up. As talent partners, we need to remember this lesson and help our leaders talk about how the culture is evolving as a company grows. What will be in our DNA no matter our size (values!)? What are the benefits of being in a growing organization (more career opportunities)? What if I don’t want to be part of a “larger” company (that’s ok)? In this session, I will share ways I have worked with my organizations to scale our culture, including some things that didn’t work! Participants will walk away with some clear action items to try when they are back in their office.
1) Gain best practices to keep your culture strong during high growth periods
2) How to apply your company values to keep the DNA of the company intact during growth
3) Methods to help communicate the impact of change in the organization
4) How to help your employees during times of change to keep the right people onboard and help others transition successfully