Compass: People Leaders Guild

November 14th, 2019
Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York

Compass is a private, round-table conference held exclusively for leaders of the field and navigators of future working environments. On the day, invited participants will be given an opportunity to address the pressing issues facing modern workplaces and guide company cultures towards meaningful change in a day long co-creation session.

The Future of Leadership: Building Robust Cultures to Capitalise on Today’s Turbulent Business Landscape

Against a backdrop of rising uncertainty and commercial volatility, culture has entrenched itself as a key tool at a leaders’ disposal. Join this exclusive discussion that explores the role these ‘invisible’ structures have in meeting the growing complexity of today’s markets and driving organisational performance.


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  • 8:30am
    Welcome Breakfast 
    Attendees will have the opportunity to meet & greet over breakfast and begin to create discussion points for the day.
  • 9.10am
    Opening Remarks 
    Alex Moriarty, Head of Content, HRD
  • 9:15am
    Keynote Presentation
    • Outlining the interplay with wider strategic setting, what is the role of employee values as an input to culture and how can leaders tie these to organizational priorities?
    • Reviewing the impact of culture on fostering creativity, ensuring commitment and engagement
    • Exploring the vanguard of culture tools
    Paul Ingram, Kravis Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
  • 9:45am
    Mapping Your Organization's Culture
    In order to examine current organizational structure and leader’s role within it, attendees be steered through exercises that will map their own values and outline leadership paths.
  • 10:30am – 11:00am
    Networking and Refreshments
  • 11:00am
    Roundtable: Co-Creating Your Culture Roadmap
    Through peer discussion, identify the foundations of culture and the mechanisms that align them to individual values.
  • 12.00pm
    Buiding Positive Organizational Cultures
    Drawing on his mindfulness research, Pandit will outline the roles of self-awareness, communication and leading by example in developing organizational culture.
    Pandit Dasa, Mindful Leadership Expert and author
  • 12.30pm – 1.15pm
    Group Discussion and Mindfulness Exercise
    Attendees will be steered through interactive discussion and embed practical learnings around a leader’s role in building culture.
  • 1.15pm – 2.15pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2.15pm
    Group discussion, debate & analysis
    Drawing on insights from the discussions across the day, attendees will formulate conclusions and gain tangible takeaways to bring back to their organizations. Elevating these discussions to the wider context of leadership’s role in culture, attendees will leave with actionable frameworks to apply within their own organizations.
    Paul Ingram, Kravis Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
  • 3.45pm
  • 5:00pm
    End of Day


Paul Ingram , Kravis Professor of Business

Columbia Business School

Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Columbia Advanced Management Program, Columbia’s flagship residential program for senior executives from around the globe. His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. The courses he teaches on management and strategy benefit from his research on organizations in the United States, Canada, Israel, Scotland, China, Korea and Australia. His research has been published in more than sixty articles, book chapters and books. His publications have received numerous distinctions, including Gould Prize, and best paper awards in the areas of Organization and Management Theory, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements.