The Annual Ultimate Culture Conference


Join us for the 3rd Annual Ultimate Culture Conference:
Leadership and Culture — It’s a Two-Way Street

Human Synergistics’ Annual Ultimate Culture Conference returns to Chicago in 2017! We invite you to register now and join us on Tuesday, October 3 at the Fairmont Millennium Park. Culture and leadership trailblazers including Marshall Goldsmith, Edgar Schein, Peter Fuda, and Robert Cooke will share their latest research, expert insights, and stories to help you drive organizational performance.

In addition to timely and engaging presentations, the conference will feature interactive sessions with opportunities for discussion and Q&A. The afternoon will include two concurrent breakout sessions:

  • GCC Master Class, faciliated by Robert Cooke and Shaun McCarthy, will be held for members of the Human Synergistics Global Change Circle™.
  • Leading Culture as a Discipline That Drives Execution, an experiential workshop, will be led by Mike Marino of culture-shaping firm Senn Delaney, a Heidrick & Struggles company. Mike will share a comprehensive framework for identifying and shaping key elements of organizational culture and deepen your understanding of the fast-changing landscape of culture solutions so you can maximize your organization’s efforts.

Highlights from the Ultimate Culture Conference:

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The event will conclude with a Chicago Marathon-themed evening gathering, featuring poster sessions and opportunities to network with presenters and fellow attendees. Everyone will receive signed copies of Marshall Goldsmith’s bestselling books, Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

Space is limited, and our last conference in Chicago sold out—reserve your seat today! Advance Registration pricing of $595 ends July 31, 2017. Contact us to reserve a table for 10 at a special rate with your company’s logo as the centerpiece.
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Conference Details

A room block is available at the Fairmont for the evening of October 2. Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Reservations line at 1-800-526-2008 and mentioning Ultimate Culture Conference or through the Fairmont Ultimate Culture Conference Reservation webpage. To reserve a room for the evening of October 3, please contact the Fairmont by phone or book through their standard reservation page.


Robert A. Cooke

Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D.

CEO, Human Synergistics


Rob's Bio

Robert Cooke is CEO of Human Synergistics and Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of the Organizational Culture Inventory® (OCI®), the world’s most widely used culture survey. Rob’s research has been selected for the William Davis Award for outstanding research and the Douglas McGregor Memorial Award for Excellence in the Applied Social Sciences. He is the recipient of the MBA Professor of the Year Award and the Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching at UIC.

Peter Fuda

Dr. Peter Fuda

Founder & Principal, TAP
Adjunct Professor, MGSM


Peter's Bio

Dr. Peter Fuda is a prolific change agent, and a globally respected authority on business and leadership transformation. Peter and his team at The Alignment Partnership (TAP) have created some 40 published case studies of business transformation, and more than 1000 individual case studies of leadership transformation around the world. He is also an Adjunct Professor of management at Macquarie University, where he teaches his original content in Australia’s #1 ranked MBA, as well as a thought leader, author, and media commentator.

“Peter has changed my understanding of leadership and organizational transformation.” Brene Brown

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

#1 Executive Coach, Speaker, Author and Professor of Management Practice

Marshall's Bio

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages, and become bestsellers in 12 countries. He is a Professor of Management Practice at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business and is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams. Marshall is recognized as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker by Harvard Business Review and Best Practices Institute and #1 Executive Coach by INC and Fast Company magazines.

Gay Clark Jennings

Rev. Gay Clark Jennings

President of the House of Deputies, The Episcopal Church

Gay's Bio

Gay Jennings is the first ordained woman to hold the position of President of the House of Deputies. As president, she is committed to fostering a new generation of leaders in the Episcopal Church. She works closely with the Presiding Bishop and other church leaders for wholeness, reconciliation, and justice in the Episcopal Church and the world. Gay has held many elected and appointed leadership positions since her ordination, including chairing the General Convention legislative committees on Structure, World Mission, Communications, and Canons. She has also facilitated culture change programs with dioceses in the Episcopal church.

Cheryl Kitchner

Cheryl Kitchner, CPCC, ACC

Vice President, Director of Professional Development,
HKS Architects

(Poster Session)

Cheryl's Bio

Cheryl spent 25 years working in commercial architecture and design, knowing there was something pivotal awaiting her in her career. She found her niche in professional development, connecting people to their purpose and passion. Today, she serves as director of professional development for HKS and leads culture, leadership, employee development and education. Inspired by HKS’ mission and people, Cheryl develops initiatives and implements programs for everyone to flourish. A Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Cheryl focuses on neuroleadership, an emerging field of study connecting neurological science with the fields of leadership development, management training and change management.

Cynthia Kivland

Cynthia Kivland, NCC, MCC, BCC

Chief Learning and Consulting Officer, The Liautaud Institute
(Poster Session)

Cynthia's Bio

Cynthia Kivland serves as Chief Learning Officer, Liautaud Institute, University of Illinois Chicago. She oversees global learning and talent development for The Institute’s corporate, university, and consultant partners. Cynthia has served as a Leadership Coach and Faculty member for ACHE since 2006, teaching the Leadership Development Program for healthcare executives. She has extensive healthcare leadership experience serving others in women’s healthcare and leading staff and community education programs, and is the author of Smart2Smarter—Seven Smarter Emotions Every Employer Wants and Every Employee Needs. Cynthia’s purpose is to build and broaden positive emotional connections that inspire community, meaning, and empowerment.

Bishop Jeffrey Lee

Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee

Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Bishop Lee's Bio

Jeffrey Lee is the twelfth bishop of Chicago. He is the author of Opening the Prayer Book in the New Church’s Teaching Series; a member of the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief and Development; and an associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. Bishop Lee leads 35,000 Episcopalians in 123 congregations across Northern Illinois. A charismatic preacher, liturgist and spiritual leader, he is committed to helping the congregations of the diocese grow the church, form the faithful, and change the world.

Mike Marino

Mike Marino

President and CEO, Senn Delaney, a Heidrick & Struggles company

Mike's Bio

Mike Marino is president and CEO of culture-shaping firm Senn Delaney. He is executive vice president and managing partner at Heidrick & Struggles and is also member of the Executive Committee. Mike has led strategic accounts in global and Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. As a leader and advisor to leaders, Mike understands the unquestionable importance of creating a healthy, high-performance work culture and brings Senn Delaney clients the most current, time-tested approaches to organizational culture shaping that deliver results and create a meaningful and fulfilling work experience for all employees.

Shaun McCarthy

Shaun McCarthy

Chairman, Human Synergistics Australia & New Zealand

Shaun's Bio

Shaun McCarthy established Human Synergistics in New Zealand and Australia and brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience, and anecdotes from a long and distinguished consulting career. He has worked with leading multi-nationals from the factory floor to the executive suite, and it is this depth of experience that has led to him being invited to lecture in university programs and speak at many national conferences, as well as being featured in the Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine, and ABC radio.

Edgar Schein

Prof. Edgar Schein

Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management and Co-Founder, Chairman, The Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute
(Presenting Virtually)

Edgar's Bio

Culture expert, Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of numerous books, including Organizational Culture and Leadership (2016 5th Edition with Peter Schein), The Corporate Culture Survival Guide, and Humble Inquiry, Edgar Schein is regarded as the most influential authority on organizational culture. He is the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management and the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association. Ed was recently named to the “Top 30 Organizational Culture Gurus” 2017 global list curated by

Peter Schein

Peter Schein

Strategy Consultant and Co-Founder, COO, The Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute
(Presenting Virtually)

Peter's Bio

Peter Schein is a strategy consultant in Silicon Valley and co-founder of The Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute. His expertise draws on over 20 years of industry experience in marketing and corporate development at technology pioneers including Apple, Silicon Graphics, and Sun Microsystems, where he led numerous strategic investments and acquisitions. Managing inorganic growth at Sun, Peter developed a keen focus on the underlying organizational culture challenges that growth engenders in innovation-driven enterprises.

Trent Sunde

Trent Sunde

VP of Manufacturing and Operations Services, Clorox

Trent's Bio

Trent Sunde is the Vice President – Manufacturing & Operations Services for The Clorox Company. Prior to this role, he held several technical and operational roles including Director – Technical Services; Director – Corporate Quality; Plant Manager – Glad; Plant Manager – Brita; Operations Manager; Production Supervisor; and Contract Manufacturing Manager. Prior to joining Clorox, Trent worked as a contract manufacturer for Clorox and other CPGs, holding leadership roles in sales administration, customer service, procurement, planning, technical services, and manufacturing/operations.