PeopleFWD 2018 Explores Disruptive Approaches to Workplace Culture

Author: Casey Gale       

Presented by CPP-The Myers-Briggs Company, PeopleFWD 2018 invited human resources professionals and business leaders to come together to wrestle with the most difficult issues facing organizations today, like employee culture and constantly evolving organizational trends. The goal was to enable HR and management to work hand-in-hand to resolve those issues — and to explore disruptive approaches to workplace culture.

Event Details

Oct. 17–18, 2018, at The Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel in San Francisco, California

Why We Like It

Though PeopleFWD’s main program was a one-day event, it also offered four half-day interactive workshops — two in the morning, and two in the afternoon — that allowed early-bird attendees to take part in a full day of pre-conference education. Workshops included how to encourage staff to give their best, how to identify their own behaviors which may or may not contribute to trust among staff, and how to take a fresh look at conflict resolution in the workplace. Each workshop was led by leadership coaches and consultants, and geared toward specific types of leaders in attendance.

The main event’s agenda was broken into three distinct tracks to cater to the three core types of attendees. Sessions in each track — “Engage and Develop” for HR professionals, “Develop and Perform” for line-of-business managers, and “Perform and Transform” for senior business leaders — ran concurrently.

Star Speaker


Patty McCord

PeopleFWD featured speakers who are experts in workplace innovation, such as Wayne F. Cascio, professor of management at the University of Colorado; Celine Burgle, HR learning and development consultant for SAP; and Sinead Collins, HR director of cereal, marketing, and finance for the Kellogg Company.

Keynote speaker Patty McCord, former chief talent officer of Netflix, is known for drafting the Netflix Culture Deck, the company’s unorthodox guide that encourages team members to take time off without a specific limit on vacation days or parental leave and for allowing each employee to choose how much of their compensation they’d like in salary versus stock. The deck was hailed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as what “may be the most important document ever to come out of [Silicon] Valley,” making McCord a draw for those looking to improve their own workplace culture. According to the event’s website, McCord shared “how building a culture of freedom and responsibility strips away the constraints that can thwart high performers so your teams can be lean, nimble, motivated, and happy.”

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