September 1, 2017

VIDEO: The new culture rules to achieve business success

Have the culture wars hit your company? Harvard Professor Iris Bohnet and CEO Laura Mather delve into the new culture rules to achieve business success


Changing people’s minds won’t change a company culture. With the recent incidents of sexual harassment, anti-diversity manifestos and poor diversity reports, grabbing headlines, companies are increasingly considering whether their cultures will move them successfully towards accomplishing their business goals or get them in trouble.  After identifying a problem with how workers experience their organization’s environment, executives often immediately look to change the people within the organization.  However,  while trying to change the attitudes of the people within an organization can help, process change is the best way to truly move towards a new corporate culture.  To ensure an organization is truly inclusive, companies should employ practices that encourage diversity, such as  ensuring  hiring and promotion decisions are fair.  In this webinar, Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and behavioral economist at Harvard Kennedy Center, and Laura Mather, CEO of Talent Sonar, discuss the recent interest in improving corporate culture, and pros and cons of various techniques for undergoing a culture shift.


Watch now to learn:

  • Why there is renewed concern about corporate culture
  • Why companies should be concerned about their own culture
  • Techniques that can be used to effect positive change

About the Speakers

Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, is a behavioral economist at Harvard Kennedy School, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioral design to de-bias how we live, learn and work. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, (an example of a book talk can be viewed HERE) and advises governments and companies on the topic around the world. Professor Bohnet served as the academic dean of the Kennedy School, is the director of its research center, the Women and Public Policy Program, co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group, an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She is a co-chair of the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science of the World Economic Forum and serves on the boards or advisory boards of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, and Edge, as well as numerous academic journals. She is married and the mother of two children.



Laura Mather, Ph.D. is the CEO of Talent Sonar. She is a tech expert who sold her cyber-security company, Silver Tail Systems in 2012 to RSA for hundreds of millions of dollars and was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. With Talent Sonar, Laura is using her tech skills to streamline best hiring practices to find the right fit.