3rd 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 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.

The event will conclude with an evening gathering and networking opportunities. Attendees will receive copies of Marshall Goldsmith’s bestselling books, Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

Space is limited — reserve your seat today! Early Bird Registration pricing of $495 ends May 31, 2017. Contact us to reserve a table for 10 at a special rate with your company’s logo as the centerpiece.

Register Now!


Conference Details

Date & Location:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Fairmont Millennium Park
200 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601


$495 through May 31, 2017
$595 June 1 through July 31, 2017
$650 after July 31, 2017


Breakfast & Networking:
7:30 to 8:30 AM CT
Presentations & Breakout Sessions:
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM CT
Evening Gathering:
5:00 to 7:00 PM CT

A room block is available at the Fairmont. 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.



Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D.

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.

CEO, Human Synergistics

Peter Fuda

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

Founder & Principal, TAP
Adjunct Professor, MGSM

Marshall Goldsmith

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.

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

Gay Clark Jennings

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.

President of the House of Deputies, The Episcopal Church

Bishop Lee

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.

Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Mike Marino

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.

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

Edgar Schein

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 globalgurus.com.

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

Peter Schein

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.

Strategy Consultant and Co-Founder, COO, The Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute

Trent Sunde

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.

VP of Manufacturing and Operations Services, Clorox