Keynote Presenter: Dr. Debra France, Enterprise Leadership Development at W.L. Gore
Much has been written about the unique culture and organizational practices of W. L. Gore & Associates, a long-time Best-Place-to-Work Company and recognized innovator of electronic, industrial and medical products — as well as the category definer GORE-TEX® fabrics.
In this research-based session, Debra France will help participants peel back the unique Gore features most often described in case studies and business publications — among them: Sponsors instead of managers, a lattice structure with minimal hierarchy, associates making their own commitments, the power of small teams, and knowledge-based decision making — to understand how these factors contribute to the company’s ability to sustain innovation over time.
Participants will explore:
- How these features and practices produce a culture that drives both high-performance and innovation
- How the Gore culture promotes an interplay of both freedom and discipline for teams to drive innovation
- How leaders and sponsors moderate a series of polarities to create optimal environments for innovators