Wednesday, November 20th (9AM-4PM) in Manchester, NH

About The Event

What is Culture-Con?

Culture-Con is a Dyn-created event featuring corporate culture experts talking about how to build a great and lasting company environment everyone loves.

Companies with an adaptive culture that is aligned with business goals not only outperform their competitors, they attract and retain top talent. Culture-Con will give you the tools and insight to figure out what your culture is and how to scale with your company growth.

Companies of any size and stage can learn how to build and improve workplace culture, creating environments that engage their most valuable assets: employees.

Who Should Attend?

If you are responsible for influencing or implementing changes in company culture or employee benefits and share the belief that a happy workforce makes for a successful business, you should attend Culture-Con.

Culture-Con is not about simply sharing "pep talks" and inspiring stories, but instead providing practical best practices from businesses that are leading the way in the culture arena.

If you are looking for some tips and tricks to affect lasting change in your organization, then Culture-Con is for you.

Why Attend Culture Con?

Right now you may be asking yourself a very valid question: “Why is Dyn worried about my company culture?”

At Dyn, we care a lot about our company culture. We have experienced some amazing growth through innovative engineering efforts and we have had some incredible success in engineering both our products and the processes by which we recruit, hire, and retain amazing talent.

For Dyn, Culture-Con is about gathering businesses of like minds to share ideas, create organizational synergies, and effect lasting change on the art of culture change. We are always looking to improve our culture to keep employees happy and we want to share what we learn with you.

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9:45 – 10:15 AM
Amanda Osmer
Director of Sales at Grappone Automotive

Amanda Grappone Osmer is the fourth generation of Grappones to own and help operate her family's business, which started as a gas station in 1924 and has grown to five new car franchises, a body shop, a weekly auction, and a wholesale parts operation.

Grappone's mission statement is dedication to building lifelong relationships with its team members, guests, and community by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect. Amanda believes that Team Grappone should have fun while doing it. Company benefits include boat to work days, paid volunteer time, an onsite workout facility, wellness reimbursement and loan programs, and a meditation room.

Amanda lives in Canterbury with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and some homing pigeons. She is a big fan of trail running, yoga, and playing the banjo.

11:15 – 11:45 AM
Matt Rightmire
Managing Director at Borealis Ventures

Matt has been at Borealis Ventures since 2005 after first serving as an advisor to the firm from its inception. Before Borealis, Matt began his Internet career in 1995 at Yahoo! when it was just a 10 person company, leaving as VP and General Manager of Media and Entertainment. He later went on to be COO of Efficient Frontier.

Matt serves on the board for multiple companies. He is the Director of the board at Borealis’ portfolio company, Handmark; acts on the board at Foodbuzz; serves as an observer on the Makeover Solutions board; and is a member of the Board of Directors at Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit leading the effort to educate African youths about HIV/AIDS.

2:45 – 3:15 PM
Itamar Goldminz
Director, KPI (Knowledge, Planning, Improvement) at Opower

Itamar has over 10 years of experience leading product and engineering teams in a diverse set of organizations. Currently, he heads up Opower's Knowledge, Planning and Improvement (KPI) team.

Prior to joining Opower, Itamar was a Program Manager for an elite technology unit in the IDF, leading the development of multiple new products and the adoption of modern development techniques. He was previously a Sr. Software Engineer at Check Point — where he was part of the team building the company’s virtualized firewall product, targeted at the Telco, ISP and large enterprise market.

3:15 – 3:45 PM
John Smith
Chief Evangelist and Chief Product Owner at SPARC, LLC.

John has been a serial entrepreneur since he founded his first company, DunRite Consulting Company, at age 22. Since then, he has worked for companies such as, General Electric, and AcadiaHCS. He became CEO of AcadiaHCS and reinvented it into what we know today as PeopleMatter.

Recently, John has been focusing on improving corporate culture, employee recognition, and engagement in his role as Chief Evangelist and Chief Product Owner at SPARC, LLC. Since his time at SPARC, it has become a “Best Place to Work” in South Carolina and was ranked #14 on the Inc 5000.

John publishes a monthly blog and offers culture training and tours at the SPARC headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mirjam Ijtsma
President, Cultural Chemistry, LLC

Mirjam Ijtsma is the president of Cultural Chemistry, LLC, a Manchester, NH based Human Resources firm that challenges the current status quo of Human Capital Management. Cultural Chemistry combines traditional HR methodologies with innovative High Performance Strategies. Improved employee engaged and reduced tardiness is the result.

Mirjam has a diverse career that started in the Netherlands. She has a feel to bring her experience from Randstand, Accenture and Robert Bosch to the small businesses she owned, worked for and currently serves in her current role.

You can find her thoughts on Human Capital Management in publications like Union Leader, New Hampshire Business Review Magazine and NH Business Magazine as well on her own blog.

Ken Therrian
Director, The LEGACY Center

Instrumental in the co-founding of The LEGACY Center, Ken is hands-on when it comes to creating curriculum and facilitating training for businesses, ministries, community organizations and other non-profits. Ken fuses his knowledge and experience in the organizational development field with his passion for helping others.

Prior to creating The LEGACY Center, Ken was the Vice President of Organizational Development at LEGACY Supply Chain Services, formerly TMSi, an industry-leading third-party logistics company. Leveraging his knowledge and experience in leadership development, coaching, and building self-directed teams, the company realized a cultural shift that contributed to stronger teams, shared core values and increased profitability.

Ken holds a M.Ed. from Plymouth State University as well as a B.S. in Business Management from Granite State College, is an MBTI practitioner and CTT certified. He and his wife, Marcia, reside in New Hampshire where they have two grown children Marc & Elyse both serving in ministry. Marc and his wife, Jess, have a 2-year-old son, Judah, and a second on the way!

Corey McAveeny
Founder, Kulturenvy

Culture has always remained in the forefront for Corey. Throughout her professional career, from the thrilling world of insurance brokerage to international trade analysis and corporate compliance, the one thing that consistently kept her up at night was group dynamics.

She is obsessed with analyzing culture, particularly startup culture, and understanding what patterns emerge and how we might use the information to help businesses succeed sustainably. Insight into the cultural landscape within the startup ecosystem has the power to amplify decisions behind attracting and retaining talent, communicating, and reflecting values.

In addition to starting Kulturenvy, Corey also organizes the Greater Boston Startup Culture Meetup where she interviews startup culture enthusiasts.

Mark Brown
Director of Corporate Potential/Acting Marketing Director of the Grappone Automotive Group

Grappone Auto Group is a fourth generation family-owned auto dealer group in Bow, NH that employs 300+ employees. Mark leads the strategic planning, organizational development, marketing, and learning for Grappone and is currently leading the company and its team members through significant, system-wide organizational change.

Mark has been working as a business coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer for more than 20 years, specializing in leadership and team development. He has designed and delivered leadership development and training programs for a wide variety of organizations, including ING, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, The World Bank, The United States Forest Service, Cox Enterprises, and Nationwide.

Mark Overmyer
Director of Organization Development at TURBOCAM Inc.

Mark Overmyer is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. He started his career with IBM in 1980 as an account marketing representative serving mostly manufacturing customers, including Honda, in Marysville, Ohio. In 1988, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and took a radical turn from the corporate world.

Mark’s 20+ years of entrepreneurial leadership in startup churches along with community development and leader coaching experience, fit him well for the kind of role he plays in sharpening the focus of TURBOCAM’s mission. Mark likes to say, “Quality starts with people.”

Gray Chynoweth
COO at Dyn

As Chief Operating Officer, Gray is responsible for ensuring the company’s overall operational effectiveness. He also has day-to-day responsibility for the human resources, policy and legal functions and plays an integral part in the company’s corporate development efforts.

He began his relationship with Dyn in 2005 when he started serving as the company’s outside legal counsel and joined full time in 2007 to help further Dyn’s position in the marketplace.

Prior to joining Dyn, Gray practiced law as a Corporate Attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green. He has a JD from Duke University School of Law, an MA in Public Policy from Duke University and a BA in political science from the University of California – Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Colleen Karpinsky
VP Talent & Culture at Dyn

As VP, Talent & Culture, Colleen and her skilled team build and drive the talent strategy for Dyn and deliver innovative human resource support and solutions that fuel the company’s growth aligned with the Talent team’s mantra of “Keeping Dyn Awesome.”

A recovering lawyer, Colleen’s background includes working as an employment attorney and HR Consultant at New Hampshire’s largest law firm and managing a diverse range of legal and employment matters internationally as U.S. Associate Counsel at Irving Oil Corporation.

Colleen is a graduate of Saint Anselm College, she earned her law degree at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, graduating as a member of the school’s prestigious Woolsack Society for academic achievement.  Active in the community, Colleen was recently recognized by New Hampshire’s Union Leader as a 40 Under Forty award recipient.

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9 – 9:30 AM Registration
9:30 – 9:45 AM Opening Remarks
9:45 – 10:15 AM Keynote – Amanda Osmer
10:15 – 11:00 AM Morning Panel
11 – 11:15 AM Morning Break
11:15 – 11:45 AM Matt Rightmire, Borealis Ventures
11:45 – 12:30 PM Networking Lunch
12:30 – 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions
2:30 – 2:45 PM Afternoon Break
2:45 – 3:15 PM Itamar Goldminz, OPower
3:15 – 3:45 PM Keynote – John Smith, Sparc
3:45 – 5 PM Reception – Networking Cocktail Hour
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