The Culture Works Leadership Team
Chester Elton, Author and Managing Partner
For the past twenty years, Chester Elton has been one of the world’s most influential voices in workplace trends. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, he has now spoken to more than a million people on six continents, spreading the how-tos of building great cultures to leaders everywhere. Chester works on-site with clients such as American Express, Hard Rock Café, Fulham Football, and Avis Budget Group to build stronger work cultures. You may have read about Chester in Fast Company magazine, which profiled him as a living embodiment of his ‘orange’ brand. Indeed, even Chester’s socks are orange–which not surprisingly he often finds on sale.
Adrian Gostick, Author and Managing Partner
Adrian is an internationally recognized leadership expert and author whose books The Carrot Principle, All In, and The Orange Revolution have sold more than one million copies worldwide. As a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Adrian speaks every year to groups as diverse as Fortune 500 leaders, international trade associations, and non-profits; and has appeared as a workplace expert on numerous network television programs including NBC’s Today. Adrian is known for his dry wit, which however, is so dry that meeting planners are often forced to liberally distribute complimentary skin moisturizer and eye drops to conference attendees.
Stephen Gibbons, Senior Vice President, Consulting & Training, Partner
In a twenty year balancing act as a consultant, instructional designer, project manager, and business executive, Steve has never let a spinning plate drop. Steve’s passion is in helping our clients navigate successfully through all phases of the assessment, custom consulting and education life cycles—developing positive and sustainable behavioral changes in their organizations among leadership and teams. Nerdy? Sure. But without question a guy you want on your team.
Before joining The Culture Works, Steve served as Director of Training Development and Consulting at the O.C. Tanner Company. He also worked in senior learning and project management positions at high-tech companies Novell, Symantec, and Lawson Software. A Project Management Professional (PMP) he shines in conducting custom assessments, surveys, and in designing and developing tailored communication and education deliverables that will make a difference. In fact, Steve has developed successful live and web-based custom education for firms such as Aflac, American Express, Bank of America, Newell Rubbermaid, and OfficeMax.
Cheryl Hutchinson, Vice President, Training & Consulting
Cheryl joined The Culture Works after a successful career as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation. Raving client comments include: “She is grounded in operational and sustainable processes to maximize effectiveness and grow revenue.” We aren’t sure what that means, but it sure sounds impressive.
With a background leading workplace culture initiatives for multi-billion-dollar organizations, Cheryl brings together strategies, processes, and activities required to systematically change a company’s human capital. She has been published in Employee Benefit News, Return on Performance and Incentive magazine, and has been a guest speaker at executive leadership summits held around the world.
Scott Christopher, Vice President, Speaking & Training
To say that Scott Christopher is a seasoned speaker and trainer is like saying K2 is a good-sized hill. The co-author of the best seller The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, and contributing author of The Daily Carrot Principle and A Carrot a Day, Scott has mesmerized audiences with his quick wit and engaging energy on the power of strongly defined work cultures, highlighting levity, teamwork and recognition as major factors. As VP of Speaking & Training, Scott is active as a top-tier motivational speaker and trainer while continuing to develop and manage our team of talented presenters.
Scott earned his master’s degree in human resources management from the University of Connecticut. While an undergraduate in communications at Brigham Young University, Scott won the Irene Ryan acting scholarship at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., an award annually given to the nation’s top collegiate actor. Throughout his career Scott has appeared in films, commercials, television series and was a morning show radio host for many years. Before joining the Culture Works, Scott was the Director of Speaking/Training at the Carrot Culture Group at O.C. Tanner.
Christopher Kendrick, Vice President, Speaking & Training
Whether on stage or in a training room — in front of fifty or five hundred — Chris Kendrick loves helping leaders realize the possibilities true culture change can create for their teams and organizations. With a background of two decades of teaching, training and speaking, Chris specializes in helping leaders help their teams succeed.
Chris was a contributing writer on the book The Daily Carrot Principle, a handbook for daily employee recognition. His experience with corporations across the world, like Ford, Aflac, Siemens, Subaru, and American Express give him a unique insight into many of the problems today’s managers face.
In his spare time Chris enjoys photography, 3 children, and…acting! He was in an episode of “ER” and once had a scene with Anthony Hopkins. He also once met Bobby Brown in the Dallas Airport.