Any workplace’s strength is greatly impacted by its culture, and culture starts with people. To assemble and energize the best and brightest workforce, organizations must put the human element of their business first – recognizing that when employees are engaged, inspired, and connected to their coworkers, productivity and efficiency will follow.

On Monday, February 12 at 9:00 a.m. The Strategy Group hosted an interactive panel discussion with three leaders in their field who are recognizing their employees for who they are and what they do. They discussed:

  • Why culture matters
  • How having a common vision promotes cohesion and safety
  • How to build and sustain a culture that engages and recognizes staff
  • Tips for transforming your culture when it’s not at its best

For those who weren’t able to join us, we want to make life a little bit easier for you by making the video available here:



Debra also produced a white paper on transforming culture that you can download here.

If The Strategy Group can help with your culture development work, please reach out to us and set up a time to talk. Email us at info@thestrategygroupllc.org or set up a 30-minute call using our calendar link. We are here for you!

About our panelists:

Mike Duggan, Executive Director, Domus

An innovative and highly influential nonprofit leader, Mike grew a small group home – Domus House – into a multifaceted human services organization – Domus Kids. Working closely with community partners in Stamford, Connecticut and beyond, Domus, as the organization is commonly called, provides a constellation of individualized support programs to help disconnected and disengaged youth forge their own paths to self-sufficiency. A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Mike joined Domus as Executive Director in 1991, when the organization had just one program and an annual budget of under $300,000. Today, Domus serves more than 1,500 youth annually and operates 13 unique programs with a multi-million-dollar budget. Prior to joining Domus, Mike served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and later joined Good Shepherd Services in Brooklyn as Director of the Park Slope Mini School.

Kathy Rivera, Executive Director & CEO, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center

Kathy Rivera is the Executive Director of North Short Child & Family Guidance Center, the preeminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island. Dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children and families, the Guidance Center leads the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy. Kathy joined the Guidance Center after 14 years at the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA), where she was the Senior Vice President of Care Management Services. Her experience at this multi-service child welfare agency, which provides comprehensive social services to children and families, made her a perfect fit for the leading  role at the Guidance Center, Long Island’s leading children’s mental health organization.

Jason Jakubowski, President & CEO, Connecticut Foodshare

Jason Jakubowski is the President & CEO of Connecticut Foodshare — an innovative non-profit determined to eradicate hunger in Connecticut. Prior to Foodshare, Jason spent nearly eight years as Vice President of External Relations at Hospital for Special Care. A lifelong resident of Central Connecticut, Jason is an active member of the Greater Hartford community. He serves on the boards of several non-profits and in 2012 was named one of Connecticut’s seven electors for President Barack Obama.