Why You Should Care About Organizational Culture


The Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council

in partnership with

The California Employment Development Department


Why You Should Care About Organizational Culture

Eric L. Doner


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Concord Hilton

1970 Diamond Blvd.

Concord, CA 94520

Members $35  Nonmembers $50

For membership information contact Lew.Gossage@edd.ca.gov

Why You Should Care About Organizational Culture

Peter Drucker is quoted as saying “Culture eats Strategy for breakfast”. This important and timely interactive presentation will examine the multiple factors that affect organizational culture. You will leave with greater insight into how to measure workplace elements that affect company culture and specific steps to create and sustain a thriving culture where people love to work and want to contribute. We will cover:

  1. The effect of culture on innovation and financial performance.
  2. The Competing Values Framework: Four values that drive organizational culture.
  3. Characteristics and consequences of competing values.
  4. Consequences of aligning values and strategy.
  5. How to measure organizational culture.
  6. Steps to build and sustainable a thriving culture.

Participants will receive valuable tip sheets and the opportunity to complete a free culture survey. 

About the Speaker

Eric L. Doner                        

His business career spans 30 years of success as a management consultant, sales and marketing executive, training & development manager, and university instructor. He has held executive positions with Dun & Bradstreet, BASF, and the American Management Association and Penske Logistics. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.  Eric ‘paid his dues’ as a principal in a bay area startup where he also served as President of the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association. He credits his combined corporate, entrepreneurial, non-profit and military experience as providing invaluable insight into how and why things work and don’t work in organizations.

Eric is recognized as a leader in the Organizational Development profession, and his strategic counsel has been utilized by companies including Coca-Cola, BP and Honda plus many diverse small and medium-sized businesses in the Bay area and throughout the U.S. and Canada.

He believes in ‘paying it forward’ by providing leadership in professional organizations including Toastmasters International, The International Society for Performance Improvement, Sales & Marketing Executives International, the Association for Talent Development and The Professional Society for Sales & Marketing Training.

Eric is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and completed postgraduate work in human performance development, adult learning, and instructional technology. A widely-sought speaker and author, Eric attained the coveted Distinguished Toastmaster Award recognizing his communication and leadership skills. Eric always delivers compelling content in articles, blogs, books, workshops and webinars. 

Eric is the founder and CEO of AchieveCorp, an advisory firm that enables organizations to increase business results and create greater value by improving their culture.


Midyear Legislative Update Seminar…

Please join us for an informative Midyear Legislative Update Seminar…



The Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council

in partnership with

 The California Employment Development Department


Midyear  Legislative Update   

Amy Durgan, Esq.


Steven Hirschfeld, Esq.

Hirschfeld  Kraemer LLP

Tuesday,  July 15, 2014

7:30  a.m. to 10 a.m.

Concord Hilton

1970 Diamond Blvd.

Concord, CA 94520 

Members $35  Nonmembers $50

For  membership information contact Lew.Gossage@edd.ca.gov


Speakers: Amy Durgan  and Stephen Hirschfeld 

amy durganAmy Durgan is an     associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. She provides employment     advice and counsel and litigation expertise to organizations ranging from     Fortune 500 companies to privately run businesses. She has worked with     clients in a variety of industries, including banking and financial     services, technology, media, food and wine, manufacturing, retail,     hospitality, waste and recycling, and non-profit.  Ms. Durgan     frequently counsels colleges and universities on employment matters.  She     advises management and human resources professionals regarding all aspects     of employment law, including compliance with state and federal wage and     hour laws, compliance with discrimination, harassment, disability laws,     disciplining and terminating employees, administering leaves of absence     under state and federal law, employee privacy rights, workplace violence,     trade secrets, bonus and commission plans, social compliance audit     policies, and covenants not to compete. She also routinely prepares     employee handbooks, severance agreements, and related employment policies     and contracts.  Ms. Durgan also conducts investigations into internal     complaints of discrimination and harassment.

 hirschfeldStephen Hirschfeld is a     founding partner and co-managing partner with the law firm of Hirschfeld     Kraemer LLP, in San Francisco, California. He is also the Chief Executive     Officer of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the world’s largest network     of labor and employment lawyers. His practice involves labor, employment     and higher education law on behalf of management in both the private and     public sector. Steve advises clients throughout the country on day-to-day     legal issues affecting the workplace, including employee discipline and     terminations, union organizing, workforce reductions, discrimination     claims, proprietary information and trade secrets disputes, substance     abuse, workplace privacy, disability accommodations, executive employment     contracts, overseeing and conducting internal investigations involving     employee, student, and faculty misconduct, faculty tenure issues, and other     human resources issues. He regularly defends employers in state and federal     courts on disputes involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful  termination, trade secrets/unfair competition and wage and hour law. He     successfully argued a seminal wage and hour issue before the California  Supreme Court. Steve has vast experience working with unionized businesses  on matters including collective bargaining, union contract disputes, and labor arbitrations.




Announcing the 2012 to 2013 Board

Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council has elected its new slate of officers for the coming two year term.

They are:

Chair:  Angela Linvill, Encina Veterinary Hospital
Vice Chair:  Bart Gragg, Blue Collar University
Secretary:  Lindi Huntsman, Contra Costa County Office of Education
Treasurer:  Jane Louie, MassMutual Financial Group
Newsletter:  Barbara Trumbly, Centricity Solutions
Legislative:  Ernie Guerrero, La Tapatia Mexican Restaurant
Scholarship:  Tim Oshima, Simplera Benefits & Insurance Solutions
Membership:  Terri Carter, Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Representative at Large:  Nicole Leong, RPM Mortgage
Representative at Large:  Maggie Carrillo, Quad Graphics

Through their leadership, your EAC will be offering eleven seminars in 2012.  These training sessions are the best you can find AND they are the least expensive, in keeping with the organization’s objective to share key information with employers in our county.  Our presenters are experts in their subjects and we are so fortunate to have their contributions to our organization.

Look for more information in coming weeks and get your reservation in early.  A new option for seminar registration is now available on line.  We are using Brown Paper Tickets as an alternative to writing a check for the seminar fee.  When you receive your seminar announcements, try it.  You may find its convenience quite helpful.

I’d like to thank the officers and volunteers who have served Contra Costa County EAC so well over the past two years.  They include: Miriam Grisard, Bart Gragg, Lindi Huntsman, Susie O’Bryant, Jane Louie, Tim Oshima, Barbara Trumbly, and of course our EDD Coordinator, Jim Ranger.  It’s been a wonderful group to work with.

Bill Truesdell, Chair
CCC EAC 2010-2011