Alicia Korten

Chief Executive Officer and Culture Creator

An award-winning author and head of The Culture Company, Alicia leads culture and strategy initiatives that have helped clients achieve growth turn arounds, as well as best place to work and other industry awards. Clients span the private, public and voluntary sectors and include household names like the Ford Foundation, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, and place-based organizations like the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union and the Longfellow Clubs (one of the top 40 largest gyms in the country). She is currently working on her next book on purpose-driven cultures.

Formerly she worked as Culture and Communications Strategist for Mary’s Gone Crackers, helping the company leverage its core values to drive significant growth.

What inspires her culture work?

As a young adult, Alicia took a life-changing trip to the rainforests of Panama’s Darien Gap. During that trip, she witnessed meetings the Emberá and Wounaan tribes were holding to write a constitution for the governance of their semi-autonomous lands. Villagers explored every aspect of their tribal life—from voting rights, to environmental stewardship, to their system of justice. Inspired, she worked with them for seven years. Returning to the U.S., she drew on what she had learned about building tribes to shape highly engaged purpose-driven workforce cultures.

She is a Fulbright Scholar, a meditation practioner, a prolific writer, and is fluent in English and Spanish. Alicia is a Brown University graduate.

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