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Alicia Korten has a brilliant

mind and a huge heart. I left ready to take culture action."

Natalie Taylor Kapoulas 

OPX / Work Better Day


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Values-Led Cultue Video


"Alicia's passion for the power of values-led work is infectious! Her session was energizing, fun, even joyful. I left inspired to act. She gave us concrete tools for building a culture of highly-productive, values-led teams."

Jim Schulman 

Alliance for Regional Cooperation

Create an extraordinary experience that unifies and inspires your audience. In this unique keynote, Alicia works with you to elevate your organizational or community mission, values and story.


In a world experiencing massive change, values provide clear direction. Motivating your audience to live your organizational or community values aligns teams and ensures people know what to prioritize. 


You will be inspired by examples of companies living their values and the success they have achieved through a values-led management approach. And you will learn a model for using your values to guide your toughest decisions and to attract new talent and markets.

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • Why clear adherence to values creates more loyal customers, members and teams. ​

  • A model for using your values to make strategic decisions. 

  • Stories of companies using values for success. 

Values-Led Cultures

The Cooperative Difference

In today's low trust environments, the cooperative is a business model that is building trust in the communities they serve. This special keynote is designed specifically for cooperative and credit union audiences.


Take a journey across the cooperative landscape to learn how cooperatives in farming, banking, retail and energy are leveraging their values to build markets, grow member engagement and respond with resilience to destabilizing global events.


Your audience will be inspired by stories and videos from the cooperative movement they are part of. And they will leave with strategies for leveraging the power of the cooperative model for success.

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • How the cooperative difference is changing lives.

  • Stories from cooperatives across industries who are using their values for extraordinary business results. 

  • Five strategies for growing and inspiring your values-aligned talent, customers and members. 

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Create Powerful Workplace Culture with Values Storying 

Stories inspire, educate and connect us to what is important. Yet most organizations are rich in experience and poor in stories.


When people connect through stories, they form a heart-connection and learn one another's points of view.


New understanding and empathy act as tranformative agents that build trust, align teams and galvanize staff, leaders and stakeholders around common goals. 

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • The science-based reasons stories shape culture and build authentic community. ​

  • Methods for creating a storytelling culture in your organization.​​

  • How organizations are using stories for success.

From Us & Them to We Culture

In a world more divided than ever, an Us and Them Mentality is growing in our workplaces. Learn a powerful model for creating healthy work environments that unify. Take home tools that will move you from Us and Them to We Culture. 


Alicia draws on her experiences living in We Cultures across continents to help audiences bust out of individualistic management frames to learn the real secrets to what will align your teams, foster mental health and ensure your workforce thrives.

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • Current forces causing Us & Them Culture to grow in today's workplaces.

  • A We Culture Model for building a productive and mentally healthy workforce. 

  • ​​We Culture Tools that get your teams moving in the same direction.


"I absolutely loved Alicia's presentation. It brought to life real examples of brands we know and follow and how they are bringing values to the marketplace. The models and case studies were enlightening." 

Sana Rasul  

HR Girlfriends

Align Brand & Culture to Ignite Your Markets

In today's turbulent environments, you need a compass to align decision-making across departments. Learn how values can unite your workforce and help you stand out in the marketplace.  


Teams learn why a values-led management style attracts and retains talent. And they explore cases in which, by leading with values, companies have exploded their marketshare. Participants use storytelling to explore the importance of values in their own lives, and leave with a new model to guide their decision-making.

You Will Gain:

  • Insights into how turbulence is affecting your workforce.

  • Greater cohesion across your teams to retain talent & ignite markets. ​​

  • A model for how to use values to guide your decision-making.

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"Alicia inspired us to walk into a bigger vision. We are still talking about the conference she 

facilitated a year later."

Jorge Ventocilla

Hispanic Access Foundation

Facilitate High-Engagement Meetings with Values Storying 

The modern meeting has been inspiration for endless Dilbert cartoons and cynical jokes. That pain and lost time has real consequences for organizations.


Yet humans have been gathering since we were hunters and gatherers to talk about what is most important to us. How do we recapture the power of meeting in the modern age?


Your presenter Alicia Korten spent several years working with the Guna Indigenous People in Panama who run their meetings through stories. Through this work, she learned the power of story to quickly connect people to what matters most to them. Through a process Alicia calls Values Storying, you can breathe life back into your meetings.

You Will Gain:

  • Understanding of the neuroscience behind why stories shape culture.

  • New skills for breathing life into your next virtual or in person meeting.

  • Greater connection and empathy between your teammates.​​​​

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • The six principles that underpin highly successful culture initiatives. ​

  • The most common mistake leaders make when implementing culture initiatives.​​

  • The most effective way to start a culture initiative.

The pandemic has left many workers burned out, struggling with loss and seeking deeper meaning and purpose at home and at work. Against this backdrop, employees seeking change in their lives are fueling trends like the Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting.


How do employers respond to current workplace dynamics in a way that inspires their diverse workforce to stay and work at their best?

In this interactive keynote, you will learn the six principles that underpin successful culture initatives in the post-pandemic era.  

The Six Principles of Highly Successful Culture Initiatives 


Build Your High-Performance Team with a Values Declaration 

In post-pandemic environments of increasing turbulence, many teams are struggling to relate and perform at their best. Yet with the right tools, teams can thrive in turbulent environments.

Studies from Harvard and Google reveal that the number one factor that creates cohesive and highly-productive teams are shared values to which people adhere. In this innovative and interactive workshop, participants experience a co-creative process for defining the values and behaviors that inspire people to stay at your organization and work at their best.


You Will Gain: 

  • Shared values that help your team align behind agreed upon behaviors and expectations.

  • Greater team cohesion to help your team reach its next level of performance.​

  • Stories and rituals that bring shared values to life.

"I am so grateful to have engaged Alicia Korten in multiple workshops to build an innovator mindset. Each workshop was mind-expanding, multi-sensory, and impactful in reminding us of all of our power within and how sharing stories connects us and helps build strong relationships that push us all forward together."

Peter Newell  


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