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Steve Chaparro        

Founder & CEO, Culture Design Studio; Company Culture Expert; Podcast Host

Steve Chaparro is an organizational culture expert and communicator who speaks worldwide about how companies can transform their workplace culture through intentional co-creation and communication.

Chaparro is a self-described frustrated visionary. His passionate message of navigating the transformative journey of leadership resonates with visionaries and innovators who find themselves stuck in the messy, in-between seasons. He himself embodies and defines the in-between - the bridges, the connections, and the culture - of community. By standing astride disciplines of design, architecture, culture and communications, he equips community to speak for and solve for its own needs and aspirations.

He is founder and principal at Culture Design Studio, an organizational design agency based in Long Beach, CA. He previously served as VP of Strategic Design overseeing strategy, story and business development at Visioneering Studios, a national design-build firm. He is also the creator and host of the Culture Design Show, a podcast featuring conversations about workplace culture with top leaders and thinkers.

As a keynote speaker, he has spoken to in-person and virtual audiences across the country. As a facilitator, he has led workshops with some of the top tech, pharmaceutical, real estate, and consumer package goods companies in North America.

He studied architecture at the University of Southern California and Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design.

Speech Topics

Designing the Hell Out of the Hallway: How Design Thinking Can Help You Navigate the In-Between Seasons of Life

No one likes feeling stuck. But the in-between seasons of life are often the most transformative and provide a crucial opportunity to grow—so you’re ready for future success. Learn how to strategically use standstill seasons to learn more about yourself and lay the groundwork for smart change.

The New Hybrid Workplace in a Post-COVID World: Bringing Into Alignment Your Brand, Culture, and Space

After more than a year of working virtually and navigating a pandemic, it’s time for a reset. Instead of expecting your team to immediately jump back into a pre-COVID work style, take advantage of this season to reevaluate your brand—and make sure it’s in alignment with your company culture and your physical space. By unifying all three elements of your company, you can tell a cohesive, compelling brand story and build a culture that supports your team and your vision.

The Dilemma of the Frustrated Visionary: How Vision-Driven Leaders Fuel a Movement without Causing Burnout

Frustrated leaders chase their vision at all costs—even if it means burning the people trying to keep up. But effective leaders tap into the collective genius of their team and collaborate with others to achieve their vision. Learn how to implement healthy change to become a leader people actually want to follow.

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