C-Circle – Developing and Maintaining Corporate Culture

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Deutsche Bank Labs
Silicon Valley
2650 Birch Street
Suite 150
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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ACG Silicon Valley’s C-Circle, now in its ninth year, proudly announces that it has attracted a following of approximately 400 CEOs and C-level executives and achieved a regular attendance of 35 executives per session.


Developing and Maintaining Corporate Culture – What Every Business Leader Needs to Know

The importance of corporate culture cannot be overstated. Corporate culture is one of the most important criteria for job candidates in selecting an employer. Moreover, corporate culture is a key element in a company’s success in over coming market fluctuations, disruptions and financial difficulties. As a result, developing and maintaining a vibrant and healthy corporate culture should be a priority for every company. Please join us for a lively discussion as our attendees and experts explore the topic of corporate culture and the actions necessary to develop a healthy and dynamic one. The questions and issues discussed will include:

  • What is “corporate” culture?
  • What are some of the factors great corporate cultures have in common?
  • Why do some cultures thrive while others languish?
  • What elements are critical for a strong cultural foundation?
  • What role do leaders lay in the development of the “right” corporate culture?
  • What roles do rank and file employees play?
  • What is the relationship between corporate culture and performance?
  • What are the steps necessary to build a strong corporate culture?
  • What role do incentives play in building and maintaining corporate culture?
  • Typically, how are corporate cultures maintained?
  • How often should leaders assess organizational culture in light of changing business goals?
  • Do many companies suffer from a lack of a clear vision?
  • How can a company clarify and promote its vision?
  • What is the best practice for setting company goals?
  • A recent Gallup report claims that 70% of employees are not engaged. What explains this phenomenon?
  • What are the roadblocks to cultural change?
  • What forces drive cultural change?


Guest Experts


Philippe Bouissou

Managing Partner
Blue Dots Partners

Philippe has spent three decades in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, a CEO, a Venture Capitalist and a Management Consultant. He is Managing Partner at Blue Dots Partners LLC, a firm he co-founded focused on top-line acceleration. Philippe started his career as the founder and CEO of G2i, Inc. a Unix software company that was acquired by Matra. He then was Senior Vice President at Matra Hachette Multimedia, Inc. where he led US business development for electronic publishing for the $12 billion, high-tech and diversified media company before joining Apple as Director of the Worldwide Internet Commerce group, where he founded and managed the online Apple Store and grew its revenue from zero to $350 million.

After Apple, Philippe became a Venture Capitalist and successfully invested $43 million and generated double-digit cash-on cash IRR. For over half a decade, Philippe co-managed the Milestone Group, a management consulting firm serving over 220 Clients. During his career, Philippe led over 120 management-consulting projects with companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, SAP, Verisign and served on the Board of Directors of 20 companies, including Scalefast, Inc. and ACG Silicon Valley where he currently serves.

Philippe graduated from École Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a BS in Mathematics, a MS in Physics and a Ph.D. in non-linear physics and chaos theory.


Robert LoPresto

Managing Partner
Duran HCP

Robert L. LoPresto is Managing Partner of the retained Executive Search Practice at Duran Human Capital Partners. Duran HCP has been ranked as one of the top executive search firms by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Bob serves clients in a broad range, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. He has participated in placing over 1000 senior executives in his 30 plus years in executive search and corporate human resources management. He was formerly the founding President of the High Technology Practice at Rusher, Loscavio & LoPresto named by the Wall Street Journal as number one in high technology and software executive placement.

Prior to joining Rusher, Loscavio & LoPresto, Bob was Founding Managing Director of the worldwide high technology practice in the Palo Alto office at Korn/Ferry International for 10 years. His career includes human resources senior management positions at Levi Strauss, Syntex, American Microsystems, Fairchild and McGraw-Hill.

Bob was a co-founder and past President of the Association for Corporate Growth, Silicon Valley Chapter (ACGSV) and has been honored with lifetime membership and Board Emeritus. He also serves on the Board of Directors Silicon Valley FACES (formerly NCCJ). Bob was a senior member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) and was Chair of the National Employment Practices Committee of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Bob was a founding member of the Employment Management Association (EMA) and served on EMA’s Board and as President. In 2002, he was honored by EMA and SHRM granting him lifetime membership for his leadership roles in both organizations. In 2005, Bob was granted lifetime membership for his 18 years of leadership in NCHRA. Bob is co-author of the Reference Checking Handbook for SHRM and the Handbook of Human Resources Administration by McGraw-Hill. Bob received his B.A. in Business from Rutgers University and his M.A. in Psychology from Seaton Hall University.




James C. Chapman


Jim is a partner at Rimon P.C. where he focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He counsels publicly traded and privately held clients on public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and related transactions. Jim also represents venture capital firms, angels, and family offices in their investments. With 30 years of experience in corporate and securities law, he has represented clients in over 300 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.

Although he has been involved in transactions all over the world, Jim was also an early pioneer in representing companies in cross border transactions between the US and China. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies investing and raising capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. enterprises acquire Chinese companies, transfer technology, enter into joint ventures and operate, in China. Jim has also been involved in negotiating resolutions to some of the most high-profile disputes involving US companies operating in China.

Jim’s US-China experience extends to a wide variety of industries including media, mobile, software, semiconductor, alternative energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He has been recognized by Finance Monthly Global Awards, ACQ5 Global Awards and Corporate Live Wire as “China Investment Attorney of the Year” for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and by Corporate Intl Legal Awards and Global Law Experts as “China Investment Attorney of the Year- California” for 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Rimon P.C, Jim was a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a leading international law firm.