Supporting organizational culture change by identifying, articulating, and troubleshooting group values

Being able to articulate core values is important at multiple levels of organizational structure - at the team level, department level, and institutional level. But how do you communicate about values in a way that is grounded, actionable, and accountable? And once you’ve articulated your values, how do you support the culture change needed to bring those values to action? Successful culture change efforts usually reflect a shift in underlying values - and when they stall it can be helpful to revisit some of the values that may be contributing to a resistance to change. In the second part of this workshop we will move from discussing how to define core values to how to diagnose when values may be acting in opposition to our stated goals. In this workshop we will:

  • Guide participants to reflect about their own experiences of articulating values and leading culture change efforts within their organizations or other communities in which they participate.
  • Share and apply two frameworks via small group activities on
    • how to identify and articulate core values through the creation of group values statements and
    • how to identify and describe how values support or hinder culture change in your organization and communities.
  • Highlight additional resources to support ongoing conversations

Participants will leave feeling more able to engage in discussions about values and culture within their own organizations, including being equipped with two frameworks that can be used as starting points. They’ll also have gained perspective on some of the common pitfalls of values-led work.


Lou Woodley is Director of the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE), a research and training center to support the human infrastructure for successful team science. A trained scientist, she has over a decade of experience in scientific community-building, communications, and event organization. She combines providing training and resources for scientific community engagement professionals with research into these emerging facilitator roles. Lou led the development of the curriculum for the CSCCE Community Engagement Fellows Program, which includes community strategy, programming, and engagement components, and materials focused on culture and organizational change. She is also co-PI on diversity initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation through the INCLUDES program.

Chiara Bertipaglia is the Assistant Director of Scientific Programs at Columbia University's Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, where she develops and runs targeted scientific, technical, and professional development programs for scientists at diverse career levels to foster collaboration, skills development, and community building. As a 2019 CSCCE Community Engagement Fellow, she has and continues to advocate for inclusive and safer scientific communities, aiming to establish a welcoming and supportive professional and social environment.