Past Event

Is an Agile Culture Even Possible?

March 31, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Online Event Online

To be agile in a complex, rapidly changing world, organizations need to address their culture on multiple levels, and simultaneously. What are the best strategies to do so?


How do leaders provide structure and direction while supporting employee empowerment, passion, and ambition?


  • In an unpredictable world, how finite and specific are business goals and what happens when goals are not met?
  • How do Human Capital Management policies balance the need for clarity and equity vs customizing policies to address evolving business needs and diverse employee needs and preferences?


  • How can Human Capital Management leaders support the different ways that leaders and employees respond to continual change and stress?
  • How do organizations emphasize inclusiveness and diversity of opinions and approaches?
  • How do perceptions of "psychological safety" affect employees' willingness to be agile and take risks?


Blair Bennett, Senior Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, PepsiCo

Anne Erni, Chief People Officer, Audible

Tim Hourigan, CHRO, The Home Depot

Dr. Christal Morris, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Peloton

Moderated by Dr. Steve Safier, Program Director, Columbia University's M.S. in Human Capital Management


For questions about this event, please contact [email protected]


About Agility 2.0: Digital Technology, Data, People, and Relationships

Are you agile? “Agility” describes the difficult-to-achieve state where employees can confidently realize objectives and goals amid rapidly changing circumstances. Throughout the academic year, Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies convenes experts from industry, academia, and the public sector to discuss “Agility 2.0: Digital Technology, Data, People, and Relationships,” a five-part series that addresses how organizations can leverage their expertise alongside evolving tools and unforeseen events to successfully navigate our increasingly complex world.

Upcoming Events


Transforming Professional Relationships

Featuring Faculty and Guest Speakers from the M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program


Focusing with Multiple Lenses

Featuring Faculty and Guest Speakers from the M.S. in Human Capital Management Program, M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy Program, M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, and M.S. in Technology Management Program

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For questions regarding the series or accessing any of the sessions, please contact [email protected]

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M.S. in Human Capital Management