W.L. Gore’s Authentic Culture: Just Enough HR



Jane Rosenzweig from W.L. Gore’s headquarters in Delaware will be joining us as we continue to explore the future of our profession together.  W.L. Gore, the inventors of GORE-TEX, is a very successful 10,000+ employee, 50-year old company that is world-renowned for the very special work environment it creates and the stellar business results that stem from this environment (https://www.gore.com/about/culture). Every year since 1998, Gore has earned a spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, coming in at #12 this year. Jane has been part of Gore’s HR leadership team for 11 years and is a member of Gore’s recently formed Integrated Talent Management Team.

Gore’s org design is built around small, agile teams – something that many companies are trying to build into their existing organization as a means of increasing agility, innovation and growth. Gore’s lattice structure with no formal org charts or traditional hierarchy uses a peer-based assessment and compensation model that allows people to collaborate and build connections without the constraints of traditional chains of command. This freedom encourages leaders and diverse teams to work together, support each other’s growth and development, and make personal commitments that each associate keeps to help grow the organization.

We know HR doesn’t “own” culture, but we do have a big impact on our work environments, for better or worse! As an HR leader at Gore, Jane has worked on re-designing Gore’s HR function and will share how it has evolved and where it’s heading.  She will explore the intersection of organizational culture and the HR function within Gore, including:

  • How do you handle organizational design in a company that has deliberately rejected traditional org charts and hierarchy?
  • How do you create HR policies and practices in a values aligned way when your founders prioritized maximizing individual freedom and avoiding bureaucracy?
  • How do you develop leaders in an organization that believes that you’re only a leader if others are following you?


A little bit about Jane Rosenzweig

Jane joined Gore as their Diversity Leader in 2005 and drove a process that created a unique, relevant, values aligned focus for Diversity at Gore: quite simply, that diversity and inclusion are critical ingredients for sustaining the Gore culture. As a member of Gore’s HR leadership team for the past 11 years, Jane has helped to build the HR function and People Strategy to support Gore’s culture. One of her current projects is re-imagining and reinforcing the role of Sponsors at Gore. Prior to Gore, Jane spent 11 years at J.P. Morgan Chase. As part of the Corporate Leadership and Organization Development Team there, she had leadership responsibility for the D&I communication and employee engagement strategy.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
8:00  – 9:30 am
Facilitated session with light breakfast and networking between 8:00 – 8:30 am.

3150 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205

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