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Power of People and Culture: Achieving Long-Term Business Goals by Developing People

Published on November 11, 2020 · Updated on November 11, 2020
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By Matt Norman
Developer and author at DigitalOcean.
Power of People and Culture: Achieving Long-Term Business Goals by Developing People


About the Talk

The people component may be the most challenging and rewarding part of your business — your employees are your brand. As you plan for growth, start building a people strategy and company culture that helps your business succeed in the long run.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to build a framework for people strategy
  • The importance of developing people, not just product and customers
  • How to help ensure your company culture is designed to support your long-term business goals


About the Presenter

As Chief People Officer, Matt Norman leads the global people team and is responsible for building DigitalOcean’s people strategy to support the company’s continued growth, culture, innovation, and profitability. In this role, he oversees talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, facilities, and employee engagement programs.

Matt has broad experience leading multiple functions across vast global locations, with his most recent role as EVP, Human Resources at Denihan Hospitality Group where he was responsible for creating and executing global human resources administration, integration, and strategy over the course of seven years. Matt has transformed people teams, injecting a business mindset into structure, processes, and systems, continually looking to find alternatives to improve, reach further, and drive success. Prior to joining Denihan, Matt held senior human resources positions at Gilt Group, Conde Nast, Universal McCann, DoubleClick (a division of Google, Inc.), and Honeywell. In addition to his extensive human resources expertise, Matt has been an owner and partner in numerous restaurants in New York City and Indianapolis for over two decades. Matt received his Master’s degree from Columbia University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Wabash College.

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