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Building a Better Corporate Culture | Think-n-Drink

Astek Academy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

Building a Better Corporate Culture | Think-n-Drink

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Corporate Culture: Building Performance with Purpose 

"We are what we repeatedly do" - Aristotle

At this workshop, there will be no definitive description to corporate culture. It's as ambiguous as it is necessary for a thriving business, but it has many familiar elements depending on how one participates in it:

  • Social guidance and reinforcement
  • Consistent awareness between employees and management
  • The story of "why?"
  • The company's unspoken code of communication
  • A shared set of expectations
  • A universal convention that facilitates coordination

This list can go on ad infinitum, but the varying perspectives inform the cultural view from the top (managers) and from the bottom (employees). What kind of culture are you in? Is it effective? What are you looking for in an ideal working environment? Maybe most important of all, how does a company define the culture it needs and inspire their employees to take part?  

At this month's Think-n-Drink, we're going to hear from a panel with experience in building a successful team, managing change, and understanding how it affects the product or customer. It's an all-skate for anyone interested in the topic. No management or business experience is necessary for good converstation and a few glasses of wine. 


Our Panel:

Nick Sarillo is the founder, CEO and “primary keeper” of the Purpose and Operational Values of Nick’s Pizza & Pub.  He's the author of A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business and a regular speaker at entrepreneurship and HR conferences. His insights have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Inc., Fast Company and Investor’s Business Daily.

Andy Swindler is the President of Astek and an entrepreneur who is passionate about using communication technology to expand our understanding of one another and how we can build better businesses. Andy is an active member of Chicago's chapter of Concisous Capitalism and sits on the boards of the Promethean Theatre Ensemble and 137 Films, which recently won the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival.


5:30 - 6:00  Drinks

6:00 - 7:00  Thinks  

7:00 - 7:30  Drinks

Getting to the Astek Office:

  • CTA Clinton/Halsted Blue (3 blocks)
  • Metra (Union Station, 3 blocks / Ogilvie, 5 blocks)
  • Lot Parking ($6 for 2 hours / Adjacent)
  • Paid Street Parking (Adjacent)
  • Free Parking (South of Clinton Blue Line) 


What's the Think-n-Drink? 

The Think-n-Drink is the Astek staff's excuse to meet on the first Tuesday of every month to chat about marketing, business and technology. As community outreach is the focus of our Astek Academy efforts, we encourage you to join us for learning, networking and sharing a glass of wine.

Give us a yell at #chiThinkDrink to let us know you're coming! 



Have questions about Building a Better Corporate Culture | Think-n-Drink? Contact Astek Academy

When & Where

The Astek Office
333 S Desplaines St
Ste 206
Chicago, 60661

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

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Astek Academy

This event is brought to you by the Astek Academy, the educational program of Astek - a Chicago-based digital marketing and web design agency specializing in the B2B industry.

Find us at or 312.667.0121

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