Merging Cultures

  • 29 Jun 2016
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Centris Federal Credit Union, 11825 Q Street (118th and Q)


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 Merging Cultures

~ facilitated by Lisa Shannon, Wiley


Mergers and acquisitions are full of complexities: from the merging of human resource practices and procedures to integrating finance, accounting, and IT systems. But perhaps the most complex piece (and often overlooked) is the merging of cultures.  Managing culture fit and culture conflicts can make or break an acquisition.  In this lively talk, Lisa Shannon will share her first-hand experience of being acquired multiple times and also acquiring several companies.  She will explain why paying attention to culture is the key to a successful integration and will highlight several warning signs to be on the lookout for during an acquisition or merger.

Members will be able to identify the most important culture issues that arise during a merger or acquisition. They will also leave with a list of strategies for managing through the complexities of a large culture shift or mismatch.  

Lisa Shannon is Vice President & Director, Partner Channels for Wiley.  In this role, Lisa and her team manage the relationships of nearly 2,000 independent consultants and trainers around the globe who represent two of Wiley’s premier assessment brands: Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of Cohesive Team™. A twenty-four year veteran of Wiley, Lisa has experienced and managed colleagues through both sides of the acquisition equation -- being acquired and doing the acquiring.  She has also worked closely with several Wiley authors and corporate culture thought leaders including Edgar Schein, Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, Peter Block, Lee Bolman, and Terry Deal.

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