Positive Changes in Corporate Culture: Allowing Inclusiveness, Equality, and Joy to Reign Supreme with, Dan Roman, Scott Krumrei, Ruta Gokhale & Jane Ziolkowski

Original Air Date Wednesday, June 10, 2020 

What is it like to work for an organization that values and prizes happiness as part of its culture? How does this type of corporate culture affect job satisfaction and overall life satisfaction? Is it possible for corporate employees to become self-actualized through the work they do and the culture they work in? At the Positive Business Conference, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with four team members at Menlo Innovations about their first-hand experience of working in a unique environment where everyone matters but no one matters more than anyone else. Menlo Innovations is a human forward organization that promotes a culture of joy and happiness in its employees, the products they make, and the work environment. The founders teach others how to employ this positive psychology in business to change the world.

Does something in this conversation resonate with you? Are you in need of a professional speaker who can elevate your tribe & enliven your culture? Lisa Cypers Kamen is an award-winning speaker, author & happiness expert who facilitates life-changing presentations for organizations of any size. The science is clear, happier people thrive in life. If you are ready to inject joy into your organization, find out which program is best for you at Lisa’s Live Events.

Dan Roman & Scott Krumrei — Sharing Successes and Failures:
  • Menlo Innovations creates connection and bonding by employing a work in pairs strategy. [2:23]
  • The belief and practice of cooperation, not domination. [6:44]
  • Dan and Scott share how their daily experiences have been enriched by the Menlo culture. [7:52]
  • The unique ‘extreme’ interview process at Menlo Innovations. [15:36]
  • How integrity and vulnerability are woven into the work environment at Menlo. [21:28]

Dan Roman

Scott Krumrei

Dan Roman on LinkedIn


Ruta Gokhale & Jane Ziolkowski — Nurturing the Human Spirit:

  • What a new pairing experience is like for Ruta and Jane. [26:47]
  • Some of the ways Menlo is a nurturing and special place to work. [29:47]
  • Ruta and Jane share how working at Menlo is affecting their lives outside of work. [37:46]
  • Run the experiment is the epitome of a healthy work culture. [48:37]


Ruta Gockhale

Jane Zilkowski

Jane Ziolkowski Website

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