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December 12, 2022

The Changemaker’s Backpack: 5 Practices for Leaders to Make and Move with Change – with Dean Carter (Former Head of People and Culture at Patagonia)

What does it take to retain and attract talent during a time of upheaval? HR thought leader, and Guild’s new Chief People Officer, Dean Carter, draws from his life and career experiences as a CHRO at Patagonia to present a critical toolkit —a backpack— of learnings he carries with him that have proven essential to achieving success as an HR leader at this 2022 Guild Opportunity Summit keynote.  

For many, COVID blurred boundary lines between work and life, thrusting our shared humanity into the spotlight, and leaving an indelible mark on how we think about work going forward. For companies, the ensuing Great Resignation has inspired panic and in many cases worsened talent shortages. In this keynote, Carter challenges fixed mindsets, using Patagonia as a case study for ways purpose-driven businesses can rise to the challenges of the moment and do more than simply weather change. 

Key insights include:

  • How to articulate your purpose to demonstrate service to society and attract inspired, talented individuals who are seeking to align their careers with their sense of purpose.
  • Ways to show up in support of your purpose by turning values into measurable actions — not just a list of beliefs. 
  • The importance of a regenerative approach to the employee experience, and the positive flywheel effect this intentional approach generates.
  • Learning how to see the opportunities to reset and to acquire mission-aligned talent embedded within the Great Resignation.
  • Real-world examples of systemic change to better meet and celebrate talent — not just where they are, but for who they are as people. 

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