Alley is partnering with Columbia Business School to bring you Culture Hacks


What is Culture Hacks?

An exercise designed to help startups understand, develop and strengthen organizational culture within their businesses by aligning core member values and beliefs. Columbia's Value Exercise has been shown to increase team cohesion and trust, as well as to help organizations identify and retain team members. As part of the Value Exercise, startups will select value cards to create their own distinctive value hierarchies. Led by Professor Sheena Iyengar at Columbia Business School, the Culture Hacks workshop is a testament to how companies benefit from value alignment.

Registration available to startup companies who have not participated in a past session, Each company may register up to 10 members.

Light refreshments will be served.


About Columbia Business School: Columbia Business School is committed to educating and developing leaders and builders of enterprises who create value for their stakeholders and society at large.


Estoa recently held an organizational alignment workshop moderated by Professor Paul Ingram and found it had a significant impact on the positive growth of their team.

Image by Enstoa

Image by Enstoa

For the past few years, Enstoa has gathered team members from around the world for a 3 day off-site meeting to review company culture and reflect on the successes and lessons learned in the prior year. Professor Ingram's session allowed each team member to create their individual value hierarchy to compare and discuss with one another.

Read more about the Enstoa retreat here  

Collectively, we found that having to articulate our values with our teammates greatly strengthens our relationships & maximizes our productivity as a team. As the leading systems integrator in capital projects, team synergy and diversity is critical to Enstoa’s success.
— Enstoa

Professor Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor Business at the Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Columbia Senior Executive Program. HisPhD is from Cornell University and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. He has held visiting professorships at Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Toronto. His research has been published in more than forty articles, bookchapters and books. He has consulted on issues of organizational design and strategy to leading companies in the finance, healthcare and consumer products industries.


This exclusive opportunity is designed to give startups real-time access to Columbia Business School inside perks.