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 is intended to help startups increase team cohesion and trust, as well as to 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 Paul Ingram, business professor at Columbia Business School, the Culture Hacks workshop is a testament to how companies benefit from value alignment.

Registration available to startup companies, 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. His PhD 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, book chapters and books. He has consulted on issues of organizational design and strategy to leading companies in the finance, healthcare and consumer products industries.

Professor Sheena Iyengar

Sheena S. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School. She graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1998. Dr. Iyengar’s core research focusses on the psychology of choice and decision-making, addressing how humans face challenges in a world where they are inundated with options. She has since turned her attention to tackling issues in the business world through the lenses of network analysis and diversity-inspired ideation.


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