Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Diane Adams. Diane’s life work has been focused on culture. And by embracing the hard, she also believes you can make the world better for everyone.
Culture and talent expert Diane K. Adams has devoted her career to building and studying the role of culture in a company’s success.
Whether she’s at the helm of a Fortune 500 Human Resource organization or independently coaching and consulting chief executives of smaller organizations, and nonprofits, Diane is a leader in helping companies recognize what’s required to energize their people and to achieve long-term success at the bottom line.
Currently serving as Chief Culture and Talent Officer for Sprinklr, the most complete social media and management system for the enterprise. Her team’s focus is on accelerating the growth of a high-performance and inclusive culture. Major responsibilities include building a great workforce culture and accelerating company performance, as well as human resources responsibilities for talent development and succession planning, talent acquisition, organization development, change management, total rewards, and data analytics. Prior to that, she had a similar position at McGraw-Hill Education. Prior to McGraw-Hill Education, she led the global human resources organization of Qlik, one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world with more than 2,300 people around the globe. Focused on building the Qlik culture –a values-based, high-performance culture that promotes innovation, learning and “making a difference”. Before Qlik, Diane and her teams helped shape enduring values-based, high-performance cultures at companies including Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Allscripts Healthcare Systems (Nasdaq: MDRX).
At Cisco, for example, she joined the company when it had just 4,500 employees. Her roles—including Vice President Human Resources/International, and Vice President Human Resources/Worldwide Sales—revolved around helping ensure that the company could scale successfully. By the time she left 14 years later, Cisco had successfully grown to 70,000 employees in 152 countries.
At Allscripts as Executive Vice President of Culture and Talent, Diane and her team were instrumental in enabling that company to scale its operations from $500 million to $1.44 billion.
Diane also has helmed a successful consultancy focused on organizational and leadership development and excellence. Passionate about developing leaders, she’s also an annual co-host of the North Carolina CEO Forum.
Diane does her best to live her values in her personal life, too. Reflecting her belief in social responsibility, she’s a chancellor of the International Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She’s also a member of other boards including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Communities in Schools of North Carolina, and previously served on the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Visitors.
Diane is a graduate in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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