Building a tribe that excels

Focus on relationship structures, language and actions
Friday, Oct. 28 Location Code
8:00am-12:00pm San Antonio A, 3rd floor FW/33

Learn the behaviors, techniques, tools and practices of high performing teams as related to tribal leadership.


Tribes that excel sync systems, strategies and structures together with cultures that create and support collaboration. Tribal leadership - a study of high performing teams - looks at the language, relationship structures and behavioral patterns that separate high performing teams from teams that keep missing the mark. This session includes an introduction to the research behind the New York Times bestselling book, Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, an overview of the practices of high performing teams and group learning of techniques and tools for elevating a tribe from one level of performance to the next higher level of performance.


CultureSync is a management consulting firm focused on accelerating performance and igniting innovation by leading its clients to sync their organizational cultures with their strategy, structure and processes. CultureSync offers services for non-profits and educational programs for individuals. Its core values are vitality, partnership and invention which shape all of its decisions, from the clients it works with to the people it invites to join its tribe.

Presenters: Deirdre Gruendler / Scott Gauvin

Deirdre Gruendler is a senior consultant and the director of the CultureSync Academy. She has over 20 years of experience with non-profit leaders, executives, foundations, health care, fundraising and lobbying. Gruendler specializes in customized leadership training including leadership summits, the Tribal Leadership Intensive, the health care transformation program and the Leadership Institute.  

Scott Gauvin is a seasoned change agent with over 22 years of successfully helping organizations realize their potential. Throughout his career, Gauvin’s focus has been on driving performance gains through organizational alignment and a progressive approach to operations strategy. He has advised companies worldwide and across a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, biotech, consumer goods, medical devices, agriculture, packaging and industrial manufacturing.