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Chief People Strategist

Hollie Delaney

If you’re looking to learn about how you can build an HR department that helps drive culture and thinks of it's employees as customers OR what Human Resources looks like in a self-managed organization, Hollie is the speaker for you!

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About

Hollie Delaney

Hollie started her HR career in 1996 having worked for organizations such as Caesars Entertainment and Vegas.com. She joined the Zappos HR team in 2006 where she has led the charge of changing the traditional company structure to one based on trust and distributed authority all within the frame work of the Zappos core values. She's been pivotal in working to deliver happiness and provide the best place for employees to work. When she's not furthering her goals of changing the way traditional companies engage employees, she's cheering on the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team. Hollie also holds a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders and Speech Sciences from the University of Colorado. Her education and 20+ years of experience have given Hollie the resources she needs to turn traditional HR on it's head and lead a team that is focused on culture, being customer-centric, and paving the way for Zappos to become a self-managed organization.

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Presentation Topics

  • Committing to Culture
  • .The Zappos Way: Holacracy and Happiness
  • Building a Committed Team

Previous Engagements

  • DallasHR Education Seminar (Dallas, TX) 1.14.2020
  • Agile Enterprise Summit (Boston, MA) 10.28.2019
  • Unilever Retail Workshop (Washington D.C.) 8.6.2019
  • The Agora Companies 2018 Global Summit (New York, NY) 11.28.2018
  • 2018 SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit (National Harbor, MD) 11.16.2018
  • ERIAC World HR Forum (Monterrey, Mexico) 6.8.2018
  • Sberbank Managerial Innovations: The Challenge of the XXI Century (Stanford, CA) 4.5.2018

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Culture is

Happiness

Great culture leads to employee happiness. The same way a toxic culture leads to unhappiness. Happy employees means higher engagement, profitability, and low turnover.

Culture is

People

Our culture would not be what is it today without the people, past and present. We are all protectors and cultivators of the Zappos Culture; it's what makes it unique and something that changes every day.

Culture is

Being Yourself

I love that I get to be me all day. The culture encourages you to be the same person you are at work as you are at home. I don't have to pretend to be something I'm not, which makes Zappos a comfortable place to be.

Culture is

Unique

Every company has a unique culture that's all their own. Just like every person has their own personality, every company has their own culture. Building a culture is a special process that can't be taken lightly. It's the responsibility of every employee to represent and foster culture.

Culture is

Fun

Work can be fun! We have 2 annual parties at Zappos. Our Vendor Party where we invite all of our brands to thank them and celebrate our partnership. And, our employee holiday party. Past epic party themes have ranged from Mardi Gras and old-school hip-hop to a Hawaiian luau at a waterpark. Each has had its own twists and tricks to surprise and delight partygoers. This year, we invited our vendors to run away with us to the “Untamed Circus."

Culture is

Perpetual

Your culture doesn't stay the same, it will continue to evolve. Having a defined set of values will serve as your guide to continue your culture's growth and evolution in a positive direction.

Culture is

Not Always Measured

A strong culture means lower employee burnout and therefore, lower turnover. It leads to higher employee engagement and higher profitability. But really, companies should focus on their culture because it matters. Because it's just the right thing to do. To quote Tony Hsieh, "Just because you can’t measure the ROI of something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. What’s the ROI on hugging your mom?"

Culture is

Work-Life Integration

Companies and employees worry about work-life separation or work-life balance. But why? Wouldn't you rather be a company where your employees easily combine their full self into everything they do? Wouldn't you rather work for a company whose focus on culture allows your job to integrate with your life? It shouldn't be a struggle to find a balance between life and work where you are truly fulfilled and happy.

Culture is

Partnerships

Your vendors have the same objective as you: to sell their product, be successful in their work, and maybe have some fun while doing it. Something unique that Zappos does is allow brand representatives access to all the same sales and inventory information on their products that Zappos has. By working as a team, by partnering, you are setting the stage for success!

Culture is

Real

Your company has a culture. You may not have "planned" it. You may not like it. Or maybe you love it. But it's there. It is real. You can choose to be thoughtful about your company culture. You can set values and identify the behaviors that you want to be the core of your culture. That part is fairly easy. The hard part, is committing to the values once they are set. Living them.

Culture is

Core Values

Values are more than just words, they're a way of life. They are the foundation of your company culture. We know that companies with a strong culture and a higher purpose perform better in the long run. As we continue to grow, we strive to ensure that our culture remains alive and well.

Culture is

Your Brand

A company’s culture and a company’s brand are really just two sides of the same coin. The brand is just a lagging indicator of the culture.