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Redefining Culture Consulting

At Cultivara Consulting, our name embodies our mission: to cultivate unique, thriving organizational cultures. We bring practical, research-backed solutions to the forefront of healthcare, technology, and education industries. Our services, from organizational restructuring and scalable management & leadership development programs to executive coaching and talent process redesign, are aimed at making organizations more efficient, leaders more effective & inclusive, and incentives more aligned with your desired culture.

Why Cultivara?

At Cultivara Consulting, our organization & culture transformation approach is Culturally-Grounded, Human-Centered, and AI-Enhanced:

Culturally-Grounded:  We conduct in-depth analyses into your organization's microcultures and demographics, often with the aid of AI, to reveal aspects of your culture that may be unknown. This process is crucial for senior leadership and informs our solution design, ensuring they are authentically aligned with your organization's unique context.

Human-Centered:  We focus on improving culture for those who need it most, often the underrepresented. By building solutions with these groups, we ensure that their voices and needs are central to our strategy. This approach also encompasses our commitment to doing things WITH and AS our clients, not TO them, emphasizing collaboration over product imposition.

AI-Enhanced:  Our use of AI for strategic assessments and measurements provides clients with insightful, data-driven solutions. We aim to work ourselves out of a job, teaching clients to independently derive insights from their data, which we provide transparently.

Our approach is distinguished by its emphasis on collaboration, empowerment, and accessibility. Our affordability and commitment to the movement for positive change are integral, often resulting in our services being offered at very accessible prices, or even for free. This human-centered approach is a testament to our dedication to empowering clients, fostering self-sufficiency over dependency, and sets us apart from traditional consulting firms.

About

Dr. Michael Nguyen

Co-Founder

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Dr. Michael Nguyen, co-founder of Cultivara Consulting, embodies the spirit of resilience and innovation. A faculty member at USC, Dr. Nguyen teaches cross-cultural psychology within the Masters for Applied Psychology Program (MAPP), guiding the next generation of psychologists in applying their knowledge to real-world settings. His journey is a testament to the power of education and determination. Born in the United States to Vietnamese refugees, Dr. Nguyen overcame significant obstacles, including dropping out of high school, only to rediscover his passion for psychology at a community college. This passion led him to Pomona College and then to significant research roles, including at The Imoyase Group, where he evaluated programs serving underrepresented communities.

Dr. Nguyen's diverse career spans from designing video games for Vivendi to pioneering cultural psychology studies at Emory University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. His work in diversity and inclusion (D&I), cultural change, and organizational development has positioned him as a leading figure in the field. Before co-founding Cultivara, he founded Inclusive Insights, LLC, a D&I consultancy, and contributed to global health initiatives in Haiti as an Emory Global Health Institute Scholar.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. in Psychology, Pitzer College

  • M.A. in Guidance and Counseling, Loyola Marymount University

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Emory University

Tom Gratian

Co-Founder

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Tom has over 25 years of HR and business experience in the Healthcare, Technology, Media Entertainment, Financial Services, and Restaurant sectors, spanning startups and Fortune 100s such as TikTok, Comcast NBCUniversal, and American Express. He consults privately in executive assessment, onboarding and coaching, executive team assimilation and integration, and large-scale organization and culture transformation.

 

Most recently he was the Global Head of Talent Management & Organization Effectiveness for TikTok, leading executive assessment, onboarding and coaching, executive assimilation and integration, leadership development, succession planning, and organization design.

 

Prior to his TikTok role, Tom was Head of Learning & Development for Sweetgreen, Head of Leadership & Organization Development for Comcast NBCUniversal’s Filmed Entertainment Group, and enterprise-wide Vice President of Learning & Development for Paramount (then Viacom), where he built large leadership development and coaching programs.

Earlier in his career, Tom spent over 7 years with American Express, serving as Director of Talent Development and Organization Effectiveness, building global leadership development and coaching programs, and consulting on global reorganizations. He spent over 6 years in Bay Area technology startups in business operations positions, streamlining product development processes.

Qualifications:

  • B.A., Williams College, Psychology

  • M.B.A., New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business
    Leadership & Change Management
    Social Impact & Innovation

  • Completed International Coaching Federation certification program and all required coaching hours

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