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Culture First
Dec 17, 2019
Scaling Culture, with Ambrosia Vertesi
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Scaling Culture, with Ambrosia Vertesi

Numerous organizations face a common dilemma: how to maintain their foundational culture and values while experiencing tremendous growth.

In this episode, Damon Klotz sits down with Ambrosia Vertesi, co-founder of HR Open Source and former Vice President of People at Duo Security, to discuss the why and the how of scaling culture.

Ambrosia shares many of the lessons she learned during her time at Hootsuite and Duo Security and gives us insight on how to support managers during big company changes. 

Later in the episode, Molly Graham, Co-Founder of &Then, invites us to dive deeper into what it actually means to “give away legos”, and the vital role that humility plays during fast growth.

Lastly, we get to hear Chloe Sesta Jacobs’ running boots on the ground. Chloe is Head of People and Culture at Deputy, a scheduling software company that is experiencing tremendous growth.

As a gift to our podcast listeners, we are offering our Culture Crunch Report, a comprehensive collection of trends in employee engagement, organizational design, company culture, leadership and management, and their differences across varying company maturation phases.

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To connect with Ambrosia Vertesi, go to

To read Molly Graham's article on sharing legos, go to

To find out more about Deputy, visit

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Host: Culture Amp’s Work Culture Evangelist, Damon Klotz. 

Production:  Sarah Lessire.

Assistant Production: Ayla Cleworth

Editing: Nick Jaworski at Podcast Monster. 

Design: Nicole Dominic, Amelia Chieng and Christine Tapawan. 

Culture Amp Data: Vivian Woo. 

Video: Kyle Doan. 

Original music: Sarah Lessire. 

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