SIG Event: Leadership & OD SIG

  • October 23, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Five Below Headquarters, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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How a 'Putting People First' Culture Drives Business Results

Program Description:  

Hal Rosenbluth said it best in the title of his best-selling book, The Customer Comes Second: Put Your People First and Watch 'em Kick Butt.  Rosenbluth  pioneered the concept that when companies care about their employees those employees care about the customers, which in turn drives high performance in companies.  The concept of servant leadership also puts employees first.  In the book, The Bridge to Growth: How Servant Leaders Achieve Better Results and Why It Matters Now More Than Ever, author Jude Rake points to research that supports the principle of Putting People First as a means to achieve sustainable business results.  Even most companies espouse in their annual report that their employees are their most important asset.  Yet, as intuitive as this principle is, why isn't it a more common practice?

At this Leadership & OD SIG meeting, we will hear from 3 dynamic CEOs – Joel Anderson (Five Below), Dan Calista (Vynamic), and Hal Rosenbluth (New Ocean Health Solutions) who truly believe in creating a "putting people first" culture, what that culture looks like, how it drives business results, and what they have done to create such a culture.

As a result of this program, we hope you will be inspired by the work of these dynamic CEOs and leave with some ideas that you can apply in your current organization to create a 'putting people first' culture or enhance your existing culture which, in turn, will enable the organization to achieve its goals.

We will also have ample opportunity for an interactive discussion through a question and answer period.


Joel Anderson

CEO and President of Five Below

Joel Anderson has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Five Below, Inc. since

February 1, 2015, and was the President and Chief Operating Officer since July 2014 until January 2015. Prior to joining Five Below, Joel  was the President of Consumer Direct of Lenox Group Inc ., Vice President of New Ventures at Toys“R”Us, Inc. , Vice President and General Manager as well as Vice President of Merchandising for  He also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Walmart.Com's at USA, LLC.


Dan Calista

Founder & CEO of Vynamic

 Dan Calista is the Founder & CEO of Vynamic, a 110+ person healthcare industry management consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia also with an office in Boston.  Vynamic clients include some of the largest companies across all sectors of the interwoven healthcare industry.  Founded in 2002, Vynamic set the priority from the beginning to focus first on people to create a healthy culture by developing talent.  The “V” in Vynamic stands for Values and Vitality.  The emphasis on company culture has worked for Vynamic.  The Company has doubled in size over the last five years.  The Vynamic company culture has been featured in national press including Fast Company Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, Real Simple Magazine, and The Today Show.

Hal Rosenbluth

Chairman & CEO of New Ocean

 Hal Rosenbluth is Chairman & CEO of New Ocean, a software design and development company singularly focused on healthcare. Through its enterprise health management platform New Ocean fosters a culture of wellness for its clients. Prior to New Ocean, Hal was a senior corporate officer of Walgreen Co. and President of Walgreen’s Health and Wellness Division.  He joined Walgreens in 2007 when they acquired Take Care Health Systems, a pioneering company in retail health clinics which he co-founded and funded in 2004.  

In his late 20s Hal took over his family business, Rosenbluth International.  He turned a 20-million-dollar Philadelphia-based travel company into a 6-billion-dollar global travel management company with owned operations in 35 countries. Rosenbluth International was named Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for In America. 


Hal is author of New York Times best-seller, The Customer Comes Second: Put Your People First and Watch ‘Em Kick Butt and originator of the corporate culture concept-- that creating a great service organization starts by first caring about its employees.



Hosted & Sponsored by: Five Below Headquarters

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