Welcome to Episode 27 of Building My Legacy.

In the second of our series of five podcasts with Karen Whitaker, Vice President at Grin + Beam, Lois Sonstegard asks her about corporate culture and working within an organization that has two – or even more – cultures.

Understanding the culture or cultures within an organization is critical to your success in the workplace and to building your legacy. You’ll face additional challenges, however, when you work for an organization with more than one culture. Karen’s experience – in a job in which she divided her time equally between “corporate” and “sales” – has important lessons for all of us.

So if you want to know:

  • How to define “corporate culture”
  • Why organizations with more than one corporate culture present special challenges
  • How gender, race and overall attitude affect how we respond to corporate culture
  • What to do and what not to do to grow, develop and effectively promote employees


About Karen Whitaker

As Vice President of Business Development for Grin + Beam, Karen is responsible for leading business and relationship strategies enterprise-wide for this company that offers an innovative approach to oral health.

During her 15-year career in clinical care, Karen has proven to be a true “connector” in the healthcare community. She has worked with public and privately owned companies, start-up ventures and merging entities to help these organizations develop a competitive advantage through strategic positioning, planning and patient education practices.

From corporate settings to the operating room, Karen has had hands-on experience in sales, marketing and clinical education. Her gift for forging relationships is a result of her professional values: accountability, compassion, honesty and reliability. She is a champion for women in the workplace, and her reputation for fairness and equality has never wavered.

About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching: https://build2morrow.com/


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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.