About Us.


We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to work and thrive within organizational cultures that embrace their full, authentic selves.


Connecting humans to inspire positive change around organizational culture.

Core Values:

  • Human Connection

  • Diverse Perspectives

  • Practical Action


Make Connections, Grow Perspective, Change Culture

Leadership Team:

Zach Blumenfeld CultureCon

Zach Blumenfeld

Co-Founder, Organizer

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Zach Blumenfeld’s motto, Make What You Do Matter, speaks volumes about how he leads his life. His commitment to working to improve the lives of others are qualities that influenced the start of CultureCon. In additional to CultureCon, Zach was also Co-Founder/COO of ThirdSpace, a workplace culture software, as well as a founder of numerous other startups. Zach is passionate about fixing the broken workplace. Zach speaks at events across the globe including: The University of Wisconsin Innovation Conference, DisruptHR, and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) on topics that include: culture, engagement, innovation, generational differences in the workplace, and connecting your team to the mission of the organization.

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Nick Lombardino

Co-Founder, Organizer

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Nick Lombardino is a versatile business and community leader with widespread marketing, operations and sales management experience. Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Nick has spent his professional career helping young organizations become more efficient, accountable and scalable. 

In addition to CultureCon, Nick is a part of the Leadership Team at FarWell, a Madison-based advisory firm that helps organizations successfully plan and implement strategic changes. Nick is also a Founding Member of Change Geeks and Madison Tech & Society.

Outside of work (or during work), Nick is passionate about cribbage, soul music, lunch buffets and just about anything you’d find in a senior living community.

Diara Parker CultureCon

Diara Parker


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Diara Parker is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, as well as a change management and organizational culture champion. As a consultant and Vice President of Operations for EQT By Design, Diara supports organizations and communities as they redesign, build, and implement strategic initiatives using an equity-centered change management approach. 


Diara has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development and is passionate about employing equity-driven, people-centric approaches to change management and strategy development that center the voices of diverse stakeholders and support long-term sustainability.

Katie Gaynor CultureCon

Katie Gaynor


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Katie’s passion lies in utilizing communication strategies for humanitarian efforts. She has supported the missions of nonprofit organizations like Operation Fresh Start, American Red Cross, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services and currently works for the think tank Filene Research Institute, working to support paths towards financial stability and wellness. 

Katie earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as a proud Minnesotan living in Wisconsin, she’s unapologetically loyal to the Steelers – no matter how many Packer fans she’s surrounded by!

In addition to CultureCon, you can catch Katie volunteering for a variety of causes including serving as a Board Member for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In her down time, Katie spends time singing in a band, planning her next international adventure and supervising her dogs social media presence.

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Nathan Bossow


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Nathan is a certified project management professional with experience in organizational growth strategy and change initiatives. He specializes in supporting projects using systems thinking, lean methodology, and applying core principles embedded in design.