Moving From “Me” To “We”

VMware is one of the key providers of virtualization software in the industry. With over 20,000 employees, VMware has been celebrated as one of the “2018 Best Places To Work” by the Employee’s Choice Awards and “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” by Fortune Magazine.

Why We Worked Together

VMware’s Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is an annual conference. In 2018, LATE NITE ART hosted a 90-minute experience for 700 of their leaders, in Toronto, Canada. The focus: building a growth mindset, and exploring new approaches to innovation. We also curated a soundtrack for the entire summit, which used music as a tool for leadership development, learning, reflection and play.

What We Created

Our partnership with VMware began with an in-depth design process to help us become more familiar with VMware’s culture and key objectives for the GLS. We collaborated with the Leadership Development team to create a customized LATE NITE ART program that complemented the overall content from the Summit. For large-scale event production and logistics, we worked with an outside production company called streamlinevents. The result: a deeply memorable, out-of-the-ordinary, and powerful learning experience.

How It Succeeded

A key goal for us was to help the executives get comfortable with large scale change. Key results happened, because we:

  • Created opportunities for the group to step out of their comfort zones, so they could exercise their adaptability muscle, and respond quickly to change, without overwhelm.

  • Designed the training such that the group could embody GLS’s vision “Now is our time”. This, by increasing confidence in leadership, building allies in other teams, and moving from ‘me’ to ‘we’.

The LATE NITE ART experience exceeded our expectations on every level.
— Victoria Sevilla, Director, Global Leadership Development, VMware