LIFE5: How UnitedHealth Group Brought Culture to Life Through Social Recognition

How UnitedHealth Group Brought Culture to Life Through Social Recognition

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Friday 07 October
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

UnitedHealth Group’s tireless commitment to its more than 187,000 employees in 28 countries and its pledge to maintaining core company values has positioned it as an industry leader and innovator in HR practices. Hear how the use of mobile technology created a fast and easy mechanism for employees around the world to recognize others and redeem memorable rewards. Specifically, you’ll find out how UnitedHealth Group fostered the growth of a cohesive corporate culture based on core values, leadership and collaboration through the deployment of Bravo! — a social recognition program. In the first six months after implementation, it recorded 456,082 recognition moments with 344,807 awards and 111,275 congratulations. Learn how you too can develop a culture of recognition and drive engagement in your organization.


David Sparkman

SVP, Culture
UnitedHealth Group


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David Sparkman

Dave began his current role in March, 2012 and has responsibility for supporting our leader’s efforts to transform the character of UnitedHealth Group. He works to ensure that Our United Culture values of integrity, compassion, relationships, innovation, and performance are integrated into every aspect of our organization to sustain this cultural movement. Prior to this role, Dave served as the Human Capital leader for UnitedHealth Group’s OptumHealth business of 21,000 people, where he had responsibility for all facets of Human Resources strategy and delivery. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group in 2003, he was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arthur Andersen. Dave graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in Accounting, is a former CPA and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He offices in Minnetonka, MN and resides in Eden Prairie, MN, with his wife and four children.

Eric Mosley

Co-Founder & CEO


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Eric Mosley

As co-founder and CEO of Globoforce, Eric has been directing the path of Globoforce as the innovator in the recognition industry since the company’s beginning. His vision to raise employee recognition from a tactical, unmeasured, and under-valued effort to a global strategic program with clear measures for performance and success is now being realized in some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations. Eric’s work has been published in such publications as Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Fortune, and he has also presented at industry and investment conferences around the world. He is the author of The Crowdsourced Performance Review and the co-author of the critically-acclaimed books Winning with a Culture of Recognition and The Power of Thanks. Prior to joining Globoforce, Eric established himself as an accomplished Internet consultant and architect having held varied management and technology roles in CSK Software, Bull Cara Group and Logica Aldiscon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics, Computers and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.