Debra drives Enterprise Leadership Development and Learning Design for Engineers and Scientists at W.L. Gore & Associates. For more than two decades she has led global learning teams and studied the impact of culture on learning and innovation, previously with Dell Inc. and SEMATECH, the semiconductor manufacturing research consortium. Debra is also Gore’s Chair Member in the Learning and Innovation Lab of Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
She specializes in management and executive development, leadership skills for technical professionals, learning design, and creating environments for innovators. Debra earned her doctorate from Columbia University and focused her doctoral study on Gore’s unique culture and practices that create conducive environments for innovators. Fast Company Magazine once called Gore the most innovative company in America. It is a longtime 100-Best-Place-to-Work company, featured in numerous business and scholarly publications for its ability to sustain innovation. Since it was founded in 1958, the company has operated in a non-hierarchical manner to optimize its ability to innovate.
Content Featuring Dr. Debra France
The watchwords of our times are complexity and agility, but our people really want simplicity.
Today’s leaders and HR Professionals are living in the world of “opposite land” where they must balance a series of tensions to ...Read more
As organizations continue to shift toward flatter, more agile structures, leaders and individuals alike will need a new set of skills and competencies to be effective. In this Executive Interview, Debra France of W.L. Gore & Associates ...Read more
For more than 50 years, associates of W.L. Gore & Associates have been refining skills, processes and practices for influencing and delivering value together without hierarchical power. Today, more than 10,000 associates create and sell ...Read more
Dr. Debra France, Enterprise Leadership Development at W. L. Gore, peels back and explores Gore's unique culture and business structure. Featured content includes utilizing a sponsorship role as opposed to a managerial role, a lattice ...Read more
Dr. Debra France, who works in Enterprise Leadership Development at W.L. Gore, discusses how career development is defined differently at W.L. Gore, and how an invested community of passion and a sponsorship program can provide a richer career ...Read more
Keynote Presenter: Dr. Debra France, Enterprise Leadership Development at W.L. Gore
Much has been written about the unique culture and organizational practices of W. L. Gore & Associates, a long-time Best-Place-to-Work Company ...Read more