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Meet Alix Tingle of Culture Hackers in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alix Tingle.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey started at a young age, with a collection of experiences that piqued my interests in people and curiosity in the world. Raised between Idaho and Montana and living on our family’s cattle ranch, I spent my childhood developing a strong love for nature and the outdoors.

I always had a deep concern for environmental conservation, I was fascinated by foreign places, traveling, and Spanish, and so I took the first international travel opportunity that came my way — a Sea Turtle conservation trip to Costa Rica when I was in high school. It was truly a defining moment in my life. A moment that activated my passions, opened my eyes to other ways of life and culture, showed me devastating poverty and ultimately gave me a deep sense of gratitude for the things I had always taken for granted. i.e. clean water, food, my health, family, etc. I carried on to pursue a degree in international business and seek out meaningful work opportunities (and lots of unpaid internships).

Determined to let my passions be my guide and live a life of purpose, I have thrived on traveling and living around the world quenching my thirst for adventure, operationalizing purpose-driven startups, building a sustainable community in Panama, and producing events that bring together change-makers, social entrepreneurs, and filmmakers making positive global impacts.

After years of working inside organizations and behind the scenes with visionary leaders to make their dreams come to life, I felt it was time to step into my power, take my expertise and start my own business. With such a deep passion for people and the belief that business has the ability to solve some of our greatest problems, I wanted to show organizations what was possible when you prioritize your people.

Were we born to pay the bills and die? No, but so many of us are in survival mode or living for the weekend. Work consumes 1/3 of our lives, and I believe that we should enjoy that part of our life as much as the rest.

Committed to bringing more meaning, joy, and connection to people’s lives, I started Culture Hackers to reinvent work and empower cultures of happiness, by infusing teams with purpose and unleashing human potential.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a beautiful, fun and challenging road. I welcome the challenges as they are inevitable and are some of the most beautifully defining moments of our lives.

Following my passions and choosing to forge a path that others might not understand, hasn’t always been easy or logical. But it’s following the excitement and listening to that deep inner voice that has always kept me going—it’s lead me to the most unexpected of places, wildest of adventures and unconventional work experience that I wouldn’t change for anything.

Along the way, I caused myself a lot of pain and setback by having a belief that I wasn’t good enough and constantly comparing myself to others who I viewed as “more successful” or “smarter.” I work hard to understand and love myself deeply and work out these limiting beliefs. I recognize it’s a lifelong journey and I’m committed to it all — the healing, growth and always striving to be the best version of myself.

Starting your own business is a rollercoaster and it takes a lot of courage. There are days with massive highs and deep lows. Putting yourself out there and being seen is vulnerable and scary, working solo without a team gets lonely, and some days I question my sanity and ability to pull it off.

Trusting the process and surrendering to the flow of life have been massive lessons for me on this journey, and have allowed for more patience and acceptance that everything is happening as it is meant to. I’m learning to welcome all of it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Culture Hackers story. Tell us more about it.
We are on a mission to reinvent work by infusing teams with purpose and unleashing human potential.

87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work, struggling in jobs they don’t enjoy, while simultaneously hurting the profitability of the business.

We believe happiness is the new productivity and we envision workplaces that put their people first. Always.

Culture Hackers is here to empower companies who care, with impact-driven business solutions that are designed to enhance workplace culture, boost the brand and increase overall happiness, by driving improvements in talent engagement, productivity, and retention. We provide resources, workshops and consulting services to drive these positive business outcomes.

It’s a win-win—what’s good for your people is good for business.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There is a shift happening in the business. Now more than ever, business is being used as a force-for-good and looked at to solve some of the world’s greatest problems — and that is only going to continue to increase as consumers, job-seekers and investors are demanding more. Consumers want to know where their products are coming from and if they are ethical, millennials are taking over the workforce and they care more about purpose than their paycheck and are willing to take a pay cut to prove it.

More businesses are being built to align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals— 17 Global Goals that were adopted by world leaders that focus on the greatest challenges faced by humanity with the aim of ending poverty and hunger, misery and war, unfairness and inequality.

Emerging technologies will make a huge impact in the workplace, especially with automation and decentralization.

There is much to embrace in the future of work and is critical to keep our human workforce empowered in roles that utilize their gifts, creates autonomy, builds trust, develops meaningful relationships and overall is improving humanity.

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