Atrion Celebrates Record-Breaking AlwaysOn Symposium

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Held Wednesday, May 20, this year’s AOS attracted more than 700 attendees, a 300 percent increase since 2010, the inaugural year of the symposium.

Every year I have to come here. It changes my life. - Gary Frost, Vice President, North Shore Bank

IT professionals, executive leaders and business line unit managers searching for a deeper understanding as to why a healthy, robust corporate culture is directly tied to auspicious business outcomes got their answer at last week’s AlwaysOn Symposium (AOS), hosted by IT services firm Atrion.

“Culture is more than just the way employees dress, the way they communicate and the way the office is decorated,” Atrion CEO Tim Hebert said. “Rather, it is the glue that holds an organization together and either supports or undermines its success depending on its foundational values. Our hope was that AOS participants experienced a key wake-up moment in which they recognized that culture can be changed at an individual level.”

Held Wednesday, May 20, this year’s AOS attracted more than 700 attendees, a 300 percent increase since 2010, the inaugural year of the symposium. The one-day thought leadership event attracted representatives from companies in all verticals—from education to finance to healthcare—and professionals across all departments.

This year’s AOS was themed around culture and various industry luminaries took the stage to discuss the core pillars that go into a strong corporate culture, including: ideology (including vision, purpose and core values), amazing people and “wow experiences.” Speakers included Hebert; TED talk sensations and authors Maysoon Zayid, Amanda Palmer and Charles Scott; and fellow Atrion executives Chief Innovation Officer Chris Poe and Chief Strategy Officer Dave Ramsden.

According to Atrion officials, AOS is designed to give participants that “aha” moment and to encourage attendees to change their perspectives or broaden their horizons. And this year’s event did just that.

"It wasn't at all about Atrion. It was about how much they could give to the crowd. I've learned a lot by being a part of it. The way the speakers approached the work-life balance makes you think about yourself as a contributor to your work life, personal life and brand. It makes you realize that as a leader you can create a culture that makes people want to work with you as a partner. It's a very inspirational theme that I hope to bring back to my company. It was so refreshing. It was about purpose and leading with purpose. It's something we don't hear enough of and it was inspiring and refreshing," said Priya Gore, a User Adoption Expert at New Horizons.

For more information about the annual symposium—including upcoming information about next year’s event, visit the AOS microsite.

About Atrion:
Atrion is an IT services provider that designs, deploys and manages business-driven information technology solutions. The 290-employee company provides consultative IT services horizontally across all industries. Atrion offers a robust suite of enabling technology solutions, with a focus on innovative IT leadership, consultative, professional and managed services. Atrion is a Cisco Gold Partner, Microsoft Gold Partner, a consecutive-year Inc. 5000, a VAR 500 recipient, and a Providence Business News Best Place to Work Company.

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