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Steve Chaparro



Culture Design Strategist + Leadership Coach

Long Beach, CA




Steve is a creative leadership coach and culture design strategist. He is passionate about helping executives, teams, and organizations transform their workplace cultures. As an innovative and respected strategic design professional, Steve has a proven history of launching successful programs and generating solutions that meet client needs and exceed stakeholder expectations. At Duarte, Steve helped leaders to hone messaging and presentation skills to create stories that drive organizational change. In addition to executive coaching and consulting, Steve is also the host of the Culture Design Show, a podcast featuring leaders and thinkers from some of the top creative firms in the world. A keynote speaker and facilitator, Steve speaks to audiences across the country about the transformative journey of leadership, and he leads workshops with some of the top tech, pharmaceutical, real estate, and consumer packaged goods companies in North America. He has also facilitated training and consulting across global markets in the tech, medical device, and pharma industries. Drawing from his two decades of creative industry experience, Steve helps senior leaders tackle challenges such as delegating work, releasing perfectionism, increasing competency, improving communication, fostering collaboration, and scaling growth.

Focus + Specialties

  • Leadership Coaching + Development
  • Cultural Design Strategy
  • Program Development
  • Organizational Culture
  • Storytelling
  • Design Thinking
  • Team Dynamics
  • Public Speaking + Influence
  • Feedback + Communication

Industry Experience

  • Marketing + Communications
  • Finance + Insurance
  • Architecture + Design


Being agile rather than relying on past best practices, will help you lead through foundational change.

Degrees + Certifications

BA, Architecture // The University of Southern California

MS, Strategic Design and Management // Parsons School of Design, The New School

Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner // IBM, 2020

Certified Design Thinking Facilitator // DesignThinkers Academy, 2019

Certified Design Sprint Facilitator // AJ&Smart, 2019

Company Experience

Bank of America
Culture Design Studio
Institute of Possibility
K. Hovnanian® Homes
Merrill Lynch
Storm Properties, Inc.
Visioneering Studios
Waddell & Reed
WLC Architects


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