In 2019, HubSpot launched Culture Happens, a podcast mini-series focused on the future of work and why creating an inclusive company culture matters. With rich discussions around building psychological safety, allyship, remote work, and more, Culture Happens sparked important conversations about the future of work. But, there’s a lot more to talk about. That’s why we’re excited to announce a second season of Culture Happens and three new episodes available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever else you listen virtually. 

Hosted by HubSpot employees and leadership, the podcast was inspired by Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot’s Co-Founder and creator of the Culture Code, who said, “Culture Happens. So, why not build a culture people love?” This season will explore topics centered around the future of work and building more inclusive work environments where all employees can speak up, be heard, and feel welcome. 

“Simply put, now’s not the time to stay silent. In order for companies, leaders, and individuals to grow better, we have to get comfortable with having conversations around tough topics,” said Eimear Marrinan, Director of Culture at HubSpot. “My hope is that this season sparks a thoughtful and open dialogue within our larger community that leads with empathy, acknowledges different perspectives, and creates space for questions so that we can together make an inclusive and equitable work experience for all.”

The first three episodes of the season are now available and feature discussions around important and timely topics between HubSpot employees as well as experts in the space of neuroscience, mentorship, and talent acquisition. Season two episodes available now include: 

Supporting Employees in Times of Crisis

Delivering a fulfilling employee experience is about more than a title or paycheck. It's about creating a truly inclusive workplace in which all employees feel welcome, motivated, and empowered to bring their whole selves to work. As part of the Adapt 2020 Education Series, HubSpot's Chief People Officer Katie Burke, sat down with Khalil Smith, VP of Consulting at the NeuroLeadership Institute and Diane Marinovich, Director of Talent at Loom to discuss how to care for employees and create space for tough conversations at work.

Mentorship vs. Sponsorship: What’s the Difference and Why Do They Both Matter? 

The age-old practice of mentoring is being influenced by new forms of work, technology, and learning. In this episode, Lisa Fain of the Center for Mentoring Excellence joins HubSpot Director of Product Growth Chris Miller to discuss the difference between mentorship and sponsorship, the importance of having a relationship with someone who is different than you, tips for mentoring virtually, and more. 

How To Start An Effective Employee Resource Group 

Employee Resource Groups are a critical piece of an organization's diversity and inclusion strategy. But, how do you actually create these ERG’s? Melissa Obleada, founder of the LGBTQ+ and People of Color at HubSpot ERG’s digs into the impact these groups have in the workplace, and how to begin forming one within your own organization.

With transparency as one of HubSpot’s core culture values, Culture Happens is a key vehicle for openly discussing learnings and tough topics related to diversity, employee engagement, leadership, and more. New episodes will launch each month through the remainder of the year, and Culture Happens podcast joins HubSpot’s suite of podcasts, including The Growth Show and Weird Work. To learn more about HubSpot’s podcasts and to listen to episodes, visit

Originally published Jul 7, 2020 2:03:37 PM, updated January 19 2023