Team Design & Culture in a Long-Distance World,
a Virtual LeaderCon Experience
Meet Our Speakers
We have assembled this team of experts to spend the day helping you understand team dynamics and culture in a long-distance world.
Chief Potential Officer
The Kevin Eikenberry Group
Kevin Eikenberry is a world expert on leadership development and learning. He is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, & co-founder of The Remote Leadership Institute. He has helped organizations across North America, and leaders from 43 countries on leadership, teamwork, communication and more.
Twice he has been named by Inc.com as one of the top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World and been included in other similar lists. He is the author, co-author or a contributing author to nearly 20 books, including best-sellers Remarkable Leadership and From Bud to Boss – Secrets of the Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership (with Guy Harris), The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership (with Wayne Turmel). In January 2021, The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere will be released. His blog is ranked among the world’s best, most read and most shared on leadership, has been visited over 4 million times.
Master Trainer & Coach
The Kevin Eikenberry Group
Wayne Turmel is a co-founder of the Remote Leadership Institute. He has spent the last twenty years or more obsessed by how people communicate at work. His work has helped organizations on four continents develop the communication skills needed to lead people, projects, and teams and to make the adjustment to remote working and virtual teams.
Besides The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership from Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Wayne is the author of nine books, including ASTD’s 10 Steps to Successful Virtual Presentations and Meet Like You Mean It: A Leader’s Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings. His newest book, The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere, was released in January 2021. He has also contributed to almost a dozen other books. His groundbreaking podcast, The Cranky Middle Manager Show, was one of the first leadership podcasts to be included in the list of 50 Top Influential HR Blogs by BNET. His clients include the American Red Cross, Schneider Electric, Dell, and several departments of the United States and Canadian governments.
Marshall Goldsmith has called Wayne “one of the truly unique voices in leadership.”
Thor Projects, LLC
Robert Bogue has led change projects for three decades. As a recovering technologist, he’s changed the way people work as he changed the technology. He’s the author of 28 books and has been a Microsoft MVP for 19 years. His work has transformed corporations, government, and quasi-government organizations. It’s not about the technology, but he leverages his strength in technology and human systems to create change that is sustainable and transformative for organizations of all sizes and shapes.
Award-Winning Radio Producer & Personality
read to Lead Podcast
Jeff Brown spent much of his career as a broadcaster, including cohosting an award-winning and nationally syndicated morning show out of Nashville. He also served in the Nashville music industry for several years where, at one point, he helped take 26 songs in just 22 months all the way to number one.
His departure from radio in 2013 coincided with the launch of the Read to Lead Podcast. Since then, the podcast has garnered no less than four Best Business Podcast nominations and received nearly 10 million downloads. He has interviewed hundreds of authors and business leaders including John Maxwell, Liz Wiseman, Gary Vaynerchuk (VAY-ner-chuck), Nancy Duarte (do-AR-tay), Seth Godin (GO-duhn) and over 450 more.
2021 saw the release of his first traditionally published book: Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career.
Last year, Jeff launched the Note-Making Mastery Cohort where he teaches leaders and knowledge workers his four-part personal knowledge management framework. Having received incredible feedback from students, the cohort is soon to begin its fifth iteration.
He leads the new Read to Lead Community online, a group of nearly 300 members and growing that brings together leaders from all over the world who have a passion for personal and professional growth.
Jeff's work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Inc., and Hubspot, as well as the blogs of Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, and Social Media Explorer.
Jeff writes about personal knowledge management, note-taking, and turning knowledge into action. And you can find him online at "read to lead podcast dot com," and at "jeff brown dot me."
Chris Dyer is a recognized company culture and remote work expert. As a former CEO managing thousands of people, his companies consistently were named a best place to work. They have also been named a fastest growing company by Inc Magazine 5 times. Chris routinely consults and speaks, and Inc Magazine ranked him as the #1 Leadership Speaker on Culture. He has two bestselling books The Power of Company Culture and Remote Work, and has been named #5 on the Leadershum Power List, a Top 40 Change Management Guru, a Top 50 Global Thought Leader, and a Top 50 leadership podcast just this year.
As a leadership speaker, his goal is to inspire audiences with a straightforward delivery, insightful candor, and engaging humor. His talks leave audiences permanently transformed, offering innovative perspectives on leadership to improve company culture, and empower organizations to discover new successes. Countless companies have unlocked productivity, performance, and profits by implementing his 7 Pillar Strategy.
Katie McCleary is an entrepreneur and storyteller who trains leaders, creatives, and humanitarians to launch big ideas by leveraging their social and cultural capital. She is the founder of 916 Ink, a nonprofit that has transformed over 4,000 vulnerable youth into confident authors. She is the host of “The Drive” podcast on NPR’s CapRadio with the American Leadership Forum-MV in Sacramento.
Founder & Director
Virtual Not Distant
Pilar set up Virtual not Distant in 2016, in order to facilitate the journey for managers, teams and organisations towards “office optional”. She has worked with small teams helping them set up their online ecosystems, delivered training both online and off, and piloted new ways of working.
An experienced voiceover artist, she’s now working on creating audio-first courses and “Get Started with Async” will be her first audio course, co-created with Simon Wilson.
Pilar is the host of the podcasts “21st Century Work Life” and “Adventures in Podcasting” and co-host of “Management Café”, “Gastronostalgia” (in Spanish) and “My Pocket Psych” (for Work Life Psych).
Workforce Innovation Specialist
Sophie is a work futurist, international keynote speaker, and Workforce Innovation Specialist at future-of-work consultancy, Flexcel Network. Sophie’s advisory services and workshops help leaders adapt to attract, engage, and retain a multigenerational distributed workforce. Sophie’s new book is Empathy Works: The Key to Competitive Advantage in the New Era of Work. Over 530,000 people have taken her LinkedIn video courses that focus on Future-of-Work skills, empathy, and Gen Z. Sophie hosts widely popular podcast “Transforming Work with Sophie Wade”. She got her BA at Oxford and MBA at INSEAD.
Founder & CEO
The Wiseman Group
Liz Wiseman is the author of the New York Times bestseller Multipliers and the Wall Street Journal bestsellers Rookie Smarts and Impact Players. She is a former corporate executive who now works as a management researcher, executive advisor, and CEO of the Wiseman Group. Liz has received the top achievement award for leadership from Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world's top 50 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. She lives in Menlo Park, California.