Virtual LeaderCon 2021 - Speakers

Kevin Eikenberry

Chief Potential Officer - The Kevin Eikenberry Group
Host - Virtual LeaderCon

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. 

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He has twice been named by 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.

Mary Abbajay

President - Careerstone Group, LLC

Mary Abbajay, author of the award-winning, best-selling Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government.

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As a sought-after author, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Mary helps clients develop the strategies, skills and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. Her expertise lies in helping clients create dynamic and productive workplaces that foster professional and personal excellence and growth.

Mary is a frequent expert contributor for television, radio and print publications where she provides practical leadership and career advice. In addition to her role as a contributor, her work and advice have appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, The Financial Times, Money Magazine, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Monster, and the BBC.

In 2010, Mary was named as one of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and was a Smart CEO Brava Award recipient in 2017.

Marsha Acker

CEO - TeamCatapult

Marsha Acker is an executive leadership and team coach whose passion and expertise is helping leaders and their teams identify and break through stuck patterns that get in the way of high performance. She is the author of the book The Art and Science of Facilitation: How to Lead Effective Collaboration with Agile Teams.

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Marsha founded TeamCatapult, a coaching and change leadership firm, in 2005. She has over 20 years of experience designing and facilitating organizational change initiatives. She believes that facilitation and coaching skills are 21st century leadership skills required for leaders as they learn to lead agility across the organization and develop their teams.

Marsha is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Professional Certified Coach (ICF-PCC), Organizational and Relationship Systems Coach (Center for Right Relationship), Dialogix - Certified Structural Dynamics Interventionist, ICAgile Certified Expert Agile Team Coaching and ICAgile Expert in Enterprise Coaching.

Dov Baron

Dragon Leader, Author, & Podcast Host

Dov Baron, twice named to the list of the world's Top 30 Global Leadership Gurus and Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Leadership Speakers, is the founder and host of the podcast, Leadership & Loyalty, Apple Podcasts #1 podcast for Fortune 500 Execs. Inc magazine also rated it as the #1 podcast to make you a better leader.

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Dov is an independent contributor to multiple media outlets, including; CEO World, CNN, Elle Italia, Entrepreneur magazine, Medium and FOX. For over thirty years, Dov has worked privately with committed elite-level leaders and their organizations who are having impactful influence on leadership, business, and politics. He is also the bestselling author of One Red Thread and Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. As a speaker, Dov has presented to the United Nations, The World Management Forum in Iran, and the famed Servant Leadership Institute.

Dr. Chip Bell

Keynote Speaker & Author

Chip R. Bell is a renowned keynote speaker and author of several award-winning, best-selling books including Take Their Breath Away, Service Magic, Managing Knock Your Socks Off Service, Magnetic Service and Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles. His newest book is Inside Your Customer’s Imagination. Dr. Bell has appeared live on CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, CNN and his work has been featured in Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Businessweek, Entrepreneur magazine and Inc. magazine. Global Gurus in 2020 ranked him for the sixth year in a row in the top three keynote speakers in the world on customer service.

Meredith Bell

Co-Founder & President - Performance Support Systems

Meredith Bell is co-founder and President of Performance Support Systems (PSS), a global software company. Their award-winning tools guide leaders to make the shift from KNOWING to DOING. The result: permanent improvements in the way managers lead and coach their teams. Because of Meredith’s and her two partners’ fierce commitment to service excellence, many clients have done business with PSS for more than 20 years.

Vanessa Bohns

Social Psychologist & Professor - Cornell University

Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist and professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University, and holds a PhD in psychology from Columbia University and an AB from Brown University. She is the author of You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion and Why it Matters. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, and her research has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and NPR’s Hidden Brain.

Gary Brackett

Former Super Bowl Champion

Former Super Bowl Champion, Gary Brackett, pursues his professional ventures with the same passion and voracity as he did his nine-year career in the NFL. His unshakable confidence, unmatched work ethic, and unwavering commitment to constant growth and learning has served him well in his seamless transition from football to business.

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An accomplished entrepreneur in his post-football life, Gary is a two-time author (WINNING, 2011, and GRIT, 2021), podcast host, corporate trainer, and success coach; but his greatest passion (outside of being a pro dad to his three beautiful children) is helping people thrive—not only in business, but in life.

Gary brings the same energy to his speaking engagements and coaching clients that he did to the field—inspiring, motivating, and empowering audiences and clients alike to find the best within themselves, apply championship strategies to leverage success, and to realize their goals and enjoy a life of fulfillment and happiness in all areas of their lives.

Gary’s background and diverse business and leadership experience gives him a unique perspective, allowing him to specifically relate to audiences and businesses of all types and sizes. He began pursuing his love for business in college, receiving an Economics degree from Rutgers. Then, after receiving invaluable leadership experience with the Indianapolis Colts Defense, he received his MBA from George Washington University in the accelerated Executive Leadership program.

Jeff Brown

Award-winning Radio Producer & Personality

Jeff is an award-winning radio producer and personality, and former nationally-syndicated morning show host. Following a 26-year career in radio, Jeff went boss-free in 2013 and soon after launched the Read to Lead Podcast. It has gone on to become a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee and has featured Jeff's interviews with today's best business and non-fiction authors, including actor and author Alan Alda, Stephen M. R. Covey, Seth Godin, John Maxwell, Liz Wiseman, Dr. Henry Cloud, Gary Vaynerchuk, Simon Sinek, Brian Tracy, Nancy Duarte, and over 300more.

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Jeff has personally coached hundreds of successful podcasters around the globe – many of them award nominees and winners themselves – and has consulted on podcasts for the US government, two of the largest churches in the US, and numerous multi-million dollar companies. Jeff and his work have been featured in Inc., Entrepreneur, and Hubspot, the blogs of Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Jeff Goins, and Social Media Explorer, as well as publications like the Nashville Business Journal, the Tennessean, and hundreds of other blogs and podcasts.

David Burkus

Author & World’s Leading Business Thinker

One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are helping leaders and teams do their best work ever. He is the best-selling author of four books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS This Morning.

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Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He’s worked with leaders from organizations across all industries including Google, Stryker, Fidelity, Viacom, and even the US Naval Academy.

A former business school professor, Burkus holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University.

Janice Chaka

International HR Professional & Introvert Coach

Janice Chaka is a respected international HR professional, virtual business owner, introvert coach, and professional podcaster. Long before "working remote" was hip, she confidently led a remote recruiting team. Known as the Career Introvert, Janice excels at solving complex HR challenges, managing emotions, and setting boundaries as an introvert -- Janice has mastered the art of leveraging introvert strengths to build a thriving virtual business in a global market. As a result, she is a sought-after author and speaker for digital summits on introversion, virtual work, and mental health.

Ram Charan

World-renowned Business Consultant, Author, & Speaker

In his work with companies including Toyota, Bank of America, Key Bank, ICICI Bank, Aditya Birla Group, Novartis, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, UST Global, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Humana, Matrix, Longfor and two of the four largest digital companies in China, Ram is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem.

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His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable — the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.  Jack Welch, former Chairman of GE said, “He has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it to others in a quiet, effective way.”

Professor Charan has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more up and coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern.

He was among Business Week‘s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs. Ram has authored or coauthored more than 30 books that have sold over 4 million copies in more than a dozen languages.  Four of his books were Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including Execution (coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy), which spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including over 12 articles for Harvard Business Review, 12 articles for Fortune and numerous articles for BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and was named one of the most influential people in corporate governance and the board room by Directorship magazine. He has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance and serves or has served on a dozen boards in the US, Brazil, China, India, Canada, and Dubai.

Marlene Chism

Professional Speaker & Authority on Stopping Workplace Drama

Marlene Chism is the leading authority on stopping workplace drama. She works with C-Suite leaders to build drama-free cultures that drive growth and reduce costly mistakes. Marlene is known for helping managers address “the elephant in the room” and initiate conversations that gets results. Her expertise includes leadership development, conflict management, and strategic communication.

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Marlene is a recognized expert on the Linked In / Lynda global learning platform, producing educational videos on Anger Management, and Having Difficult Conversations.

She is the author of three commercially published booksStop Workplace Drama (Wiley 2011), No-Drama Leadership (Bibliomotion 2015), and Stop Drama in Your Healthcare Practice (Greenbranch 2018).

Her newest book to be released in 2022 is From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading.

As a seasoned professional speaker, Marlene’s transformational message of personal responsibility, and alignment is making its way around the globe at leadership academy’s corporate retreats, association conferences, and customized webinars.

Marlene has a degree in communications from Drury University, and a master’s degree in HR Development at Webster University.  She is an advanced practitioner in Narrative coaching.

Chris Dyer

Author & Host of TalentTalk

Chris Dyer is passionate about helping leaders reach their full potential. As an expert at driving workplace performance through company culture, Chris has been featured by leading media outlets such as the BBC, NBC, and Forbes. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences all over the globe and was recently named to Inc.’s list of 10 Leadership Speakers That Can Help Transform Your Company Culture.

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Chris is the author of the best-selling book, The Power of Company Culture, which was released in 2018. He is also the Founder and CEO of PeopleG2, a background check provider that has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies four times.

A passionate talent management enthusiast, Chris is the host of TalentTalk, a business podcast with over 3.65 million downloads that features interviews with top executives about their strategies for hiring and promoting talent.

Chris strongly believes in community involvement, and he is active with a number of organizations. Additionally, he runs two book clubs for Senior Level and HR Professionals in Southern California. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling with his wife and kids, and playing live music with his band. He resides in Orange Country, California.

Laurel Farrer

CEO - Distribute Consulting

As the Founder and CEO of Distribute, a virtual organizational development think tank and consulting firm, Laurel Farrer is an internationally-renowned thought leader on the topic of remote work. For the past 15 years, she has been unlocking the power of distributed workforces to create impact in corporate and socioeconomic infrastructures.

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She and her team of fellow experts collaborate with the world's leading businesses and governments on three primary topics: how to convert business operations from physical to virtual, how to build products and content for the remote work market, and how to leverage workplace flexibility to solve global concerns. In addition to being a regular Forbes contributor, Laurel’s subject matter expertise has also been showcased by brands like Zoom, VMware, Gallup, NPR, Logitech, BBC, New York Times, Office Depot, Abbott, Fast Company, and Upwork.

Juliet Funt

Renowned Keynote Speaker & Tough-Love Advisor

A regular feature in top global media outlets, including Forbes and Fast Company, Juliet Funt is a renowned keynote speaker and tough-love advisor to the Fortune 500. As the founder and CEO of the boutique efficiency firm WhiteSpace At Work, she is an evangelist for freeing the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork. Juliet’s warm, relatable manner and actionable content earned her one of the highest ratings in the largest speaking event in the world, and she has worked with Spotify, National Geographic, Anthem, Vans, Abbott, Costco, Pepsi, Nike, Wells Fargo, Sephora, Sysco, and ESPN.

Dr. Ryan Gottfredson

Author, Researcher, & Consultant

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge leadership development author, researcher, and consultant. He helps organizations vertically develop their leaders primarily through a focus on mindsets. Ryan is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership. He is also a leadership professor at the College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton.

Douglass & Lisa-Marie Hatcher

Co-founders - communicate4IMPACT

Douglass and Lisa-Marie Hatcher recognize that businesses and organizations are increasingly using content creation to attract customers and drive loyalty. But they also understand that creating quality content consistently can be a struggle. That’s why this husband-and-wife team co-founded communicate4IMPACT, a business storytelling training firm located just north of New York City. communicate4IMPACT provides training that teaches businesspeople 3 simple story structures (called StoryHacks) to help them create better content faster. These story structures are the same ones used by many Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award winners.

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Douglass and Lisa-Marie are also co-authors of Win With Decency: How to Use Your Better Angels for Better Business. Rooted in business storytelling, their book makes the business case for decency. It takes five human qualities—Humility, Empathy, Vulnerability, Gratitude and Generosity—and shows you how to transform those qualities into business skills that will help you and your business win in an increasingly-competitive marketplace.

Prior to co-founding communicate4IMPACT, Douglass led thought leadership and executive communications at Mastercard in Purchase, New York. Before making the move to Mastercard, he spent two decades in Washington, DC, working on Capitol Hill in senior positions in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Lisa-Marie worked in various roles in both the public and private sectors as well. Those roles ranged from working for the Comptroller of the Army at the Pentagon to managing global accounts for American Express to growing sales for two pharmaceutical companies.

Stacy Henry

Author & Founder - CenterBranch

Stacy Henry is the owner and founder of CenterBranch, a leadership development and coaching practice dedicated to helping both companies and individuals perform to their highest potential. Stacy is an ICF credentialed PCC (Professional Certified Coach) and the author of Get Rooted! Growing People & Companies Through Change; listed as a 2021 must-read by Entrepreneur Magazine & featured in Forbes.

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Stacy brings twenty-five years of experience to CenterBranch from a variety of global industries where she held roles in senior leadership, HR, executive coaching and operations.  Her customers span F50 aerospace, F100 manufacturing, F500 HVAC, private equity startup, mid-size insurance underwriters, ministry & faith-based organizations.

When Stacy is not Growing Great Leaders through her work at CenterBranch, she enjoys spending time outdoors either hiking in the mountains or getting some sun near a beach!

Guy Harris

Master Trainer and Coach, Workplace Conflict Resolution Expert

Guy Harris’ career includes service as a nuclear engineering officer in the U.S. Navy submarine fleet, various supervisory/managerial roles in the chemical industry and personal business ownership. In the early 1990s, he began to actively pursue the practical application of leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution principles.

He is a Certified Human Behavior Specialist, a Master Trainer in the DISC Model of Human Behavior, and a Conflict Resolution Subject Matter Expert.

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Typical client concerns prior to working with Guy are forging a team from a group of individuals, moving a team past the conflict stage of team development, developing other leaders, expanding personal influence within the organization, communicating more effectively, and developing buy-in for new programs and processes.

As a consultant, trainer, and coach, Guy has worked with large and small clients, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals from Boston to Brisbane and from Ottawa to Orlando. His past clients include: Sun Chemical Co., Ivy Tech Community College, The Good Samaritan Society, Redbox, Purdue University, Delta Career Education, The American Farm Bureau Association, Butler University, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Panda Express, and many others.

Guy is the co-author of From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership, Sell Naked on the Phone, and The Behavior Bucks System. He has been a contributing author, content developer and editor on other books and training materials including: Presenting With Style; Leadership @ Work, Leadership Brief and To The Point, and Leadership: It’s an Inside Job.

Guy’s blog, The Recovering Engineer Blog, is about learning to get out of your own way and learning to take a close look at your thoughts, feelings, responses and reactions to find better and more effective ways to build and maintain both personal and professional relationships.

He also hosts the Talk Like a Leader Podcast, a weekly podcast exploring the mindset, skillset, and habit set of leadership communication.

Bobby Herrera

Co-founder & CEO - Populus Group

Bobby Herrera believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed and is an unwavering champion for the underdog. He’s cofounder and CEO of Populus Group—one of the fastest-growing HR services companies in the United States with annual revenue of $500 million and many Fortune 100 customers.

As one of thirteen children in a migrant family he learned the value of hard work, rising early and putting in long hours in the fields. After high school, boot camp became his ticket of opportunity.  He serves on national community organization boards and is a regular speaker at corporations and service groups. He is a proud Army veteran.  Bobby is most proud of his family—his wife Roslyn and their three children Santino, Griffith, and Sofia live in Portland, Oregon.

Jim Huling

Global Managing Consultant - The 4 Disciplines of Execution®

Jim Huling is the global managing consultant for The 4 Disciplines of Execution® practice. In this role, Jim is responsible for the 4 Disciplines methodology, teaching methods, and the quality of delivery worldwide. Jim also regularly leads largescale 4DX engagements, as well as serving as an executive coach to a number of senior executives.

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Jim’s career spans over four decades of corporate leadership, from FORTUNE 500 organizations to privately held companies, including serving as CEO of a company recognized four times as one of the “25 Best Companies to Work for in America.” Jim’s teams have won national awards for customer-service excellence, business ethics, and an outstanding culture, as well as numerous local and regional awards as a workplace of choice. Jim’s personal awards also include being selected for the Turknett Leadership Character Award recognizing CEO’s who demonstrate the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

Jim holds degrees from the University of Alabama and Birmingham-Southern College, and serves on the boards of several local organizations, as well as the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character.

Jim is most proud of his wonderful marriage of over forty years to his sweetheart, Donna; being Dad to two phenomenal adults, Scott and Sarah; and “Papa” to his three grandkids. He holds a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is an avid CrossFit athlete.


Tatiana Kolovou

Faculty - Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Tatiana Kolovou, MBA is a three time trustees teaching award Senior Lecturer at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. She teaches Business Communication and Cross Cultural Communication classes to undergraduates, MBA, Kelley Direct MBA students (AGILE Burma and both Athens, Greece classes) and participants of the Kelley Executive Partners programs.

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Tatiana is a member of the Association for Business Communication and is accredited through the Center of Applied Psychological Testing and The Leadership Circle. She is a World Works licensed mentor, a program designed to help professionals be successful when managing cross-cultural teams and individuals in a global work environment.

In her previous position, Tatiana worked with University Human Resources at Indiana University as an Organizational Development Consultant. Tatiana has designed and conducted seminars, facilitated retreats, and helped professionals accomplish optimal work performance. As a professional speaker and trainer, Tatiana has presented in numerous US conferences and in 15 countries around the world. Her topic emphasis is on interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, lifestyle balance and workplace effectiveness. Clients include P&G, Cummins, Inc., Ralph Lauren, Red Bull, ONB Bank, Chinese International Marine Containers, Carlisle Inc., Milestone and Brown Forman. Tatiana has authored 16 courses in the Learning library, including best-selling Communication Tips with over 2 million views.

Tatiana holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis and lives with her family in Bloomington, Indiana. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

Rick Maurer

Advisor to Leaders - Maurer & Associates

Rick Maurer works with leaders who see big changes and projects as opportunities to engage people in the changes that affect them. These leaders know that change can actually boost morale and commitment to the organization and to the work. Since publication of Beyond the Wall of Resistance in 1996, his opinion has been sought by The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fortune, NBC Nightly News, The Economist, and many trade publications. His clients range from aerospace to healthcare to IT to financial services. He has worked with organizations on four continents.

Eileen McDargh

Chief Energy Officer - The Resiliency Group

Since 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count.  She has become known as a master facilitator, an award-winning author, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach.

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She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious.

In 2021, Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her third as one of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

Her newest book, Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge and Reclaim What Matters has been generating great response and interest.  You can find it on Amazon in paper, digital and audio formats.

Jennifer Moss

Journalist, International Public Speaker, & Author

Jennifer Moss is an award-winning journalist, international public speaker, and the author of THE BURNOUT EPIDEMIC: The Rise of Chronic Stress And How We Can Fix It (Harvard Business Review Press; September 28, 2021). She is a nationally syndicated radio columnist, reporting on topics related to happiness and workplace well-being. She is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in HuffPost, Forbes, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Fortune, and Harvard Business Review. 

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Her book, Unlocking Happiness at Work, received the distinguished UK Business Book of the Year Award. Moss also sits on the Global Happiness Council. To acknowledge her contributions to business and public service, Moss was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year, an International Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama.

Dr. Sara Musgrove

Chief Potential Officer - The Kevin Eikenberry Group
Host - Virtual LeaderCon

Sara Musgrove is Senior Faculty at The Leaders Lyceum and co-founder of Growing as Grown-Ups. Her role involves facilitating, coaching, podcast hosting, curriculum development, client relationship management, and research. She has taught and coached teams in corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.

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Dr. Musgrove specializes in helping people unleash their potential by becoming increasingly more grounded in who they are and who they want to be. Leveraging decades of research and proven practices of adult development, Sara has helped thousands of leaders identify their personalized growth opportunities and create development plans that result in accelerated growth and increased effectiveness.

Sara received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the University of Georgia. Sara also has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, which uniquely equips her whole-person approach to growing leaders.

Tanveer Naseer

Founder & CEO - Tanveer Naseer Leadership

Tanveer Naseer is an internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker and award-winning leadership writer. He is also the Founder and CEO of Tanveer Naseer Leadership, a leadership corporate training and consulting firm that works with executives and managers to help them develop practical leadership and team-building competencies to drive organizational growth and development.

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Tanveer's work and writings have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Economist Executive Education Navigator, CBC Radio Daybreak, Global News, and the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center.

Tanveer is the recipient of several awards and recognitions as one of the world’s top thinkers/writers in the leadership sphere, including being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts.

Tanveer has been very active on speaking circuit, giving keynote speeches and talks in Canada and the US, including his TED talk “Forget Passion – Purpose is the Real Spice of Life”.

His engaging and thought-provoking style and content has to his recognition by Inc. Magazine as one of today’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers”, a list that includes such highly sought-after thought leaders as Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hsieh, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ken Blanchard, Brené Brown, and Marshall Goldsmith.

In addition to his work speaking, writing, and consulting on leadership, Tanveer is also the host of the podcast "Leadership Biz Cafe", which Inc Magazine has described as feeling "like you're sitting down for a cup of coffee with two leadership experts to learn about how to become that leader our employees need us to be." You can listen to Tanveer's leadership podcast on iHeartRadio, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher Radio, and on many other podcast platforms. You can also listen to every episode of his podcast - as well as find links to subscribe - on the show's podcast page.

Tanveer's first book, “Leadership Vertigo” has received rave reviews and endorsements by many of today’s top leadership thinkers and practitioners. In fact Doug Conant, Chairman of Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute, has praised Tanveer's book as offering “practical and effective tools for avoiding self-deception and empowering those we seek to lead.”

Tanveer is a graduate of McGill University's Department of Medicine where he obtained his Master of Science degree in Pathology. He currently lives in Montreal, Canada with his wife and their three daughters.

Walt Rakowich

Chief Potential Officer - The Kevin Eikenberry Group
Host - Virtual LeaderCon

Walt Rakowich is a leadership speaker, former CEO of Prologis, a global real estate company that is the world’s largest owner of industrial distribution facilities, and author of Transfluence: How To Lead With Transformative Influence In Today’s Climates Of Change.  He works with several nonprofits, serves on the board of directors of Host Hotels and Resorts, Iron Mountain, Inc., and Ventas Inc., and is on the board of trustees of The Pennsylvania State University. He earned an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Nate Regier

CEO & Founding Owner - Next Element Consulting

Nate Regier, PhD, is the CEO and founding owner of Next Element Consulting, a global leadership firm dedicated to bringing compassion into the workplace. Dr. Regier is a former practicing psychologist and expert in social-emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication and leadership. Recognized as a Top 100 keynote speaker, he is a Process Communication Model® Certifying Master Trainer.

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Nate is the author of three books: Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires; Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability; and his newest book, Seeing People Through: Unleash Your Leadership Potential with The Process Communication Model. He hosts a podcast called “On Compassion with Dr. Nate,” writes a weekly blog, contributes to multiple industry publications and blogs, and is a regular guest on podcasts.

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Jan Rutherford

Founder - Self-Reliant Leadership

Jan Rutherford entered the U.S. Army at age 17 (weighing 114 pounds), and spent six years in Special Forces as a Green Beret medic and “A” team executive officer, and three years as a military intelligence officer. Jan has over 25 years of business experience and has held executive roles in business development, marketing, sales, training, product management, and as a CEO. 

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He is the founder of Self-Reliant Leadership, LLC, leads Crucible expeditions with executives and transitioning military veterans, and is the author of “The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership.” As a professional speaker, Jan was recognized as one of “The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018” in Inc., and was a TEDx speaker. Jan also serves on numerous boards, and invests time with select DOD units and veteran organizations. He is also the co-host of The Leadership Podcast.

Joel Schwartzberg

Senior Director of Strategic and Executive Communications

Joel Schwartzberg is Senior Director of Strategic and Executive Communications for a major U.S. nonprofit. He also teaches communication and presentation skills to clients including American Express, State Farm Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Comedy Central, and the Brennan Center for Justice. Joel’s books include “The Language of Leadership” and “Get to the Point!” and his articles appear in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Toastmaster Magazine. A frequent conference presenter and workshop leader, Joel is also a former national champion public speaker and collegiate speech coach.

Michael Lee Stallard

Cofounder & President - E Pluribus Partners & Connection Culture Group

Michael Stallard is a keynote speaker, workshop leader, and globally-recognized expert on how to tap into the power of human connection to maximize the performance of individuals and organizations. In this context, he addresses issues of leadership, employee engagement, wellness, productivity and innovation.

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Michael's first book, Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity, and Productivity (2007), made him one of the earliest thought leaders on the power of human connection at work and introduced the concept of cultures of connection. Wishlist recognized Michael as one of the top leadership coaches of 2021 and his latest bestselling book, Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work, now in its 2nd edition, was selected as one of 100 leadership books recommended by Leader to Leader and was an editor's choice selection by getAbstract. You can read his blog here.


Dr. Jesse Lyn Stoner

Founder - Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

Dr. Jesse Lyn Stoner, founder of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership, is one of the foremost experts on how to create a shared vision and the strategies to achieve it. For over twenty-five years, she has worked closely with leaders in hundreds of organizations using collaborative processes to engage the entire workforce in creating their desired future.

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A former business executive, sought after speaker and business consultant, she is author of several books, including the international bestseller Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision (co-authored with Ken Blanchard) which is translated into 22 languages. Her clients include Marriott, Skanska, Stanley Black & Decker, SAP and T.J. Maxx to name a few. Jesse writes an award-winning leadership blog and was named American Management Association’s Leader to Watch, a Top 50 Leadership Expert by INC magazine, and a recipient of the Conant Leadership Award. Her writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post and Forbes. She serves on the board of directors of Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Lisette Sutherland

Founder & Director - Collaboration Superpowers

Lisette Sutherland is a remote-working German-born American living in the Netherlands who is totally jazzed by the fact that it’s possible to work from anywhere. In fact, it’s not just possible; it’s completely, productively workable – if you do it right. Her company, Collaboration Superpowers, shares just how to do it right in a variety of formats.

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Lisette has given presentations at a wide range of events, from conferences and Meetups all over the world to a TEDx talk on the theme Unbox the Future in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her workshop clients include Air France, ING, CrossKnowledge (Wiley), Rabobank, and Saint-Gobain.

In 2018, both the Collaboration Superpowers podcast and the 21st-Century Work Life podcast series were deemed among the Best Remote Work Podcasts by Workplaceless.

For 7 years (2013-2020), Lisette was also the remote office manager for the 100 percent remote company, Management 3.0, a global company focused on helping organisations create better leadership with fewer managers.

Bob Tiede

Member of Cru's Leadership Development Team

Bob Tiede (pronounced TEE-DEE) has been on the Staff of Cru for 50 years. He serves on the U.S. Leadership Development Team. Bob's blog recently marked its 9th Anniversary and is followed by Leaders in over 190 Countries. Bob is also the author of 4 popular books including "Great Leaders ASK Questions" & "Now That's a Great Question." Bob and his wife Sherry have been blessed with 4 - now adult and married children and 7 (soon 8) remarkable Grandchildren!

Wayne Turmel

Co-Founder - The Remote Leadership Institute
Author & Speaker

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.

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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 Engage and Connected While Working Anywhere, will be 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.”

Carlos Valdes-Dapena

Managing Principal & founder - Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC

Carlos Valdes-Dapena is a collaboration guru and author of the books, "Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can't Meet Face to Face" and "Lessons From Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High Performance Collaboration and Teamwork". His articles have been published broadly, including in and Fast Company, among others. Currently, Carlos is writing his third book on leading collaboration.

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Carlos credits growing up as the middle child of 11 for his passionate interest helping groups work better together. He holds an MSOD from American University and an MFA in Theatre from Florida State University.

Carlos honed his expertise in collaboration at the highest organizational levels. For 17 years he was an internal consultant at Mars, Inc., and was directly involved with brands like M&M's, Snickers, Uncle Ben's Rice and Wrigley's Gum. There he won the company's prestigious Global Make the Difference Award for his work on the Mars Framework for High Performance Collaboration.

Before Mars, Carlos was at IBM as an executive coach and consultant to the top 35 global IBM leaders. Through DDI in 1993 Carlos' other clients included AT&T, Pfizer, General Motors and Lockheed Martin.

Besides speaking, writing, podcasting and blogging, Carlos is Managing Principal of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC, an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm. His speaker credits include at the North American Organization Development Network, The Conference Board, the Organization Design Forum, the Midwest Technology Leadership Forum, some of which are on his YouTube channel with his Lessons From Mars Vlog or on his website,

Ximena Vengoechea

User Researcher, Writer, & Illustrator

Ximena Vengoechea is a user researcher, writer, and illustrator whose work on personal and professional development has been published in Inc., The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Huffington Post. She is a contributor at Fast Company and The Muse, and is best known for her project The Life Audit. Her new book is titled Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection. An experienced manager, mentor, and researcher in the tech industry, she previously worked at Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband Isaac, son Elio, and their forever wild rescue dog, Moose.