Virtual LeaderCon 2022 - Speakers
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.
He has twice 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.
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.
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 Forbes.com 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.
John Baird & Edward Sullivan
Founder & Chairman - Velocity
CEO & President - Velocity
John Baird has been considered one of the premier executive coaches in Silicon Valley for over 25 years. He built his career coaching in the C-Suite at companies ranging from Apple and Nike to start-ups like DoorDash and MasterClass. He earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University. He is currently Founder & Chairman of the renowned executive coaching consultancy Velocity.
Edward Sullivan has been coaching and advising start-up founders, Fortune 10 executives, and heads of state for over 15 years. His clients include executives from Google, Salesforce, Slack, and dozens of other fast-growth companies. He holds an MBA from Wharton and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Edward is CEO & President of the renowned executive coaching consultancy Velocity.
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.
Organizational Psychologist & Author
Lindsey Caplan is a screenwriter turned organizational psychologist who helps HR and business leaders script their change efforts for the effect they want. Her expertise is in scripting experiences that help boost morale, engagement, and retention for the long term.
First, to entertain as a comedy writer in Hollywood on shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Malcolm in the Middle, next to educate for companies like DreamWorks Animation and McKinsey, and then to transform as an Organizational Psychologist and Head of Talent Development for successful silicon valley companies like Zendesk, Credit Karma, and Flexport.
These lessons led her to develop a proprietary method she leverages to help chiefs of staff, business, HR, and marketing leaders understand why the change they want isn’t being embraced, and what to do instead.
She earned a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Creative Writing for the Media from Northwestern University. Most of all, she is fueled by a strong desire to teach and help others succeed.
Her forthcoming book, The Gathering Effect, is based on her research and her organizational change and communication consulting practice. Find out more at gatheringeffect.com.
CEO & Co-Founder - BigBlueGumball
Todd Cherches is the CEO and cofounder of BigBlueGumball, an innovative New York City-based management, leadership and executive coaching firm. A member of Marshall Goldsmith’s “MG 100 Coaches,” he is a three-time award-winning Adjunct Professor of leadership at NYU, a Lecturer on leadership at Columbia University, a TEDx speaker, and the author of the groundbreaking book, "VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life" (Post Hill Press/Simon & Schuster, 2020).
A pioneer in the innovative application of visual thinking to the field of leadership, Todd was one of eight global finalists for the 2021 Thinkers50 "Distinguished Achievement Award" in Leadership, and is ranked #37 on the Thinkers360 list of the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in the field of Management and #13 in “Design Thinking.
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.
She is the author of three commercially published books: Stop 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.
Chier Learning Officer - Udemy
Melissa Daimler is the author of "ReCulturing: Design Your Company Culture to Connect with Strategy and Purpose for Lasting Success (2022)." She is currently the Chief Learning Officer of Udemy, a leading destination for learning and teaching online. She is helping the company evolve their platform and approach to learning, helping the global workforce also re-design how they think about culture and work.
Alongside her team, she is also testing out ideas internally with Udemates to bring best practices to the companies for which Udemy partners.
Prior to Udemy, she launched Daimler Partners, a boutique advisory and coaching company that worked with founders and leaders to help them design and scale their culture. She leveraged the experience she had as an executive who faced multiple leadership viewpoints throughout her career. Daimler led HR for a fast-growing venture-funded startup. She also created and built Learning & Organizational Development functions for Adobe, Twitter and WeWork.
Daimler is a speaker, panelist, and contributor to Harvard Business Review (HBR) and Forbes. One of the first coaches certified by the International Coach Federation (“ICF”), she graduated from the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School with a M.S. in Organizational Development.
Dr. Julia DiGangi
Dr. Julia DiGangi is a neuropsychologist who shows you how to expand the power of your nervous system to hold more emotional voltage. As a brain scientist, Dr. Julia knows that your nervous system is your portal to power. She will show you how to take the pain in your life--your stress, your struggle and your suffering--and transform it into your power.
Dr Julia brings tremendous expertise and decades of applied experience serving leaders at the highest levels of power, including The White House, top leadership at global companies, and Special Forces.
Having worked with leaders who’ve endured some of the highest-stakes, highest-stress situations on the planet, Dr. Julia will show you what it takes to unlock new dimensions of your emotional power as you face defining challenges in your own life.
Chris on Social Media
Mark on Social Media
Chris Edmonds & Mark Babbitt
Founder - The Purposeful Culture Group
President - WorqIQ
S. Chris Edmonds is a speaker, author, executive consultant, and founder ofThe Purposeful Culture Group. He’s the author of two Amazon best sellers:Good Comes First (2021) and The Culture Engine (2014).
Chris a top 30 organizational culture Global Guru, an Inc. Magazine Top Leadership Speaker and a featured presenter at South by Southwest. He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, SmartBrief, People, CNN, Fox31, NBC, and Fast Company.
Chris’ Culture Leadership Charge and Good Comes First video episodes can be found on YouTube.
Mark S. Babbitt is President of WorqIQ, a firm that helps organizations understand leadership's impact on culture, the company's collective level of Workplace Intelligence (WQ), and what “good” means to them.
Mark is also CEO and Founder of YouTern, a career-focused community that helps college students, recent graduates, and young professionals find their first or next internship or job within the right culture for them.
In addition to the best-selling Good Comes First, Mark co-authored A World Gone Social. Followers also find Mark's advice in Entrepreneur, Inc., Forbes, and many other publications. An in-demand speaker, Mark was named one of Inc. Magazines' Top 100 Leadership Speakers.
Nathan & Susannah Furr
Nathan Furr is a professor of strategy and innovation at INSEAD in Paris and a recognized expert in the fields of innovation and technology strategy. Professor Furr earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University where he studied how innovators commercialize their ideas. His bestselling books include The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business School Press, 2014); Leading Transformation (Harvard Business School Press, 2018); Innovation Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2019) and The Upside of Uncertainty (Harvard Business School Press, 2020).
He has published broadly in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Inc, and academic journals. He is an Innosight Fellow, has been nominated for the Thinkers 50 Innovation Award, and works with leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Citi, ING, Philips, Solvay and others.
Susannah Harmon Furr is an entrepreneur, designer, art historian, and contrarian. Her clothing line was inspired by the intricate embroidery Dutch women painstakingly rendered on their plain uniforms—details often invisible to all but the wearer—and its significance in their daily lives. She recently started a biointensive garden as part of a larger "hope accelerator" in Normandy. She and Nathan are the parents of four children.
Amy Gallo is a workplace expert who writes and speaks about gender, interpersonal dynamics, difficult conversations, feedback, and effective communication. She works with individuals and teams to help them better collaborate, communicate, and transform their culture to support dissent and debate.
She is the author of two books: Getting Along: How to Work With Anyone (Even Difficult People) and the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict. She has written hundreds of articles for Harvard Business Review, where she is a contributing editor. Her writing has been collected in numerous books including ones on feedback, emotional intelligence, and managing others.
For the past three years, Amy has co-hosted HBR’s popular Women at Work podcast, which examines the struggles and successes of women in the workplace.
Amy has delivered keynotes and workshops at hundreds of companies and conferences. Plus, she is frequently sought out by media outlets for her perspective on workplace dynamics, conflict, and difficult conversations. Her advice has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Marketplace, and The Austin American-Statesman, as well as on WNYC, BBC, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
She has taught at Brown University and Penn and is a graduate of both Brown and Yale University.
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.
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.
Karin Hurt & David Dye
Leadership Speakers, Trainers, & Authors
Karin Hurt and David Dye help leaders achieve breakthrough results without losing their soul. They are keynote leadership speakers, trainers, and the award-winning authors of Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates (Harper Collins Summer 2020) and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results Without Losing Your Soul. Karin is a top leadership consultant and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. David Dye is a former executive, elected official, and president of Let's Grow Leaders, their leadership training and consulting firm.
Lori Michele Leavitt
Founder & President - Abrige Corp.
Lori Michele Leavitt, “The Pivot Catalyst”, has coached, consulted, and trained hundreds of leaders around the world to achieve their objectives and generate extraordinary momentum. She speaks globally on catalyzing momentum, leading, pivoting, and workplace culture change. She also leads the 10x!® business and leadership private peer advisory groups.
She is founder and president of Abrige Corp., which offers the Aligned Momentum (A.M.)® program and software to help managers lead. A.M. transforms performance management into performance momentum.
When she's not writing in one of her favorite get-away locations conducive to deep thought and creativity, she's supporting orchestration of Pivots, decision-making, and judgment calls for business leaders and their teams around the world. Her favorite role is as Emily’s Mom.
Lori's books are part of the "Orchestrating Extraordinary Momentum” (The Pivot) Series. Lori and her books guide leaders in generating a ripple of positive influence throughout their organizations, to strengthen alignment and catalyze momentum.
"Personal success grows for the leader who can adjust quickly when the facts change. Business success is no different—yet involves many people. It's about small shifts made, as needed, and at any level. It requires every person to know how their role fits the strategy and to feel safe to speak up and take action."
Author & Strategy Advisor
Roger L. Martin is the author of "A New Way To Think: Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness" (2022). He is Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, where he served as Dean from 1998 to 2013, and as Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013 to 2019.
In 2013, he was named Global Dean of the Year and in 2017, he was named the world's number one management thinker by Thinkers50. He has published 12 previous books including When More Is Not Better and Playing to Win (with A. G. Lafley), which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by Thinkers50. Martin is a trusted strategy adviser to the CEOs of many global companies. A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, he holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Entrepreneur & Story-Teller
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.
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.
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.
Derek on Social Media
Mario on Social Media
Derek Newberry & Mario Moussa
Co-Authors - The Culture Puzzle
Derek Newberry co-author of THE CULTURE PUZZLE, Sr. Director, Org + Culture Design, co:collective,and an Affiliated Faculty member in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
His work has appeared in Fortune, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Quartz, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the coauthor of Committed Teams. He received his BA from George Washington University and PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mario Moussa is co-author of THE CULTURE PUZZLE, president of Moussa Consulting, and an Affiliated Faculty member in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
He also teaches in the School of Professional Studies at New York University and is an educator at Duke University Corporate Education. His work has been featured on NPR and in Time, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Fortune, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, the Economist, and the Financial Times. He is the coauthor of the bestseller The Art of Woo and Committed Teams. He received his MBA from the Wharton School and his PHD from the University of Chicago.
Founder & President - InQuasive, Inc.
Michael Reddington, CFI is a certified forensic interviewer and president of InQuasive, Inc., which integrates key components of effective non-confrontational interview techniques with current business research for executives. In his new book, The Disciplined Listening Method: How a Certified Forensic Interviewer Unlocks Hidden Value in Every Conversation (Per Capita Publishing, March 2021), Reddington draws on his background in forensics and his understanding of human behavior through interrogation to teach readers how to improve their listening, communication and relationship-building skills—and how to use truth to their advantage.
Reddington developed his innovative Disciplined Listening Method by combining the persuasive, perceptive methods of certified forensic interviewers with current research, theories and expectations from the business world. His new book reveals the shortcomings of traditional listening techniques, illustrates the need for a more strategic approach and outlines the seven core behaviors of disciplined listening. The Disciplined Listening Method also describes the seven phases of potentially contentious conversations so leaders can truly understand what their audience experiences during important interactions.
Reddington founded InQuasive, Inc. to help leaders and their teams improve their results by activating the truth in all of their business interactions. InQuasive, Inc. integrates current business communication research and best practices with non-confrontational interview and interrogation techniques to provide customized training and advisory services in the areas of sales, negotiations, leadership communication, conflict resolution, customer service, candidate interviewing and public speaking.
Reddington leads programs on the application of strategic, ethical persuasion techniques in the areas of leadership communication, sales, negotiation, conflict resolution, customer service, candidate interviews and family conversations. He has led more than 1,500 programs and educated over 15 thousand participants from companies, government agencies and executive groups around the world.
Additionally, Reddington has spoken about the international applications of the Disciplined Listening Method as part of a speaker series at The School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego. He has also spoken at The Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Extension and Cornell. Reddington is often cited as an expert resource in the media, including places like Fast Company, Forbes and Real Leaders.
Reddington received his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as additional education on negotiation and leadership from Harvard University. He currently lives in Waxhaw, N.C.
French entrepreneur, Change Practitioner, & Consultant
Celine Schillinger is an award-winning French entrepreneur, change practitioner, and consultant. She has over 30 years of field experience, working with both small and global organizations across several continents. A solid track record on transformation informs Celine’s vision of change, engagement, and leadership. A blogger since 2013 and a TEDx speaker, she was knighted by the French government for her workplace change efforts. Lessons from her journey in change are captured in Celine’s first book, published in May 2022: Dare to Un-Lead: The Art of Relational Leadership in a Fragmented World.
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.
President & CEO - EI Experience
Carolyn Stern is the President and CEO of EI Experience — an executive leadership development and emotional intelligence training firm. She is a certified Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Development Expert, professional speaker, and university professor. Carolyn’s emotional intelligence courses and modules have been adopted by top universities in North America.
She has also provided comprehensive training programs to business leaders across the continent in highly regarded corporations encompassing industries such as technology, finance, manufacturing, advertising, education, healthcare, government, and foodservice. Her engaging, results-based approach has been synthesized here for the first time in a user-focused, self-coaching model that will motivate and inspire readers to apply the power of emotional intelligence to their own leadership and organizations. Carolyn lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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.
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.”
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 HBR.org and Fast Company, among others. Currently, Carlos is writing his third book on leading collaboration.
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, carlosvdapena.com.
Attorney & CPA
David R. York is an Attorney and CPA who practices law in the area of estate planning, with extensive experience in designing advanced strategies for high-net-worth clients. David has spoken to hundreds of public groups and professional organizations, including the TedXSaltLakeCity, Q Commons, the Hawaii Tax Institute, the Purposeful Planning Institute, Investments and Wealth Institute, Valmark Member Summit, Southeastern Family Office Forum, and the Million Dollar Roundtable. David has also written three books Entrusted, Riveted, and The Gift of Lift.