Remote Work, Rising Stress and the Critical Need for Connection

  • Featuring Michael Stallard, President & CoFounder, Connection Culture Group, Author, Connection Culture;Featuring Michael Stallard, President & CoFounder, Connection Culture Group.

  • Author, The Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy,&  Understanding at Work.

  • All invited to session in Wharton DC Club's "Future of Work" series(2nd ed.)

  • Key points Michael will cover:

Greater remote work and rising stress make the need for human connection urgent.

Connection protects the emotional and physical health of individuals and boosts their performance. In this online interactive meeting, you will learn: 

  • how human connection affects your emotional and physical health, and your performance
  • how to assess your current level of connection
  • a simple, memorable and actionable model to create a culture of connection, and 
  • practices to tap into the power of human connection that help you and your organization thrive. 
  • Q&A to follow
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  • Michael Stallard, President and Cofounder, Connection Culture Group
  • While working in the technology sector and then on Wall Street, Michael observed differences in the cultures of organizations he worked with that negatively impacted morale and performance, which led him to ask, “is there a best culture?” In 2002, he left Wall Street to research organizational culture in-depth, ultimately writing two books about it, Fired Up or Burned Out (2007) and Connection Culture (2015), and co-founding Connection Culture Group. 
  • Michael and his colleagues developed frameworks, training and tools that have been praised by many well-respected leaders, including Alan Mulally, the CEO who turned around the Ford Motor Company; Frances Hesselbein, the leader who rejuvenated the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.; Jim Sinegal, co-founder and longtime CEO of Costco; and CNO Admiral Vernon Clark, the second-longest serving chief of the U.S. Navy. 
  • Michael's clients have included a wide variety of organizations, including Costco,  Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NASA, Qualcomm, U.S. Air Force, Turner Construction Company and Yale New Haven Health System. Texas Christian University founded the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on Michael and his colleagues’ work. Articles written by or about Michael or his work have appeared in leadership periodicals worldwide.

Who should attend, part of the Wharton Club of DC series, "The Future of Work"?

Everyone who:

• Wants to learn about how to better connect with colleagues and your loved ones

• Needs to reduce stress in work and family, heightened by the economic disruption of the pandemic and the health risks posed

• Gain insight into where we may be headed in The Future of Work, while building a better culture for your team

• Whatever your ethnicity, age, or other factors, wants to learn more about managing your career, family, outside activities, life and your mental health


Praise for the new edition of Michael's book:

  • Practical suggestions for employers who want to change the culture of their organization., Financial Times
  • [The stories] about the companies who have got it right . . . are memorable., Los Angeles Times
  • Connection is one of the most essential elements in a truly great team, no matter what the field. And no one understands that like Michael Stallard . . . a world-leading expert on how to create a ‘connection culture., Forbes.com
  • “Michael Lee Stallard…make(s) some practical suggestions for employers who want to change the culture of their organization.”-Mian Ridge, Financial Times
  • “At the end of the day leadership is all about the human experience. Connection Culture provides ideas, actions, and pathways that servant leaders can use to not only enhance performance, but more importantly to build a strong culture.” —Howard Behar,  Former President , Starbucks International
  • “Connection Culture captures that profound truth that people come first and provides the framework, language, and practices every leader needs to achieve a sustainable, superior performance. A great leadership guide for leaders at every level.”—Frances Hesselbein , President and CEO, The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute
  • “Michael Stallard provides us with a new language about leadership, a new and important way of thinking for leaders, and all the research and evidence to back his connection strategy. This is more than a great read; Michael’s connection strategy is a game changer for leaders.”—Vernon Clark, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret), Former Chief of Naval Operations


11:45 am - 12:00 pm -- Virtual Networking on Zoom Meetings, in virtual breakout rooms, if enough people sign up

12:00 - 1:00 pm Presentation, including shared screen for slides and Q&A

1:00 - 1:15 pm: Further virtual networking  

  • REGISTER for THIS EVENT (Free for Members, President's Club Members (Yourself and 2 guests all comped). 
  • Others: Early Bird: 19/person for all Non-Members (through September 12), 29/person after


11:45AM - 1:15PM Thu 1 Oct 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )

Virtual Event Instructions:

Your confirming email will contain the URL for program access. There will be two URL's: one for the Zoom meeting (for networking), and the other for Zoom meeting (for the presentation, including Q&A)

Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Guest of Alan Schlaifer
Guest of Alan Schlaifer
Brian Barnett
  The Barnett Company, Inc.
... a total of 5 guests.
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