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Michael Lee Stallard

  • Leadership and trust
  • Connection culture
  • Emotional intelligence


There's an expanding social phenomena that has infiltrated our culture and is spreading into the workplace.  Loneliness. Wall Street veteran Michael Lee Stallard has experienced the lonely upper echelons of corporate leadership and now leads the national discussion around this epidemic. As an organizational culture thought leader and author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work, he has discovered the antidote: connection.

Loneliness has become a megatrend that is generating a virtual health crisis that can significantly impact individual and organizational performance. Over 50% of CEOs admit to experiencing it and despite the interconnectivity of today's technology, a high percentage of employees feel extremely lonely at work.

In his role as Co-Founder and President of E Pluribus Partners, Michael helps organizations increase employee and customer engagement. He translates the need for connection into a weapon against loneliness, advising how it will improve an organization and bolster productivity.

It's all about building a “Connection Culture” where human connection is a superpower that combats loneliness and provides an emotional boost to enhance leadership, overall wellbeing and the bottom line. The end result? Happier, smarter employees that demonstrate increased cognitive firepower, engagement, strategic alignment, decision-making, and innovation.

In his empowering keynote, Michael lays out the framework for determining if a company has a “Connection Culture.” He examines research around the intersection of mental health and employee productivity, providing rich anecdotes about diverse entities such as Costco, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and even the band U2. His case studies shed light on how Connection Cultures will inspire employees to maximize efforts and align goals with those of their company.  

For organizations struggling to retain employees and care about creating a healthier environment to reduce loneliness, Michael’s presentation offers actionable steps for turning around a culture and building leadership connections. For organizations with positive cultures and high employee satisfaction, he provides the language that explains what you are doing right to continue success.

Business and leadership are listening to what Michael has to say. He's addressed audiences in large and small global organizations such as Costco, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, General Dynamics, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, and NASA as well as the Association for Talent Development. He's also spoken before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Treasury.

Michael has spoken at Northwestern University and serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business and faculty member at the Institute for Management Studies. Texas Christian University has even created TCU Center for Connection Culture to advance the power of connection throughout higher education.

Recognized as one of the world's top leadership coaches, Michael is also author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivity. He's been featured in a wide variety of media including Forbes, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Leader to Leader,,, HR Magazine, Human Resource Executive, and Talent Management.




Thank you for making a difference at Yale New Haven Health. Your sessions on the importance of connection in leadership were just what we needed!

Michael Ivy, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Yale New Haven

We were honored to have Michael and Katie Stallard join us for yesterday's session of Journey to Leadership Excellence. Great conversation on the importance of Connection for ourselves and across our teams. For the healthcare environment and with all of us coming through the lingering effects of the pandemic, connection is more important than ever for our health and wellbeing.

Brooke Camacho, Talent Development, Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Keywords: empathy, leadership, communication, connection, loneliness, motivation, inspiration

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