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Michael Lee Stallard

  • Connection culture
  • Emotional intelligence

What do Costco, the U.S. Navy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the rock band U2 have in common? They all share what Michael Stallard calls a Connection Culture.

Michael is the author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work and Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity. He began studying organizational cultures in-depth after years of working on Wall Street and experiencing the burnout that causes no less than two-thirds of Americans to be disengaged at work. For organizations that are struggling to attract, engage and retain employees and that care about creating a healthier environment, Michael’s presentation will offer concrete, actionable steps for turning around your culture and building genuine connection with your team.

As co-founder and President of E Pluribus Partners, Michael’s powerful ideas have been thoroughly proven over his long and successful career. Prior to founding E Pluribus Partners, Michael was Chief Marketing Officer for the private wealth management businesses of Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. The programs identified and implemented by the team he assembled and led at Morgan Stanley contributed to doubling the business unit’s revenues over a two-and-a-half-year period. The practices he and his team developed became the genesis for his research into Connection Cultures.

Michael’s mission as a speaker and consultant is to elevate the productivity and innovation of organizations by helping them foster Connection Cultures. In his empowering keynotes, he lays the framework for diagnosing whether your company has a Connection Culture or its opposite, a culture of isolation or even hostility. He examines what research has to say about how the mental and emotional health, and productivity of employees are powerfully intertwined. His rich anecdotes and case studies will surprise you, while shedding light on how Connection Cultures inspire employees to give max effort and align their goals with those of their company.

For organizations with positive cultures and high employee satisfaction, Michael will give you a language to understand what you are doing right, so you can continue to improve on your success. For organizations that are struggling to retain employees and desire to create a healthier environment, Michael’s presentation will offer concrete, actionable steps for turning around your culture and building genuine connection with your team.

Michael has spoken at many organizations and conferences, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Association for Talent Development, Center for Creative Leadership, General Dynamics, General Electric, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, NASA, Northwestern University, The Conference Board, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Treasury. Texas Christian University created the TCU Center for Connection Culture to advance Connection Culture at TCU and in higher education generally.

Articles by or about Michael’s work have been in the media worldwide, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Leader to Leader,,,, HR Magazine, Human Resource Executive, Knowledge@Wharton, Talent Management, Becker’s Hospital Review, SmartBrief, Rotman (Canada), Shukan Diayamondo (Japan), Developing HR Strategy (UK), The Economic Times (India), (India), Outlook Business for Decision Makers (India), Smart Manager (India), and Capital (Dubai). His blog has been recognized as one of the top blogs on leadership and Michael has been recognized at a top online influencer on leadership.

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

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