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Leadership in a Virtual Landscape

Three incredible leaders taking on the challenge of Leadership in a Virtual World, will each share their expert knowledge, experience, and insights in a succinct, bite-sized keynote streamed online. Following the third keynote, the event will be expanded into three virtual break-out rooms for a moderated audience Q&A with each speaker.

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“ A Leadership Mindset Amidst Uncertainty ”

Dr Sam Potolicchio (Moscow) - Governance and Leadership Specialist, International Lecturer, Founder and President - PGLF

Sam's keynote will explore the mindset necessary to elevate performance in a world beset by uncertainty and complexity. How can we cultivate the skills to telescope the future more effectively as the world becomes more volatile? And how do we increase our creativity as pressure rises?

"Lessons Learned Optimising Remote Work"

Mary Jo (MJ) Kaplan (Providence, RI) - Remote Work Specialist, Transformation Consultant, Social Impact Advocate

MJ will share core principles and best practices for nimbleness and resilience as remote work and virtual organisations increase. MJ will address important questions for leaders to consider as they face dramatic changes ahead regardless of sector and how they can be more effective.

"Crisis, Leadership and Meaningful Change"

Ronnie Peters (New York City) - Founder, 360 Design, Creative Director at Hyperloop Transportation Tech, World Class Kiwi

Change can be meaningful. Adapting 360 Design through the 2008 Global Financial Crisis to today and the COVID-19 pandemic, Ronnie has gained unique insights into leadership and meaningful work in times of crisis. What does this mean for how we connect with customers? How can we sharpen our brands to be more relevant and prepared for what comes next? An experienced virtual leader - from NYC Ronnie orchestrates multiple projects around the globe that involve as many as 900 people on different teams.

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    Dr Sam Potolicchio (Moscow)

    Governance and Leadership Specialist, International Lecturer, Founder and President – PGLF

    Dr Sam Potolicchio was named one of “America’s Best Professors” by the Princeton Review, the Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities, and winner of the OZY Educator Award as one of the six outstanding American educators. He was also profiled in a cover story on his leadership curriculum by Newsweek Japan as the "Best Professor in America".

    Potolicchio is President of the Preparing Global Leaders Forum and Distinguished University Professor, Department Chairman and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. He teaches in the EMBA programs at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown and at the Mannheim Business School (Germany). He is a visiting lecturer at University of Bologna (Italy).

    Dr Sam Potolicchio founded PGLF (Preparing Global Leaders Forum) in 2012. PGLF’s mission is to cultivate and prepare a network of innovative leaders who excel at bridging across diverse disciplines, demographics, and divides. Since its founding in 2012, PGLF has prepared a diverse group of delegates from over 100 countries and with an array of professional backgrounds ranging from Rhodes Scholars to elected government officials to physicians to non-profit leaders and CEOs.

    Potolicchio is a columnist for Newsweek Japan, a Distinguished Global Scholar at the Canterbury School of Fort Myers, and the lecturer on Leadership at the Library of Congress for OWLC, an international leadership program of the United States Congress. He is an adviser to prominent business, non-profit and government leaders.

  • Mary Jo (MJ) Kaplan

    Mary Jo (MJ) Kaplan, (Providence RI)

    Global Transformation Coach and Consultant specialising in decentralised work and social impact

    MJ Kaplan’s working life has been devoted to positive transformation for people, organisations and communities dealing with exponential change. Starting her career as a community organiser MJ pursued these passions in many settings before launching Kaplan Consulting in 2000.

    In 2013 MJ landed in New Zealand as the Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy to research social venture start-ups. Finding she didn’t want to leave MJ joined Loomio, a digital platform for collaborative decision where she spent 4 years co-creating new possibilities for better-faster decision making with an awesome group of humans and where she’s been on the Board of Directors since 2017.

    In 2018 MJ returned to consulting as a partner with The Ready after spending many months scouring the globe for who was leading the most impactful transformation efforts in this field. The Ready is a leading edge consultancy that helps enterprises discover whole new ways of working to be agile, people-centered, tech-enabled and inventive.

    MJ has a passion for teaching and mentoring young people and spent several years teaching at Brown University in social enterprise and strategy. MJ guest lectures on the future of work, social enterprise and crafting a life and career of purpose, recently at Ross School of Management, University of Michigan, and Brown University, and is an Associate at Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

    Most recently MJ has been delivering webinars emphasising how to best work remotely.

  • Ronnie Peters

    Ronnie Peters (NYC)

    Founder, 360 Design, Creative Director at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, World Class New Zealander

    Ronnie Peters is one of KEA’s World Class Kiwis living in New York City. Ronnie was raised in Motueka and schooled in Christchurch. He is a digital designer dedicated to executing projects that are net-positive for humanity. Ronnie is the founder and CEO of 360 Design and Creative Director for Hyperloop - sustainable high-speed underground transport, where Ronnie is revolutionising travel for the 21st Century.

    360 Design is a digital design firm collaborating with global brands and emerging companies to deploy a Design Thinking strategic approach to UX and UX design solutions. Ronnie's work ranges from start-ups to fortune 50 brands such as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, The Broad Institute, Accenture, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Time Warner, The New York Times, Office Depot, HP, Turner Broadcasting, SAP, McGraw Hill, Scholastic, and UBS to name a few.

    "We are 360. We are led by design, driven by strategy, inspired by technology, we are writers, and thinkers — bringing our collective energy, insights and ideas to every project. We design and develop innovative digital solutions that focus on business goals, technology integration, and the spirit of the brand while putting the end user or customer at the centre of the design process".

    Ronnie specialises in design thinking strategy, innovation, brand architecture, user experience design, user interface design, information architecture (IA), graphic design, websites, mobile apps, animations and short films.

Dr Anita Sands
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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Dr Anita Sands 1
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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Dr Anita Sands 2
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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