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Do you need to work effectively when you can’t be face to face?

Do you want to have the satisfaction of working effectively and efficiently with your remote team members? Do you want to avoid misunderstandings with your team and stop wasting time on ineffective virtual sessions? What about being able to do all this while keeping others interested and engaged even when they’re miles away?

Join us for the Virtual Working Summit over five days in October 2018. Featuring short audio interviews with inspiring virtual leaders, at a time to suit you, one per day, it also gives you the chance to interact with the other participants online. This is a unique way for you to develop your skills without travelling. There is no charge to register to listen in to each speaker via the web each day. The theme for this year is ‘Flexibility and Virtual Working’.

Sign up now to book your place at the 2018 Summit!

Once you’re registered, we’ll give you access as soon as the Summit opens.

Who should attend? People who manage a team or projects across countries or continents. People who need to work across more than one site. Professionals who work with clients, or sell to them, remotely. People facing travel restrictions cuts. People who need to build trust and engage others. Teleworkers. People who need to do more with less. If that’s you, then:

Sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Speakers will be announced closer to the time. Here are the 2017 speakers to give you a flavour of the Summit.

Penny Pullan

Summit Introduction
9 October 2017

Graeme Codrington

The Future of Work
10 October 2017

Niki Panteli

Developing Trust in Virtual Teams
11 October 2017

Neil Leadbitter

Flexible Workshops
12 October 2017

Clare Williams

Working Flexibly
13 October 2017

Ali Dagwell

Working Flexibly
13 October 2017

Virtual working?  It can be tough with bad lines, inaudible voices and technology that only works some of the time. On top of that, it can be really tricky to keep engaged and focused when you can’t see people’s faces and you don’t know the people on the other end of the line. And we haven’t even mentioned the misunderstandings that happen across cultures!

But it doesn’t need to be like this!

Take your virtual meetings from frustrating timewasters to effective ways to work together across the world, while saving time and money. Learn how to work with your team when you can’t be with them face to face.

How? You’re in the right place! Sign up now for the Virtual Working Summit 2018.

Our team of inspiring virtual leaders share their thoughts, ideas, and experience with you, so you can:

  • Learn how virtual leadership can bring you the flexibility you need from your virtual colleagues and teams.
  • Find out how you can be flexible and thrive in the future as the world of work goes through huge changes.
  • Explore the latest thinking on how to build and maintain trust in virtual teams, drawn from academic research.
  • Hear how virtual working enabled a professional to change her life, with flexible virtual work as the catalyst.
  • Consider different ways that you can use flexible workshop formats to enable groups to work together effectively, even when they are remote from one another.

You can put your own questions to each of these speakers during the summit.

Meet Our 2017 Speakers

Penny Pullan

Penny Pullan

9th October 2017

Summit Introduction

Dr Penny Pullan is your Summit Host and the author of ‘Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Making the Best of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams’. She will kick-off your summit on 9th October with introducing the summit as a whole and then she will answer your questions on the challenges of being a flexible virtual leader in today’s world.

Penny has worked across industry sectors from banking and finance, through to telecoms and pharmaceuticals. She enjoys making a difference with people grappling with tricky projects. Tricky means anything from risky, with ambiguous requirements, to having disinterested stakeholders, probably with a team dispersed around the world. If that’s your world, that’s where Penny is too.

Penny is a director of, Making Projects Work Ltd, and she has hosted Virtual Summits since 2010. She is also the co-editor of the book: ‘Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change‘ and ‘A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management’ co-authored with Ruth Murray-Webster. You can contact Penny on Twitter at @PennyPullan or by responding to the summit e-mails.

Graeme Codrington

Graeme Codrington

10th October 2017

The Future of Work

Graeme specialises in the future of work and has helped companies across the world to understand the forces that will shape our lives in the next ten years. He’s worth listening to because he has five degrees, five best selling books and lectures at five international universities including London Business School and Duke. But don’t worry, he’s not a boring academic; he’s steeped in business knowledge having worked at KPMG, for an IT start up and in the charity sector. And he is an entrepreneur – he’s one of the founders of strategy consulting firm TomorrowToday Global. He works in over 20 countries every year with some of the world’s top companies.

Niki Panteli

Niki Panteli

11th October 2017

Developing Trust in Virtual Teams

Dr Niki Panteli is a Professor of Information Systems at Royal Holloway University of London. Her main research interests lie in the area of IT-enabled transformation, virtual teams and virtual collaborations and computer-mediated communication.

Within this field, she has studied issues of trust, conflict and collaborations in virtual, geographically-dispersed environments. She has led and participated in several research projects and her work has appeared in numerous top-ranked academic journals. She served as the Chair of the IFIP-International Federation of Information Processing-W.G. 9.5 on Virtuality & Society (2006-09).

She can be contacted at Niki.Panteli@rhul.ac.uk or via Linkedin.

Neil Leadbitter

Neil Leadbitter

12th October 2017

Flexible Workshops

Neil spends his time working alongside senior leaders in complex, often global, organisations supporting them to create cohesive strategy, develop their leadership and implement change. He currently works for Serac (www.seraclimited.com).

His past lives have included senior roles in life science Research & Development and Organizational Development in global organisations. On change and transformation programs he has worked in or with many functions including R&D, commercial, supply chain and HR as well as on acquisition integration.

Neil believes that the quality of interaction between people is vital to successful outcomes in any organisation and has been designing and running workshops to this end for many years. Like many others, he continues to explore and experiment with the opportunities and challenges that virtual working brings in this space.

Neil can be contacted at  neilleadbitter@seraclimited.com or on LinkedIn

Clare Williams

Clare Williams

13th October 2017

Working Flexibly

Clare is the owner of Loxley Business Support, a consultancy delivering digital strategy, social media management and business development support. With a 20 years history in corporate sales and business development, in 2015, Clare decided to ‘take the leap’ into self-employment. Using the skills gained in the corporate world to work flexibly and achieve an improved work/life balance around her young family, including training as a Strategic Social Media Manager with Digital Mums in 2015. Enabled by technology, Loxley now helps small businesses achieve their business objectives through digital marketing with flexibility offering a real commercial advantage to both parties. Clients say ‘Clare has a unique blend of strategic capability delivered in a bright, enthusiastic, positive and engaging way.’

Ali Dagwell

Ali Dagwell

13th October 2017

Working Flexibly

Ali has worked in PR for over 15 years, starting off agency side working for clients including O2, Amazon and Sky+ and then in-house at Thomas Cook, comparethemarket.com and Wonga. Ali came to work at Digital Mums as her eldest daughter was starting school last September and she made the New Year’s Resolution to find a flexible role that would allow her to be at the school gates both ends of the day. Much harder to achieve it seems than giving up alcohol or chocolate!  Ali heard about the Digital Mums training from a friend and was going to apply to take part in their social media training. Ali then saw the role for Head of Storytelling advertised and here she is over 12 months in!

Here’s Why You Should Sign Up for the 2018 Virtual Working Summit

Attend from the comfort of your own home or office

All the interviews can be listened to online.

There’s no travel or hotels to book, saving you money and avoiding you having to take time off work and arrange cover to attend, and spending time away from work and your family.

Online Access to the Recordings

The interviews will be available online, for free, on the appropriate day of the summit so you can listen to them at your own convenience.

A panel of hand-picked expert speakers

Your expert speakers have been chosen by your host, Dr Penny Pullan. They will expand your thinking and provide tools and techniques for you to try out, safe in the knowledge that they’re coming from experts.

The Chance to Upgrade

To gain access to all the interviews, forever, and one to one interaction to discuss each session with the Summit host.