Michael Lee Stallard is a leading authority on leadership and employee engagement with expertise in employee branding, talent management and organizational learning. He is the co-founder and president of E Pluribus Partners, a firm that helps leaders create “Connection Cultures” to form strong bonds among the management, employees and customers of an organization. Connection Cultures increase employee and customer engagement as well as productivity, profitability, innovation, employee retention and customer loyalty. Michael's clients have included General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, UBS, General Re and Wachovia. Michael is the primary author of the book Fired Up or Burned Out and a chapter in the book What Managers Say, What Employees Hear: Connecting With Your Front Line (So They’ll Connect with Customers). The latter book, edited by Regina Maruca, the former senior editor of Harvard Business Review. Michael's work has been widely praised by well-respected leaders and thought leaders including Seth Godin, Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, Russell Reynolds, and journalists William A. Holstein and Michael Fitzgerald of The New York Times. Michael's work has been in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Leader to Leader, The Journal of the American Management Association, Leadership Excellence, Shukan Diayamondo (Japan), Capital (Dubai), Mint (India), Human Resource Executive, Chief Learning Officer, Perdido, and Fox Business Now. He is a regular contributor to The Economic Times, India's most read daily business newspaper, about the leadership of American organizations. He has spoken at conferences organized by Fortune magazine, The World Presidents’ Organization, the American Bankers Association, Harvard and Wharton Business School Clubs, the Corporate Executive Board, the Innovation Council and the Investment Company Institute. He is a guest lecturer at The Center for Creative Leadership, New York University’s Stern School of Business and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.