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Co-founder and President

E Pluribus Partners

  • Built a consulting business to help organizations increase employee and client engagement. 
  • Developed a reputation as a thought leader on employee and client engagement. 
  • E Pluribus Partners workreceived enthusiastic endorsements from influential thought and practice leaders. 
  • Signed as a speaker by major speakers bureaus. 
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Managing Director

  • Led a marketing department that included marketing strategy, advertising, marketing communications, regional office marketing and events marketing. 
  • Reported directly to Head of Global Marketing and dotted line to the CEO of the U.S. Private Bank.

Co-founder and President

E Pluribus Partners

  • Founded a consulting firm to help organizations increase employee and customer engagement.
  • Conducted multi-year study of great and failed leaders of businesses, sports teams, nations and social sector organizations to understand how they increased or decreased emotional connections in organizations they led. The study included research in diverse fields of knowledge such as organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, social networking and neuroscience.The study demonstrated that a sense of connection makes people feel like part of the team and is a key driver of employee engagement, client engagement and organizational success.
  • Wrote a manuscript based on research, and secured literary agent and publishing agreement with one of America’s leading publishers.
  • Primary author of the book Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity published in July 2007. Contributor to What Managers Say, What Employees Hear: Connecting with Your Front Line (So They’ll Connect with Customers), edited by Regina Maruca, former Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review.

Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer

US Trust (Part of Charles Schwab)

  • Led a marketing department that included managing marketing strategy, communications, product and internet development, event marketing, corporate communications and corporate travel functions. Reported to U.S. Trust’s CEO.
  • Began repositioned the firm’s brand as a home for smart investors (rather than merely a home for old money).Hired and worked alongside Landor Associates to develop a new visual positioning/corporate identity for U.S. Trust.

Principal and Chief Marketing Officer of the Private Wealth Management Group

  • Built and led a start-up marketing departments in New York and London.Reported to the head of Private Wealth Management.
  • Member of the management team that doubled the group’s revenues over two and one-half years. Revenue per investment representative increased from $1.8 million to $3.5 million.
  • 1993-1998 was Senior Vice President, Business and Product Development at Morgan Stanley's Van Kampen Investments unit in suburban Chicago.  Led the firm’s efforts to grow organically through expansion of product line and distribution outlets.Reported to the firm’s president.  Managed the introduction of 25 new mutual funds (on and offshore) and variable annuity products that raised $15.7 billion in net assets.

Director Corporate Finance


Vice President, Investment Banking



  • Product Marketing Manager, Semiconductor Group
  • Auditor, Semiconductor Group
  • Controller, Geophysical Services Group




DePaul University College of Law


University of Texas of the Permian Basin


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Michael's Book



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.

Broadcast Interviews

Webcast & Podcast

Here are select webcasts and podcasts Michael recorded.

- American Management Association  webcast and podcast 

- IBM developerWorks podcast