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Conference Keynote Speaker Catherine Mattiske
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2021 CAVO Virtual Conference Keynote (June 15-17, 2021)

Meet Catherine Mattiske, our 2021 CAVO Virtual Conference keynote speaker! Catherine is a leading expert on virtual teams founder and CEO of TPC, a thought-leader for corporate learning and development, and inventor of the globally acclaimed instructional design system, ID9 Intelligent Design. Hear a sneak peek of Catherine’s expert insights in CAVO podcast episodes 20, 27 and 41.

The first 250 who register for the conference will receive Catherine’s book Leading Virtual Teams: Managing from a Distance During the Coronavirus.

Conference Plenary Speaker Ron Riggio
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The 2021 CAVO Virtual Conference (June 15-17, 2021) also features plenary speaker Ron Riggio, of the Kravis Leadership Institute, and widely-recognized leadership trainer. Ron is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and Visiting Scholar at Churchill College, Cambridge University. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books and more than 150 articles/book chapters.

One of his most popular books is Transformational Leadership, co-authored with Bernard Bass. His most recent two books are: Daily Leadership Development: 365 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader (2020) and Inclusive Leadership (2021; co-edited with Bernardo Ferdman and Jeanine Prime). Ron has been a Psychology Today blogger for more than a decade. He will be presenting Best Leadership and Management Practices Pre- and Post-Pandemic.

Check out Ron’s blog, and register now to join him as the conference plenary speaker!

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2021 CAVO Virtual Conference: Shaping the Future of Virtual Work:
Innovative and Effective Practices for Virtual Work Success

Thank you for attending the 2021 conference, Shaping the Future of Virtual Work, held June 15-17, 2021.

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Since 1996, NCU has been at the forefront of virtual leadership. To demonstrate our success and commitment to excellence in virtual leadership, NCU’s School of Business has a pronged approach.

Virtual Leadership Framework

Rawlings, M., Menefee, S., White, G., & Allen, B. (2020). Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations. Northcentral University.

The Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations (CAVO) is a hub of relevant, current information and practices aimed at supporting diverse, industry professionals and educators in all aspects of virtual work. Hosting both research and real-world examples, NCU’s CAVO partners with external experts around the remote workforce, innovations in virtual work, and supporting technologies to grow a knowledge base and expertise.

Virtual. Remote. What's the difference?

A virtual organization is one where employees engage in a limited physical corporate office presence, connecting remotely via technology.

A remote job is one where an employee works at other locations often returning to a corporate office.

Although the terms virtual and remote are often used interchangeably, virtual work happens through teams or individuals operating at a distance with some degree of self-direction and autonomy (Burma, 2014; Caillier, 2013; McCann & Kohntopp, 2019).

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CAVO News Release

Burma, Z. A. (2014). New organization structures: Virtual organizations. International Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 6(2), 18-27.
Caillier, J. G. (2013). Are teleworkers less likely to report leave intentions in the United States federal government than non-teleworkers are? The American Review of Public Administration, 43(1), 72–88. doi:10.1177/0275074011425084
McCann, J., & Kohntopp, T. (2019). Virtual leadership in organizations: Potential competitive Advantage? SAM Advanced Management Journal, 84(3), 26–39