Dan Pontefract
Keynote Speaker

Author, Speaker, Thinker,
Leadership Strategist

Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.

He is the best-selling author of four books: LEAD. CARE. WIN. How to Become a Leader Who Matters, OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

His third book, OPEN TO THINK won the 2019 getAbstract International Book of the Year.

Previously as Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of over $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%. Prior to TELUS he held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects and BCIT.

Dan and his wife, Denise, have three children (aka goats) and live in Victoria, Canada.

Dan on LinkedIn

Speaking: April 7th, 2-3 PM EST. 

Leadership: Being Our Best in Times of Change

There are only two kinds of leadership in this world: leading self and leading others. It’s that simple, only two. In the midst of a pandemic, times are complex. Now, more than ever, how you conduct yourself might become the defining moment of your career, particularly as CIOs continue to work from home while leading teams and operations remotely. One of the keys is our relationships and our ways of collaborating.

When we understand the critical importance of crafting meaningful, respectful relationships among our colleagues, we’ve set ourselves up for success. But when those interactions are no longer face-to-face—when everything we do is virtual and remote—how can we ensure that those relationships will thrive?

The bottom line is we need to foster our relationships. All of it requires both reminders and new methods. In this virtual keynote, delivered by 4-time TED speaker, 4-time author and leadership strategist, Dan Pontefract, you will leave with insights, stories and practical techniques on the key facets of a more connecting, collaborative and caring form of leadership. Ultimately every CIO must remember that we’re all in this together, even when we’re leading from afar.