January Forum: Distributed and Virtual Work Teams @ Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine; Roth Auditorium
Jan 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm



Virtual teams and employees are a worldwide, unstoppable trend; as many as 1.3 billion business professionals will participate in a virtual team over the next few years. Properly managed virtual teams can improve job satisfaction, employee morale, retention, and organizational efficiency. On the other hand, improper management, which is more often the case due to technology limitations and lack of effective virtual management skills, the inverse of the positives quickly appear.

Given that even good teams still only succeed and accomplish the tasks 50% of the time, we have to ask the following:

  • How can we use virtual technology to enhance team effectiveness, talent management and organizational processes?
  • What are the potential repercussions of adopting a virtual team model?
  • What types of communication practices need to be in place for virtual teams to succeed?

Join us at the January 14th MIT Enterprise Forum as we discuss not only different technologies that support virtual work teams, but also begin a conversation on the competent virtual manager and what that means for your business moving forward.


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Kay Plantes, CEO & Founder, Plantes Company

Kay Plantes is a Ph.D. economist out of MIT who has more than 25 years of experience helping leaders better understand economic and technology trends and unearth profitable new growth platforms that capitalize on them. Private and public businesses of all sizes, industries and sectors have benefited from Kay’s strategic planning, facilitation and coaching. In addition to running her own consulting business, Kay has worked as Director of Strategy and Business Development for a global healthcare products company, as a Senior Managing Consultant at IBM and as Chief Economist and Director of Economic Policy Development for the State of Wisconsin. An educator at heart, she loves public speaking and translating complex concepts into easy to understand messages. Kay is co-author of Beyond Price: Differentiate Your Company in Ways that Really Matter (Greenleaf Book Group, 2009). Her business model innovation blog is a must-read for leaders who want to think and act more strategically.



Lars Helgeson, CEO & Founder, GreenRope

Lars Helgeson has been in the Internet marketing space since 2000, when he co-founded one of the world’s first email service providers, CoolerEmail.  As a pioneer in responsible email marketing, he grew CoolerEmail to a global software company specializing in marketing communication with over 1,500 small and mid-sized businesses.  In 2010, after spending several years designing and implementing a more comprehensive system, he launched GreenRope, a cloud-based CRM and marketing automation platform that simplifies and consolidates company sales, marketing, and operations.  GreenRope currently provides technology solutions to over 3,000 companies worldwide. Lars earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and an MBA from the Robert Anderson School at the University of New Mexico.  He served in the United States Air Force for 4 years, working in the Air Force’s space test program, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Ballistic Missile Defense Organization


Lisa King, Director of HR Operations and PMO, CareFusion

Lisa King, PMP, is responsible for delivering mission critical enterprise HR IT, business process improvement, and shared service implementations, executing on CareFusion’s HR strategic objectives in over 40 countries across the globe. Prior to joining CareFusion in early 2013, Lisa spent 8 years at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as Deputy Director, and various enterprise roles. Before joining SAIC, Lisa worked for Cardinal Health as a project manager supporting large-scale IT project implementation activities including process improvement and business readiness.  Lisa also spent 13 years as principal in project management and consulting services firms to Fortune 500 clients across a range of industry sectors.


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Morgan Tracy, Senior Manager, Human Resources, Mitchell International

Morgan Tracy is the Director of Human Resources at Mitchell International.  Morgan joined Mitchell in 2011 as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner supporting the Auto Casualty and Workers Comp lines of business.  She recently assumed responsibility for Talent Acquisition.  Prior to joining Mitchell, Morgan was part of the Benefits team at Life Technologies (now Thermo Fisher Scientific) where she was responsible for Total Rewards and Project Management for M&A Integrations.  She was recently a guest speaker at the 2013 Salesforce Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco where she presented a case study of Employee Engagement through Rewards and Recognition. She is a native Californian, an enthusiastic Charger fan and a graduate of San Diego State University.



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