Miami Presents: Secrets to Creating a Great Virtual Work Culture and What the Future of Remote Work Looks Like

Presented on: Wednesday, November 3rd at 10:00 AM EDT

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Miami alum, Larry English ‘90, author of Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture With Virtual Teams offers a look at the growing virtual work environment, and how working remotely can help create a culture of employee and client happiness.  As co-founder and president of Centric, Larry has over two decades of experience working within the virtual work landscape.  Fellow Miami alumna, Amy Leschke-Kahle ‘88, Vice President of Performance Acceleration will lead the discussion.  As a published contributor in Forbes, Fast Company, and HR Daily Advisor, Amy has a wealth of experience to help us explore how it’s possible to build remote teams with better engagement, performance, work culture, and life balance.

This Fireside Chat is co-sponsored by the CEC Women's Advisory Council, the College of Engineering and Computing, and CEC Dean Beena Sukumaran.

Larry English ‘90 is an author and co-founder and president of Centric, an award-winning business and technology consulting firm that has been operating using a remote work model since its founding more than two decades ago

Before Centric Consulting, Larry worked for a large international consulting firm out of college until he got burned out at age 25. He and his newlywed wife backpacked around the world as he tried to find his path in life—and he did. Shortly after returning home, he and his like-minded pals founded Centric with a mission to change how consulting was done by building a remote company with a culture of employee and client happiness.

Today, Centric is a 1,000-plus person company with offices in 12 US cities and India. Larry is father to four boys and husband to an adventurous wife. They reside in Columbus, Ohio. Larry is donating a portion of the royalties he receives from Office Optional to charity.

Larry holds a B.S in Systems Analysis from Miami University.

Amy Leschke-Kahle ‘88 is a widely recognized human resource thought leader who began her career as a chemical engineer.  With a science background and a passion for people-focused work, her strength has become solving hard problems that you can’t see.

As VP of Performance Acceleration at the Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP Company, Amy collaborates with clients to transform employee engagement and performance around the globe.  Amy uses her firsthand experience and proven techniques for measuring engagement and performance to customize her approach to the unique culture of each company and offer sustainable solutions to problems.

Prior to her current role, Amy led learning and development, HR technology, and HR analytics teams for several Fortune 500 companies.  She most recently served as Vice President of HR Services Solution Center for a large national retailer leading HR technology initiatives, including optimizing the workforce technology systems and processes and building a best-in-practice learning management system.

Amy holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Miami University, as well as an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

There is no cost to watch this presentation online, but registration is required.  Please reach out to Mollie Young,, with any questions.