The criteria for effective leadership have changed, and the skills required to manage teams at a distance are new and nuanced. This session offers practical guidelines for today’s leaders to bridge this gap and effectively manage their teams at any distance. Robert Pozen will discuss his book Remote, a guide to thriving and excelling when working remotely if you adopt the mindset, habits, and technology tools of professionals who are even more productive outside the office: Learn to think like a “company of one,” and your experience with remote work will be transformed.
Robert C. Pozen is currently a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2012, he won acclaim for a popular book entitled Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours. In the Spring of 2021, he published a new book on productivity when working remotely, entitled, Remote Inc.: How to Thrive at Work...Wherever You Are. In 2004, Bob became the executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, which now manages over $400 billion for mutual funds and pension plans. Between 2004 and 2011, MFS's assets under management nearly tripled from a base of $130 billion. During his distinguished career, Bob has been active in business, government and academia. Prior to joining MFS, he was vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company. During Bob's five years as president, Fidelity's assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion. In late 2001 and 2002, Bob served on President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, where he developed a progressive plan to make the system solvent. In 2003, Bob served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In 2007, he served as chairman of the SEC's Committee to Improve Financial Reporting. Bob is currently an independent director of AMC (a subsidiary of the World Bank). He previously was an independent director of Nielsen, Medtronic PLC, and BCE (the parent of Bell Canada). He also serves as chairman of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Center, chairman of the Advisory Board of Agility (an outsourced CIO), trustee of the IFRS Foundation (international accounting), and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bob frequently writes articles for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the recent financial crisis, Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System, and a guide for investors entitled The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed. Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree from Yale Law School, where he also obtained a doctorate for a book on state enterprises in Africa. He lives in Boston with his wife of over 40 years.
MBA from New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business with specialization in Finance and Strategy. Mario is a CFA Charterholder and holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, with a Master in Economics from the same university. He worked in the International Reserves Department of the Central Bank of Colombia as Portfolio Manager focused on international markets. He also worked at J.P. Morgan as an Investment Specialist for Latin America. Since 2020 he has served as Deputy Investments Director in the Latin American Reserve Fund.