Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski is CEO of Virtual Distance International (VDI) and author of "Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise" John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Karen co-founded Virtual Distance International in 2004 to help organizations create meaningful, satisfying, productive workplaces where people and institutions can thrive in the Digital Age. At a time when many people are working virtually and communicating with their colleagues primarily through e-mail and other computer-mediated means, Karen and her VDI colleagues have created a much-needed methodology for measuring Virtual Distance – a psychological gap that grows out of a heavy reliance on electronic communications – and improving productivity and innovation over distance by reducing its effects.
Karen's clients include major worldwide Fortune 500 organizations as well as large governmental and non-profit associations. Karen is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker on the topic of improving performance, innovation and leadership over distance in the new world of work. Karen has recently completed her Ph.D. at Stevens Institute of Technology where her dissertation, "Virtual Distance: A New Model for the Study of Virtual Work," won the award for Best Dissertation of 2006. Karen is a Director's Visitor at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton University, a collaborator at Stanford University’s MediaX Lab, and a Presidential Fellow at Polytechnic University. Karen is the moderator of the Virtual Work Forum at CIOZone.com, a new social networking site for CIOs, as well as a columnist for the site where she writes on the subject of management and leadership in the changing world of work in the Digital Age.