Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski is the Founder and CEO of Virtual Distance International (VDI), a New York-based company specializing in providing Predictive Workplace Analytics (WPA) helping organizations boost productivity and innovation in the virtual workforce.
VDI solutions are based on Virtual Distance Analytics™, a powerful engine built around Dr. Lojeski's award-winning discovery, Virtual Distance. VDI Analytics provide solutions to workplace challenges that are difficult to see but, when left unchecked, can cause havoc with corporate success and competitiveness. However, when Virtual Distance is measured and managed over time, quantifiable performance and strategic improvements are the results!
Virtual Distance Analytics has helped dozens of Fortune 500 companies improve performance, innovation and other critical success factors including productivity, innovation, trust, employee engagement and more. Some of VDI's clients include Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and the World Economic Forum.
Karen began her career as a Systems Engineer with a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. She went on to hold management and executive positions at major corporations including Chase Manhattan Bank, Stratus Computer, Inc., and Mercer Consulting. After 18 years in Corporate America, she earned her Ph.D. in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology where her dissertation, "Virtual Distance: A New Model for the Study of Virtual Work", won Outstanding Dissertation of the Year in 2006.
Karen has been featured in top media outlets including the AP, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Fortune, CBS News, The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR and more.
She is the author of two books, “Uniting the Virtual Workforce” and “Leading the Virtual Workforce” and is now working her third book. She is also a faculty at the Stockholm School of Economics and is affiliated with Wharton among other academic institutions. Her powerful message and engaging speaking style also make her a highly sought-after talent at major conferences worldwide.