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At the onset of the global pandemic, leaders worldwide were forced to transition to a virtual workplace quickly and shift their employees into fully remote teams. While this change has been more challenging for some than others, many leaders have successfully navigated their teams through these changes and are preparing to do it once again when the world slowly opens up again.

Join us for Glue Up's Thought Leadership Webinar: Association Leaders: Leading & Managing in 2021 on March 25 to hear association leaders discuss the future of the virtual office, effective virtual leadership, and how to stay connected during a crisis.

Some key takeaways:

  • Successful virtual leadership strategies for a remote staff & hybrid teams
  • Tips for keeping team morale high in uncertain times
  • Transitioning a virtual office to a hybrid office plan
  • Ways to keep connected in a crisis & prevent email and meetings overload
  • How to guide their associations through the change management process

Global Call for Speakers: Join our panel of association leaders on March 25 for our Thought Leadership Webinar: Association Leaders: Leading & Managing in 2021.

CEOs and Executive Directors will discuss virtual leadership strategies, how they are staying connected and their plans to transition from a virtual office to a hybrid office.


  • Otto de Vries (CEO of Association of Southern African Travel Agents)

    Otto de Vries

    CEO of Association of Southern African Travel Agents


    Otto de Vries is the CEO of ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents), past Chairman of the World Travel Agents Association Alliance (WTAAA) and a Board member of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). He has been active in the travel industry for 32 years, 22 of those in senior management roles in the inbound, retail and wholesale sectors. He is a WTAAA delegate to the IATA Passenger Agency Global Joint Council (PAPGJC) and currently Chairs the WTAAA Air Committee and the Marketing and Membership Board Committee of the TBCSA. During Covid-19 Otto has actively participated in lobbying the South African government on the re-opening of travel, both domestically and internationally; including the development of health protocols and marketing strategies.

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  • Oguche Agudah (CEO of Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria)

    Oguche Agudah

    CEO of Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria

    Oguche is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp). In this role he leads the efforts of c $ 28 billion pension industry in Nigeria in engaging the regulators, the media, the financial markets and other stakeholders in order to ensure that the interests of the pension industry and pension operators are protected and promoted and also in ensuring that the pension industry has a positive effect on National Development.

    Oguche was previously Nigeria’s Regional Director for OurCrowd, a crowd funding and venture capital firm with headquarters in Israel. He was also previously the Chief Investment Officer/Executive Director of a growing integrated real estate and alternative asset management company.

    Prior to this, he worked as a Special adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. His portfolio was “Access to Finance”. In this role, he advised on and implemented policies, strategies and programmes that could help to increase access to finance for Nigeria’s teeming entrepreneurs.

    Prior to this, he worked with Standard Chartered Bank as an associate Director in their Lagos office, where he was in charge of the credit quality of a portfolio of assets worth USD 7 billion dollars. This included various loan products and derivatives to banks, the government and sovereign owned enterprises (SOEs) in Nigeria. In Standard Chartered, he had short term assignments in South Africa and London, working in the Risk management, Credit and Corporate Finance functions. In Standard Chartered Bank he held various roles spanning operations, Risk management & Credit, financial institutions and strategy.

    He possesses a degree in Banking and finance from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers Nigeria.

    He is an avid writer and he has a column in some local and international mediums where he writes and advices on strategy, finance, entrepreneurship and emerging markets.

    He is deeply involved in community work, as he mentors a group of volunteers, focusing on building global businesses and leaders out of Nigeria.

    He is a firm believer in Nigeria, married to his best friend and they have two boisterous children.

    He has been privileged to experience life as an entrepreneur, a policy maker and an employee in a world class organization operating in an emerging market. These varied circumstances have enabled him to appreciate life and business from different perspectives arming him with a unique blend of the excellence and business acumen of the private sector and the social impact objective of the public sector.

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  • Edward Oswe (CEO of Marketing Society of Kenya)

    Edward Oswe

    CEO of Marketing Society of Kenya

    Edward has long-standing experience in strategic execution, Membership Management, policy development, research, secretariat management, project management and digital transformation.

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  • Eric Schmidt (CEO of Glue Up)

    Eric Schmidt

    CEO of Glue Up

    CEO of Glue Up (formerly EventBank), an all-in-one cloud-based CRM engagement platform for event and membership management, is the leading platform in emerging and developing markets and North America.

    As CEO of Glue Up, Eric L. Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. Glue Up has offices in 11 countries and clients in over 50. Eric’s focus is to continue building the best product for Glue Up’s clients and expanding the company’s presence in emerging and developing markets around the world. Over the last 18 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up; including China Entrepreneurs which was the top community organization for more than 50,000 entrepreneurs, hosting more than 100 conferences

    Eric was an elected member of American Chamber of Commerce in China's Board of Governors for three years (2017, 2018 & 2019) and is recognized as an authority on digital transformation and business in emerging markets. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

    Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy, 100 days by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Philips. He also previously lived in China (17 years) and Guatemala.

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