During his six-year tenure at Vistage Worldwide, Leo Bottary directed a thought leadership initiative on the power of peers in business, which resulted in a book he coauthored with Leon Shapiro titled “The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success.” The premise of the book is as simple as it is powerful: Who you surround yourself with matters and, because of this, business leaders can help each other in ways they just won't find anywhere else.
In addition to his work as a speaker and thought leader on the topic of peer advantage, Leo also serves as an adjunct professor for Seton Hall University's Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership program (MASCL), where he leads online learning teams. In April 2015, he was named adjunct teacher of the year for Seton Hall's College of Communication and the Arts.
Prior to joining Vistage in 2010, Leo enjoyed a 25-year career counseling leaders in strategic communication. During that time, he served as a Senior Vice President (Corporate Practice) and Director of Client Service for the US at Hill & Knowlton. He also founded an award-winning public relations agency, which he sold in 2000.
Leo earned a BA from Jacksonville University, an MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University and is expected to receive his EdD from Northeastern University with a concentration in Organizational Leadership upon completion of his dissertation.