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Charles Vogl is an executive consultant and award winning author. He works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government and social change organizations to make them more effective in creating change.

This work includes helping leaders strengthen critical relationships and inspire communities to action. He lectures, leads workshops with groups and works individually with a few leaders.
He draws from the realm of spiritual traditions to understand how individuals build loyalty, strengthen identification with a community, and motivate actions consistent with group values. These principles apply to both secular and spiritual leadership.
This includes teaching leaders how to quickly connect with others in authentic ways. When we communicate in powerful ways, we can generate inspiration, excitement, and commitment in others.
Charles’ experiences include international human rights advocacy, social change leadership and internationally awarded nonfiction media. He studied business management and spiritual traditions at Yale University.
He is a regular guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management and Yale Leadership Institute. At the Yale Law School, he co-founded the Visual Law Project.
His book "The Art of Community" won the Nautilus Silver Award in Business & Leadership.
My professional storytelling career started with an unexpected call one cold November night when I was 29 years old. It was about 8pm as I sat in my bedroom in Queens, NY when I recognized a spiritual call to phone my then girlfriend Socheata. I felt surprised and curious about this.
In the spiritual traditions of Thomas Merton, Francis of Assisi and Teresa of Calcutta, there are times in my life when no matter what I planned to do, no matter who I planned to be with or no matter what I want others to think of me, God calls me to do something different. I’ve learned to be humble enough to follow seemingly innocuous, but strange calls. On that night, Socheata was sitting in the Newark Airport awaiting a flight to Cambodia.
On Christmas Day the year before, in the back bedroom of her parents’ home, she learned that for 25 years her family had been hiding secrets from her. She discovered that her sisters were not really her natural sisters, her brother was only her half-brother and her mother had lost her first husband and 30 family members during the Khmer Rouge genocide in the 1970s. She wondered about what else remained hidden. She planned her first trip Cambodia the next year to find out.