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Charles H. Vogl is an executive consultant and author. His past includes life as a PBS documentary filmmaker, media consultant and entrepreneur, human and labor rights activist, and co-founder of Broken English Productions LLC in New York City. His non-fiction media work explores critical issues including education reform, gay rights and civil justice.

Writing

The Art of Community: 7 Principles for Belonging (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2016)

The book is a practical guide for leaders to build cultures of belonging. It distills 7 principles for creating a community that matters, based on 3,000 years of religious and secular traditions. This includes building loyalty, strengthening identity, and living out shared values. The principles apply to both secular and spiritual leadership in building strong community today, wherever leaders choose.

Storytelling for Leaders: Inspiring Your Allies, Backers & Partners (Upcoming)

The book shares ancient principles and tools to help any leader in the real world emotionally connect and authentically inspire. The book is based on the lectures and workshops presented at Yale.

Non-Fiction Media Advocacy

At the Yale Law School, Vogl was a founding Executive Board Member of the Yale Visual Law Project. The project’s intention is to use cinematic arts to grow a public conversation on how law impacts society. This includes creating a new curriculum for the Yale Law School. The intention is to shift how every law school in the country engages in public discourse to include unheard voices.

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He produced the independent feature documentary NEW YEAR BABY which has won nine international awards, including the ‘Movies That Matter’ human rights cinema awards (an Amnesty International initiative.) The film aired on national PBS’ Independent Lens Series. PBS also created a 30 city national education and outreach tour to disseminate the film. The U.S. State Department screened the film in Southeast Asia in 2010. Vogl collaborates with education and human rights organizations to distribute the film internationally and to classrooms across the United States.

Vogl worked with Directors Sarah and Emily Kunstler on the feature documentary WILLIAM KUNSTLER DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE (ITVS / CPB), about the legacy of the most famous constitutional lawyer in 20th century America. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival then released theatrically in the United States before airing on national PBS’ POV.

He also worked with Director Chris Wong on WHATEVER IT TAKES (Sundance Institute / CAAM / CPB), following one year in the life of a rookie Asian American high school principal in the South Bronx. It aired nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens series.

Vogl consulted on Cynthia Wade’s documentary BORN SWEET. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Earlier Vogl also worked with Cynthia Wade on the Sundance Film Festival premiere of her HBO documentary FREEHELD which went on to win an Academy Award.

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Vogl is a recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting INPUT Fellowship and the Working Films Documentary Institute Residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Vogl’s work has been funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Independent Television Service, the Open Society Institute, the Movies That Matter Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Community Building

Vogl serves on the Producing team for the EG Conference. EG is a New York Times recognized premiere gathering of and for innovators in media, technology, entertainment and education.

Vogl founded Friday Candlelight Dinners at Yale where a team of 10 leaders created weekly three hour ritualized dinners that brought together faculty and students from across the university and beyond. The intention was to form diverse relationships that will support whole lives creating social impact. The series has inspired numerous imitators.

In Vogl’s travels he seeks out important religious and historical sites to better understand how faith, tradition and geography have meaning and influence in people’s lives. To share his experiences, in 2006 Vogl founded Seeking Awe Adventures, a private travel group that leads community minded professionals on life changing travels. Adventures include a Cambodian temple safari lead by a former Buddhist monk and a cultural culinary tour through Kerala India with Culinary Institute of America instructor Mike Pardus.

University and Fellowship Lecturing

Vogl has guest lectured in seven Yale University departments and the Harvard Law School. This includes teaching at the Yale Law School, Divinity School and Women Gender & Sexuality Studies on subjects ranging from brand development to religious identity. Because of his genocide education work, he co-instructed the first Yale University Social Entrepreneurship Course with Dr. Scott Sherman. He is a returning guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management where he has also lead a workshop on storytelling for five consecutive years. He also is an instructor for Yale Leadership Institute, the Yale Presidential Fellowship and the Byron Fellowship.

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Organizing

After personally experiencing illegal and abusive labor practices while working in a well known New York restaurant, Vogl volunteered with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) to secretly organize restaurant workers. For two years the campaign grew to become the largest New York restaurant workers justice project in New York history. The campaign and legal actions lead to two nationally impacting legal precedents, ended in a settlement greater than $4 million and paved the way for restaurant workers around the country to be treated according to the law.

Other Stuff:

Earlier in his career Vogl worked for New Regency Productions at Fox Studios in Los Angeles and in Exhibition Development and Research at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. More interestingly, he volunteered and lived in a radical homeless shelter in southern California and trained volunteers and staff in a 9-11 Fund Disaster Center. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Zambia 99-01). Within one year he also survived a plane crash, a spitting cobra attack, and acute malaria.

Vogl has a B.S. from the University of Southern California Annenberg School and an M.Div. from Yale University where he studied ethics, religion and business. At Yale he was named a Jessie Ball duPont Foundation Scholar.

Vogl married filmmaker, genocide education activist and health tech entrepreneur Socheata Poeuv in Honolulu in 2010.