Leo Bottary

Leo J. Bottary is Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communication for Vistage and an adjunct professor for two of Seton Hall University’s graduate level programs in strategic communication and leadership.  Leo has enjoyed a 25-year career counseling leaders in the areas of strategic communication planning, crisis communication, brand building, business development, and client service. He has served in senior leadership roles at Mullen and Hill & Knowlton, where he was also director of client service for the US. In 1995, he founded an award-winning public relations agency that a leading industry trade publication hailed as a regional powerhouse, new media pioneer, and great place to work. He sold the firm in 2000. Prior to starting his PR agency, Leo was president of the PR subsidiary for Florida’s largest advertising agency. He earned a B.A. from Jacksonville University,  an M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University, and is pursuing an Ed.D., with a concentration in Organization Leadership from Northeastern University.

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Vistage Executive Summits Inspire Peernovation

Vistage Executive Summits Inspire Peernovation

Vistage is now about halfway through its 2014 Vistage Executive Summit schedule. The events have been a resounding success as business leaders from every Read More

Want to Innovate?  Get Mad!

Want to Innovate? Get Mad!

Before I get started, let’s put the word mad in context.  If you look at the dictionary definition of the word and its synonyms, you’ll Read More

Innovation and The Painted Picture

Innovation and The Painted Picture

Cameron Herold, former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk, is an author, speaker and coach who says if you want to drive innovation in your organization, it’s essential Read More

Innovation and the Fine Art of Small Talk!

Innovation and the Fine Art of Small Talk!

Who better to talk about the “Fine Art of Small Talk” than Debra Fine herself?  Speaking to a group of 500 CEOs, business owners, and Read More

5 Questions That Will Transform Your Brand

5 Questions That Will Transform Your Brand

At today’s Vistage Executive Summit in Seattle, Will Novy and Emily Brew co-presented to a crowd of 500 business owners, CEOs, and their key Read More

The Innovation Dilemma

The Innovation Dilemma

According to Yahoo! Finance columnist Rick Newman, “Seems everyone talks about innovation, but not everyone knows what it means.”  Today, at the Vistage Executive Read More

Brian Solis and the Kodak Moment

Brian Solis and the Kodak Moment

During the early ’90s, commercials which defined life as a series of “Kodak moments” sold the importance of capturing those oh so precious snapshots of Read More

Vistage CEO Doubles-Down on Kidz and Seance Programs

Vistage CEO Doubles-Down on Kidz and Seance Programs

Vistage CEO Leon Shapiro revealed a piece of stunning news today about the role the Vistage Kidz and Vistage Seance programs, which were rolled Read More

Innovation: Insights to Invoices

Innovation: Insights to Invoices

Yesterday, Sekou Andrews offered a wonderfully simple, yet brilliant definition of innovation as no else could – “Insights to Invoices!”  Using his signature poetic voice Read More

The Innovation Diet

The Innovation Diet

Marshall Goldsmith, author of dozens of books including What Got you Here, Won’t Get You There, once quipped that as popular as his Read More

Innovation, Innocence and Wisdom

Innovation, Innocence and Wisdom

This past week, we held the first in a series of 20 events that will crisscross the country in 2014 called the Vistage Executive Summits: Read More

Do You Put the “No” in Innovation?

Do You Put the “No” in Innovation?

This is a healthy question all leaders should ask themselves from time to time.  Most leaders I know love to think of themselves as innovators.  Steve Read More

Want to Innovate?  Step Outside Your Industry Matrix

Want to Innovate? Step Outside Your Industry Matrix

As part of my exploration into the topic of innovation, I came across some notes I had written about a TED talk from 2008 by Read More

Innovation Begins by Asking the Right Questions

Innovation Begins by Asking the Right Questions

When a product falls flat in the marketplace or a new process misses the mark, it’s highly likely that the solution wasn’t necessarily bad.  It’s Read More

Innovation is About Risk and Failure

Innovation is About Risk and Failure

Last week at my Vistage meeting, I had the good fortune of hearing Gustavo Grodnitsky speak on the topic of understanding and motivating the millennial Read More

How Do You Define Innovation?

How Do You Define Innovation?

The dictionary offers a rather unsatisfying definition of innovation.  You’ll find phrases such as “something new or different being introduced” or  “the creation of new Read More

Why Business Leaders Should Pay Attention to PISA Scores

Why Business Leaders Should Pay Attention to PISA Scores

Note: In 2014, my blog will focus on the topic of innovation.  Since the primary source of innovation in the future will likely come from Read More

Your Leadership Style: Newton or Einstein?

Your Leadership Style: Newton or Einstein?

Earlier this week, I watched an excerpt from a presentation Itay Talgam gave to an audience of about a thousand people at the Vistage 2013 Read More

Accountability or Responsibility?

Accountability or Responsibility?

I’ve been reading a number of articles recently about the Finnish School system, which as you may know is regarded among the finest in the Read More

Beck Bennett Wins Prestigious Vistage Outside Award

Beck Bennett Wins Prestigious Vistage Outside Award

Vistage International, the world’s leading CEO peer advisory membership organization today unveiled its newest annual award!  The Vistage Outside Award honors individuals “outside” of Read More

Why Ambivalence Matters

Why Ambivalence Matters

If you were to ask someone to create a list of emotions, they would likely write down happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, gladness, etc. and even Read More

Has Someone Made a Difference in Your Life?  Tell Them.

Has Someone Made a Difference in Your Life? Tell Them.

Yesterday, I enjoyed the privilege of delivering the keynote address at Seton Hall University’s Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership Graduation ceremony.  While Read More

Tired of Boring, Fruitless Staff Meetings?

Tired of Boring, Fruitless Staff Meetings?

It may be time to shake things up a bit!  Most staff meetings involve the use of an all too familiar agenda:  1) The leader Read More

The Answer to Both Questions

The Answer to Both Questions

Last week, my post Peer or Expert? was a follow-up to a piece I wrote over the summer titled, What Does it Take to be Read More

Peer or Expert?

Peer or Expert?

Last summer, I wrote a post titled: What Does It Take to be a Great Chair?  I wasn’t talking about a piece of furniture Read More