Some people let things happen.
Some people make things
of a Change Agent
by Tom Durkin
Since 1984, David M. Fleming, principal of Fleming LTD, has been one of the most effective advocates of "location independent" telework (also known as telecommuting). Through his work with the State of California, he became a nationally recognized and respected expert in the field.
served as the Telework Program Consultant for California, which
has the first formal state government remote-telework policy in
the USA. He was responsible for facilitating the adoption of
customized telecommuting policies in state agencies by assisting
in the planning, training, implementation and evaluation of
Additionally, David organized the California Task Force on
Interactive Telecommunications in Government and lead the State
of California's Telework Advisory Group (TAG). David's position
is the culmination of an effort that began in the mid-1980s when
he proposed and was chosen to direct California's Telecommuting
Pilot Program. The success of the pilot program resulted in the enactment of
legislation in 1990 that formally established telecommuting as
public policy in California government. His work with state
telecommuting program earned California an Innovations Award
from the Council of State Governments.
1992 to 1995, David managed a program through the University of
California, Davis, where he directed the planning and
development of twelve demonstration telecenters throughout
California. Besides his work with the State of California, David
has consulted with the White House Office on Policy Development
and was one of five national experts invited to brief the US
Congress and staff on the subject of telework and telecommuting.
Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Management
Review, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and ABC
television's Business Week, among many others, have all
solicited David's expertise on the virtual workforce.
Furthermore, David was profiled as an "Agent of Change" by
Government Technology magazine, and the American Management
Association's Personnel magazine named him a "Personnel
Winner" in 1988. In 2001 David was inducted to International
Telework Association and Council (ITAC) Hall of Fame, having
previously served as an ITAC founder and director.
leading expert on telecommuting policy in the public sector,
David has been a guest speaker at events as diverse as the State
of Washington Governor's Conference on Telecommuting to the
World Future Society gathering in Washington, D.C. to Portugal's
first national conference on telework. Also, David conducted
workshops and seminars at such international conferences as Gil
Gordon's Telecommute series, as well as the annual International
Telework Association and Council symposia. Furthermore, David is
not the only one in his family who is dedicated to advancing the
telework option. David's wife Lis, co-owner of Fleming LTD, has
written extensively about the "electronic cottage," and is the
author of The One- Minute Commuter: How to Keep Your Job and
Stay at Home Telecommuting. Lis also assisted
Nilles, principal of JALA International Inc., with
introducing the telework concept to the State of Washington.
graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, David
earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration and Personnel
Management. He received his M.A. in Environmental Planning from
California State University, Chico. As one of the leading agents
of change in California and the nation, David Fleming is
eminently qualified to advise both government and industry as
they evolve into the brave, new -- and virtual -- work world of
the new millennium.
more information, contact:
Davis, California USA
530 756-6449 (fax)