About the Author

Our films have a driving mission: We humanize the world’s most successful companies.


Veteran Filmmaker
Founder of Tribe Pictures

Vern Oakley Founder of Tribe PicturesA veteran filmmaker, teacher, speaker, and industry thought leader, Vern Oakley has been helping institutions and leaders authentically connect and mobilize their tribes through genuine expression and communication. His mission to humanize leadership is achieved by crafting great stories that appeal to and impact the people who matter most.

Through Tribe Pictures, a film production company he founded in 1986 wherein he serves as CEO and Creative Director, Vern has directed numerous short and long-form films that garnered over five hundred international industry awards. His projects have engaged leaders of Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. His films have helped launch some of the industry’s largest public offerings and have been credited with raising billions of dollars in contributions to colleges, universities, and philanthropies..

A client of Vern’s once bestowed on him the unofficial title “Business Artist.” Vern believes this captures his point of view, as he is able to translate the left-brain needs of his clients (business strategy) to the right-brain execution of the storytelling team. A natural ‘systems thinker’, Vern both understands the big picture and consistently finds a way to convey it to others in personal, human terms.