Featured Workshops

Power the Future Now.

Passion points around current events streaming through the media inform our daily personal and professional interactions. Individuals and organizations must be ready to act and lead in responsive ways to address external, local, and global issues affecting internal values central to our personnel, policies, practices, and big picture strategies. While workshop content for our annual conference is curated over the course of several months, we are committed to providing time and space for Forum participants to come together to explore the myriad angles and perspectives around the most current trending topics. For the 2018 Forum, three featured sessions have been invited to provide such a platform.

This year’s featured sessions include:

Engaging Men as Allies for #MeToo

April 11 | 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Although recent focus on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace has gained significant attention, both have always existed and continue to persist across industries and workplaces. It is a complex problem to address and resolve. Most companies have well-established sexual harassment training programs and comprehensive anti-harassment policies, but these investments have made little headway in effectively addressing a problem that pervades the workplace and communities.

Deborah Munster

Diversity Best Practices

Subha Barry

Working Mother Media

Howard Ross

Cook Ross, Inc.

JonRobert Tartaglione

Influence 51

Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart

April 11 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

We are living in a world of almost unparalleled separation. After, arguably, the most contentious election in U.S. history, the country stands torn between two polarized views of the world rooted in fundamental differences. Communities in the United States are becoming more segregated than they have been in years, both politically and socially. Based on the newly released book of the same name, this presentation will help people understand the divide by looking at the neuro-cognitive science behind our primary need to belong, how it motivates human behavior, and investigate how it shows up in our daily lives.

Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart

April 11 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

We are living in a world of almost unparalleled separation. After, arguably, the most contentious election in U.S. history, the country stands torn between two polarized views of the world rooted in fundamental differences. Communities in the United States are becoming more segregated than they have been in years, both politically and socially. Based on the newly released book of the same name, this presentation will help people understand the divide by looking at the neuro-cognitive science behind our primary need to belong, how it motivates human behavior, and investigate how it shows up in our daily lives.

Howard Ross

Cook Ross, Inc.

JonRobert Tartaglione

Influence 51

Building Tomorrow Today: Strategies for the Future Workforce

April 11 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

To survive and thrive in the future, organizations will need to navigate the changing nature of both work and the workforce, and must be prepared to fundamentally change the way they operate.

The future workforce composition will necessitate a radical transformation from the present, taking into account (1) the shift in experience and knowledge (from traditional business graduates to STEM grads and “digital” technology-based experienced hires); (2) total headcount (a reduction due to automation in both core and back-office business units); (3) employment arrangements (about 30 percent are expected to be contingent workers); and (4) location (approximately 25 percent of roles are predicted to be centralized in lower-wage jurisdictions and will provide services remotely).

Katrina North

EY Australia
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David Ko

RFI Asia