Making the right managerial decisions can be tough at the best of times, let alone amidst a global pandemic. Since last March, business leaders have grappled with some tough challenges, from deploying drastic cost-cutting measures to sustain business revenues, to transitioning entire workforces to remote working and reimagining work culture virtually. After enduring almost a year of rolling lockdowns and the strain of remote working, the mental health of employees is top of mind for business leaders. Meanwhile softer skills like empathy and emotional intelligence are becoming the cornerstones of modern leadership.

Join us at the Future of Work Leadership Forum and hear how leaders are tackling these issues and more. From the pressures of sustaining and hiring the best talent, transforming management philosophies, figuring out what the return to the office will look like, and how to ensure their employees feel safe, supported and heard in this time of uncertainty.

State of the Industry
Get a taste of the content with this State of the Industry session from our previous Future of Work Virtual Forum.


(Times are local: GMT-0500)
11:00 a.m.
Welcome and Working Session

Welcome to the Digiday Future of Work: Leadership Forum. Please join us in our working session as we tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our industries as it relates to leadership in this time of disruption. Bring your challenges, opportunities and be prepared to chat with fellow attendees about the future of work as we know it.

(Times are local: GMT-0500)
11:00 a.m.
Welcome and Key Trends

Welcome to the Future of Work: Leadership Forums content session day. We’ll kick off the day with the top trends we’re seeing across industries.

11:15 a.m.
Communicating and Leading in a Crisis

Like many organizations, UNICEF USA has had to pivot its approach to respond to COVID-19. On top of supporting our workforce, the organization has been supporting UNICEF’s massive global response at the same time. In this session, hear from Unicef’s CMO, Shelley Diamond, as she walks us through how your brand is a mark of trust in a time of crisis and how to successfully pivot your organization’s communications strategy in a time of need. From communicating with partners on creative solutions for the public, and keeping up with the intense local and political news trends, while tapping into your own opportunities of support. 

11:45 a.m.
The Evolving Workforce

Maintaining and hiring the best talent to help businesses thrive is perhaps more important than ever. Businesses can no longer rely on some of the more compelling parts of workplace culture synonymous with their companies before the pandemic, to attract talent. This session will take a look  at what businesses are starting to do in order to bring back the human element to the workplace — ensuring that the long term strategies align with an overall sense of purpose driving business growth.

12:10 p.m.
People, Places, & Creating Innovative Spaces

Coronavirus restrictions have drastically limited the physical spaces that people can occupy while the struggle for racial justice has raised questions over who feels welcome in shared spaces. The shift to remote work and rising concerns over employee well-being created an opportunity for Audible to reimagine the workplace for COVID-19 and beyond. As a mission-driven company devoted to cultivating a sense of belonging both among its employees and with its local communities, Audible developed innovative ways of working to foster connection and collaboration across our global entities. In this session, two leaders from Audible will engage in a discussion on how they approached this challenge head-on to accelerate changes and create solutions to the question, “if space is virtual, what is our place?”

12:35 p.m.
Working with Mothers and Remote Team Management

How do you ensure you get the most from your team when they’re working remotely, while also ensuring their personal lives and mental health are taken care of? 2020 has been a year where flexible working became the norm with parents taking a more equal share of childcare than perhaps ever before. In this session we’ll discuss what opportunities have been opened up for better equality as a result of the enforced remote working conditions in 2020, and how can they be maintained through 2021.

1:00 p.m.
Practicing What You Preach
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