February 4, 2021

Future of Work Leadership Forum

At the Future of Work Leadership Forum, we’ll hear from executives across industries as they have an open and honest discussion about their plans going forward, from diversity and inclusion initiatives to hiring and retention, through the lens of leadership.

Agenda

(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 USA’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. 

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Shelley Diamond

CMO

UNICEF USA

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Moderator
Jim Cooper
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.

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Steve Hyde

CEO

360EXEC

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Moderator
Jim Cooper
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?”

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Anne Erni

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

AUDIBLE

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Ara Tucker

HEAD OF TALENT AND CULTURE

AUDIBLE

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Moderator
Sara Jerde
12:35 p.m.
Encouraging Work/Life Balance to Stave Off Burnout

2020 brought about myriad challenges for businesses; among them, managing and maintaining employee wellbeing and mental health. Getaway, the company that offers mindful escapes to tiny cabins in the woods, is on a mission to help its guests combat burnout, spend time in nature and disconnect from technology – and it wants its employees to reap the same benefits, especially in the current climate. This session will dive into how leaders can give their employees the time, space and permission to be off in an authentic way, as well as offer advice on how to maintain a healthy work/life balance in the “new normal.”

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Jon Staff

CEO

GETAWAY

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Moderator
Jim Cooper
12:55 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.

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Samantha Hammock

SVP OF TALENT

VERIZON

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Moderator
Sara Jerde
1:20 p.m.
How To Create an Impactful DEI Program

As female tech professionals navigate their career paths, they are increasingly prioritizing an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workspace. But how do you successfully create an impactful DEI program, and what should a leader be thinking about when working to further empower women in tech at your own company?
Shruti Jain, Global Head of Acquisitions and Diversity Council Lead from Google’s Online Partnerships Group, will discuss the value of DEI programs and what makes them impactful, as well as insights from her 13+ year career in tech, spent mainly at Google. Shruti will also discuss her perspective on leadership, and how mentorship can effect change in the workplace and help global teams grow and succeed.

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Shruti Jain

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL ACQUISITIONS AND DIVERSITY COUNCIL LEAD

GOOGLE, ONLINE PARTNERSHIPS GROUP

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Moderator
Sara Jerde
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