Future of the Workplace


  • 101 Seaport Blvd
    Boston, MA
  • Wed, July 25, 2018
    8:30am - 5:00pm

A summit to help you kick-start your thinking and meet challenges head on.

We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way the marketing, technology and innovation sectors work and operate. Advances in automation and machine learning have and will continue to replace human tasks, shifting the skillsets of employees organizations need to succeed. This along with changes in globalization and demographics, expectations are radically changing who, where, when, and how work is done. But, what will the future look like and how do you prepare your workforce for it now

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8:15 AM – 9:00 PM
Registration, Coffee & Networking 
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome Remarks 
Amy Quigley, President, MITX
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM 
The 2025 Workplace: Anticipating Trends Driving the Future Workplace
Kevin Mulcahy
, Author & Host, Future Workplace Network
In times of accelerated change, organizations must proactively prepare for the future workforce and workplace.  In this session, Mulcahy will outline the key trends that organizations are responding to as they create workplaces that are both engaging and beneficial.  He will address the underlying shifts in worker expectations, the transformative impact of technology for employee productivity, recruiting and learning and the changing composition of the workforce.  He will also highlight how to surface outdated workplace assumptions to help future-proof workplace strategies.
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM 
People Analytics: Analyzing Findings to Drive Change and Help People & Organizations Thrive
Greg Barnett, Vice President, Research & Development, The Predictive Index
Aiwa Shirako
, Lead, Performance Management Design & Analytics, Google
Ray Yang, VP, Manager of Talent Analytics, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Jimmy Zhang, Head of People Analytics, Biogen
During this session you’ll hear from innovative leaders dedicated to understanding the analytics behind thriving organizations and the people that make them great. This panel will tackle a number of questions including: How do organizations utilize this data and adapt to the changing needs, skills and mindset of its people? What roll can this data really play in accurately forecasting the future of work? When does human instinct trump data-driven approaches to managing people? Moving beyond analytics to help hire and retain employees, we’ll dive into what energy and productivity audits really look like.
10:45 AM – 11: 00 AM
Networking Break 
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM 
Hackable Workplaces: How Design & Spatial Technology Increase Employee Engagement
Casey Barrett, Hospitality Manager, WeWork 
Becky Bermont
, Portfolio Director, Organizational Design, IDEO
Marie Fitzgerald, IIDA, Director of Interior Design, SMMA
Ryan Mulloy, Sr. Director, Digital Experience, Carter Edwards & Co.
What will the next generation of office space look like?  Advances in technology and organizations employing global workforces will have a dramatic impact on the way workers inhabit workspaces…which may not be an office space at all.  So, how can we “hack” these existing spaces to better meet the needs of future workers and increase their productivity and cross-functional engagement? Join this panel of experts as they dive into how adapting to the changing workplace environment is key to supporting diverse ways of working.
11:45 AM – 12:30 AM 
How AI & Robotics Are Transforming Work
Gary Bolles
, Chair of the Future of Work, Singularity University
Exponential technologies are dramatically reshaping work in a range of industries and roles. But while the first phase of automation has focused on replacing human tasks, the next phase will fuel a range of people-centric technologies that will dramatically increase our ability to solve the problems of tomorrow.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch 
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Moving Beyond the Right to Disconnect: Shifts in Benefits, Wellness & Employee Expectations
Jennifer Hayes
, President, Dalton HR Solutions
Kelly Houston, VP, Global Talent Management, Racepoint Global
Lucy Lemons, VP, People Success, WordStream
Rebecca McAdams, Advisor, Leadership Boards, Forrester
Meera Oliva, CMO, Gradifi
Over the past several years there has been a shift occurring, one that takes companies away from traditional group benefits and toward a new personalized model.  This is allowing companies to offer sustainable benefits that deliver real value to employees and retain top talent. Benefits like paid parental leave, covering medical expenses outside traditional healthcare plans, pet insurance, tuition reimbursement, sabbatical programs, wellness stipends and more are things that much of the workforce is looking for and expecting from employers. This panel of experts will discuss all the pros and cons of added benefits and how organization can save money, and attract and retain top talent.
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM 
The Rise of Soft Skills: Hiring First, Training Later
Mitra Best, New Ventures Principal & Innovation Leaders, PwC
Software development, data analysis, and precise number crunching skills are still in high demand, but increasingly, they aren’t the only skills you’ll need to succeed in the digital world. Soft skills including creativity, communication and interpersonal relationship building are becoming more important as companies strive to deliver the best possible performance and productivity from their employees. With 80% of CEOs worried about finding employees with the key skills needed to succeed in the digital world, it’s no surprise that organizations are changing how they recruit the right workforce. Leading companies like Pinterest, LinkedIn and Airbnb are hiring first, and training later. They are increasingly betting on individuals with strong soft skills and a proven ability to learn. Join PwC’s Mitra Best as she reveals which soft skills employers are prioritizing in the hiring process.
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM 
The Gig Economy: How to Manage Independent Workers
Diane Mulcahy
, Author, The Gig Economy
The war for talent is raging, and the new battlefield is the Gig Economy. Independent work is on the rise, and even employees want more flexibility, autonomy, and opportunities for remote work. Managing by the clock and the office chair is the relic of a different era. Join Diane Mulcahy as she shares insights on how companies can respond to and manage these new independent workers.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking Reception 
Interested in speaking at the Future of the Workplace Summit?  Submit a proposal here!


Greg Barnett

Vice President, Research & Development / The Predictive Index

Casey Barrett

Hospitality Manager / WeWork

Becky Bermont

Portfolio Director, Organizational Design / IDEO

Mitra Best

New Ventures Principal & Innovation Leader / PwC

Gary Bolles

Chair for the Future of Work / Singularity University

Marie Fitzgerald

IIDA, Director of Interior Design / SMMA

Jennifer Hayes

President / Dalton HR Solutions

Kelly Houston

VP, Global Talent Management / Racepoint Global

Lucy Lemons

VP, People Success / WordStream

Rebecca McAdams

Advisor, Leadership Board / Forrester

Diane Mulcahy

Author / The Gig Economy

Kevin Mulcahy

Author & Host / Future Workplace Network

Ryan Mulloy

Sr. Director, Digital Experience / Carter Edwards & Co.

Meera Oliva

CMO / Gradifi

Aiwa Shirako

Lead, Performance Management Design & Analytics / Google

Ray Yang

VP, Manager of Talent Analytics / Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jimmy Zhang

Head of People Analytics / Biogen


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