From the Great Resignation to the Great Reshuffle, our working lives have transformed during the pandemic — especially in terms of the economic and social dynamics. Some business sectors, as well as nonprofits and media organizations, have embraced change while others have fought against new policies.
COVID-19 has ushered in some new options, like flexible time off and hybrid work schedules. Remote work isn’t perfect for everyone, but it offers a reprieve for those who’ve felt alienated by inaccessible workspaces, where gender and racial microaggressions can proliferate.
Are the shifting norms of the last few years here to stay — or will large businesses continue to push for a return to pre-pandemic “normal?” How can business leaders balance economic growth and emerging technologies with the rights and needs of workers? The 19th is gathering business and policy leaders who think deeply about labor to discuss the future of the workforce.
Doors open | 2:30 p.m. CT
Coffee will be served.
Welcome | 3:00 p.m. CT
- Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO, The 19th
Rewriting Our Relationship With Work | 3:05 p.m. CT
Before the pandemic turned everything upside down, generations of workers have been on the elusive search for work-life balance. Buzzwords like “quiet quitting” and “burnout” point to a workforce that is exhausted and overwhelmed. We’re talking to two people with their fingers on the pulse of work culture about how we — individually and collectively — can reimagine our relationship with work.
- Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO, The Cru
- Anne Helen Petersen, Journalist and Co-Author, “Out of Office”
- Moderator: Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large, The 19th
Reshaping the Workforce | 3:35 p.m. CT
Emerging technologies combined with global economic shifts and outdated policy have left many people in traditional industries in the U.S. without solid career paths or growth opportunities. How would substantive investment in training, education and skills development transform the workforce into an effective, more adaptable one? And how do we ensure that career-changing programs are available to everyone who needs them, from young students to late-career workers?
- Katie Corrigan, Senior Adviser, AFL-CIO Technology Institute
- Blair Corcoran de Castillo, Director, Opportunity@Work
- Melanie Flowers, Vice President, Pathful Inc.
- Moderator: Julia B. Chan, Editor-in-Chief, The 19th
Solutions Session | 4:05 p.m. CT
This interactive session will focus on some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the future of the workforce. In-person attendees can connect with fellow attendees at a table talk session that a member of The 19th will facilitate.
How People-Centered Policies Are Good for Business | 4:25 p.m. CT
What makes a company a great place to work? We’re talking to decision-makers at different types of companies, from retail to tech, about the best policies to meet employee needs now — as well as the changes they anticipate in the future. How are businesses prioritizing their employees and working toward building inclusive workforces?
- Vanice Hayes, Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Dell Technologies
- Dya Campos, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, H-E-B
- Angela Jackson, Ed.L.D., Founder, Future Forward Strategies
- Christina Janzer, Senior Vice President of Research and Analytics, Slack
- Moderator: Jayo Miko Macasaquit, Chief People Officer, The 19th
Wrap up | 4:55 p.m. CT
- Amanda Zamora, Co-Founder and Publisher, The 19th
Networking Reception | 5:00 p.m. CT
19 Questions with Anne Helen Petersen
At The 19th’s Future of the Workforce event, we spent time with journalist and author Anne Helen Petersen and asked her some questions — 19, to be exact.
Does she prefer cake or pie? What advice would she give to her younger self? Find out in our very first edition of 19 Questions.
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