December 4 - 5, 2019

Future Work Live

The Premier Conference For HR Leaders To Design The Future Employee Experience

The workplace landscape is changing rapidly and in many cases the Future of Work is already here.  Are you prepared for what’s to come? 

Introducing Future Work Live; the new multi-stage event designed to provide HR executives and business leaders with the tools and inspiration needed to future-proof your organization.

Taking place December 4-5th in New York City, Future Work Live is bringing together over 300 leaders in Human Resources to network and learn emerging trends, the latest predictions and solutions in people analytics, HR technology, artificial intelligence, and automation.

Prepare your organization for the Future of Work by joining us at Future Work Live.

2 DAYS | 2 TRACKS | UNLIMITED NETWORKING | This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.


The presentation explores new technology innovations that is shaping both the workplace and culture. The workplace and organizational culture are rapidly evolving as a result of technological and economic changes. Having five generations of employees for the first time in history (Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z), companies are struggling to address emerging needs of their employees and utilize available tacit knowledge. Tacit knowledge sharing is critical in an aging workforce in which highly specialized skills will be lost to retirement. As companies seek to make the most of their mature workforces through the transfer of skills and knowledge to workers in other generations, it is imperative that younger workers be receptive to learning from older workers, and older workers are willing to listen and consider opinions and views of the younger workers to achieve communications between different generations of employees. In essence, “generations” comprise different cultural groups. Thus, intercultural competence is instrumental for effective tacit knowledge sharing among multiple generations of employees. The presentation will highlight the artificial intelligence-based adaptive virtual reality simulations in developing intercultural competence in the workplace. Bio Mesut Akdere is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Currently, he is a research fellow at the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research. As the director of the Purdue HRD Virtual Lab and Purdue Human Analytics Lab, Dr. Akdere’s research focuses on simulated training in augmented reality and virtual reality platforms, workforce development in STEM fields, human resource analytics in the age of big data, and leadership through training and organization development. He has received over 12 million external research funding. He published in human resources, business, management, technology, training, organization development, and education journals. He teaches courses in human resource development, leadership, training, organization development, cross-cultural management, and strategic planning. Dr. Akdere is the faculty fellow of the Future Work & Learning Research Impact Area at Purdue Polytechnic Institute and he is serving on the editorial boards of several international journals including Human Resource Development Quarterly and Total Quality Management & Business Excellence.
Kamaj Bailey is a Talent Engagement Leader at Con Edison where she develops and maintains strategic sourcing partnerships to create a robust and diverse talent pipeline. She partners with educational, professional, training, and community based programs that are geared towards attracting women into non-traditional career paths and youth into STEM and skilled trade careers. Prior to joining Con Edison, Kamaj worked in the field of Accounting with a strong emphasis on internal audit and process improvement functions. She has a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from CUNY Baruch College.
Christina Blacken is a strategist, performer, storyteller and founder of, a platform + consultancy that helps people and organizations transform the soul of their ideas into powerful stories that cause change and move people to action. Throughout her career she’s leveraged the power of stories for changing behavior and influencing action, including motivating 300k young people to volunteer on social issues through cause marketing projects she worked on, to securing 3.8M in profits for a variety of companies she’s worked for while building stories that connected them to the communities they care about.
I’m an executive coach, entrepreneur and strategic consultant who facilitates action coaching to guide high-achieving professionals, SaaS companies and Fortune 500’s through digital transformation and ambiguity in the workplace. I partner with clients to assess their current situation and identify their unique value, core strengths, and areas of opportunity. My mission is to unlock high achiever’s full potential, providing them with the insight to know and the strategic plan to flourish. Who I serve: • SaaS companies facing changes, looking to increase profits, create efficiencies or engage in new partnerships • High-achieving women seeking to reach new salary levels within their role or who can benefit from someone in their corner as they navigate to a new path • Executives and standout leaders who recognize the status quo is no longer enough, and who are eager to gain fresh perspectives and digital know-how • Companies who need to know what is in the horizon and the best path to take in order to support business objectives and growth plans How I help: Bringing together my years as an international leader and my unparalleled perspectives gained by sitting alongside hundreds of business leaders undergoing digital transformation, I collaboratively develop plans and strategies that sustain success while supporting continuous growth. This can be done through: • Leadership workshops, where executives and leadership teams can reestablish a strong foundation and identify their future-looking strategic plan • 1-1 sessions, where executives can turn to better navigate an evolving situation or career change • Unique package solutions that propel each person or team to know & flourish
“Jeanette Bronée is a global keynote and 2 time TEDx speaker, who focuses on how to fuel performance, leadership and culture from the inside out. She believes our most important resource is our humanity and she teaches leaders how to make health and wellbeing the foundation for sustainable personal and professional success by using self-management at work to transform company culture and the way we work. After both her parents died of cancer just one year apart and a doctor told her it was only a matter of when she would get cancer, too, she quit her high stress job as a fashion executive and founded Path for Life® in 2004 with the goal creating awareness and giving people the tools to achieve better work/life quality. For the past 15 years, she has coached leaders to take better care of themselves, so they can be both healthy and busy, without stress and burn-out. As a result, her clients learn to be better leaders and live more nourished lives by implementing leadership self-care at work and build a Culture of Care™ where everyone works better. Born in Denmark, she holds a master’s degree in business development and marketing and has been leading teams to grow engagement and harness innovation. In the retail industry she has developed and facilitated training programs to align culture strategy with brand story and her deep passion is to access what truly makes us happy and healthy. She is also a certified Integrative Nutrition and Meta-Medicine health coach, a felt sense Focusing trainer, Mindfulness Teacher and Ericksonian Hypno-Therapist. (Don’t worry she doesn’t do tricks.) She is the author of “EAT TO FEEL FULL and Nourish Yourself for Good” which encourages people to forget the word “diet” and instead focus on using food and self-care habits as a tool to gain daily and long-term optimal wellbeing, performance and health. When she is not traveling to speak, consult, coach or teach workshops, she lives in New York City and the Catskills, where she grows veggies, makes dinner with friends, does yoga in the woods, hikes and writes while also continuing to explore how to best create a healthy change in company cultures around the world, so that everyone can thrive.”
Frances leads enterprise product marketing efforts at ZipRecruiter, the fastest-growing job search destination. In this role, Frances writes the guidebook on how enterprise companies can find the talent they need with the tools of tomorrow. In other words, she is responsible for messaging, positioning, enablement, go-to-market, and launch strategies for enterprise solutions. Previously Frances worked with companies such as United Way, Lilly and Girl Scouts of America to bring their innovation stories to market and led the launch of Salesforce Health Cloud. Frances is a graduate from UC Berkeley Haas school of business and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCLA.
A versatile global leader with 20+ years HR experience gained in fast paced, transformational environments, 7 of which have been with the Financial Times. A successful strategic business partner adept at developing, designing, leading and measuring people strategies to maximise commercial impact. An innovative problem solver with significant experience in advising and influencing senior stakeholders and navigating successfully through complex, matrixed organisations. In addition to managing HR for the FT in the US, Kirsty also leads on global HR projects, most recently designing and implementing a new global HR structure to ensure teams are most effectively supporting the transformation the business and industry continues to go through. Kirsty’s passion is Global HR and she is GPHR certified.
As a Credential Analyst, Memo is an expert when it comes to evaluating and authenticating educational credentials from all around the world. As a Certified Blockchain Solution Architect (CBSA), he has the ability to architect and design end-to-end solutions using blockchain technology, and to help to develop an overall blockchain ecosystem engagement strategy. With his knowledge, he can assist in creating performance metrics for measuring blockchain performance, risk analysis and prepare risk mitigation plans, and best practices/guidelines for the development team.
Talent Development Specialist with 5+ years of experience in training or teaching roles. Educational background in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with emphasis on organizational development, data analysis, and assessment. Specific skills and personal traits include: – Analytical & conceptual thinking – Passion for customer service – Competency modeling – Performance management systems – Data analysis – Employee surveys – Flexibility – Creativity
“Geetanjali Gamel is the Head of Global Workforce Analytics and Planning at Merck. In this role she is responsible for working directly with senior leadership on human capital strategy, planning and execution; measurement and prioritization of human capital investments; and elevating organizational capability in the application of workforce analytics to deliver insights that support company strategy. Prior to this role, she was leading the predictive people analytics initiative at MasterCard where she was responsible for introducing and implementing cutting-edge ideas, tools and techniques to provide senior leadership with key insights to drive the company’s global workforce strategy. Geetanjali has worked in advanced analytics across diverse sectors like energy, technology and financial services.”
“Erin Halper is the founder and CEO of The Upside, a platform that launches and grows independent consultancies for ambitious professionals redefining success beyond the 9-5. Since launching The Upside in 2017, Erin has advised more than 1,000 professionals on how to build a thriving consultancy, and has matched Upside members with hundreds of client and publicity opportunities, including speaking engagements, press exposure and podcast interviews. Prior to her work with The Upside, Erin built a 7-year independent consulting career providing marketing expertise to her alternative investment clients, collectively resulting in more than $3 billion in outside funding and deal sourcing. Erin has been featured as a Future of Work expert on platforms such as Forbes, CIO and Heymama, and as a frequent speaker at institutions such as Harvard and Brown. She is also a mentor at Columbia University’s Almaworks startup accelerator and a judge at NYU’s TrepCamp entrepreneur simulator.”
Steve Hinden provides a wealth of knowledge and experience in short and long-term design, executive benefits, compensation committee support and regulatory compliance and reporting requirements, including proxy statement preparation and supporting process for successful Say on Pay shareholder vote. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, he served as Vice President, Executive Compensation for the American Express Corporation, and managed all aspects of executive compensation design, execution and governance, including leading the company’s compliance efforts with the Federal Reserve Board’s guidance on incentive compensation. Steve held a similar role at IBM, and also supported IBM’s global law department as an HR generalist. Steve has also worked at two New York-based law firms, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Paul Weiss, Rifkind Wharton and Garrison, where he focused on ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation, and related issues arising in mergers and acquisitions and securities regulations. Hinden holds the Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP)® from the WorldatWork Society.
Alexandra “Sasha” Levin is a partner at the New York office of the international law firm of YK Law, made up of seasoned and entrepreneurial-minded professionals presently in New York, Los Angeles and Irvine; and strongly affiliated with China’s largest law firm, Yingke (with over 10,000 lawyers in China alone). She is Chair of the Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency practice group which provides U.S. and foreign clients including startups, cryptofunds, investors, advisors, governments and more with sophisticated and knowledgeable legal advice in underlying legal specialties such as securities, real estate, intellectual property, banking, finance, corporate, investment funds, employment and litigation. She is also the co-founder and CEO of, a blockchain-powered marketplace for employers and female freelancers to engage directly on a peer-to-peer basis (listed among the Top 25 Challengers in Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge 2019). Alexandra is committed to volunteering and serves as a Board Member for the FIBREE: the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise and the Blockchain Accountant Association. She is also a mentor for The Columbia | IBM Blockchain Accelerator and the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, as well as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. She is the creator of Women on the Block (the first all female speaker blockchain conference which took place on Mother’s Day, 2018 as part of New York Blockchain Week) and the Womin’s Lounge at Consensus 2019 (the largest blockchain conference globally) as she believes that efforts are required to drive greater diversity across the ecosystem of blockchain, as it evolves and permeates multiple industry sectors around the world. Women and members of underrepresented groups should be provided a voice, a place at the table, and recognition of their revolutionary efforts in this industry to date, which at its core, is also good for business. Alexandra is regularly invited to speak at conferences around the world, has been recognized among the top blockchain influencers and was named one of the “Top 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Alexandra started her career practicing U.S. corporate & securities law in London at magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later at White & Case in London and New York. Eventually she focused on real estate transactions at Katten Muchin Rosenman in New York. She later co-founded an alternative real estate investment fund, which she managed for five years before returning to practice blockchain law, most recently as a partner at CKR Law. Prior to attending law school, Alexandra worked in Jerusalem in the offices of Member of Parliament Dr. Yuri Shtern and the Yisrael B’Aliya Parliamentary Party. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University (BA, 1994), University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, 2001) and New York University (MS, Real Estate Finance & Investment, 2011).
Daniel Levine is a trusted consultant to major companies and brands worldwide. He is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines and is often on television and radio including CNN, NBC and others. Mr. Levine is the director of the Avant-Guide Institute and the global editor of the popular trends website where he leads a large international team of trend spotters; over 9000 researchers who chronicle the latest ideas, products and experiences from around the globe. Founding Director of the Avant- Guide Institute trends consultancy Bestselling Author of 11 books on trends, business, travel and marketing Keynote Speaker with over 266 presentations in 37+ Industries Corporate Consultant for American Express, Intel, HBO, NBC, BMW & many more Global Leader of for business professionals.
I’m a growth strategist that connects companies to revenue through strategic partnerships, digital experiences, and brand activations. With a background comprised of work with global enterprises including Spotify, Viacom, Nickelodeon, HBO, Hulu, Amazon and more, I live and breathe innovation. It’s what helps me elevate companies to higher heights— and this isn’t just a well-written sentence. My happy clients applaud me for my reliability and efficiency, saying that I have a “keen ability to lead and execute strategy in a clear and concise way,” adding that my expertise has taken their companies “to the next level.”
“Before starting Self Reboot, Dawn worked at one of the premier commercial real estate consulting firms where their motto was “work hard and play hard.” After years of chasing back-to-back deadlines at a New-York-minute pace, she was rewarded with severe chronic migraine headaches, which over time manifested into insomnia, depression and autoimmune diseases. She visited at least 10 different specialists in a little over two years and not a single one was able to determine the cause of her declining health. At times, the pain was so unbearable she had thoughts of giving up and committing suicide but, instead, she found the power from within and committed her life to not only surviving, but thriving despite the debilitating pain. Dawn ultimately healed herself by learning holistic techniques through acupuncture, yoga, meditation, fitness and nutrition. Turning her pain into passion, she was inspired to become a certified Yoga instructor, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. In 2014, Dawn left the corporate world and started Self Reboot to teach others the benefits of yoga and meditation and how to manage stress and avoid stress-related illness. Today, Dawn has 11 years of teaching experience and has rebooted over a 100 mid-to-large size companies in the tri-state area. Self Reboot is an authorized vendor with Cigna Healthcare and several other insurance brokerage firms.”
Disha is an accomplished professional who has embraced change and risk in her career. After receiving her Ph.D. in Material Science with a specialization in polymer science and nanotechnology, she joined View to help bring disruptive innovation to the real estate market. In this journey, she has repeatedly demonstrated an innovative mindset – first in the R&D team to develop this technology where she defined protocols for reliability testing. She then moved to manufacturing operations to help scale the technology and help build the first electrochromic window factory in the world. She then headed up the Customer Success team and focused on delivering a high-touch service to the occupants of commercial real estate buildings where View dynamic windows were installed. Now, as the first female executive at View, she is bringing her model of an innovation mindset to Human Resources. Her team handles all recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training of employees. In addition, her team owns diversity and inclusion programs. She is approaching HR from an employee experience and satisfaction mindset alongside standard metrics. She is also a contributing author, public speaker, and holds several patents. Previously Disha was with Novellus Systems.
Jeanne is Partner of Future Workplace, (, an HR advisory and research firm providing insights on the future of learning and working. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award by the Association for Talent Development (ATD). This award is given to one executive each year honoring their contribution and body of work in the field of workplace learning. Jeanne’s name is synonymous with the establishment and institutionalization of global corporate universities. Jeanne is the author of four books, Corporate Quality Universities, Corporate Universities, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today, and Jeanne’s latest book The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees. The Future Workplace Experience book has won the 2017 Axiom Business Book Award in the Silver category for Best Business Book for Human Resource Professionals and has been highlighted in TIME Magazine, NPR, SHRM’s HR Magazine, Digitalist Magazine, and CIO Magazine, among many others. In 2015, Jeanne was named to the list of the top 50 Influencers in Corporate Human Resources and Recruiting by Glassdoor ( She is also on the Board of Advisors for Kronos Workforce Institute. Bizzabo lists Jeanne on the Top 25 Most Engaging Speakers in HR for 2014. Jeanne and her firm, Future Workplace, launched the Future Workplace Network, a consortium of HR, Talent and Corporate Learning Leaders from FORTUNE 1,000 organizations who convene four times a year to discuss and debate how to prepare for the future of work. Future Workplace also offers a range of on-site workshops targeted to developing a new set of skills to thrive in the future workplace. Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. In addition, Jeanne has written articles in such publications as AACSB, Association of Business Schools, Chronicle of Higher Education, CLO Magazine, Financial Times, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update, HR Executive, Journal of Business Strategy, TRAINING, T&D Magazine, Outlook, a publication of Accenture, People & Strategy Journal, and Workforce Management. Her article Mentoring Millennials, published in the Harvard Business Review, was an extension of the concepts in The 2020 Workplace book. Jeanne has also written a chapter in the Harvard Business Review publication entitled, Guide to Getting the Mentoring You Need, focusing on the growth of mentoring and reverse mentoring among organizations. Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture ( and is currently a Contributor to Forbes Magazine writing a column entitled 2020 Workplace: Preparing for the Future. A list of recent columns can be found at: Jeanne is also a guest columnist and a member of the Executive Board for CLO Magazine. Jeanne lives in New York City with her husband, and daughter, who is her “case study” on what Millennials require from employers. Jeanne is an avid cook and is on the board of directors of the Mahaiwe Center for Performing Arts in Great Barrington, MA as well as a volunteer for Columbia County Land Conservancy advocating to conserve farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and the rural character of Columbia County, New York.
Mark’s passion and expertise centers around understanding the relationships between workspace design, workplace policies, technology and culture, and helping companies balance these elements in the creation of their next generation workplaces. His focus is not just on the physical workplace, but rather the intersection of the physical and digital work environments. He regularly engages with corporate executives, assisting them in the development and implementation of workplace strategies that drive new levels of innovation, productivity and employee engagement. Increasingly, Mark is called upon to be a workplace evangelist, speaking at industry events, conferences and with leading companies on the role technology will play in the future workplace. Mark’s technology background has seen him hold senior roles at companies including Nokia, Avaya and Cisco, where his work now centres around the transformation of the corporate workplace and the development of next-generation workplace strategies.
Mario is a human resources executive with 20 years of global experience in Europe, LATAM and the US. A proven track record of building high performance teams and delivering business results through enabling and managing change, building organizational capability and developing leaders. My personal mission is to empower the people who empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.
Ernest Ng is Vice President of Global HR Strategy, People Analytics and Technology at Salesforce. Ernest leads the team focusing on HR applications of predictive analytics and machine learning, strategy, program evaluation, research, building technology solutions, and organizational transformation. This work is all in effort to deliver a consumer-grade employee experience, drive greater listening and understanding, and empower employees to help fuel the company’s incredible growth and innovation. Ernest has more than 10 years of experience in applied research, non-profit consulting, and human resources, including building workforce analytics teams at The Walt Disney Company and Salesforce and conducting research into organizational effectiveness. Ernest holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from UCLA and a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. At Claremont Graduate University, under the guidance of Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the founders of the field of positive psychology, his research focused on the interaction between culture, creativity/innovation, leadership, and intrinsic motivation.
William H. Ng represents and advises private and public employers in various aspects of labor and employment law. His practice focuses on defending businesses and companies in employment litigation matters and wage and hour class and collective actions. In addition to his litigation practice, he regularly counsels employers on their workplace policies and practices for compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. Prior to joining Littler, William spent more than five and a half years as an assistant corporation counsel and senior counsel in the Tort and Labor and Employment Law divisions of the New York City Law Department. While in the Labor and Employment Law Division, he represented various city agencies, including the New York City Police, Fire and Education departments in employment litigation and wage and hour collective actions. In the Tort Division, he selected numerous juries and tried several negligence cases to verdict in New York State Supreme Court. In law school, William interned in the district attorney’s office of both Kings County and Queens County. He also served on the executive board of the Frank S. Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute, his law school’s mock trial team.
Keith Novak is an Associate Managing Director with Kroll’s Cyber Risk practice. He has worked in the information technology field for more than 25 years, and is an accomplished practitioner with extensive experience designing, implementing, testing, and securing systems and networks. In his current role, Keith partners with clients at the strategic, operational, and technical levels to build information security programs, perform breach investigations and conduct penetration testing.
“Anthony Onesto is a leading expert on culture, human resources, and talent. Anthony joined the Suzy™ Team to help scale and drive its mission and vision around culture, talent, and human resources. Anthony brings a unique approach to Human Resources, using design-thinking principles to build a human-centered organization. Most recently, Onesto worked as the General Manager for U.S. operations of a global innovation, media and education company called Konrad Group. Prior, Anthony spent time leading the U.S. strategy and operations for SmartUp, a SaaS learning and development startup. He has years of experience in scaling and building culture, human resources, and talent for fast growth technology and innovation companies, including Solidstreaming, Fresh Direct, Zeta Interactive, Big Fuel, and Razorfish. In 2015 he founded Ella Adventures, a company that produces a comic book and cartoon series called Ella the Engineer. The purpose of the comic is to encourage young girls to pursue interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Entrepreneurship. He most recently launched The Ella Project, where awesome women in tech are interviewed and profiled. In 2017, he also co-founded an artificially intelligent-powered HR agent called, which is in beta launch. Anthony is the host of New Yawk HR, a podcast show with a contrarian view of Human Resources and Recruiting. Anthony is a certified consultant in ExO (Exponential Organizations), which is part of Singularity University. He is also a board advisor to well-funded and high growth tech startups like Namely, Rolepoint, Talentrackr, and Makerspace.NYC, who have collectively raised over 100m in venture capital. He is currently writing a book focused on advising companies on how to prepare for GenZ entering the workforce. “
I’m a growth strategist that connects companies to revenue through strategic partnerships, digital experiences, and brand activations. With a background comprised of work with global enterprises including Spotify, Viacom, Nickelodeon, HBO, Hulu, Amazon and more, I live and breathe innovation. It’s what helps me elevate companies to higher heights— and this isn’t just a well-written sentence. My happy clients applaud me for my reliability and efficiency, saying that I have a “keen ability to lead and execute strategy in a clear and concise way,” adding that my expertise has taken their companies “to the next level.”
Littler is the largest global law firm exclusively devoted to representing employers on all aspects of the employer employee relationship. Natalie’s clients range from startups to global corporations. In addition to being a trial attorney and trusted advisor to employers, Natalie counsels companies on how to incorporate robotics, biometrics, telepresence, AI and other worker enhancement technologies, into the workplace. Recognizing the unstoppable application of disruptive technologies, as well as the rapid transformation of the workplace and work itself by robotics, AI, and 21st century automation, Littler formed its Robotics, AI and Automation practice group in 2013. Its mission is to identify legal challenges to the use of robotics and AI in the workplace, as well as develop practical compliance solutions that facilitate the integration of new technologies and help employers mitigate robot/AI–related risks. Natalie co-chairs that group. As a nationally recognized specialist in the field of labor and employment issues raised by disruptive technologies, Natalie appears frequently in the media and presents to academic and professional organizations around the world on transformation strategies and adaption of compliance systems to meet future workforce challenges. Natalie was recently recognized by the Daily Journal as “Top AI” and “Top Labor and Employment” attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and recipient of the Emil Schlesinger Labor Law Prize.
Ramona joined Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2019 to innovate next generation solutions in computing, automation, and AI to advance the enterprise and transform workplace learning at scale. Ramona joined Amazon in 2017 to bring ML solutions to transform enterprise learning. She lead Buyer Abuse in Amazon’s consumer organization to prevent abuse across every Amazon product line. As director and lead strategist, she owned products and execution to reduce abuse across Amazon. Ramona was founder & CEO for Declara, which was focused on social learning solutions and Machine Learning. Declara, based in Silicon Valley, developed Big Data analytics that provides insight to corporate and government leaders serving the public sector and beyond. Through innovative algorithms that marry cutting edge applications of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. While at Promethean, Ramona worked as the Chief Science Officer and Head of Policy where they focused on building innovations for learning anytime, and anywhere. Previously, Ramona was CEO of SynapticMash prior to being acquired by Promethean. As CEO, she was building a fast growing company specializing in development of intelligent software, development of education software, syndication of content delivery platforms for content providers, publishers and education services. Ramona’s national and international work led her to becoming an expert on building the intelligence for gaming and simulation technologies such as personalizing the experiences for the user so they can learn information deeper and more efficiently. Specialties: Data analytics and Artificial intelligence in all aspects of education, business and government verticals. Software innovation, design and architecture. AI strategies connecting content with users based on data. Managing and developing organizations ranging from educational organizations, HR departments, military, government organizations, to software companies.
Paul was formerly group CEO of CoCreativ, a a creative solutions platform for digital commerce. He is an award-winning digital marketing leader with extensive experience guiding some of the world’s leading companies through the challenges of 21st century digital marketing. His 20+ years leadership experience covers a diverse array of digital marketing services including digital strategy, platform and content solutions as well as leading the delivery of multi-platform digital experiences using complex combinations of advanced marketing technology. As a result, he has acquired a unique combination of experience and insight into leveraging the convergence of technology and marketing into efficient growth. His thought-leadership on digitally-enabled customer experiences has earned him regular keynote addresses around the world.
Ashira Prossack is a Multi-Generational Workplace and Leadership Expert. As an International Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant, she works to support the needs of today’s diverse multi-generational workforce and bridge the gap between generations. She helps organizations overcome workplace challenges in the form of employee engagement, communication, leadership, and diversity. Based on over a decade of experience and seven years of research, she helps organizations maximize employee performance through training and speaking. ​ She has driven transformation in employee engagement, management, and learning & development at a diverse range of organizations including the NYPD, ABC, Columbia University, Hofstra University, American Association of Inside Sales Professionals, and Rockefeller Capital Management. She is a regular contributor for Forbes and has been featured in Inc, Fast Company, Glassdoor, Cheddar, FlexJobs, and various other industry publications. ​ Ashira is often referred to as a Generational Translator for her ability to connect people across generations. She knows how to engage, motivate, and build rapport with Millennial and Gen Z employees, and helps organizations do the same. Ashira offers companies and leaders an inside perspective into what shapes Millennial and Gen Z behavior and actions, and strategies to bridge the gap between generations. ​ Ashira’s background includes 13 years in Management and HR at companies in America, with 2 years abroad in Europe and Russia. She spent 5 years working in Retail Management & HR with a focus on Talent Development and Employee Engagement, where she created and led workforce improvement initiatives. She has worked with organizations ranging from family businesses to Fortune 100 companies, both in the US and abroad.
Shankar is the Global Leader of their Technology Industry group and one of the leaders of their Talent and Rewards consulting business. He focuses on Organization Transformation, Talent Management, HR Transformation and Leadership Alignment. With close to 20 years of experience, Shankar has helped organizations around the world improve performance and accelerate growth through more effective strategy execution and capability development. He has focused on transforming organizations through the design and implementation of more effective human capital strategies and driving organizational alignment. He has worked with clients in the energy, financial services, retail, environmental solutions, technology telecoms, government. In the first part of his career with Willis Towers Watson, Shankar was a Managing Partner with the legacy Towers Perrin and led their businesses in South East Asia. He began his career with the strategy and organization group in the Singapore office of Towers Perrin. He subsequently also worked with them in their Chicago and Kuala Lumpur office where we was the Managing Partner for South East Asia. Immediately prior to “rejoining” WTW in August 2013, Shankar was a Vice President with TruePoint Partners, a boutique strategy and organization consulting firm in Boston with roots in the Harvard Business School and McKinsey & Co. At TruePoint, Shankar worked with professors Michael Beer and Russ Eisenstat of the Harvard Business School. Shankar contributed as a researcher and a reviewer to two well received books – “Higher Ambition – How Great Leaders build Companies that create Economic and Social value” written by Beer, Eisenstat, Foote, Norrgren, & Fredberg, published by Harvard Business Review press in 2011 and “Conquering the Chaos – How to win in India and Win Everywhere” – written by Ravi Venkatesan, former chairman of Microsoft India, published by Harvard Business Review press in April 2013. Shankar has a Masters’ degree in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business which he attended as a Sloan Fellow and multiple degrees in economics from top universities in India.
Pallavi Sebastian is the Chief of Staff & Operations for Financial Services business within Microsoft US. She is responsible for helping the leadership team execute on their vision across People, Customers and Growth areas. Pallavi leads a team focused on driving customer and industry outreach at scale, streamlining operational processes and strengthening the focus on diversity & inclusion. Prior to this role, Pallavi was the General Manager for the US Surface Commercial Business. She led a group of highly specialized resources responsible for driving Surface portfolio across Fortune 1500 companies and Public Sector entities. Pallavi has been with Microsoft for 19 years, leading emerging and mature businesses across the US. During her first decade at Microsoft, she led the Mid-Market business in NY Metro area. She contributed double digit growths over multiple years and through various critical functional roles within field sales. Thereafter, Pallavi spent 6 years in various positions responsible for driving growth across 1st party and 3rd party Windows Devices. Her entrepreneurial spirit, business and leadership maturity has led her to effectively drive strong performance amidst ambiguity and market challenges. Pallavi is based out of the NY area and resides in Jersey City, NJ. She is married and has two children who keep her young and active.
Carissa Shafto runs the “Data Factory” at Brightfield, a SaaS focused on workforce analytics. She earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology researching language and cognitive development in young children. She has over 15 years of social science and statistical expertise in education, healthcare, and HR. She feels strongly about using data science to create opportunities for others – with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion in technology. She was previously the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Galen College of Nursing, where she led all research and data science activities for the college, with the goal of improving outcomes for nursing students. She is a first-generation college graduate, an avid traveler, and a mom to two future innovators.
Greg Stevens, Ph.D. is Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics and Lead Researcher with Workhuman’s Analytics and Research Institute. His work focuses on creating more human and ultimately more effective organizations through employee recognition, culture, performance, and experience. He is actively involved in a range of collaborations with client organizations, leading research institutes, and industry/academic experts. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology from Auburn University.
Trish Uhl, creator of the Learning Systems Engineering Framework™, engineers learning solutions and leads project teams in design and development of data-enabled, results-driven learning experiences. As founder of the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum, Trish works with heads of Talent & Learning Development globally on setting and executing strategy for learning transformation and data-enablement projects. In addition, Trish works with talent and learning leaders on the professional development of their L&D teams, expanding the team’s focus from instructional products, to engineering dynamic learning systems leveraging data science, advanced analytics and predictive modelling to promote positive people impact and drive organizational outcomes.
As leader of IBM’s Talent and Engagement practice in North America, Elizebeth and her team deploy IBM’s best thinking, along with AI, blockchain, robotics, and other leading technologies to create powerful employee and HR experiences.
Lydia is on a mission to enable organizations connect the dots between their human capital and operational outcomes through the use of analytics. Driven by her curiosity in human / organizational behavior and motivation, Lydia has developed an instinctive understanding of the common talent related challenges faced by organizations at various stages of growth. As an experienced storyteller and strategist, Lydia brings together data visualization, storytelling, and analytical thinking, with talent strategy and business acumen to enable talent-oriented analytics and insights. Having partnered with 20+ organizations across North America on their various transformation journeys by serving as a trusted partner, advisor, and coach, Lydia advocates for a data-driven approach to human capital management; thereby unlocking the value and potential of HR and influencing positive change within the organization.

The future of work is live in:

3 Stages. 1 Great Event.

Connect with over 300+ Human Resources executives and expand your network. Meet the disruptive startups and innovators who are changing the world of work. Future Work Live will be a unique interactive learning and networking experience, providing actionable takeaways to empower you to be build a more engaged and tech-powered business.

The agenda is carefully crafted by experienced industry experts and technology disruptors to provide timely, actionable insight into the competitive dynamics for building the workplace of the future.

Future Work Leaders

Future Work Live brings together like-minded leaders and executives who strive to create the best work experience for all employees. More than a conference, FWL is a conversation and collaborative celebration of exciting social start-ups, inspiring brands and forward-thinking individuals that are defining the employee experience, together.

People Analytics & HR Tech

Two days of deep dives in Artificial Intelligence, people analytics and the data-enabled organization, and trend briefings on HR Technologies including recruitment, performance management, eLearning and employee engagement.

Future Work Labs

Six 90-minute intensive sessions over two days, allowing for more granular analysis into the most pressing real world challenges facing HR in 2020. Lab themes will address: Road-mapping for creating a diverse organization; Cultural health checks and diagnosis; Social media in the workplace, Rewards and incentives that work; Training and development; Implementing AI.


Day 1 Wednesday 4th





















Starting at 8am


Registration and Breakfast

Starting at 9am

9am – 9:10am

Opening Remarks: Welcome to Future Work Live! – Main Stage

Paul Price CEO, Argyle Group

9:10am – 9:55am

KEYNOTE: Global Trends Now and The Future of Almost Everything – Main Stage

As an HR leader, knowing what is now isn’t enough – you also need to know what will be, or you’re gone. Tomorrow’s world will look vastly different from today’s, so strap on your jetpack and get ready for an exhilarating “advance preview” of the most spectacular and useful trends that are guaranteed to shake up our world. In a rollicking presentation packed with keen insights, you will get a “sneak peek” into the contemporary culture of tomorrow – and the changes that are revolutionizing the way we all work, live and play. Global trends expert Daniel Levine will treat you to a glimpse of everything that matters – from the future of ecology, technology, transportation and medicine, to communications, business, and human relationships. Plus, he will put it into perspective and connect the dots, so you know what it means for success in your business. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stay ahead of the game. Be inspired by trends-based innovation happening outside your industry that will help you innovate from within.

Daniel Levine Bestselling author, Global Trends Expert
Founding Director, Avant-Guide Institute

9:55am – 10:25am

Microsoft Headline Presentation: Ten things we´ve learned about culture – Main Stage

Mario Fernandez Montero HR Leader Enterprise NYC

Starting at 10am

10:25am – 10:50am

Welcome Party in Expo Hall

Take some time to mingle with your peers and meet the exhibitors at FWL. Discuss the big ideas you’ve just been listening to, grab some swag, and learn about new solutions to the challenges that the future of work poses.

10:50am – 11:55am

Keynote Panel: The Forces Shaping the Future of Work: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Here – Main Stage

The world of work is changing, and HR is at the forefront of that change. From technological innovations driving a seismic shift in the workplace, to data analytics bringing more science to the art of managing people, to that workforce being comprised of more generations than ever before – the changes run deep. The way the HR department engages with the organization will be forever changed. Are you prepared for the changes that are coming – or, in some cases, already here? Join our panel of top-level HR professionals to learn the big picture trends that are specific to your role, and how leaders in the field are addressing them today. Plus, a featured CEO will be on hand to share what organizations need from their HR function in the new landscape.

Moderator: Trish Uhl Senior Consultant, Data Science, AI, & Advanced Analytics, Owl’s Ledge

Ian O’Keefe Managing Director, Global Head of Workforce Analytics
JPMorgan Chase

Anthony Ferreras Head of People Analytics and Employee Experience

Ashira Prossack Multi-generational Workplace Expert

Mark Miller Practice Leader – Workplace Transformation

10:50am – 12:20pm

The Science of Working Human – Future Work Labs

While many organizations are already beginning to see the incredible capabilities of AI across HR, using these techniques to enhance human intelligence and gain real value from their data is an aspiration for others. During this interactive session, Jesse Harriott, head of analytics and executive director of the WorkHuman Analytics & Research Institute, will highlight how delivering a more human workplace culture opens up a treasure trove of unique data where AI techniques can be applied. Attendees will engage in breakout sessions that: • Discuss the data a human-centered workplace provides • Dissect areas in their own organizations that could provide data sets • Analyze the talent management lifecycle in order to identify areas where AI can be applied Following participation in this workshop, you will learn: • How authentic human interaction data can highlight red-flags of disengagement among your workforce • Ways to uncover bias between teams across your workforce • Using social network analysis to uncover “hidden gems” in the organization

Greg Stevens, Ph.D. Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics and Lead Researcher
Workhuman’s Analytics and Research Institute

Starting at 12pm

12pm – 12:05pm

Future Work Leadership Track Chair Welcome: Kerrian Bard Fournier – Future Work Leadership

Kerrian Bard Fournier CEO
Vybrante Ventures

12pm – 12:05pm

People Analytics & HR Tech Track Chair Welcome – People Analytics & HR Tech

Trish Uhl Creator, Learning Systems Engineering Framework™ and Founder
Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

12:05pm – 12:45pm

Generation Z: Getting Ahead of the Next Hiring Wave & What to Expect from the Future Workforce – Future Work Leadership

Just got your head wrapped around the Millennial workforce? Time to prepare for Generation Z, the first generation to grow up in a purely technology-driven world. Their relationship to the workplace will not only be shaped by their employers’ use of technology, but by company culture and leadership style. They’ll be graduating from college and entering the workforce as we enter 2020, and your organization needs to be ready to attract, engage, and develop them. • Understand how they’re forecast to manage their careers • Key differences between Millennials and Generation Z • The role company culture plays in attracting and on-boarding the new tech-savvy generation entering the workforce • Using technology to meet this generation where they are (hint, think digital) • How do their experiences and characteristics shape how they will be as workers? • What are the expectations and challenges that organizations foresee when it comes to engaging the new workforce?

Ashira Prossack Multi-Generational Workplace Expert

12:05pm – 12:45pm

Blockchain: The Power of Blockchain to Transform Your HR Operations – People Analytics & HR Tech

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is gearing up to be transformative to HR operations. Put simply, blockchain allows personal data to be owned by the individual, rather than the organization. Think along the lines of educational credentials – instead of getting them authenticated from the institution, the individual will “carry” that information directly. So what does this mean for HR? From securing sensitive data, to streamlining the recruitment process, as well as impacting payroll, blockchain offers multiple areas for HR’s operations to change dramatically. Prepare yourself – and your organization – for the changes that are heading your way.

Alexandra Levin, Esq. Co-Founder & CEO

Mehmet Burak Doğan (aka Memo) Credential Analyst & Certified Blockchain Solution Architect

12:50pm – 1:10pm

Helping Your “Type A” Employees Prevent Burnout – Future Work Leadership

How do you prevent your high performing, but often stressed out “Type A” employees from burning out? If they are anything like the ones I’ve encountered (or been myself), the reality is they may actually take pride in being stressed out, because it’s shows everyone how “hardcore” they are. To many, crazy stress is a prerequisite for being a driven, ambitious and successful professional. Being aggressive, focused and results-oriented is expected in this dog-eat-dog world, isn’t it? However, the downside to all of this, even if it propels them to outward success, is that it can leave them feeling unfulfilled and stressed out to the point it significantly erodes their health, as well as professional and personal relationships. So, what’s the answer? At today’s discussion, we’ll talk about some techniques to nurture both the high-performing results and well as the person underneath.

Kerrian Bard Fournier CEO
Vybrante Ventures

12:50pm – 1:10pm

Thought Leadership Presentation: Demystifying AI in Talent Acquisition – People Analytics & HR Tech

The hype surrounding artificial intelligence in recruiting is at an all-time high. But according to a survey from, more than 65% of those surveyed by say the extent of A.I. being used today is “low” or “not at all”. So what’s holding organizations back? Join us as we present new survey findings and knock down the myths around A.I. in talent acquisition.

Frances Chang Head of Enterprise Product Marketing

Starting at 1pm

1:10pm – 2:15pm

Luncheon Keynote: Building Digital Dexterity in an Uncertain Era of Technological Change

Technology is moving far faster than the regulatory landscape, creating massive disruption across industries. Join Natalie Pierce of Littler to hear about the latest trends in biometrics laws, AI in hiring, and building your AI and robotics automation, including personnel needed in-house. You’ll come away a step stronger in building your digital dexterity, a critical need in any organization.

Natalie Pierce Shareholder, Co-Chair, Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group
Littler Mendelson

Starting at 2pm

2:15pm – 2:55pm

NOW I’m Listening (… to everyone): How Scaling EQ Beyond Relationships Using Analytics Can Lead to Positive Company Level Impacts – Future Work Leadership

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is an important leadership and collaboration skill. For example, employees are more likely to be engaged at work with emotionally intelligent leadership. However, EQ’s direct impacts are localized to small group member exchanges in which participants and leaders pick up on social cues, empathize, and motivate each other to perform. What if we could understand the sentiment and emotions of our employees on a grander organizational and constant scale using streams of naturally occurring social interactions across the company? This session proposes the use of passive and/or continuous listening and analytics to increase our awareness of cues across the company, “empathize,” learn how our employees become productive and demotivated, and action when it matters most.

Anthony Ferreras Head of People Analytics and Employee Experience

2:15pm – 2:55pm

Big Data: It’s Not How Big Your Data Set Is, It’s How You Use It – People Analytics & HR Tech

Data analytics should be so much more than just running a report. Your analytics should work towards solving a business problem. Successful analytics programs support the business strategy, and incorporate models into the decision-making process. Hear what our panel of seasoned data scientists have to share on how they utilize the data in their organizations to build bigger, stronger, better businesses.

Carissa Shafto Data Industrialist

Tanya Stemberger Data Scientist

Steve Turner Head of Global HRIS
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Geetanjali Gamel Director, Modeling and Insights
Johnson & Johnson

Starting at 3pm

3pm – 3:25pm

WHO CARES? Rethinking Performance to Grow Engagement, People and a Healthy Culture from the Inside Out – Future Work Leadership

For companies to survive the future of work it is essential to change from a culture running on stress and burnout to a healthy culture, that is supportive and inclusive our diverse human needs at work. By cultivating A Culture of Care™ we fuel performance and engagement from the inside out, by understanding what truly drives our choices and giving people the tools to take better care of themselves AT work. Because our most important resource for sustainable success in the future is our humanity. – Why we have to change the way we work to change from a culture running on stress and driven by survival mode, to a culture that is not just people-centric, but also encourages self-care AT work in order to achieve optimal performance, engagement and innovation. – How integrating our human needs at work is essential for reclaiming our health, happiness and humanity at work, and create both sustainable personal and organizational growth and success. – How a Culture of Care™ is not only a strategic choice for peak-performance, talent retention and sustainable success, but also the framework for a culture that is based on self-leadership, engagement, fulfillment and the key to taking charge of our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing at work.

Jeanette Bronee Rethinker, Performance Strategist & Culture Coach, International Keynote & TEDx Speaker, Author, CEO & Founder
Path for Life

3pm – 3:25pm

Technological Innovations Shaping the Workplace: Developing Intercultural Competency through Adaptive Virtual Reality Simulations – People Analytics & HR Tech

The presentation explores new technology innovations that is shaping both the workplace and culture. The workplace and organizational culture are rapidly evolving as a result of technological and economic changes. Having five generations of employees for the first time in history (Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z), companies are struggling to address emerging needs of their employees and utilize available tacit knowledge. Tacit knowledge sharing is critical in an aging workforce in which highly specialized skills will be lost to retirement. As companies seek to make the most of their mature workforces through the transfer of skills and knowledge to workers in other generations, it is imperative that younger workers be receptive to learning from older workers, and older workers are willing to listen and consider opinions and views of the younger workers to achieve communications between different generations of employees. In essence, “generations” comprise different cultural groups. Thus, intercultural competence is instrumental for effective tacit knowledge sharing among multiple generations of employees. The presentation will highlight the artificial intelligence-based adaptive virtual reality simulations in developing intercultural competence in the workplace.

Dr. Mesut Akdere Associate Professor of HR Development & Director
Purdue HRD Virtual Lab, Purdue University

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Wellness Break

Your brain is going – now get your body going! Join Dawn Lorentz of Self Reboot for a brief energizing stretching session during your break and power up for the remainder of the afternoon.

Dawn Lorentz
Self Reboot

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Hip Hop Culture Is The Future of Work – Main Stage

This presentation will explore the bold and influential topic of Hip Hop culture and how it has a direct impact on employee expectations, has the ability to match leadership demands, spark innovation and boost morale and overall company performance.

LaToya Lyn Head of Employees Relations/Sr. HRBP

Starting at 4pm

4:15pm – 4:25pm

Chairperson Closing Remarks – Future Work Leadership

4:25pm – 5:25pm

Happy Hour in the Expo Pavilion

Who attends our events

Future Work Live brings together over 300 HR executives, Talent leaders, and People innovators.


FWL provides human resource decision makers with direct access to the leading though leaderships, technologies and services in the marketplace. Delegates gain insight into key issues in conference sessions and deep dives with industry visionaries – they then use this learning for detailed conversations with sponsoring companies to discuss ways to work together.

Sponsors of FWL are considered the leading players in their specialist areas and have a high-value opportunity to engage an elite group of industry decision-makers utilizing a number of platforms.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 event – fill out our form and we will get back to you.

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When you walk through the doors at Convene’s One Liberty Plaza location, you’ll feel like you’ve turned left into Business Class. Convene at One Liberty Plaza is our newest fully-integrated workplace in Lower Manhattan. With over 90,000 square feet of beautifully appointed amenities spanning across two floors, you’ll be able to tap into a multitude of private office spaces, coworking desks, and on-demand meeting and event spaces for up to 318 people. Members also enjoy curated in-building community programming and farm-to-table culinary offerings from our Executive Chef. You’ll forget you’re at work.


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The room rate expires on November 4th and valid only for the dates December 3rd-6th, please book as soon as possible in order to secure your discounted rate.


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