Agenda

Click the dates below to view the schedule by day. Sessions are listed in Eastern Time.
Subject to change as details are confirmed.

VIP Lab Tour (3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

VIP Hybrid attendees are invited to join our MIT Inside Track lab tour event, which will also host a special welcome reception for tour attendees. Space is limited. Requires sign up on a first come, first served basis.

3:30 p.m.
Available in-person only

AI science presents a whole new set of opportunities and challenges that impact the future of work. Dr. David Cox, IBM director at the collaborative industrial-academic MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, takes attendees on an exclusive guided tour of the lab facilities and discusses the key AI research underway that is transforming business and industries. The tour concludes with an interactive demo showcase and reception. Advance registration is required.

*Available to VIP Hybrid ticket holders only.*

Day 1: Resilience (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Creating a resilient and adaptable organization through agile leadership and flexible technology. 

Unlocking Resilience (9:15 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.)

Resilient organizations don’t just adapt to change; they thrive in it. Hear from industry leaders who leveraged the changing work environment as a catalyst for growth. Plus, glimpse the next wave of digital transformation and the importance of aligning talent with technological advancements.

9:15 a.m.

Many companies pivoted to deal with the challenges of the pandemic. But the next wave of organizational and digital transformation will require a complete shift in leaders’ mindsets. Find out what needs to be done now to prepare. Plus, get a sneak peek at MIT’s Global Opportunity Initiative before its mid-summer launch.

9:45 a.m.

Dr. Randal Pinkett’s success on the reality TV show The Apprentice provided a stage for him to speak to the wider world about corporate inclusion. Hear how his leadership path speaks to the value of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for people, not just organizations—a concept he describes as “the personal case for DEI.” Come away empowered to drive meaningful, measurable, and lasting impact on the future of work.

10:10 a.m.

In the digital era, the idea of the modern workforce and its workers is changing. Many organizations not only manage their own internal workforce to run everyday operations, but they also serve external workers that use their products and tools as part of their digital workspace. How are organizations responding to this double-edged challenge? From startup stage to running one of the largest global platforms for self-employed workers, we examine the key takeaways and strategies for maintaining an agile modern workforce.

Mainstage Break (10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience and a selection of curated content for those tuning in virtually.

10:40 a.m.

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

Workplace Equity and Social Impact (11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.)

There’s never been a greater need for business leaders to take center stage in shaping a better tomorrow – not just for the workforce, but for society at large. Hear from industry trailblazers who are building more equitable corporate cultures through new business imperatives.

11:10 a.m.

Get proven tactics for building an inclusive work environment that empowers employees and drives organizational strength. Plus, discuss the “soft skills” essential to leading a diverse workforce, from empathy and advocacy to investing in management competencies that go beyond traditional performance metrics.

11:40 a.m.

Traditional mobility paths within an organization leave some employees behind and are often incongruous with DEI efforts. As society changes and as work itself evolves, new processes, evaluation methods, and mobility pathways are vital to the well-being of an organization. Learn what is needed to implement transparent, skills-based career development plans that can adapt with the work and social expectations.

Lunch and Networking Break (12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.)
12:10 p.m.

Lunch served at the MIT Media Lab and a selection of curated content for those tuning in virtually.

Collaboration, Communication, and Virtual Innovation (1:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Technology continues to unlock the potential of advanced communications, enabling workers to connect on a vastly deeper and more meaningful level. Get leading strategies for converting the power of emerging collaboration tools into business advantage.

1:10 p.m.

Leaders and managers agree that effective management of external contributors, such as freelancers, contract workers, and app developers, is critical to their organization’s success, but not all believe their organization is sufficiently prepared to manage a workforce that will rely more on external workers. The question now is: How can organizations orchestrate this extended workforce? Join MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte for this panel discussion on their newly launched research on workforce ecosystems, a strategic framework leaders can use to manage work that takes place both inside and outside their organizations.

1:35 p.m.

With the widescale normalization of remote work, what digital infrastructure is needed to support the distributed workforce of the future? Hear firsthand how Meta is designing and scaling an equitable employee experience for a globally distributed and hybrid workforce.

2:05 p.m.

To solve business problems and operate productively, organizations need the ability to leverage knowledge across the enterprise, regardless of individual employee workspaces. Discuss forward-thinking strategies and innovative technologies that drive employee engagement and foster a collaborative work environment.

2:35 p.m.

Employees are challenging organizations to adopt agile tools that more effectively support their work within remote, in-person, and hybrid workforce environments. But tools in the workplace are not just about driving greater efficiency; tools help shape and reinforce company culture. The right tools allow people to be more creative, to feel more empowered, and to collaborate more easily. Hear how customizable collaboration tools are reshaping how people work, building deeper connections with one another and across their organizations, which ultimately shape company culture.

Mainstage Break (3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience and a selection of curated content for those tuning in virtually.

3:00 p.m.

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

Available online only

Organizations struggle to find a rhythm in the new hybrid world. The shift from enabling hybrid work to optimizing it to deliver exceptional employee experiences is well underway. Join this session, designed for CIOs and supporting teams, for steps to improve the hybrid work experience for employees through an equitable, collaborative, and inclusive strategy. Recent research cites that 92% of employers worldwide believe the employee experience will be a priority over the next 3 years. The connection between a positive employee experience and a happy customer has a measurable outcome.

Accelerating Talent and Training (3:30 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.)

It’s never been more important for organizations to pay attention to how they train and motivate their workers. Explore progressive strategies that empower employees to address skills gaps and effectively integrate technology into their work lives.

3:55 p.m.

The pace of business transformation is accelerating, and employers are struggling to find the skilled talent they need on the open job market. With businesses unable to fill key roles through hiring, they are now looking inward to develop the talent internally through upskilling. This session provides a framework to map, assess, and build the high demand skills needed to drive transformation and unlock innovation. Come away with tips for maximizing ROI from workforce learning and skilling initiatives.

4:25 p.m.

Levi Strauss & Co. knew that to thrive in the digital future, they needed to invest not only in technology, but in their people, too. Hear how they accomplished this by launching a Machine Learning Bootcamp to develop in-house AI talent and position themselves for continuous digital innovation and company-wide transformation.

Last Call with the Editors (4:55 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
4:55 p.m.

Before we wrap day 1, join our last call with all of our editors to get their analysis on the day’s topics, themes, and guests.

Networking Reception (5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Day 2: Resurgence (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Finding today’s opportunities hidden in the technologies of tomorrow.

Capitalizing on Data (9:15 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.)

Data has become both a burden and an advantage for many businesses. Identify and overcome the barriers — from a technology, people, privacy, and processes perspective — to realizing the full potential of your data, and gain insights for leveraging analytics to optimize smart technology ROI.

9:15 a.m.

Research indicates that the majority of AI and big data initiatives fall short of delivering the expected ROI—but it’s not for the reasons you may suspect. Discuss the importance of non-technical factors in deriving value from AI projects and understand the organizational, cultural, and leadership changes required to deliver real business value.

9:40 a.m.

Understand how people analytics and behavioral science can be used to empower every member of your workforce as a change agent. See how to drive company-wide transformation with personalized nudges that enable your teams to prioritize tasks, acquire new skills, improve employee engagement, and more.

10:05 a.m.

Discuss the most common causes of bias in AI-based recruitment processes, from inadequate data sets to non-inclusive selection patterns like language and demography. Ensure your AI algorithm produces an equitable hiring outcome with innovative techniques for implementing semantic similarity, contextual understanding, and more.

Mainstage Break (10:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience and a selection of curated content for those tuning in virtually.

10:35 a.m.

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

The Workspace Evolution (11:05 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

The terms “workspace” and “workplace” are often used interchangeably, but they’ve come to represent distinct concepts as technology has created new possibilities for how and where work happens. We delve into this evolution and discuss the pros and cons of various work models, the drivers behind them, and what the future holds for each.

11:05 a.m.

Forward-looking leaders are preparing for a new era of flexible workspaces that produce greater business competitiveness through improved collaboration and innovation. Discuss what this means for office spaces, from physical attributes around design and configuration to cultural shifts that support hybrid and sustainable work environments.

11:35 a.m.

There’s more to a virtual work environment than simply providing your workforce with online access to office applications. This session provides a framework for building a digital workplace strategy that provides a positive employee experience, aligns with business goals, and has long-term viability.

12:05 p.m.

How do you define the future of work in the Web 3.0 era? This is a question many are asking, and few have the answer to. Join us as we unpack the key drivers and workplace implications of Web 3.0. Plus, discuss the significance of the digital economy, social mobility, the metaverse, and more.

Lunch and Networking Break (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Networking Break
The Evolving Role of IT (1:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.)

In an increasingly hybrid and SaaS world, the level of control IT departments once had over the processes they managed has shifted. Delve into the impact on security, workflow, job roles, and skills requirements, and get tips for aligning IT bandwidth with broader business goals.

1:30 p.m.

When a matter of seconds or even milliseconds makes the difference between a positive or negative customer experience, you can't afford to leave the performance of business critical software and artificial intelligence up to chance. Join a discussion on how some of the biggest names in the business accelerate the most challenging workloads on their platforms to solve a range of challenges, including developer productivity, responsiveness, cloud scaling costs, and more.

1:55 p.m.

Hybrid employment models, technology innovation, and changing business needs have accelerated an important shift for the role of IT. Find out what’s required to equip your IT department with the skills, time, and resources to support company-wide digital transformation, including options for empowering citizen developers with low code apps to free up IT to focus on broader business goals.

2:30 p.m.

The prevalence of cloud-based services, IoT, and the use of personal devices in hybrid work environments has changed the security requirements for today’s enterprise. Find out what’s required to refine your cybersecurity strategy and strengthen defenses across your entire organization.

Mainstage Break (2:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience and a selection of curated content for those tuning in virtually.

2:55 p.m.

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

Leading Tomorrow’s Workforce (3:25 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

We wrap up the program by taking a closer look at the road ahead and how innovative leaders are capitalizing on the opportunities unveiled by change. You’ll come away empowered to make decisions from a position of knowledge and with the capacity to endure whatever disruption lies ahead.

3:25 p.m.

Discuss the ways technology, work, and society intersect, and the opportunities and challenges these synergies create at both a macro and micro level. You’ll come away with a roadmap for leading the future of work through an understanding of the role firms, employees, government, and society play in shaping a new social contract.

4:00 p.m.

The future of work is more than perks and benefits. To succeed, organizations must cultivate a connection between people, culture, and mission – and communicate those values clearly and frequently. Join this candid discussion for field-tested strategies to future-proof your company culture, gleaned from firsthand experience leading a distributed, global workforce of thousands. Come away with insights and practices to build an equitable culture —from L&D opportunities to listening tours— that scale, regardless of a remote or hybrid model.

4:55 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Closing Toast (5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

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