2019 Catalyst Awards Conference: The Future@Work
The Future@Work is already here. Breakthrough technologies, social movements, globalization, polarizing politics, and shifting values have pushed us to an inflection point. We can either harness all talent at work to intentionally propel ourselves toward a more inclusive future—or succumb to the forces that will make our workplaces obsolete.
At Catalyst, we are the Future@Work, because we are reimagining and building workplaces that work for women. And you are too! Join us at the Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner to celebrate and learn from Catalyst Award-winning organizations, Supporters, forward-thinking experts, leaders, and luminaries. Together, businesses, governments, NGOs, and nonprofits will share our visions and actions for building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive Future@Work where we can all thrive.
Take a few minutes between sessions to visit the Future@Work Hall to connect with our 2019 Catalyst Award Winners, organizations enabling Technology@Work, Thriving@Work, and a deeper dive into Conversations@Work with our speakers.
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2019 Catalyst Award Winner Spotlights
Catalyst’s President & CEO, Lorraine Hariton, discusses the Future@Work in general—and Catalyst’s own future under her new leadership.
Catalyst has identified the following eight trends already impacting the Future@Work. Select one trend you’d like to learn more about and collaborate with others to brainstorm solutions and approaches.
Trend 1: Balancing Act: Harnessing Technology Takes a Human Touch
While machines continue to become smarter, they don’t possess the same abilities as humans to listen, empathize, and relate to other people. The most successful leaders of the future will have the interpersonal skills necessary to manage and integrate rapid technological advances while simultaneously building inclusive teams where all employees thrive.
Trend 2: When I Was Your Age: Busting Myths and Bias in the Multigenerational Workplace
As older employees delay retirement and birthrates in advanced economies decline, future workplaces will be increasingly multigenerational. Stereotypes and myths about each generation must be addressed to ensure that all employees—regardless of age and stage—feel included, see eye-to-eye, and can work hand-in-hand.
Trend 3: My Truths: Recognizing and Valuing Employees’ Intersecting Identities
All employees bring unique experiences and perspectives related to their gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, ability, religion, social class, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference. Savvy employers understand both how these identities intersect and how to honor them to create workplaces where all can thrive, contribute, and succeed.
Trend 4: Environmental Disruption: How Increasing Natural and Human-Made Disasters Will Impact Employees and Companies
More frequent disruptions related to climate change and geopolitics mean that people and companies are on the move. Finding ways to work with displaced employees, new immigrants, and employees impacted by these disruptions is essential to companies’ and employees’ future success.
Trend 5: Stand and Be Counted: Responding to Employee and Consumer Demand for Corporate Social Justice
Social justice platforms such as #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, #TimesUp, and other human rights movements—as well as environmental challenges—are at the forefront of many conversations both inside and outside the workplace. CEOs and organizations must be at the forefront of responding proactively to the many stakeholders who are looking for ethical leadership—or risk losing influence and competitive edge.
Trend 6: Rethinking Recruitment: Filling Future Demand for Talent
Companies struggling to meet the demand for employees with technical, interpersonal, and leadership skills will increase their odds of recruiting and retraining qualified talent by creating workplaces where a balance of skillsets and diverse experiences are equally valued and maximized.
Trend 7: Cast a Wide Net: The Benefits of a Geographically Dispersed Virtual Workforce
Organizations unbound by traditional work structures or brick and mortar locations can attract top talent by expanding their talent pool from local to global. They can deliver a better customer experience thanks to time zone differences allowing for longer coverage periods and wider knowledge of different cultures and languages. All this as virtual employees collaborate and innovate using remote technologies that reimagine the typical work day and allow them to achieve better work-life effectiveness, to the benefit of employees and organizations.
Trend 8: Collaboration is Key: Leading and Leveraging Diverse Teams and Technology
Technology-assisted collaboration across AI and human teams, where employees are able to develop trust in one another and effectively solve problems, express differing viewpoints, and learn from mistakes is key to inclusion innovation, business results, and productivity in workplaces now—and will be even more so in the future.
11:45 AM–2:15 PM
2019 Catalyst Award Winner Spotlights
A Fireside Conversation between Caroline A. Wanga, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President, Human Resources, Target Corporation and Michael E. McNamara, Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Target Corporation
2019 Catalyst Award Winners
Bank of America–Investing in Women
Deutsche Post DHL Group—Women in Management
Eli Lilly and Company—Employee Journeys and People Strategy
Schneider Electric—Attracting and Retaining Women in Schneider Electric India
Closing Session: Humanity@Work
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