Welcome & Intro
Marian Heard, founding board member, Massachusetts Conference for Women
2020 ushered in dramatic changes and left us questioning what the future holds for individuals, businesses and society-at-large. Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will bring clarity around the complex issues shaping our world today, and explore how these impacts will affect the future of work. After his remarks, CNN analyst and author Rana Forhoorar will lead a conversation to discuss the challenges and the opportunities this presents for leaders in navigating a virtual team, leading through change, being agile and ensuring equity across race and gender. Arm yourself with the knowledge and tools to help you lead in a post-pandemic paradigm.
Speaker: Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner
Moderator: Rana Foroohar, CNN Analyst
It’s clear that being able to have honest and productive conversations about race and racism is imperative to advance JEI. Yet, our limited ability to communicate in person has added an additional layer of complexity to these already tough conversations. In this session, Ijeoma Oluo breaks down how virtual managers can have these conversations and shares the tools for how to engage in clear, constructive and confident dialogue to address racial prejudices and preconceived biases. You will learn steps you can take right now to tackle and dismantle racism with your team, even in this virtual or hybrid environment.
Speaker: Ijeoma Oluo, author, So You Want to Talk About Race
In a pandemic world, managers face tremendous new leadership challenges. Remote work, social isolation and new anxieties among employees, make the task of keeping organizations healthy and functional harder than ever. Using a recent workplace controversy as a case study, Malcolm Gladwell asks: does the new normal threaten the challenge of building a cohesive and productive team and how ought managers react? You will leave this session with a better understanding of how to adjust your leadership style to enable growth and engagement on your team amidst this rapidly evolving climate.
Speaker: Malcolm Gladwell, 6-time NW Times best-selling author