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Fall Conference 2018: The Battle for Talent in the New Economy: Opportunities and Hidden Challenges

November 09, 2018

Friday, November 9 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST
Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Huntsman HallEmerging technologies such as robotics, additive manufacturing, machine learning/AI, IOT, and augmented reality are changing our economies in profound ways. While these developments offer exciting new opportunities for product, process, and business model innovation, they also require a fresh approach to finding and managing the people that power the digital economy.

What changes will the advent of these technologies bring in conceptions of work, work-life integration, and economic models? How are firms acquiring and retaining talent today, and how will their strategies need to change for these evolving conditions?

Central to these discussions is the impact on the labor market, both in the U.S. and around the world. How might firms best leverage the gig economy and increasing freelance market? How will changes in technology deployment impact recruiting strategies? What role should firms play in broader workforce development? What do these shifts mean for long-term strategic partnerships between multinational corporations and academic institutions, local governments, and non-profit entities?

The Mack Institute’s Fall Conference 2018 will explore these themes from a cross-industry and multifaceted perspective, with the goal of preparing firms for the fundamental changes brought on by technology in strategic human resource management.

Key elements to be discussed will include:

  1. Technologies catalyzing change
  2. Talent management in shifting and emerging product/service markets
  3. Bridging the talent gap and identifying a skilled workforce for Industry 4.0
  4. Broader workforce development using blended models

The conference will also include an interactive exercise to help you work through these management approaches, providing key insights you can take back to your own firm.


8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. — Breakfast

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. — Welcome

Saikat Chaudhuri
Executive Director, Mack Institute;
Adjunct Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Nicolaj Siggelkow
Co-director, Mack Institute;
David M. Knott Professor of Management, The Wharton School

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. — Technologies Catalyzing Change

Sid Kumar
Global Head of Digital Demand Generation, CA Technologies

David Zhou
Head of Product, Baidu Apollo

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Talent Management in Shifting Markets

Debbie Lynch
Chief Human Resources Officer, Ansell

Zahara Ashraff
Sr. Manager, MAS Holdings

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. — Lunch and Networking

1:30 p.m.–2: 00p.m. — Talent Management in the New Economy: The Future of Work

Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor Professor of Management
Director, Center for Human Resources

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. — Broader Workforce Development and Partnerships

Jeremy Shure
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Peggy Tayloe
Vice President, HR, West Pharmaceuticals

3:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15 p.m.–4:00p.m. — Connecting a Global Workforce Through Crowdsourced Innovation

Lauren Miller
Director, Global Innovation, CommScope

4:00pm p.m.–4:15 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Nicolaj Siggelkow

Saikat Chaudhuri

4:15 p.m. — Reception



  • Date: Friday, November 9
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST

Event Organizers

  • Saikat Chaudhuri
  • Nicolaj Siggelkow