Monday May 17: Workplace & Workforce

[keynote] The New Hybrid Work (Place): How and Where Work Will Get Done

Join us as we share recent Gensler’s global workplace research findings and how they relate to the need to redefine who, when, and why the physical work environment still matters. We will explore the newly emerging hybrid workforce and the role of the physical office in a post-pandemic world.

Janet Pogue McLaurin Global Workplace Research Leader, Gensler
Jean Anderson   Design Director and Experience Leader, Gensler






[Breakout] Breaking the Fourth Wall: Resilience Building Workforce Practices

When the Pandemic hit the world in March 2020 , there was a complete lock down declared in India , as in other parts of the world . Overnight the physical presence had blurred into oblivion. While we defined response strategies for the short term with primary focus being the need to preserve safety and health of our 4,00000 + global workforce , the Leadership team of TCS had already started planning the long-term resilience and adaptability strategy. In the new normal , post July 2020 , the stage is now an individual one and the three walls – two on the side and one at the back [ representing systems, processes and people] have been re-erected to offer penetrability to collaborate , connect and communicate at an unprecedented scale. This ensured the adaptation. But will the adaptation achieve its intended outcome sustainability , customer value and productivity ? This session will outline how to build these new practices.

Haridas Unnikrishnan Business Group HR Head, TATA Consultancy Services
Parvathi Karthik        Head of HR, TATA Consultancy Services
[Breakout] Industry & Inclusion: Racial Equity and Advancing the Future of Manufacturing

COVID-19 brought attention to the need for a strong manufacturing sector — but we can’t deliver critical goods and create well-paying jobs for communities without a skilled workforce. UMA and TCF have formed a coalition, Industry & Inclusion, to solve our recruitment challenge and forge a racially inclusive future for manufacturing.

Andy Stettner                   Senior Policy Fellow, The Century Foundation
Lee Wellington Executive Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Dr. Ron Williams Associate Professor, Coppin State University


Katy Stanton    Program and Membership Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance

Additional Speaker: Erica Staley (Executive Director, Manufacturing Renaissance)

[Breakout] Encouraging Autonomy and Empowering R&D Teams

IRI PILOT research project update
This project postulates that empowered R&D teams who are able to exercise a high degree of autonomy are:

– More engaged/committed to the organization and their projects; and
– Are able to produce ‘better’ projects faster and more efficiently.

The project team is looking to establish a set of best practices that companies can take to empower their R&D teams and encourage autonomy in decision-making. In this session, they will provide an update on their findings based on their roundtable discussions with members, literature review, and case studies from two organizations.

Jennifer Bailey Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management, Babson College
PJ Guinan                            Associate Professor of Information Systems, Technology, Operations & Information Management Division, Babson College
Gina O’Connor Professor of Innovation Management, Babson College









Additional Speaker: Derek Shuttleworth (Retired, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company)

[Breakout] Organizing Time for Innovation

Creativity time is time “during which employees choose what projects to work on and how to complete such projects” (Burkus & Oster, 2012, p. 49). Creativity is critical to organizations’ competitive advantage but providing slack time for creativity and innovation is costly. In addition, the relationship between slack time and innovation is not straightforward. On the one hand, slack time has been linked to breakthrough innovation and experimentation as it allows organizations and individuals to allocate time to projects that may be riskier and that are not focused on short-term objectives. On the other hand, slack time has been associated with a reduction in discipline and selectiveness, leading to resource misallocation. This IRI research project aims to identify effective models for organizing slack time for innovation.

Heidi Bertels                      Associate Professor of Management, CUNY-Staten Island
Alexander Brem Professor, University of Stuttgart
[Breakout] Remote Working: The Power of Digitizing Brainstorming

Some companies may find themselves in uncharted territory as we all begin working remotely. Almost every company culture includes some aspects of collaboration and innovation. While in “fire-fighting” mode where tasks are delegated to the “next person available”, these core values are being ignored. How are you able to prioritize what the company deems critical and more importantly who is defining what is critical? How are you generating a single source-of-truth where everyone in the organization can see all of the tasks being initiated and how they are connected to the overall goals? There are typically different frames-of-reference based on the different roles/responsibilities within an organization and there is virtually no visibility targeting “are we doing the right things” because we are very busy just doing things….this will cripple an organization. Join us for a very interactive session where you, the participant, will engage in digital, remote brainstorming.

Lou Troilo                            US General Manager, SharpCloud
Antu N’jai                              Head of Customer Success, SharpCloud



[TIM TALK] Competitive landscaping haiku – Presented by Perception Partners

What is knowable in 10 minutes or less?

Dashboards map value
Hindsight, insight, and foresight
Plot tech wins quicker

Managing Partner Barry Brager presents a brief TIM talk using Carbon Capture competitive intelligence dashboards to engage, inspire and connect with sustainability-minded R&D leaders.

Barry Brager Managing Partner, Perception Partners

[Keynote] Diversity & Inclusion as a Driver for Innovation

The Barilla Group implemented an extensive diversity and inclusion program in 2013, taking a unique approach in focusing on unconscious bias and targets rather than quotas. This led to an increase in the number of women in leadership positions and in the leadership pipeline (from 32% in 2014 to 41% in 2015), and receiving a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. This session will explore the business case for DE&I driving innovation, stories to inspire action, and the steps leaders can take to make deep, meaningful changes to their organization.

Talita Erickson General Counsel, Americas, and CEO of Casa Barilla Restaurant, Barilla Group








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