MGI-NYU Digital Future of Work Summit 2017

New York NY

Apr 28, 2017

On Friday, April 28th, 2017, the McKinsey Global Institute and New York University’s Stern School of Business will host the first Digital Future of Work Summit.

The Summit will bring together business executives, entrepreneurs, academics and policy makers to discuss the forces that are shaping tomorrow’s workplace: the rise of freelance, “gig,” on-demand, and other forms of non-employment labor, along with the advent of artificial intelligence and robotics-driven labor automation. We will explore what futures of work are realistic to anticipate, how fast they will emerge, and what must be done by industry and society to prepare. In-depth parallel afternoon sessions will take a deeper dive into specific topics.

We will anchor the discussion with real intelligence from academic research and industry practice about both patterns of change in work and the technologies that are causing them. Rather than being excessively idealistic or futuristic, our aim is to foster a pragmatic discussion about what is happening now, paving the path to actionable near-term strategy and policy. Thus, while the topics may be familiar, the dialog will be new.

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Albert Wenger

Partner, Union Square Ventures

Bio: Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Before joining USV, Albert was the president of through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor (Etsy, Tumblr). He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including a management consulting firm and an early hosted data analytics company. Albert graduated from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT.

Allen Blue

Vice President & Co-Founder, LinkedIn

Bio: Allen Blue is Vice President of Product Management and Co-founder of LinkedIn, the online professional network. At LinkedIn, he is responsible for LinkedIn’s overall Product Strategy. He also sponsors LinkedIn’s Work and Education products within the Economic Graph team, including the products and platforms supporting (a joint effort to close the middle skills gap in the US between LinkedIn and the Markle Foundation) and TechHire. He advises several startups in Silicon Valley, most focused on improving health and education. He sits on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Data Advisory Council, helping guide the department’s efforts to make its data broadly available to American businesses. Allen serves on the board of the Hope Street Group, a non-profit which focuses on bringing economic opportunity to Americans through a combination of policy and practice. Allen focuses on Workforce projects at Hope Street. Before LinkedIn, Allen co-founded, an online dating service, and graduated from Stanford University.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO, New America

Bio: Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written or edited seven books, including “the Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World”, “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family”, and “A New World Order”, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

Arun Sundararajan

Professor of Business; Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow, New York University

Bio: Arun Sundararajan is Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, and an affiliated faculty member at many of NYU’s interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Data Science and the Center for Urban Science and Progress. His new book, “The Sharing Economy, published by the MIT Press in June 2016, was a winner of the 2017 Axiom Best Business Books Award. Arun’s research studies how digital technologies transform business, government and civil society. He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences, and over 30 op-eds in outlets that include The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Wired, Le Monde, El Pais and The Nikkei. His scholarship has been recognized by six Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards, and a variety of other grants. He has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of Congressional testimony, testimony to the European Parliament, and to numerous city, state and federal government agencies. Arun is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Technology, Values and Policy, a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum, and serves as an advisor to numerous organizations that include the City of New York, the City of Seoul, the Female Founders Fund, the Internet Society of China, OuiShare, the National League of Cities, the Royal Society for the Arts and the Center for Global Enterprise. He interfaces with tech companies at various stages on issues of strategy and regulation, and with non-tech companies trying to understand how to forecast and address changes induced by digital technologies. He teaches in a range of NYU Stern executive education programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia, focusing primarily on digital strategy and governance. He teaches full-time MBA students about hi-tech entrepreneurship, undergraduates about networks, crowds and markets, and doctoral students about digital economics.

Carl Camden

CEO, Kelly Services

Bio: As president and chief executive officer of Kelly Services®, Carl Camden is a recognized thought leader on talent management and how companies can adapt to succeed in the changing economic landscape. In his role at Kelly Services – which serves 99 percent of the Fortune 100 companies – Carl regularly consults with leaders of many of the largest, best-known corporations in the world, providing insight into labor trends and advising on flexible workforce strategies. His company’s solutions and his clients’ needs span the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA, and Carl is a frequent speaker at international conferences on human resource strategies, leadership, and changing labor dynamics. His varied educational and professional background gives him a unique perspective on the changing world of work. With three degrees (including a PhD) by the age of 25, Carl has been a marketing executive for a bank holding company; co-president of an advertising agency; co-founder of a behavioral research group; and a tenured university professor. He is frequently invited to speak to students and faculty at business schools throughout the U.S. Carl serves as co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development and is a member of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. He serves as a director of Temp Holdings, Co., Ltd. (“THD”), which is one of the largest staffing firms in Japan and the Asia Pacific market. Previously he has served on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch, the Labor Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank, the Advisory Committee on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefits (ERISA Advisory Council), the Board of Visitors of Duke University Fuqua School of Business, the Board of Trustees for the University of Detroit Mercy, the Board of Directors for the Detroit Medical Center, and the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber. Carl is well-known for being a passionate advocate for the free agent workforce. He has served on the American Staffing Association’s board of directors, and received awards from international workforce agencies for his significant contributions to improving the workforce development system. Carl has been featured in Business Week, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, and numerous other media on topics ranging from labor force dynamics to health care reform to leadership in an increasingly global business climate. Carl also appears regularly on CNBC to provide insight into the changing labor market.

Dan Teran

CEO and Co-founder, Managed by Q

Bio: Founded in 2014 with a vision for building the operating system for the built world, Q now powers office operations for thousands of top companies nationwide, ranging from fast growing startups to the Fortune 500. Managed by Q has been recognized as a standard bearer of good jobs in the on-demand economy. The hallmark of Q’s business is its commitment to creating good jobs, and using technology to not only increase efficiencies, but economically empower communities. Dan has spoken about this business strategy at MIT Sloan, NYU, and Parsons School of Design, and has been recognized by the White House, Department of Labor, and others as a leading voice in the national conversation around the future of work. Prior to co-founding Q, Dan was a Partner at venture development firm prehype, co-creating startups with the world’s finest corporations and entrepreneurs. Dan has a background in community organizing and progressive politics in Baltimore, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

David Kirkpatrick

Founder, Host and CEO, Techonomy

Bio: David Kirkpatrick is a journalist, technology commentator, and the founder of Techonomy Media. Its conferences bring together leaders from tech, business, academia and government to discuss the role of tech in progress. Techonomy events are not tech conferences, but rather are about how tech is changing everything else. The annual flagship event is in Half Moon Bay, California on Nov. 5-7, 2017. Techonomy Health is May 16, in New York, followed by Techonomy NYC on May 17. At Techonomy 2016, Kirkpatrick interviewed Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, among many other eminent speakers. Past participants have included Salesforce's Marc Benioff, Cisco's John Chambers, Twitter & Square's Jack Dorsey, entrepreneur Sean Parker, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and Kaiser Permanente's Bernard Tyson. Kirkpatrick's book “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World” is in 32 languages. He spent 25 years at Fortune, where he founded and hosted the Brainstorm and Brainstorm Tech conferences. He writes at, is contributing editor at Bloomberg Television, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Diana Farrell

President and CEO, JPMorgan Chase Institute

Bio: Diana Farrell is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Previously, Diana was the Global Head of the McKinsey Center for Government, and the McKinsey Global Institute. Diana served in the White House as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President on Economic Policy from 2009-2011. During her tenure, she led interagency processes and stakeholder management on a broad portfolio of economic initiatives. Diana also coordinated stakeholder engagement around the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and served as a member of the President’s Auto Recovery Task Force. Diana has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Eduardo Porter

Columnist, The New York Times

Bio: Eduardo Porter writes the Economic Scene column for The New York Times. Formerly he was a member of The Times’ editorial board, where he wrote about business, economics, and a mix of other matters. Mr. Porter began his career in journalism over two decades ago as a financial reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency, in Mexico City. He was deployed as a correspondent to Tokyo and London, and in 1996 he moved to São Paulo, Brazil, as editor of América Economía, a business magazine. In 2000, Mr. Porter went to work at The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles to cover the growing Hispanic population. He joined The New York Times in 2004 to cover economics. Mr. Porter was born in Phoenix and grew up in the United States, Mexico and Belgium. He graduated with a degree in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has an M.Sc. in quantum fields and fundamental forces from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He has a son, Mateo, and lives in New York.

Jeff Wald

Co-Founder and President, Work Market

Bio: Jeff Wald is the Co-Founder and President of Work Market, a cloud software platform for managing variable labor resources. Jeff has founded two other technology companies, including Spinback, a social sharing platform (eventually sold to Jeff began his career in finance, serving as a Managing Director at activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group, a Vice President at Israeli venture firm GlenRock and various roles in the M&A Group at JP Morgan. He is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. Jeff holds an MBA from Harvard University and an MS and BS from Cornell University. He also formerly served as an officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department and is a Producer of the Tony Award Winning Best Musical, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”. Jeff is a regular writer in Huffington Post and Forbes and speaks widely at conferences and television on startups and labor issues. Jeff was named “One of the 2017 ‘100 Most Influential People’ in Staffing” by the Staffing Industry Analysts.

Jeremy Shapiro

Senior Program Officer, Gates Foundation

Bio: Jeremy Shapiro is a Senior Program Officer in the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Gates Foundation. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has conducted research as a Post Doctoral Associate and Associate Research Scholar at Yale and Princeton Universities. His research focuses on economic development and behavioral economics, including multiple impact evaluations in India, the Philippines, South Africa, Kenya and Peru. Jeremy is a co-founder and former director of GiveDirectly - an organization making direct cash transfers to low-income households in East Africa via mobile money technology. He is also a director of the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, which conducts novel research in decision science and provides advisory services to the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Justin Fox

Columnist, Bloomberg View

Bio: Justin Fox is a columnist for Bloomberg View, writing about business. He started there in January 2015, after serving as editorial director and executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street, which was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2009, and the editors’ choice as the best business book of that year. Before joining HBR in 2010, he wrote a weekly column for Time and created the Curious Capitalist blog for Previously, Fox spent more than a decade as a writer and editor at Fortune magazine, and worked at several newspapers. He has appeared frequently on radio and TV, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and written for The Atlantic and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. He has been a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, son, and dog.

Katy Fleming

Provost, New York University

Bio: Katherine E. Fleming, Provost of New York University, joined NYU’s faculty in 1998. A chaired professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Fleming served as Deputy Provost and Vice Chancellor (Europe) before becoming Provost. She is the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization, Director of the Remarque Institute at NYU in New York City, and associated faculty at École Normale Supérieure in Paris (ENS Paris). From 2012 – 2016 she served as President of the Board of Directors at the University of Piraeus (Athens, Greece). Provost Fleming has been deeply involved with academia and public affairs both within the U.S. and internationally. Educated at Columbia University/Barnard College (B.A., 1988); the University of Chicago (M.A., 1989); and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1995), she is an historian by training and specializes in the modern history of Greece and the broader Mediterranean context. Her scholarship focuses on religious minorities and the formation of national identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth-centuries. She is most recently author of Greece – A Jewish History (Princeton University Press, 2008), which has won numerous prizes, among them the National Jewish Book Award and the Runciman Award. Provost Fleming oversees the Global Research Initiatives Program, which she created in 2011, and which supports faculty and graduate research at NYU’s global sites. Professor Fleming is currently PI for a major oral history project in Greece, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Katy George

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Bio: Katy serves as the Managing Partner of the Mid-Atlantic Office and is a leader within the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice. She is also a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI's research on global economic, business, and technology trends.
 Katy’s 20-years of client service have focused on manufacturing strategy and performance; end-to-end supply chain optimization; and quality system effectiveness. She has worked with companies in setting operations strategy; making technology platform decisions; understanding the impact of digital technologies on the end-to-end supply chain; defining and launching new operations organization structures and operating models, and optimizing supply and manufacturing performance. Katy has led McKinsey’s Quality Roundtables in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, helping to convene industry and regulators around common objectives. She has led multi-client benchmarking around total cost of quality, compliance effectiveness, and risk-management.

 In recent years, Katy has focused on advanced technology development and adoption in the manufacturing sector. Katy co-leads McKinsey’s partnership with the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) which is a 250-member consortium of leading government, academic and corporate organizations. Katy’s publications include “Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation” (2013), “Next-shoring: A CEO’s Guide” (2014), “Industry 4.0: How to Navigate the Digitization of the Manufacturing Sector (2015), “The Impact of Automation on the Future of Enterprise and Nature of Work” (2015), and “Harnessing Automation for a Future that Works” (2016).

 Prior to joining McKinsey, Katy worked as an associate analyst at National Economic Research Associates. She holds a high honors degree in economics and government from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. Her doctoral work focused on production system design and supply chain improvements in assembly industries.

Luke Williams

Executive Director, W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs

Bio: Luke Williams is an internationally recognized authority on Innovation Leadership. Before joining the Berkley Innovation Labs, he was a fellow at frog design, one of the world's most influential innovation companies. He has worked with industry leaders including American Express, GE, Sony, Crocs, Virgin, Disney, and Hewlett-Packard, to create breakthrough product, service, and business model solutions. Luke has been invited to speak worldwide, and his views have been featured in BusinessWeek, Fast Company, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business (FT Press, 2011).

Michael Chui

Partner, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

Bio: Michael Chui is a Partner in the McKinsey Global Institute. He is based in San Francisco, CA, where he directs research on the impact of disruptive technologies, such as data & analytics, social media, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation, on business and the economy. As a McKinsey consultant, Michael served clients in the high-tech, media, and telecom industries on multiple topics. Michael is a frequent speaker at major global conferences and his research has been cited in leading publications around the world. Michael holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and a M.S. in Computer Science, from Indiana University. Prior to joining McKinsey, Michael served as the first Chief Information Officer of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, and was the founder and executive director of HoosierNet, a regional Internet service provider.

Mike Rosenbaum

Chairman and CEO, Arena (formerly Pegged Software)

Bio: Mike is the Chairman and CEO of Arena. Arena applies data and predictive analytics to talent, hiring, and team assembly with a particular focus on healthcare. After having difficulty selling the core technology in Arena, Mike started a software engineering business called Catalyst DevWorks as the first customer for the technology. Mike grew Catalyst meaningfully (Catalyst today applies predictive analytics to assemble software engineering teams, with a headcount of approximately 300 offering technology and services to clients such as Starwood, Choice Hotels, JPMorganChase, Cambia Health, and Red Hat), Mike spun Arena out as a separate company in 2010 to focus on licensing Arena’s technology into the healthcare market. After deploying to 7 early adopter clients in 2010, Arena spent two years collecting data and iterating the product for the hospital and long term care markets, and in 2012 started deploying beyond its initial customer base. Today, Arena is deployed into over 400 healthcare organizations who together process over 4 million job applications per year. Its clients include Mount Sinai Health System, Sunrise Senior Living, Multicare Health System, Curo Health Services, and LifeBridge Health. Mike had started down an academic career trajectory, but instead became an entrepreneur to prove out concepts he had begun to develop around the implications of an inefficient labor market. Prior to starting Catalyst and Arena, Mike was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard, and earlier served at the White House as an economist, at the U.S. Department of State on trade issues and issues related to the former Soviet Union, and at Coopers & Lybrand in the Russian Federation on privatization and commercialization in the early 1990’s. His academic work was focused on the application of data to the most subjective areas of human endeavors, and published articles in that area in the Stanford Law and Policy Review and in the Harvard John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business Series. Mike serves as a trustee of Bryn Mawr School and of the Baltimore Museum of Art, where he chaired the search committee for the BMA’s director. He is a past board member of the Family Tree and the Leadership Council of the Open Society Institute, a former chair of Maryland IT PAC, and a former president of the Harvard Club of Maryland. Mike has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Harvard College.

Mona Mourshed

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Bio: Dr. Mona Mourshed leads McKinsey & Company’s Global Education Practice and is a senior partner with the Washington DC office. She supports public, private, and social sector institutions across the world to achieve outcomes improvement in higher education, school systems, and youth employment; and, she has authored multiple reports and articles on these topics. Mona serves as the Board of Directors’ Vice President of the McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent non-profit. She leads its first effort, Generation, which in two years since launch, has become the one of the world’s largest global employment programs that trains and places disconnected youth in jobs. Mona was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, serves on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization, and is a member of the global advisory council of Teach for All. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Peter Henry

Dean of Stern, New York University

Bio: Peter Blair Henry is the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business and a former Professor of International Economics at Stanford University. He is also the author of TURNAROUND: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books, 2013). In 2008, Peter led Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team in its review of international lending agencies such as the IMF and World Bank. A member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Economic Advisory Panel, a member of the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Council on Foreign Relations, Citi, and General Electric, in 2015, Peter was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Peter received his PhD in economics from MIT and Bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a finalist in the 1991 campus-wide slam dunk competition. Born in Jamaica, Peter became a US citizen in 1986. He lives in New York City with his wife of 20 years and their four sons.

Rana Faroohar

Global Business Columnist, Financial Times

Bio: Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business” (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016. Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar spent 6 years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Foroohar graduated in 1992 from Barnard College, Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the author John Sedgwick, and her two children.

Richard Kelly

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Bio: Richard Kelly is a Partner in McKinsey & Company, where he is a convenor of McKinsey’s Industry 4.0 / Digital Manufacturing service line and leader in the Firm’s North American Advanced Industrials and Manufacturing practices. Richard has spent more than 15 years with McKinsey in the UK, Australia and, most recently, North America. He serves companies across a range of manufacturing-based sectors on 'traditional' and advanced operations topics. Richard has a BA in Chemistry and PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford and an MBA from London Business School.

Saadia Zahidi

Member of the Executive Committee, Head of Education, Gender and Work Initiatives, World Economic Forum

Bio: Saadia Zahidi is a Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Education, Gender and Work at the World Economic Forum. Under her leadership, the Forum’s teams in these areas produce new insights, develop strategies for businesses and governments and mobilize leaders to work together to drive progress on closing skills gaps, achieving gender equality and preparing for the future of work. Saadia founded and co-authors the Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, Human Capital Report, Future of Jobs Report and several other publications. Her previous responsibilities at the World Economic Forum have included leading the civil society and international organization portfolios and serving as an Economist with the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Programme. She was selected as one of the BBC's 100 Women and won the inaugural FT/Mckinsey Bracken Bower Prize for prospective authors under 35. Her book, Fifty Million Rising, on womenomics in the Muslim world, will be released in the fall of 2017. She holds degrees in economics and public administration from Smith College, the Graduate Institute Geneva and Harvard University.

Sara Horowitz

President and Chief Executive Officer, Freelancers Insurance Company, Inc.

Bio: As Freelancers Union’s Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz has been helping the new workforce build solutions together for over two decades. Sara is a leading voice for the emerging economy. Today, 55 million Americans are independent workers – more than one-third of the entire workforce. With a membership of more than 350,000 nationwide, Freelancers Union is building a new form of unionism and developing social purpose businesses to support the new workforce and be sustainable for the long-term. Sara is currently the Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, was recognized as a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and received the Eugene V. Debs Award for her contribution in building the labor movement for gig workers.

Sonny Tambe

Associate Professor, NYU Stern School of Business

Bio: Prasanna Tambe is an Associate Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. His research focuses on the economics of technology and skills. Recent research projects focus on understanding how leading firms compete for high-tech labor and why cities differ in the technical skills that are available to employers. His published papers have extensively analyzed data from online job sites, data aggregators, and other labor market intermediaries that generate very large databases of fine-grained information on workers’ skills and career paths or on employers’ job requirements. He is a co-author of "The Talent Equation: Big Data Lessons for Navigating the Skills Gap and Building a Competitive Workforce," published by McGraw Hill in 2013. His research has been published or is forthcoming in a number of academic journals including Management Science, Information Systems Research, The Review of Financial Studies, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Communications of the ACM, and Information Economics and Policy and it has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Professor Tambe received his S.B. and M.Eng. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephane Kasriel

CEO, Upwork

Bio: As CEO of Upwork, Stephane is driving the company’s vision of connecting businesses with talent faster than ever. In today’s competitive job market where most face the challenging war for talent, he has mastered how to find, attract and retain highly skilled talent. At Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk), he built and led a distributed team of more than 300 engineers located around the world as SVP of Engineering before ascending to be CEO of the company. His eBook Hire Fast & Build Things details how to think bigger and find the best technical talent to power your business — but his expertise goes beyond just engineering. He has applied his knowledge to nearly every industry — from customer service to design to law — experience that earned him his current role leading the company in its quest to reimagine work. Stephane holds an MBA from INSEAD, Master’s from Stanford in Computer Science and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France. Learn more about his perspective by viewing his recent keynote at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital and Q&As on Bloomberg View and CareerDean.

Susan Lund

Partner, McKinsey & Company and McKinsey Global Institute

Bio: Susan Lund is a partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute. She is an expert on global labor markets, finance, and trade. Her latest research provides new evidence on the size and motivations of the independent workforce in the United States and Europe, Independent work: Choice, necessity and the gig economy. Recent research has examined the emergence of digital finance and mobile money in developing countries; how globalization is evolving in the digital era; the continuing accumulation of global debt and potential risks; and growth prospects for African economies in an era of lower commodity prices. Susan has an active travel schedule discussing research findings with CEOs and other executives at global Fortune 500 companies and she is a frequent speaker at global conferences. She has authored numerous articles in leading business publications, including Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs. Susan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Association of Business Economists, and the Conference of Business Economists. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Tom Siebel

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C3IoT

Bio: Tom Siebel is the chairman and CEO of C3 IoT, an enterprise software and platform company that applies big data, advanced analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing to enable the rapid development and deployment of large-scale SaaS applications for the Internet of Things. As founder of Siebel Systems, one of the fastest-growing software companies, Siebel built the foundation of the CRM market. Siebel Systems became a leader in application software with revenue exceeding $2B before merging with Oracle in 2006. Siebel is the Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, and serves on the College of Engineering boards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and UC Berkeley. He is a director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Siebel received a B.A., MBA, and M.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Alicia Glen

Deputy Mayor of NYC

Bio: Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the de Blasio administration’s efforts to grow and diversify New York City’s economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing. On her watch, the City has undertaken the biggest affordable housing plan in the nation’s history, and is building more new affordable homes than under any previous administration. The Deputy Mayor has made it a citywide priority to secure and expand modern space for hi-tech manufacturing and innovation firms, making unprecedented investments to make New York City more competitive. She has launched new programs focused on increasing the earning power of women, and making it easier for women entrepreneurs to grow and lead companies. She has spearheaded the administration’s efforts to expand infrastructure from CitiBikes, to ferries, to broadband, to keep New York City competitive. Coming from the private sector, she has applied a career of experience to strike deals that protect the public sector and spur economic growth, and to spread the city’s prosperity to neighborhoods that have historically been left behind. She is a born and raised New Yorker, and she has built a deserved reputation as one of the toughest, savviest people in the business—but also someone who is truly mission-driven, and cares deeply about the people she serves.

Vasant Dhar

Professor, Center for Data Science, NYU, New York University

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