Let’s Return to a Better Workplace!
Webinar #1: Reimagining the Future of Work
September 16 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
For the past five years, the AABDC has convened multi-cultural business professionals from all levels – C-suite to young professionals – to tackle topics that are meaningful not just to the mission of diversity and inclusion in the workplace but to broader conversations on trends in the workplace. Through this three-part webinar series we aim to engage our broad audience of internal organizational champions across industries – those who will lead the post-shutdown change in the workplace — in the conversation on using the learnings from most current crisis to significantly improve the future of work – from the way we work to the tools we use to the spaces we work in.
Shifting attitudes and priorities around the meaning of work, social interactions, health consciousness, financial security, flexibility of remote work – how will these affect the new normal in the workplace and what major shifts might be required for the companies to remain attractive to employees, consumers and investors.
Panelists representing various industries will highlight their top-of-mind priorities and share how their organizations are adjusting in order to make immediate return to work possible and attractive. They will also discuss longer-term plans informed by opportunities presented by the post-pandemic workplace.
OPENING SPEAKER & MODERATOR
Vice President, Head of Thought Leadership, and Managing Director,Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work
Ben Pring is the head of thought leadership at Cognizant, co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, and is a member of Cognizant’s Executive Leadership Team. Ben is a co-author of the best-selling and award-winning books, What To Do When Machines Do Everything (2017) and Code Halos; How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business (2014). His latest book, Monster: Taming the Machines that Rules our Lives, Jobs, and Future will be out in early 2021.
Ben sits on the advisory board of the Labor and Work Life program at Harvard Law School. In 2018 Ben was a Bilderberg Meeting participant. Ben was named as one of 30 management thinkers to watch in 2020 by Thinkers 50. He was recently named a leading influencer on the future of work by Onalytica.
Ben joined Cognizant in 2011, from Gartner, where he spent 15 years researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing and Global Sourcing. In 2007, Ben won Gartner’s prestigious Thought Leader Award. Prior to Gartner Ben worked for a number of consulting companies including Coopers and Lybrand.
Ben’s expertise in helping clients see around corners, think the unthinkable, and calculate the compound annual growth rate of unintended consequences has made him an internationally recognized expert on leading edge technology and its intersection with business and society. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the London Times, BBC’s News Night, PBS’s News Hour, the Drucker Forum Report, Business Insider, Forbes, Fortune, The Sun, the MIT Review, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Parade, the Times of India, Quartz, Inc., Axios, the Australian, and the Economic Times.
Based near Boston since 2000, Ben graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University in the UK where he grew up.
Chief People, Inclusion & Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts
Jyoti Chopra is Senior Vice President and Chief People, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. In this role she is responsible for leading Human Resources and Social Impact and Sustainability. She oversees environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and is responsible for directing enterprise-wide initiatives and serving as staff liaison to the Board of Directors’ corporate social responsibility committee.
Ms. Chopra is an award winning talent, diversity, inclusion and sustainability leader. Prior to her role at MGM Resorts, she was Senior Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion and HR Operations and Transformation at Pearson Plc., an education technology and UK FTSE 100 company, where she was a member of the senior and human resources leadership teams.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Chopra served as Chief Diversity Officer and Managing Director of Global Citizenship and Sustainability for BNY Mellon as well as the global leader for communications and public relations at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Account Lead Partner, IBM Services
Maria Elshamy is a Partner at IBM focused on serving Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment clients in the North America Region. Maria brings more than 30 years of core technology and leadership experience in the Industry.
Maria has extensive global program delivery experience for businesses across major economies (in APAC, EMEA, and the Americas), establishing strong footings in innovation, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Maria is a passionate supporter of Diversity and Inclusion efforts with a specific focus on Women in Leadership and mentoring diverse Future Leaders to achieve their potential and making a difference for those with less privilege.
SVP and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, PepsiCo Beverages North America
Jim Lee is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA), PepsiCo’s largest operating division with over $20 billion in Net Revenue. He assumed this role in February 2019 and is responsible for leading the division’s long-term strategy, business development, value chain transformation, technology platforms, sustainability and national franchise bottler strategy and relations. Jim is based out of PBNA’s headquarters in White Plains, NY.
Jim joined PepsiCo in 1998 and has held several finance leadership roles across the globe, including North America, Russia, South East Europe, Australia and China. In addition to his operating responsibilities, Jim currently serves as the North America executive sponsor for PepsiCo’s Asian Network (PAN).
Jim holds a BSE in Operations Research from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia University.