Forum on the Future of Work

June 20-21, 2019 | Columbia University, New York City

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The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University and UPCEA invite you to a joint Forum on the Future of Work. This event aims to expand the body of knowledge around the future of work and its impact on curriculum, instruction, and career development in the field of professional studies. The forum will feature sessions presented by industry executives, higher education leaders, and innovators in the field of education, including contributors to the forthcoming The Future of Work and the Change Imperative for Higher Education.


A Columbia University and UPCEA Forum on the Future of Work: Agenda

June 20-21, 2019


Time Activity Speakers
2:30-3:00 PM Check-in/networking  
3:00-3:15 PM Welcome and introductions Jason Wingard (Columbia University) & Bob Hansen (UPCEA)
3:15-4:45 PM Opening Plenary: The Leadership Landscape in the Future of Work Keynote: Jonathan K. Law (McKinsey & Company)


Jonathan K. Law (McKinsey & Company)

Mike Ulica (National Geographic Society)

Matt Pittinsky (Parchment)

Carrington S. Carter (TIAA)

Moderator: Lauren Weber (The Wall Street Journal)

5:00-6:30 PM Networking Reception  


8:15-9:00 AM Networking Breakfast  
9:00-9:15 AM Day 2 Welcome Christine Farrugia (Columbia University)
9:15-10:45 AM Talent of the Future: Are we missing the mark? Panelists:

Lance Braunstein (Blackrock)

Gregory L. Robinson (NASA)

Amrit Ray (Pfizer/Upjohn)


Moderator: Neil Irwin (New York Times)

10:45-11:00 AM Break  
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Higher education: Still the solution for a workforce in flux? Panelists:

Kelly Otter (Georgetown University)

Chris Dede (Harvard University)

Chris Mayer (The U.S. Military Academy West Point)


Goldie Blumenstyk (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Table Discussion Leaders

Matthew Rascoff (Duke University) & James DeVaney (University of Michigan)

Nelson Baker & Yakut Gazi (Georgia Institute of Technology)

David Schejbal (Marquette University)

Earl Lewis & Alford Young, Jr. (University of Michigan)

Anne Trumbore (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

12:30 PM-1:30 PM Networking Lunch  
1:30-2:45 PM Bridging the Gap Between Learning and Labor Panelists:

Ross Wiener (Aspen Institute)

Janet Chen (Business-Higher Education Forum)

LaVerne Srinivasan (Carnegie Corporation)

Mary Alice McCarthy (New America)

Moderator: Paul Fain (Inside Higher Ed)

2:45-3:00 PM Wrap up Jason Wingard (Columbia University) & Bob Hansen (UPCEA)
3:00 PM Adjourn  




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Hotel Address Phone
Aloft Harlem (Harlem) 2296 Frederick Douglas Boulevard (877) 462-5638

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Edge Hotel (Washington Heights) 514 West 168th Street (212) 543-0005

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Hotel Beacon (Upper West Side) 2130 Broadway at 75th Street (800) 572-4969 or

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Hotel Belleclaire (Upper West Side) 250 West 77th Street (212) 362-7700

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The Hotel Newton (Upper West Side) 2528 Broadway (212) 678-6500

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The Hudson Hotel (Columbus Circle) 358 West 58th Street (800) 606-6090

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ArtHouse Hotel-NYLO (Upper West Side) 2178 Broadway at West 77th Street (800) 509-7598 or 

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The Empire Hotel (Lincoln Center/Upper West Side) 44 West 63rd Street (855) 265-7400

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The Lucerne (Upper West Side) 201 West 79th Street (800) 492-8122

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Courtyard Marriott Central Park (Central Park South) 1717 Broadway (855) 331-8443 or

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