Programme Details

Subject to change!

Monday, 8 April

9:30 - 10:30 
Keynote Spekaer: Ade McCormack, Founder, Digital Readiness Institute​

Talent 4.0

The transition from the industrial era to the digital age is giving rise to profound changes; much more profound than terms such as the 4th Industrial Revolution imply. Simply attaching emerging tech to your existing business model will not be enough to thrive in the digital age.
In this session, we will explore the transitional implications in respect of business models, work and leadership. We will learn that despite the relentless march of new technology, it will be the cognitive capabilities of people that will provide the greatest competitive advantage for the foreseeable future. Cognitive capital, along with data capital, are two new critical asset classes for the digital age.
In this keynote, we will learn that the future of business is strongly correlated to the future of talent, which in turn lies at the convergence of technology, anthropology, biology and neuroscience.

By the end of this keynote, you will see the future in a new light and will feel empowered to capitalise on what is increasingly an unknowable future.

Tuesday, 9 April

13:15 - 14:45
Keynote Spekaer: Kriti Sharma, CEO & Founder, AI for Good, LTD​

The Ethics of using AI in Recruitment & Talent Management

Artificial intelligence is making many decisions about us everyday. In this fascinating and surprising talk, Kriti Sharma, a global leader in the field of AI, will discuss its potential future impact on society, and how we should be more afraid of our own biases than the so-called ‘robot apocalypse’.This is crucial to understanding recruitment and talent management , and Kriti will share the results of her research in this area.
We will discuss how to design AI technology that benefits society, what standards to put in place, and how to be human in the digital age. This session will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the opportunities and risks presented by Artificial Intelligence in the workplace and society. We will also explore the skills needed and the future of work.
By the end of this session, you will get a clearer understanding of what AI can do for society and business, beyond the hype. 

Dates/Times TBD

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Partial list - additional sessions TBA

  • It's all in chaos! The challenges of the future of work, and what we can do to stay ahead of the robots
    Naeema Pasha, Director of Careers, Henley Business School
    This workshop is based on ground-breaking research that describes the attributes people need for a dynamic, chaotic and uncertain new world of work with AI and Robots present. Workers now face increasing uncertainty and disruption, and it is effecting health, wellbeing, and productivity. The need for a better approach to career development and recruitment is critical to enable us tackle the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) with tools and insights. The study showed the differentiated qualities between the people that have adapted to change and are equipped with future of work skills. It also compared "changers" (the dynamic-type career people) with those who opted for certainty - the "stayers" (the traditional-type career people). These findings can be adapted and delivered to develop capability in dealing with the influence of a changing world of work and including the expected power of the digital upheaval.
  • Finding Meaning in Work: 5 Moves to Make Your Career Matter
    Jennifer Murphy, Assistant Dean of Career Management, Ohio University College of Business
    There is a lot of buzz around the desire for purpose in the workplace. The desire for meaning is intergenerational and critical for employees to remain engaged. How do you achieve purposeful, productive, and meaningful work? We will approach the answer to this by exploring talents and discovering five moves to make moments matter at work: Show Up (Engagement), Change the Lens (Perspective), Suspend Self-Interest (Selflessness), Own It (Accountability), and Up Your Game (Improvement).  Whether you are coaching MBA/Masters students to find meaning in their work, or maybe even need to help yourself or your team reconnect to meaning, this session will provide specific strategies to help you and others find meaning.  This session will open with an overview of engagement/disengagement commonly found in the workplace.  Next, key lessons learned will be shared that will challenge assumptions and reframe issues to bring productivity possibilities to light.
  • Futurefit: Developing a futureproofed employability strategy
    Martin Edmondson, CEO Gradcore and Lisa Umenyiora, Director of Careers, Imperial College Business School
    Employability has moved from the margins to centre stage, bringing with it huge opportunities and challenges for careers teams. In parallel, the world of work is changing rapidly, with the skills and competencies needed to be successful changing with it. This session will explore how to develop an employability strategy that can cope with the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) environment we operate in – drawing on ideas from employers, academics and careers services. It will also involve a crowd sourcing experiment, where we draw on the wisdom of the room to consider future graduate skills needs and how these can be best supported.  In particular, the session will draw on work done by Gradcore with more than 50 universities and multiple employers across the UK and Europe.  Examples of good (and bad) practice will be cited, and these will be drawn together to explore what the core components of a futureproofed employability strategy should look like.
  • StoryListening for Career Change
    Manuella Arulnayagam, Career Development Center Associate Director, IESE Business School
    Career teams across b-schools face a unique and consistent challenge between 'scale' and 'customisation'. How do we build a system that allows a large number of students to get the value of intangible tools such as 'Storytelling' or 'Personal Branding', yet somehow ensure that each student's unique story is celebrated? One of the key challenges is the 'telling' part of 'storytelling', where, we have seen it is easy to "talk" to hundreds of students about these ideas but it is not effective, as it sacrifices customisation. At the end of this session, the attendees will learn about a new and powerful way of building their elevator pitch and how to apply these tools with their students.
  • Bridging from Hi-Tech to Hi-Touch
    Evelyne Franzon, Assistant Director, INSEAD Career Development Centre and Katja Boytler, Associate Director, INSEAD Career Development Centre
    In an era where Artificial Intelligence makes it possible to provide personalized customer experiences, how can Career Services enhance the student’s journey during their studies? How can we work with students, stay close to what matters, and help them bridge from Hi-Tech to Hi-Touch? The INSEAD team has developed a Career Coaching programme that combines Core Classes, group activities and one-on-one sessions with several high-tech product hmodules and Poll Everywhere in teaching. Blending the Hi-Tech with Hi-Touch has increased student engagement and introduced interaction in a structured programme allowing all students a voice. Evelyne and Katja will share the details of the programme, including examples of tools we use it to give you a first-hand experience. There will be plenty of time for experience sharing and Q&A. Whether you are a one (wo)man or big team, we aim to let you leave with ideas and inspiration you can apply back home.
  •  How can you increase student engagement with online resources?
     Axelle Graham, Career Center Manager, Emlyon Business School and Colin Barrett, Director of Product Development at the Career Farm
    We all want to improve the student experience, saving time for the Careers Team and increasing return on investment in online resources. However, this is easier said than done! Join us in finding the solutions together. In this interactive workshop, you will have an opportunity to share your challenges and solutions in engaging students using online resources and services. Emlyon will share the challenges and solutions of how they first integrated online services into their IMBA and Masters programmes by offering a blended solution with both face-to-face and online career services. Career Farm will share their findings regarding how to improve engagement from their clients including those business schools who have built their own online programmes and corporates such as Amazon. The group will discuss solutions to common problems in engaging students with online resources.