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Jeanne Meister        

Partner at Future Workplace & Bestselling Author of "The 2020 Workplace"

Jeanne is the Founding Partner of Future Workplace, an HR advisory and research firm providing insights on the future of learning and working. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award by the Association for Talent Development (ATD). This award is given to one executive each year honoring their contribution and body of work in the field of workplace learning. Jeanne’s name is synonymous with the establishment and institutionalization of global corporate universities. Jeanne is the author of four books, Corporate Quality Universities, Corporate Universities, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today, and Jeanne’s latest book The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees*.

The Future Workplace Experience book has won the 2017 Axiom Business Book Award in the Silver category for Best Business Book for Human Resource Professionals and has been highlighted in TIME Magazine, NPR, SHRM’s HR Magazine, Digitalist Magazine, and CIO Magazine, among many others.

In 2015, Jeanne was named to the list of the top 50 Influencers in Corporate Human Resources and Recruiting by Glassdoor. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Kronos Workforce Institute. Bizzabo lists Jeanne on the Top 25 Most Engaging Speakers in HR for 2014.

Jeanne and her firm, Future Workplace, launched the Future Workplace Network, a consortium of HR, Talent and Corporate Learning Leaders from FORTUNE 1,000 organizations who convene four times a year to discuss and debate how to prepare for the future of work. Future Workplace also offers a range of on-site workshops targeted to developing a new set of skills to thrive in the future workplace.

Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. In addition, Jeanne has written articles in such publications as AACSB, Association of Business Schools, Chronicle of Higher Education, CLO Magazine, Financial Times, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update, HR Executive, Journal of Business Strategy, TRAINING, T&D Magazine, Outlook, a publication of Accenture, People & Strategy Journal, and Workforce Management. Her article Mentoring Millennials, published in the Harvard Business Review, was an extension of the concepts in The 2020 Workplace book. Jeanne has also written a chapter in the Harvard Business Review publication entitled, Guide to Getting the Mentoring You Need, focusing on the growth of mentoring and reverse mentoring among organizations.

Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture and is currently a Contributor to Forbes Magazine writing a column entitled 2020 Workplace: Preparing for the Future.

Jeanne lives in New York City with her husband, and daughter, who is her “case study” on what Millennials require from employers. Jeanne is an avid cook and is on the board of directors of the Mahaiwe Center for Performing Arts in Great Barrington, MA as well as a volunteer for Columbia County Land Conservancy advocating to conserve farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and the rural character of Columbia County, New York.

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Prepare NOW for the Future Workplace

The workplace of the future is here today, but are you and your team ready for it? Prepare NOW for the Future Workplace will start with an animated two-minute video of a new hire in the year 2020. Our new hire will experience new ways of working, communicating, and learning as she goes through new hire onboarding. Her onboarding starts the day she receives her offer letter, continues as she engages in a game to learn about the products and services of her new employer, and culminates in her fully expecting a heightened level of transparency in the workplace. This video sets the stage for uncovering various macro trends, which are impacting how we all work, communicate, and learn. This keynote can be customized to focus on key trends impacting individual companies.

Target Audience: Chief Human Resource Officer and teams of HR, Learning & Talent professionals Delivery: Either on-site or via TelePresence Duration: 90 minutes with team exercises

The Human Resource Leader of the Future

Understanding the workplace of the future is now a required competency for Human Resource leaders in order to develop new strategies for sourcing talent, engaging employees at work, and providing learning across multiple devices (from smartphones & wearable devices to virtually immersive experiences such as Oculus Rift and HaloLens) The goal: blend learning and collaboration with working productively. Added to this, is a growing movement toward greater transparency in the workplace where current, former and prospective employees provide their perspective on the company and rate managers, leaders and the CEO in public forums. This keynote will focus on the new skills Human Resource leaders and their teams will need to thrive in the future workplace.

Target Audience: Chief Human Resource Officer and teams of HR, Learning & Talent professionals Delivery: Either on-site or via TelePresence Duration: 90 minutes with team exercises

Scenario Planning: A Tool to Build Your HR Strategy

Scenario planning is a tool used by a CEO and their teams to consider expected and unexpected outcomes for various strategies under consideration by the organization. Future Workplace is incorporating this tool into our examination of key mega trends and how they will impact an organization’s human resource, corporate learning and talent management strategies. This keynote will examine a myriad of meg trends impacting the organization: including age diversity, wearables, gamification, transparency and social collaboration inside companies. These trends are framed to provide fresh views on the expected and unexpected outcomes while culminating in a team exercise to create a “likely scenario for the organization.”

Target Audience: Chief Human Resource Officer and teams of HR, Learning & Talent professionals Delivery: Either on-site or via TelePresence Duration: 90 minutes with team exercises

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