Plenary: Generation disrupted: Earning trust, finding meaning and building skills for the future
Millennials and Gen Zs now make up half of the earth’s population. Together, they account for most of the global workforce. What they think, believe, buy and do or don’t do is disrupting old norms and transforming society. Growing up in a world of accelerated transformation leaves millennials and Gen Zs feeling unsettled about the future. Despite global economic growth, expansion and opportunity, younger generations are wary about the world and their place in it. This uncertainty is reflected in their personal views on business, government, leadership and the need for positive societal change agents. But they remain hopeful and lean on their values as both consumers and employees.
The panel discussion addressed the urgent need for business and government to work collaboratively to support and empower gen Z and millennials. How will business and government bear the shared social responsibility to prepare the next generation of young people for the future? How can they empower women and girls? This panel explored how institutions can join forces to regain the trust of this critical cohort and future through education, skills-building initiatives and beyond.
Moderator and Panelists included:
- Elaine Quijano (moderator), Anchor for CBSN, the CBS News 24-hour digital streaming network; correspondent for CBS News
- Michele Parmelee, Global Chief People & Purpose Officer, Deloitte
- Victoria Budson, Founder and Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School
- Serena Saunders, Expansion Associate at Pay Our Interns, Running Start Delegate
LeadersTalk: Today’s modern families require a modern workplace
Led by Emma Codd and Pat Daley
From everyday behaviors and attitudes, to expectations about success, to ‘always on, always available’ workplace cultures, this session explored the pervasive beliefs that are impacting both men and women and hindering progress on gender equality. Are the barriers that exist to modernizing the workplace primarily cultural?
Drawing on deep qualitative research and broad quantitative recent research from Canada and the UK, this LeadersTalk examined how organizations can create an inclusive working environment that supports the modern family. The session uncovered the unstated and unchallenged expectations that remain barriers for both men and women. By flipping existing orthodoxies upside down, participants left with actionable insights and a new lens through which to view progress.