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The Post-Pandemic World is (Almost) Here. Are You Ready?

As we emerge from crisis mode of the pandemic, we’re poised to enter a radically re-made world with new dangers, new expectations, and, most importantly, new and boundless opportunities for growth. The only question is who will get there first: you, or your competitors? To stride confidently into the future, we turn to the world’s leading thinkers, who have at their fingertips insights that will catapult us forward—helping us innovate rapidly, do right by our employees, and prepare for more tectonic shifts to come.

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Alexandra Samuel

Tech writer and data journalist | Author of Remote Inc.

In the post-pandemic world, the time-honored rules of work no longer apply. Thankfully, whether you’re in-office, fully remote, or making the leap to hybrid, Alexandra Samuel can help you carve a path towards a thriving and productive work culture. A technology strategist, data journalist, and author of the timely and practical book Remote Inc., Samuel brings over 25+ years of experience as a remote worker to her presentations, helping audiences conceptualize—and action—new ways of working in the modern age.
Stephanie Mehta

Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company | Former Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair

COVID-19 catalyzed ten years of innovation in just 16 months—where will we go next? Untangling this global flurry of change is Fast Company’s Stephanie Mehta. With razor-sharp insights in technology, leadership, and design, informed by the world’s most creative minds, she shows leaders how they can prepare their business for the pivotal year ahead, and as well for future disruptions.
Jonathan Brill

Futurist | Author of Rogue Waves: Future-Proof Your Business to Survive and Profit from Radical Change

As Global Futurist at HP, Jonathan Brill helped the iconic company prepare for the possibility of a pandemic, a takeover attempt, and a sudden market decline. The result was an excellent 2020 in the face of all three, while their competitors suffered huge blows. In his book Rogue Waves, Brill uses an evidence-based framework to help you capitalize on the economic, technological, and social undercurrents most likely reshape the business world.
 
Doug Stephens

Retail and Consumer Futurist | Internationally Acclaimed Author and Founder of Retail Prophet

Bestselling author and founder of the global consultancy Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens provides an incisive look into the future of retail in a post-COVID-19 world. Only those brands and businesses who can remodel and embrace this new landscape will survive it. What does this mean for physical retail? How will digital commerce evolve? How can you re-engage the post-pandemic consumer? Your most critical questions will be answered by one of the industry’s foremost experts.
Angela Duckworth

Author of Grit, the #1 New York Times Bestseller | Pioneering Researcher on Grit, Perseverance, and the Science of Success

It takes more than IQ or in-born talent to thrive at work, especially in the post-pandemic world. But why do some people get—and stay—ahead when they encounter challenging circumstances, compared to others? In her pioneering work on grit, psychologist Angela Duckworth reveals the importance of character in achieving success—showcased both in her instant New York Times bestseller and viral TED Talk. Today, using her landmark research, she shows us how we can develop the grit we’ll need to carry us forward into the post-pandemic age.

 

Katy Milkman

Wharton Professor | Choiceology Podcast Host | Author of How to Change

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how vital it is to adapt. But why is change so hard? And how can we diagnose complacency and conquer our goals? As we begin to rebuild, we turn to award-winning behavioral scientist and Wharton professor Katy Milkman, who has devoted her career to understanding change. Milkman uses science, humor, and real-world stories from her groundbreaking book How to Change to show us how we can overcome our most difficult obstacles. The result is a science-based blueprint for adapting our behavior (and the behavior of those we lead, manage and coach) to the demands of the post-pandemic world.
Sarah Kaplan

Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman School of Management | Author of The 360° Corporation

Much like climate change, the pandemic brought the deep social and economic fractures in our society to the forefront. As we seek to “build back better” in the post-pandemic world, we need a guide, and Sarah Kaplan—a former McKinsey alum turned premier MBA professor—has the insight and expertise to see us through. In her rousing talks, she shows us how to use corporate social responsibility as a tool for progress, repositioning our biggest struggles—gender equality, diversity, the environment—into innovation challenges that will transform our organizations, making us more successful, creative, and resilient along the way.

 

Jay Van Bavel

Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU | Author of The Power of Us (forthcoming)

In his new book The Power of Us—a blend of cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience—NYU professor Jay Van Bavel reveals how our identities are powerfully influenced by the groups we belong to, and why this knowledge is especially crucial during the turbulent times we’re living in. Bringing his fascinating research to life in engaging, practical talks, Van Bavel shows you how to harness the power of shared identities in the post-pandemic world: helping you lead more effectively, boost productivity and collaboration, overcome your biases, and inspire real change, both personally and societally.
Deepa Purushothaman

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader | Former Senior Partner at Deloitte | Author of The First, the Few, the Only (forthcoming)

Despite being one of the fastest-growing segments in the corporate workforce, women of color remain underrepresented—often among the first, few, or only ones in a department or company. The first Indian-American woman to make partner at Deloitte, Deepa Purushothaman knows this first-hand. Today, as organizations begin their post-pandemic planning, she uses her hands-on experience as a senior executive specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion  to help us redefine power and profitability in corporate America—creating organizations that are truly inclusive for all.
Emily Esfahani Smith

Journalist and Author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters

 As we near the end of the pandemic, the grief, anxiety, and emotional fall-out from the last year remain a challenge. How do we return to life after this crisis? It might be surprising that, through such adversity, the best thing we can do is search for meaning, not happiness. That’s the vital message at the core of Emily Esfahani Smith’s book, The Power of Meaning, which outlines four pillars essential to living a life that matters: belonging, purpose, transcendence, and storytelling. From her popular TED talk—viewed over 10 million times—to her viral Atlantic article “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy,” Smith helps us through these unprecedented times, not by ignoring our grief, but by setting us on the path to discover new meaning.

 

Dr. Kristin Neff

Author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself | Co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Our society teaches us that self-compassion is the enemy of productivity; that to be kind to ourselves is to invite complacency. But in fact, the opposite is true, says Dr. Kristin Neff. A pioneer in the field of inner strength training and self-compassion, Neff is the first person to empirically study the concepts and create a simple, actionable guide proven to increase motivation, boost resilience, and improve mental health. As we emerge from the pandemic, and historic burnout is threatening the happiness, success, and productivity of us all, she shows us why we need self-compassion more than ever.
Vijay Gupta

Founder of Street Symphony | 2018 MacArthur Fellow | TED Senior Fellow

The work of the citizen and the artist is one, says Vijay Gupta: to make sadhana—a daily practice—of the world we envision. Hailed by The New Yorker as a “visionary violinist” and “one of the most radical thinkers in the unradical world of American classical music,” Gupta creates spaces of wholeness and belonging through his work. His album When the Violin was created during quarantine as a means of transforming our collective pain into a restorative, healing narrative. After a time of crisis, he shows us creative ways to revitalize our sense of hope and belonging.

 

Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Deputy Director of Surveillance, Data & Epidemiology for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Scientists and epidemiologists have been warning us for decades about the dangers of pandemics if we don’t invest in public health. Unfortunately, global leaders chose not to heed their call, and today COVID-19 has shown us the tragic cost of being ill-prepared. In the wake of the pandemic and the lessons we've learned from it, Jennifer Gardy—the Deputy Director of Surveillance, Data, and Epidemiology for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—outlines her vision for a 21st century form of public health.
Abdul El-Sayed

Author of Healing Politics | Former Public Health Commissioner of Detroit

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed made history when he became the youngest-ever public health official in a major American city. When the pandemic swept over America, the epidemiologist served as a voice of reason, reassurance, and credibility as the nation battled misinformation. Aside from frequently contributing to CNN, he is the host of the podcast America Dissected, author of Medicare for All, and a leading progressive activist—dubbed one of the movement’s “brightest young stars” by Sen. Bernie Sanders. In talks, El-Sayed continues to inspire and lead us toward a more just, accessible, and resilient healthcare system for all.
James Nestor

New York Times bestselling author of Breath

Even before the pandemic hit, rates of workplace stress were on the rise. Add to that anxiety about finances, job security, and health, and you’re left with millions of people feeling burned out. Reminders to “breathe” during a time of such uncertainty and isolation run the risk of sounding banal. But according to science journalist James Nestor, it’s actually the key to transforming our lives—more than diet, sleep, or exercise. In his instant New York Times bestseller Breath, Nestor deep-dives into an often overlooked pillar of health.