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March 25-28, 2019
San Francisco, CA
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Future of the firm: How are executives preparing now?

Moderated by:
Josh Bersin (Bersin by Deloitte)
Nancy Vitale (Genentech), Josh Alwitt (Publicis Sapient), Erin Flynn (Optimizely)
2:40pm3:20pm Thursday, March 28, 2019
Future of the Firm
Location: 2014
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)

In this panel session, executives will discuss how their companies are adapting to the workforce, business, and economic trends shaping the future of business.

Topics include:

  • Changes in executive roles and organizational structures
  • Reskilling, upskilling, and continuous learning for employees
  • New perspectives on employee well-being and engagement
  • Increased emphasis on ethics, trust, and transparency in the workplace
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Josh Bersin

Bersin by Deloitte

Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world. He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next 10 years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin by Deloitte. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte, advising large organizations and contributing to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education. Previously, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies.

Josh is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, the Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn. He is the author of two books—The Blended Learning Handbook and The Training Measurement Book—along with dozens of studies on corporate HR, learning, and talent technologies. His third book is currently under contract with Harvard Business Publishing. Josh holds a BS in engineering from Cornell University, an MS in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Nancy Vitale


Nancy Vitale is the CHRO and senior vice president of human resources for Genentech as well as a member of the Genentech Executive Committee. She’s responsible for leading the HR team that’s dedicated to creating a great place for the organization’s 14,000 employees to do their best work in pursuit of the company’s important mission. Nancy is also a board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, another mission-driven organization. Previously, Nancy was director of HR for the Gillette North American Commercial Division at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where she was integrally involved in the merger of Gillette and P&G; was vice president of HR for CIGNA’s Group Insurance Division; and held other senior HR positions in a variety of industries and companies, including Deloitte Consulting, DANKA Office Imaging, and the Times Publishing Company. Nancy is known for her drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that involve complex organizational dynamics. Her life purpose is to “make meaningful connections,” which she explains as being for both people and ideas. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Emory University. In 2015, Nancy was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “most influential women in the Bay Area” and in 2016 was named to its “forever influential” honor roll.

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Josh Alwitt

Publicis Sapient

Josh Alwitt is responsible for leadership and culture at Publicis Sapient, where he cocreates a culture that enables people to thrive at work through living the organization’s shared purpose and values and is also responsible for executive development, leading a neuroscience-based leadership development program, and coaching the C suite, senior executives, and client account leaders. Previously, Josh created the Talent Development function at Sapient, which included learning and development, performance management, career development, succession planning, leadership development, and integrated talent systems. Before his organizational development work, Josh was a technology consultant for 20 years, leading large custom software implementations in a variety of client industries.

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Erin Flynn


Erin Flynn is the chief people officer at Optimizely, where she oversees recruiting, people operations, real estate, and workplace operations. Erin’s more than 20 years of experience includes a decade leading recruiting, talent development, and employee success (global HR) at Salesforce as well as stints with PeopleSoft and Idealab. When she’s not making Optimizely one of the best places to work, she also sits on the board of the Horizons Foundation.