Talent Strategies 2012


Panel Discussion - Future Workforce: Predictions and Practices

9:30am - 10:30am - Grand Ballroom

Technology shapes our personal lives in countless ways, both subtle and dramatic, and it’s reshaping the workplace, too. Add powerful global economic forces to the mix, driven by shifting demographics, increasing diversity, worldwide trade and rapidly emerging markets, and you get a complex and often perilous environment for human capital practice. Radically new models for management are emerging to operate in this rapid-fire, mobile and increasingly virtual environment. Tried-and-true often can mean dead and buried.

In this discussion, a panel of experts will share how and why the workplace and the workforce are changing and what you should be doing to prepare today to manage tomorrow. They’ll share ideas and practices on:

  • The intersection of technology and talent management.
  • Future workforce demographic trends and implications.
  • How to attract and retain employees.
  • The evolution of career paths and planning.

Molly Anderson

Molly Anderson is director of talent for Deloitte Services LP, specializing in strategies to engage today’s increasingly diverse, knowledge-based workforce. She is co-author of The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work. Anderson designed and led the implementation of Mass Career Customization across Deloitte’s 50,000-person organization, increasing career-life satisfaction, retention and engagement.

Anderson has experience implementing transformational change in large organizations through the integration of processes, people and technology. Her expertise spans a range of disciplines including health care, higher education, mergers and acquisitions, information systems and customer service.

Anderson is a frequent speaker in industry forums, and her articles have appeared in many publications. She is also a member of the Redesigning the Workplace think tank, a research initiative by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.

Billy Dexter

Billy Dexter is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles and is a member of the global diversity services practice that assists clients in creating diverse leadership teams. He works across all industry and functional groups in developing inclusive solutions as it relates to talent acquisition and leadership development. Dexter also serves as a member of the financial services and human resources practice. Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, he was executive vice president and chief diversity officer at MTV Networks. In this role, Dexter partnered with senior leadership to create and develop strategies that further diversity and inclusion throughout the global company and to identify new ways of enhancing existing initiatives.

Prior to MTV Networks, Dexter was president of Hudson Inclusion Solutions, a business division of Hudson Highland Group (HHG), a diversity consulting practice he founded within Hudson Highland. He also served concurrently as chief diversity officer of HHG.

Chicago United named Dexter as a 2009 Business Leader of Color. The Society for Human Resource Management named him one of the Top 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders in 2008.

Jeanne C. Meister

Jeanne C. Meister is an internationally recognized workplace learning consultant dedicated to delivering competitive advantage, innovation and improved business results for organizations. Meister is founding partner of Future Workplace, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting organizations in rethinking, reimagining and reinventing the workplace. She was recently voted by her peers as one of the top 20 influential training professionals in the United States. Meister’s name is synonymous with the establishment and institutionalization of global corporate universities. She is the author of two books, Corporate Quality Universities and Corporate Universities, and the co-author of upcoming book The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today. Meister has worked as a consultant with more than 200 organizations on launching, managing and reinventing a corporate university. She was previously vice president of market development at Accenture; prior to that, she was the CEO and founder of Corporate University Xchange. Meister is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Boston University.

Robert Rodriguez Ph.D.

Robert Rodriguez is the founder and president of Dr. Robert Rodriguez Advisors LLC, a management and diversity consulting firm that specializes in enhancing employee resource group performance, Latino talent initiatives and diversity strategy formation.

Previously, Rodriguez served as senior vice president at ALPFA, a Latino professional nonprofit association, held academic leadership roles at several universities, and worked in HR leadership at several Fortune 100 firms including BP, Target Corp. and 3M. He is a columnist for Diversity Executive magazine and serves on several minority nonprofit association boards of directors.

Rodriguez is the author of Latino Talent: Effective Strategies to Recruit, Retain & Develop Hispanic Professionals. He has been named one of the top rising diversity executives by Diversity MBA magazine, was named one of the top Latinos in the country age 40 and under by Latino Leaders magazine, and Hispanic Business magazine called him one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential Latinos in the Country” in 2010.


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