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World of Work: 2030 Conference #WOW2030

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Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus



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The rise of digital is changing the world of work: How will business education support the future workplace to meet the needs of the employers?


Change is coming faster than ever – political transformations, demographic shifts and technological advancements are resulting in a redefinition of what work will be in the future.

We ask what good recruitment looks like in 2030. How will great career development happen over the next decade? And – when do we start planning?

The aim of this conference is to exchange ideas and build a community of thinkers and creators to meet the challenges ahead.

Timetable (subject to change):

09:30-10:00 Introduction and welcome - Prof. Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean at Henley Business School and Perry Timms, Founder & Chief Energy Officer at People and Transformational HR

10:00-10:40 Career 4.0 - Ade McCormack, Author of Biz4.0 futureofwork, futurist, and digital strategist

10:40-11:20 Staying Human - how people and organisations can get the best from each other in 2030 - Dr Cath Bishop, Olympian, Diplomat and Speaker and Dr Paul Brewerton, Joint Managing Director at the Strengths Partnership

11:20-11:40 Break

11:40-12:25 WORKSHOP TRACKS (choose one of these)

  • FinTech: the good, the bad, and the ugly - Dan Kiernan, Careers Consultant at Henley Careers and FinTech guru

  • You may want to be more serious about engaging people by Gamification Visualisation and Simulation - Ron Edwards, Managing Director and Joe Birri, Business Development Manager at Serious Games International Ltd

  • Managing Change and Ambiguity – is this key competency people need to get their head round digital worlds? - Sarah Leach, Careers Consultant at Henley Careers and former Business Change Manager, Thames Water

  • Scientific Engagement: how game technology and AI will humanise recruitment - Robert Newry, Managing Director at Arctic Shores

12:25-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Successful Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs Need to Avoid the 'Great Idea Trap' and Instead Role Model Critical Behaviours for Collective Impact - Simon Paine, Co-founder of PopUp Business School

14:00-14:30 Don’t fear the robot reaper – embrace our android friends, build resilience and conquer fears - Naeema Pasha, Head of Careers and Business Psychologist

14:30-14:50 Break

14:50-15:35 WORKSHOP TRACKS (choose one of these)

  • Digital Skills for analogue minds: 5 pillars of success for non-robots - Norbert Morawetz, Founder and CEO at, and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School

  • Transition skills for leadership – how do you sustain them? - Uche Ezichi, Leadership Coach Henley Careers, former Diversity and Leadership Development at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs

  • Digital Leadership: the capability needed in future - Weizi (Vicky) Li, Henley Business School Lecturer in Business Informatics

  • Byte-size sessions: Highlights from Association of Graduate Recruiters re: digital futures, Chartered Association of Business Schools, and Design Thinking Ltd - Samuel Gordon, Research Analyst at AGR, Oliver Lowe, CABS and Mark Mason, Director at Design Thinking Ltd

15:35-16:15 The world is changing and we need to change (or forget it) - Perry Timms, Founder & Chief Energy Officer at People and Transformational HR

16:15 Closing address

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