@Work Talent + HR: Building the workforce of the future

Building the workforce of the future

Competition for the right talent is fierce, and rapid advances in AI, machine learning and automation necessitate new thinking on how to build the most effective teams. A new generation of workers have new expectations, challenging human resources executives to think differently about recruitment, development and retention. This edition of the @Work series explores how CHROs can drive success for their company by balancing the needs of the workforce—present and future—with the needs of the company.

Who should attend: CHROs and senior human resources professionals who have a major role in helping businesses anticipate and adapt to the changing workforce needs.



Joelle Emerson

Joelle Emerson is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion strategy firm that partners with leading technology startups and Fortune 500 companies to build stronger, more inclusive organizations. Founded in 2014, Paradigm has partnered with companies like Lyft, Pinterest, Slack, and Visa to design and implement effective diversity and inclusion strategies. Paradigm’s approach is data-driven and evidence-based: by using data to identify barriers to inclusion and designing solutions grounded in research, Paradigm helps its clients drive measurable change. Before founding Paradigm, Joelle was a women's rights lawyer, where she represented clients in gender discrimination litigation and advocated for local, state, and federal policies to ensure equal pay for women. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

Wanda Bryant Hope

Wanda Bryant Hope is an accomplished business executive with significant experience in general management, marketing, sales, commercial operations, and human resources. Wanda is currently the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Johnson & Johnson worldwide. In this role Wanda is responsible for globally advancing J&J’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) outcomes, strengthening D&I capabilities, improving reputation, and driving innovation and growth for future success. Wanda has held a variety of leadership positions across Johnson & Johnson including Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Vice President, Commercial Analytics, Development & Operations; and Vice President, Global Performance & Development. Wanda has been recognized for her ability to exceed business results, deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, lead global change, develop people for optimal results and drive diversity & inclusion global outcomes. Wanda has received several awards including the Penn State Smeal Diversity Award, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s Rising Star Award, Auburn Lives of Commitment Award, YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and the National Sales Network Community Service Award. Wanda is committed to giving back to her community and serves on the Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors, the State Theater New Jersey Board of Trustees, and the Board of the National Sales Network. Wanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University. Wanda and her husband Bobby are the proud parents of Tyler, their 12- year-old son.

Chieh Huang

Chieh Huang is the Co-founder and CEO of Boxed, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Founded by Huang and three others in 2013, Forbes Magazine recently named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.” The company currently delivers anywhere in the Continental United States, offers free two-day shipping on most orders, has raised $180 million in funding, and is known for its incredibly generous employee perks. In 2015, Huang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, announced he would be personally paying for the college tuition of all of his employees' children. Prior to founding Boxed, Huang served as the CEO of Astro Ape, one of the first mobile social gaming studios. Upon leading Astro Ape to acquisition by Zynga, Huang stayed on as Director of Zynga Mobile NY, leading the fastest and most efficient game team at the company. Huang's personal honors include being named to Goldman Sachs’ list of 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2016) and to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retails Future (2017). In addition, under Huang’s guidance, Boxed was named Emerging E-retailer of the Year by Internet Retailer in 2016. A passionate advocate for education, Huang has been invited to participate in various meetings at The White House where he discussed ways Boxed and the private sector at large can help solve the student debt crisis. Huang is also a sought-after voice on the future of eCommerce. Huang is a 2003 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and received his JD from Fordham University in 2007. He currently sits on the boards of Johns Hopkins’ Second Decade Society, and the Leaders Forum, an organization dedicated to developing pathways for Asian American Pacific Islanders to move from private sector leadership to public service.

Ellen Kullman

Ellen is the President & CEO of Carbon. Prior to joining Carbon, Ellen was Chairman and CEO of DuPont. She was the nineteenth executive, and the first woman to lead the company in its 212-year history. As a business leader, Ellen led double-digit growth of the company’s Safety and Protection business portfolio, started two successful high-growth businesses known today as DuPont Industrial Biosciences and DuPont Sustainable Solutions. During her seven years as CEO, Ellen led the company’s focus on growth in emerging international markets and championed the power of DuPont science and global market knowledge to transform industries. She decisively positioned the company for its next generation of growth, executing a strong plan that is delivering results today while positioning DuPont for future growth.

Ellen is co-chair of the Paradigm for Parity coalition and a board director of United Technologies, Dell Technologies, Amgen, and Goldman Sachs. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and past president of the U.S. China Business Council. She serves on the board of trustees of Northwestern University. Ellen has been named as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of the “World’s Most Powerful Women” by Forbes. Ellen holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.

Bo Young Lee

Bo leads Uber’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts in the company, with our stakeholders, and in the communities where we operate. Bo partners with senior leadership including its CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to build a work culture where radically diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and build a work culture and systems were all employees have the opportunity to excel and grow to their highest potential. Prior to joining Uber, Bo was the first Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Risk and Insurance Services businesses for Marsh and McLennan Companies. Bo also launched and led Aon/Hewitt Associates’ Global Emerging Workforce Solutions consulting practice and held diversity leadership roles at Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo also served as a Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading non-profit focused on the advancement of women in business. As a consultant and thought leader, Bo has enabled dozens of clients to achieve their diversity & inclusion goals. Past clients include Marriott International, Northern Trust, John Deere, Allstate, Booz & Co., Discover, Aon, Human Rights Campaign, and McKesson. Bo has an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She is a frequently sought after speaker and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, Business Insurance, and other media outlets and conferences. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughters, Annabelle and Beatrice, and Betty the dog.

Joey Levin

Joey Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC). Appointed to the position in June 2015, Mr. Levin is responsible for the strategic leadership of IAC and its operating businesses. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of IAC. Prior to this, Joey Levin was the CEO of IAC Search & Applications, overseeing the desktop software, mobile applications, and media properties that comprise IAC’s Search & Applications segment: About.com, Apalon, Ask.com, ASKfm, Citysearch, CityGrid, Dictionary.com, Investopedia, Mindspark, PriceRunner, and SlimWare. In this role he was responsible for setting overall strategy and maximizing opportunities across IAC’s Search and Applications brands. From November 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Levin served as Chief Executive Officer of Mindspark Interactive Network, an IAC subsidiary. Prior to his appointment at Mindspark, Mr. Levin served as Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance for IAC, and has held various roles within IAC since joining the company in 2003. Prior to joining IAC, Mr. Levin worked in the Technology Mergers & Acquisitions group for Credit Suisse First Boston (now Credit Suisse) in San Francisco advising public and private technology and e-commerce companies on a variety of transactions. Mr. Levin is Chairman of the boards of Match Group, Inc. and ANGI Homeservices Inc., and serves on the board of Groupon. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Tree.com (NASDAQ: TREE) from August 2008 until November 2014, and served on the Board of Directors of The Active Network (NYSE: ACTV) from February 2008 through its IPO and up until its sale to Vista Equity Partners for $1 billion in December 2013. He graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A.S. in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Mr. Levin also currently serves on the Undergraduate Executive Board of Wharton School.

Iba Masood

Iba Masood is the co-founder and CEO of TARA.AI, the Intelligent Product Builder. Iba is a YC Alum, and was part of YCombinator's Winter 2015 class. She was recently awarded Forbes 30 under 30, for the 2018 list, under the field of Enterprise Technology. In August 2017, Iba became a permanent resident of the United States, through the EB-1A award, which presents individuals of outstanding ability with the green card. She is also a past winner of the MIT Global Business Plan competition, and a recipient of the UN ITU Young Innovator's Award. Iba has been featured in TechCrunch, Wired and Huffington Post for her work in algorithmic pre-screening mechanisms for recruiting, and is passionate about machine learning in the world of work. She has spent the last seven years building mechanisms for pre-screening and project deployment in software, for hundreds of enterprise customers. Iba is the youngest winner of the Cartier Women's Initiative Award, and has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the American University of Sharjah, graduating magna cum laude at the age of 19. She has also previously worked at McKinsey & Co, and GE.

Frida Polli

Frida Polli is an award-winning Harvard + MIT trained neuroscientist turned CEO, and a thought leader on the future of neuroscience, AI, and hiring. She is the CEO and co-founder of pymetrics, a company using neuroscience and AI to help global clients including Unilever and Accenture match candidates with their ideal jobs, while removing bias from the hiring process. Frida was a predoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a postdoctoral fellow at MIT. She was also a Life Science Fellow at Harvard Business School, where she received her MBA. She has been featured on CNN, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Quartz among other outlets, and she is a contributor to Forbes.

Ryan Roslansky

Ryan Roslansky is the global head of product at LinkedIn, overseeing all teams responsible for building and creating the next generation of LinkedIn products and experiences. In this role, he is responsible for setting the company’s product strategy and overseeing product development, user experience, business development, and customer operations. Since joining LinkedIn in May 2009, Ryan has held leadership roles across the R&D organization, helping to launch groundbreaking new experiences for consumers and customers, including the recent simplification of LinkedIn’s new desktop design and flagship mobile app, the launch of LinkedIn Learning, as well as the debut of our Influencer program and content platform. He has also played pivotal roles across the company’s key acquisitions, including Lynda.com, SlideShare and Pulse. Prior to LinkedIn, Ryan was senior vice president of Product at Glam Media, and held various product and general management positions at Yahoo!, including spearheading the acquisition of Overture in 2003.

Morgan Brennan

Morgan Brennan is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime” (M-F, 4PM-5PM ET), which broadcasts live from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Previously, she was co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” She joined the network in December 2013 as a general assignment reporter based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and continues to cover a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, and defense and space. She is also host of the CNBC podcast, Manifest Space.

Prior to joining CNBC, Brennan was a staff writer and reporter for Forbes Media where she reported for Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine and Forbes.com, most recently covering real estate. She began her career at Forbes in 2009, holding several positions including anchor/reporter and producer for the Forbes Video Network, covering a wide range of business and finance topics.

Previously, Brennan was a regular guest on a variety of networks discussing business and economic stories and also interned at Newsweek International, where she was a fact-checker and contributing writer.

Brennan has interviewed billionaires, heads of state, thought leaders and chief executives of multibillion-dollar corporations and her profile story on Equity Group Investments chairman Sam Zell was one of five magazine covers featured on the 2013 Forbes 400 issue.

Brennan is a board member of the non-profit City Year New York. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, majoring in Social Science with a double concentration in Anthropology and Media Studies.

Suzy Welch

Suzy Welch is a noted business journalist, bestselling author, entrepreneur, board member, and impact investor. With her husband, the late Jack Welch, Suzy co-authored WINNING and THE REAL-LIFE MBA, two of the best-selling business books of all time, and on her own, wrote the NYT and WSJ best-seller 10-10-10, about values-based decision making. Suzy is a frequent contributor on CNBC and The Today Show, and an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business. In 2018, Suzy helped launch and lead the music tech company Quadio, and currently serves on several public and nonprofit boards.


2:00pm - 2:30pm


2:30pm - 3:40pm


FUTURE-FORWARD: Game-changing talent trends

Innovation drives disruption but also presents tremendous opportunity. LinkedIn’s global head of product reveals how today’s savviest leaders craft a winning talent offense and how data-driven insights will power the workforce decisions of tomorrow.

Ryan Roslansky, SVP of Product, LinkedIn

Interviewer: Jon Fortt, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC

THE EQUALITY EQUATION: Better + together

No longer can organizations simply talk about the need for greater diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives. Idle debate is out. Urgent calls for change — for results, not rhetoric — is in. In what ways can companies embrace this moment to improve the workplace … and their bottom line?

Ellen Kullman, Co-Chair, Paradigm for Parity; former Chairman and CEO, DuPont

Joelle Emerson, Founder and CEO, Paradigm

Wanda Bryant Hope, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Bo Young Lee, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Uber

Interviewer: Morgan Brennan, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC


3:40pm - 4:10pm


4:10pm - 5:30pm

THERE’S NO “AI” IN TEAM: The future of how we work

AI and automation adoption often raise fears of a dystopian future, where machines displace, well, all of us. Hear how one CEO flips the script to create a workplace where humans and robots work hand in (mechanical) hand.

Presentation: Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed


Humans are inherently biased. Machines hold the power to help cover these blind spots, but does artificial intelligence have blind spots of its own? Learn how AI-powered tools help top organizations widen the recruitment pool to find and retain top-quality talent.

Iba Masood, Co-Founder and CEO, TARA.AI

Frida Polli, Founder and CEO, pymetrics

Interviewer: Jon Fortt, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC

INSIDE THE CORNER OFFICE: Where business and talent strategy meet

The recipe is simple: Success happens where business and talent strategy work in concert. From building teams for a company’s unique operational needs to addressing corporate culture challenges, hear how one leading CEO manages a portfolio of diverse organizations to drive performance and growth.

Joey Levin, CEO, IAC

Interviewer: Suzy Welch, CNBC Contributor, Bestselling Author, Leadership and Management Expert

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5:30pm - 6:30pm


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