CNBC Work Livestream

Empowering the Hybrid Workforce

In many workplaces, hybrid work has become the standard as companies hope more flexibility will help with recruiting and retaining a talented, diverse workforce. But implementing a successful strategy is not easy, and if done ineffectively, can create barriers to growth and restrict opportunity for many.

A panel of experts will examine how companies and organizations can create a hybrid and flexible workforce that is connected, empowered and ready to take on the future.


Stewart Butterfield

Stewart Butterfield is the CEO and co-founder of Slack. For more than 20 years, he has been an entrepreneur, designer and technology leader, usually all at once.

In 2013, Stewart and his team launched Slack, which has transformed business communication. Today, Slack is the Digital HQ connecting people, tools, customers and partners to break down communication silos, embrace flexibility and automate work across organizations.

In 2003, Stewart co-founded Flickr, one of the pioneers of image sharing and the social web. As CEO, he built Flickr into one of the largest web services in the world.

Stewart has been regularly recognized for the foresight and innovation that has helped him build two companies that have reimagined the way we use technology to communicate, collaborate, share and store information. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, one of the Top 50 Leaders by BusinessWeek and the Technology Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal; he has been included on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, the Recode 100 and Advertising Age’s Creativity 50.

Stewart has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Victoria and a MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Anne Raimondi

Anne Raimondi is Asana's COO and Head of Business, leading and scaling Asana’s growth and global business operations and go-to market teams, including sales, marketing, customer operations, partner programs and business development. Anne is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience leading various product and business functions in fast-growing SaaS companies. Prior to her role at Asana, she was the Chief Customer Officer at Guru, Senior Vice President Operations at Zendesk, Chief Revenue Officer at TaskRabbit and held senior positions with SurveyMonkey and eBay. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Sociology, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Kiersten Robinson

Kiersten Robinson is Ford Motor Company’s chief people and employee experiences officer. She assumed this position October 1, 2020.

In this role, Robinson has responsibility to leverage Ford Motor Company’s aligned and strategic enterprise capabilities through strong, diverse teams in support of the business, enterprise priorities and progressive employee and workplace experiences.

As the senior leader and corporate officer overseeing people processes globally, Robinson ensures the development and execution of business strategies that reflect the global business environment, customer and market needs. She reports to Jim Farley, Ford CEO.

Before being appointed to this role, Robinson served as Ford’s chief human resources officer since April 2018. Prior to that, she was interim human resources leader, assuming the position in November 2017 after having served as executive director, human resources, global markets.

Robinson joined the automaker in 1995 as a labor relations representative in Ford of Australia and quickly rose through the ranks, serving in the first of several international assignments in 1997 with the Ford of Europe manufacturing organization. Following two additional positions in Australia, Robinson moved to Ford’s headquarters in 2002 to hold a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in her appointment to vice president of human resources for Ford in Asia Pacific in 2010.

While leading the team in Asia Pacific, Robinson further distinguished herself by directing the development and deployment of a robust talent and people resource plan for the growing operation and by establishing Ford’s brand as an employer of choice across the 16 markets in Asia.

In 2016, Robinson was appointed to lead human resources for The Americas, and in early 2017, her role was expanded to include global markets.

She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.

Deirdre Bosa

Deirdre Bosa is anchor of CNBC’s tech-focused franchise, “TechCheck,” based out of the network’s San Francisco Bureau. Previously, she was anchor of the network’s daily program, “TechCheck,” that ran from April 2021 to February 2023. Before that, Bosa served as a technology reporter, owning stories on the biggest names in tech from Amazon to Alphabet, key players in China’s tech scene like Alibaba and Huawei, and Silicon Valley’s largest disruptors from Airbnb to Uber to WeWork. Prior to that, she was a frequent presence on air and online as a CNBC contributor, reporting out of Vancouver, Canada.

Bosa joined CNBC in 2012 covering the markets and economies of London and Singapore. She has co-anchored morning programs including “Squawk Box Asia,” “Squawk Box Europe,” and “Worldwide Exchange.”

Prior to CNBC, Bosa was an anchor and reporter for CCTV News International based in Beijing, as well as a contributor to Fox Business News. Deirdre also worked for several multinational corporations including Barrick Gold in Toronto and Rio Tinto in Shanghai.

She is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and University of Hong Kong’s Masters of Journalism program.

Contessa Brewer

Contessa Brewer is a correspondent and substitute anchor for CNBC appearing throughout Business Day as well as the network’s 7pm ET newscast “The News with Shepard Smith.” She covers major news stories for CNBC including presidential elections, hurricanes, the coronavirus pandemic and trade wars. Her specialty coverage areas are casinos, the gaming industry and the insurance industry. Brewer joined the network in 2017 and is based at CNBC Global Headquarters.

A National Emmy-Award winning journalist, Brewer is known for her marathon on-air coverage of breaking news and big political stories. While an anchor for MSNBC, she hosted daily news programs and the long-running, primetime series “Caught on Camera.” As a correspondent, Brewer has contributed reports to CBS News, CBSN, WNBC, NBC News and MSNBC, where she covered a wide range of stories including presidential elections, debt ceilings, government shutdowns, natural disasters, terror attacks and celebrity news. She began her career in Reno, NV followed by Palm Springs, CA and Milwaukee, WI.

Brewer is a Remembrance Scholar and magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Honors Program. She’s narrated several audiobooks and resides in New York with her husband, twin sons and a dappled dachshund.


Slack CEO on Future of Hybrid Work

As we move forward into the great hybrid experimentmanagers and executives look to maximize productivity and minimize burnout, data on how, when and where employees are most productive has never been more important.  In this one-on-one interview, Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield talks about his company’s latest findings and how business leaders can put this knowledge to use as they implement hybrid strategies.

Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Slack
Interviewer: Deirdre Bosa, CNBC “Tech Check” Co-Anchor 

Will Hybrid Work… Work?

The pandemic and shutdown put companiesdigitization plans into overdrive as they scrambled to equip, monitor and lead employees through an uncertain future. Now that restrictions have eased in most places, many companies are eager to get people back to the office—at least part of the time—and apply some of the lessons learned over the past two years in order to make a more productive and equitable workplaceBuilding on insights from Asana’s latest hybrid work survey, we’ll look at how companies like Ford are approaching hybrid work and what it means for productivity, employee health and wellness, and winning the war for talent.

Anne Raimondi, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Business, Asana
Kiersten Robinson, Chief People and Employee Experiences Officer, Ford Motor Company
Moderator: Contessa Brewer, CNBC Correspondent