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Join Gary Bolles (Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University) and Stephane Kasriel (CEO of Upwork) for a candid conversation on the future of work and what forward thinking leaders can do to prepare their organizations to thrive in a time of exponential change.

Will the future of work be a utopia or dystopia? This is the question that’s been central to the heated debate on the impact of emerging technologies on the economy of tomorrow.

For some, the rise of the robots, automation and artificial intelligence threatens to displace millions of workers and lead to an ever-widening disparity in wealth.

But others paint a different picture: they envision a different future where an augmented workforce of people, robots and AI work not in competition with each other, but side by side.

In this session, we bring together two thought leaders on the future of work for a meaningful discussion on the changing nature of work and employment, what innovative companies are doing to retrain their workforce and redesign jobs to better take advantage of essential human skills, and the need to rethink education as a lifelong endeavor.

Please note: We will not be livestreaming this event

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Gary Bolles

Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of work and the future of learning. His focus is on the strategies for helping individuals, organizations, communities, and countries to thrive in the transition to a digital work economy.

As Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he leads the organization’s efforts to empower a global community with the mindset, skillset, and network to create an abundant future of work and learning, and to ensure that all people have access to meaningful work and lifelong learning opportunities.

As a partner in the boutique consulting agency Charrette LLC, he helps clients to identify and understand trends affecting their organizations and markets. Bolles has served as a strategic consultant and visiting lecturer for clients such as Google, Intel, the New Zealand Government, and the United Nations. Bolles is also co-founder of eParachute.com, providing career decision tools inspired by “What Color Is Your Parachute?”, the best-selling career manual of all time.

Stephane Kasriel

Stephane Kasriel is the CEO of Upwork, the largest global freelancing website, and co-chair of the World Economic Fourm Council on the Future of Education, Gender and WorkStephane is in a unique position to share his perspective on future trends — from global forces impacting the job market and the rise of the freelance economy to how companies are changing the way they build teams and the way education should evolve. An expert in marketplace businesses, staffing innovation and remote work, Stephane led a distributed team of engineers as Upwork’s SVP of Engineering before ascending to be CEO. His book Hire Fast & Build Things details how to use freelancers to power businesses. Stephane holds an MBA from INSEAD, Master’s from Stanford in Computer Science and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France. Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg View have featured him on topics including the future of work, entrepreneurship and how to strengthen our global economy.

About the Whole Entrepreneur:

Based on our research and interaction with thousands of global entrepreneurs, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center has identified seven essential founder attributes: Creativity, Vision, Independence, Organization, Communication, Self-Confidence, and Leadership. Our programming is rooted in this philosophy by providing individualized learning paths for founders focused on their abilities as a leader to create long-term, sustainable growth.

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