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Present and future

This year’s plenary speakers help conference participants gain a better understanding of current state of EMBA and the future possibilities for EMBA, and those insights can help you advance your program and shift your thinking in exciting new ways.

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Future resilient: How to thrive in a fast-changing world

  • Simon J. Anderson
    Strategic Foresight Consultant, Speaker, and Founder, Venture Foresight

What millennials want from work

  • Jennifer J. Deal
    Senior Research Scientist, Center for Creative Leadership
Future resilient: How to thrive in a fast-changing world

Simon J. Anderson
Founder, Venture Foresight

Simon J. Anderson

What’s next, and how can EMBA Programs stay ahead of the curve and even take advantage of the waves of change?

Join futurist Simon J. Anderson for a thought-provoking look at the near future of executive education. In this entertaining and informative session, Anderson will help you recognize emerging trends and technologies that could transform the industry. He also will offer actions that you can begin to take right away to be more future resilient, regardless of ever-changing trends.

Strategic foresight consultant and speaker, Anderson co-authored the 2014 Bellwether Award-winning book Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and the 2015 updated and expanded edition with fellow global futurist Jack Uldrich.

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He founded Venture Foresight, a company that helps leaders and organizations be more future resilient. As a member of the international Communities of Future network, which works to promote and facilitate future thinking in communities throughout the world, and as a visitor to more than 25 countries, Anderson brings a global perspective to his consulting and presentations. His work also has been featured in numerous publications, including the World Future Society’s newsletter, The Futurist, and the Austrian management magazine, the Hernsteiner.

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What millennials want from work

Jennifer J. Deal
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Creative Leadership

Jennifer J. Deal

Millennials have been burdened with a reputation as spoiled, lazy, and entitled, but the reality behind the stereotype is far richer and more complex. Who are millennials really?  What do they want?  And what do organizations need to do about it? As the percentage of millennials in the workforce increases, organizations are wondering what they need to do to address this younger generation. What do we know about millennials that can help us manage them now and better develop their leadership capabilities?  How do we engage them to maximize their contribution to the organization’s success?

Plenary speaker Jennifer Deal will offer a closer look at world of millennials and help conference participants better understand this growing pool of applicants.

As a senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) in San Diego, California, and an affiliated research scientist at University of Southern California Center for Effective Organizations, Deal focuses on global leadership and generational differences. She contributes to the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel on leadership, and her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, strategy&, Forbes, Fortune, South China Morning Post, Globe and Mail, and many other news outlets.

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She manages the CCL's World Leadership Survey and the Emerging Leaders research project.  In 2002 Jennifer co-authored the book Success for the New Global Manager and in 2007 wrote the book, Retiring the Generation Gap. Her latest book, the 2016 What Millennials Want from Work, co-authored with Alec Levenson, explores who millennials are, what they want, and why it matters.

Deal also has published articles on generational issues, the always-on work environment, the strategic use of information in negotiation, executive selection, cultural adaptability, global management, and women in management. As an internationally recognized expert on generational differences, she has spoken on the topic on six continents—North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in industrial/organizational psychology with a specialty in political psychology from The Ohio State University.

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