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One year ago this month, every aspect of our lives altered - abruptly and profoundly. Among the many effects of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, is the nature of work. The shift to home for white collar workers has forced a long overdue reimagining of the workplace, the relationship between management and talent, the nature of equity, and the role of technology. As we think about the transition to post-pandemic life, our attention shifts on what we preserve, what we improve, and what we leave behind, as a relic of the workplace past.

For questions about the Aspen Digital Roundtable on Institutional Innovation, please contact Vivian Schiller.


Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys. Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.

Penny Abeywardena
Commissioner for International Affairs
City of New York
Richard Adler
Distinguished Fellow
Institute for the Future
Maryam Alavi
Dean, Scheller College of Business, Professor of IT Management
Georgia Institute of Technology
Alex Alonso
Chief Knowledge Officer
Society for Human Resource Management
John Seely Brown
Former Chief Scientist
Mark Cooke
Mores Risk Advisory
Kevin Delaney
Reset Work
Esther Dyson
Executive Founder
Amy C. Edmondson
Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management
Harvard Business School
Robert Gibbs
Associate Administrator for Mission Support
Marina Gorbis
Executive Director
Institute for the Future
John Hagel
Beyond Our Edge, LLC
Bill Huffaker
Senior Vice President, Integrated Talent
Cerner Corporation
Jacinta M. Jiménez
The Burnout Fix
Gary Knell
National Geographic Partners
Mainak Mazumdar
Chief Research Officer
David Morse
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Corning Incorporated
Simon Mulcahy
Chief Innovation Officer
Chris Perry
Chief Innovation Officer
Weber Shandwick
Susan Podlogar
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
MetLife, Inc.
Frida Polli
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Toby Redshaw
Senior Vice President Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions
Alexi Robichaux
Chief Executive Officer
Melissa Rowe
Vice President, Global Research Talent
RAND Corporation
Juan Saldívar
Chief Digital, Strategy and Accountability Officer
Entravision Communication
Stephen Scott
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Starling Trust Sciences
Becky Snow
Global Vice President of People & Organization
Tom Steding
Voise, Inc.
Sean Sullivan
Chief Human Resources Officer
Society for Human Resource Management
Geoffrey West
Shannan Distinguished Professor and Past President, Science Steering Committee
Santa Fe Institute
Heather Wishart-Smith
Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation
  • Session 1: Where are we today: What have we learned a year into the COVID pandemic?
    • How have we navigated the challenges and barriers to recognizing our human workforce and enhancing meaning at work?
    • Where have we made the most progress in our goals for inclusive environments?
  • Session 2: Where do we need to be: Incorporating lessons-learned during COVID in a post-pandemic environment?
    • What should we preserve from the pandemic when it comes to building resilience, empathy, and purpose moving forward?
    • How can managers continue to use technology's advantages to intentionally advance both business and cultural goals, especially around DEI?
  • Session 3: How do we get there: Not a one size fits all solution
    • Adjusting to a hybrid model? What perspectives must managers have, and what can they do, to ensure each individual can work at their greatest potential?
    • What is the role of leadership in a post-pandemic world, and what are the qualities of successful leaders going forward?

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