Welcome to Future Ready

Technology is rapidly reshaping health care and work. By 2022, more than half of all employees will require significant re- and upskilling. How do Kaiser Permanente managers, union leaders and workers stay ahead? Tune into Future Ready, the Workforce of the Future Thought Leader Series, for provocative insights on what’s next in work and learning. Prepare for tomorrow’s jobs – watch the live webcasts, hosted by Labor Management Partnership’s National Workforce Planning and Development.





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Michelle Weise Ph.D.

Michelle Weise in Oakland

Michelle Weise, chief innovation officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work, will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. PT November 19. She will detail how to implement continuous learning through non-traditional partnerships between education providers and (health care) organizations. Weise is an expert on how catalytic innovations can connect traditional education delivery with dynamic learning in a work day. Her commentaries and research have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and PBS NewsHour.

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Ben Pring in Portland

Benjamin Pring, director of the Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant, will speak from 9:10 to 9:50 a.m. PT December 6. Pring will discuss the newest trends in workforce skills. He is the author of What To Do When Machines Do Everything and sits on the advisory board of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.

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Michelle Weise, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Workforce Strategies; Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Michelle R. Weise is Strada Education Network’s Senior Vice President of Workforce Strategies and serves as Chief Innovation Officer for the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, which is dedicated to advancing understanding of the future of learning and work to build the learning ecosystem of the future.

Weise’s research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect learners more directly to meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives. She is a senior adviser to Entangled Solutions and serves on the Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the Commission on the Future of Higher Education for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the education advisory board for Village Capital.

Before joining Strada, she designed and led the Sandbox ColLABorative, the innovation lab of Southern New Hampshire University. Earlier in her career, Weise was the senior research fellow in higher education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, vice president of academic affairs at Fidelis Education, and taught at Skidmore College and Stanford University.

Her book, Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution, co-authored with Christensen, describes the disruptive potential of online competency-based education aligned to workforce needs. Weise’s commentaries and research have been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, Inside HigherEd, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and PBS Newshour.

She is a former Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Harvard University and Stanford University.

Benjamin Pring

Vice President & Managing Director, Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work

Ben Pring co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. Ben is a co-author of the best-selling and award winning books, What To Do When Machines Do Everything (2017) and Code Halos; How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business (2014).

Ben sits on the advisory board of the Labor and Work Life program at Harvard Law School. In 2018 Ben was a Bilderberg Meeting participant.

Ben joined Cognizant in 2011, from Gartner, where he spent 15 years researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing and Global Sourcing. Prior to Gartner Ben worked for a number of consulting companies including Coopers and Lybrand.

At Gartner Ben was the lead analyst on all things “Cloud”; he wrote the industry’s first research notes on Cloud Computing (in 1997!), and Salesforce.com (in 2001), and became well known for providing provocative but accurate predictions about the future of IT. In 2007, Ben won Gartner’s prestigious Thought Leader Award.

Ben’s expertise in helping clients see around corners, think the unthinkable, and calculate the compound annual growth rate of unintended consequences has made him an internationally recognized expert on leading edge technology and its intersection with business and society. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the London Times, the Drucker Forum Report, Business Insider, Forbes, Fortune, The Sun, the MIT Review, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Parade, the Times of India, Quartz, Inc., Axios, the Australian, and the Economic Times. Based near Boston since 2000, Ben graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University in the UK where he grew up.


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