As part of our build-up to Flow 2018, we’re giving you a taste of the hot topics and in-depth discussions happening on the day.

Next up, is panel session The People Behind the Change, in which we’ll discover how to make workplace transformation a reality inside large organizations.

No organization in the world wants to stand still. Change is the cornerstone of progress. That’s why it’s on every business leader’s agenda. But what is it? What are we really talking about when we talk about ‘change’?

65% of CEOs rated ‘inclusive growth’ as a top-three strategic concern

For starters, we’re talking about people. Diversity is spurring fundamental changes: two-thirds of the 10,000 leaders surveyed as part of Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends report cited diversity and inclusion as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ to their business.

And 65% of CEOs rated ‘inclusive growth’ as a top-three strategic concern.

But we’re also talking about technology – how the digital workplace is changing alongside the physical.

That’s a huge concern for organizations with younger workforces, as 53% of Gen Yers say they’d be more likely to accept a job if their employer used the same technologies they do.

And we’re talking about transparency. 83% of people say they prefer to shop with a brand they trust, while 69% think brands need to do a better job earning it.

C-level leaders know a notable shift in business perception is an inside-out job

Now more than ever before, organizations are being held responsible for their impact on society, and C-level leaders know a notable shift in business perception is an inside-out job.

In The People Behind the Change, we’ve assembled a team of experts who have extensive experience in delivering tangible change inside large organizations.

We’ll discover operational strategies to make change a reality, whether it’s transforming diversity, technology, or business culture.

In The People Behind the Change we’ll discover operational strategies to make change a reality

Maxine Williams is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook. In this role, she and a team of Diversity and Inclusion specialists develop strategies to attract, retain and support the growth of underrepresented people at the company.

Maxine’s team works towards increasing the cognitive diversity – different ways of thinking based on people having different backgrounds, experiences and information.

Ronald Schellekens, Group HR Director at Vodafone, knows the importance of connecting a diverse network.

Having previously pioneered initiatives at Shell, PepsiCo, and AT&T, his extensive experience informs how technology attracts and retains next-generation talent while empowering people to make a positive global impact.

Grounded in research, Paradigm is a strategy firm that partners with leading technology companies to build stronger, more inclusive organizations.

CEO Joelle Emerson’s vision has helped entrepreneurs, executives, and D&I leaders to identify barriers and drive meaningful change.

Pradheepa Raman is Chief Talent and Innovation Officer at Stanley Black & Decker. Having previously led inclusion initiatives at Samsung and Avaya, her unique insights are renowned for inspiring action, encouraging progressive movements and creating more open workplaces.

Her diverse team promotes new information, fresh perspectives, increased creativity, and opportunity recognition.

At Flow, our panelists will be discussing practical strategies versus paying lip service

At Flow, our panelists will be discussing practical strategies versus paying lip service. Pradheepa says, “Company leadership should commit to making the right changes and be very genuine about it.”

The question we’ll be answering is, ‘What kind of strategies do I need to get it right?’

What is Flow?

Flow is Workplace’s global leadership summit, taking place on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at Hotel Nia, Menlo Park, CA.

Together with customers and best of breed partners such as Walmart, Vodafone, Box, and Okta, we’ll discuss the ways businesses can connect people to their organization’s purpose, unlock their true potential, and empower them to do their best work.

Read the original announcement to find out more. And try Workplace Premium free for 90 days.

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