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Companies are facing critical business challenges in regard to their most important asset – their people. While workforce transformation is not a new concept for global organizations, the pandemic has forced us to rapidly adapt our standard ways of working and how we engage with employees to ensure the long-term viability of the business. We have a new understanding of what’s possible – from remote working to flexible employment models – and an opportunity to shape organizations for the future. There has never been a more critical time to innovate and revolutionize working practices.

In this virtual conversation series, together with leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the world, we analyze how global employers can embrace the large-scale trends changing the nature of work itself amid disruptive global events.

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Building a New Workforce Reality: A Keynote Conversation with Dr. Margaret Heffernan

How can employers prepare for ‘ineradicable uncertainty’? What are the issues businesses must navigate in order to prepare for future challenges while creating and retaining a resilient workforce? Join renowned best-selling author and Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme, Dr. Margaret Heffernan, as she explores the people and organizations who aren’t daunted by uncertainty.

FutureProof: Integrating Resilience into the Workforce Strategy

What experiences and reflections do businesses have about ways of building resilience into their workforce strategies? How can we create “futureproof” workforces, ready to handle the challenges of a turbulent economic landscape? Join us as we discuss best practices to redefine your workforce to thrive in the wake of the pandemic and achieve long-lasting workforce resilience.

Workforce Wellbeing, Psychological Health and Pandemic Times

How are employers managing the challenges to employee well-being that have been posed in the wake of the pandemic, including as a result of remote working, business change, and social unrest, and what lessons have they learned from that going forward? How do companies manage the relationship of trust with employees while going through change? Join us as we discuss how to improve psychological health, engagement and performance in the workplace.

The Future is Diverse: Harnessing the Power of Inclusion

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce is a business imperative for global employers. A diverse and inclusive workforce enables a wider talent pool, helping to plug skills gaps, drive innovation, enhance profitability and improve competitiveness. On the heels of the Black Lives Matter movement, companies face mounting pressure from greater transparency and actions to eliminate inequality. Likewise, investors are pressing companies to address society-wide inequities by pushing them to publicly disclosing the racial and ethnic makeup of their management (among other demands aimed at eliminating social injustice). This session will examine how companies can expand initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion within their organization.

Reconceptualizing the Importance of Place

Companies understand the benefits of bringing people together, and prior to COVID-19 many invested in new spaces in major cities to attract talent and encourage collaboration. Now that many workforces are operating remotely, how can employers instill company values and culture, maintain the employee experience, and effective and collaborative teams? How does the possibility of a permanent remote workforce affect the war for talent?


Michael Brewer is the Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's California offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Los Angeles and Chair of the Firm’s Global Employment & Compensation Practice. A trial lawyer who represents global and domestic clients, Michael has tried class action and single plaintiff employment cases before judges, juries and arbitrators. Super Lawyers has repeatedly recognized Michael for his superior defense of employment claims.


Anna Brown is a Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer in Baker McKenzie, New York office.


Kim Sartin is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation team in London. She advises senior legal and HR professionals on a wide range of employment and data protection matters. Kim is also a member of the Firm's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group where she works with a multidisciplinary team of lawyers in managing the employment and privacy aspects of compliance investigations. Kim is a regular speaker at internal and external conferences and seminars on a range of employment, data protection and compliance topics. She is a frequent contributor to legal journals and a contributor to the Tolley's Discrimination Handbook. Chambers UK 2021 described her as "very responsive and knowledgeable; her guidance is clear, effective and to the point." "She is very client-focused, intelligent and calm under pressure." "She is great - helpful, proactive and always tries to find a solution." Chambers UK 2022 "She is business-focused, practical and gives practical solutions." "She is a very good lawyer who is very strong technically."


Leticia Ribeiro has been recognized by the Latin Lawyer, Legal 500 and Client Choice Awards as a leading employment lawyer. Leticia joined the firm in 1998 and became partner in 2013. Frequently praised for her practical and business oriented advice, technical knowledge and creativity, over 20 years experience in advising clients on employment matters. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.