Forrester: Managing Workforce Change


Forrester Research is holding a press event tomorrow in Boston that will address Businesses At Risk: Managing The Changing Workforce, starting at 1:00 pm at the Westin Copley Place on Huntington Avenue.

Businesses are at risk at both ends of the workforce spectrum. The US could face labor and skills shortages of crisis proportions as 76 million baby boomers retire throughout the next two decades, leaving prospective and unfilled positions in all industries. The incoming workforce will not only expect technology to help make up for a lack of skills and experience, but also rely on it personally and professionally. According to Forrester, many business are in denial about and unprepared to manage the extremes of the changing workforce.

Panelists include:
· Connie Moore, Vice President, Research Director, Forrester Research

· Cynthia Heckmann, Deputy CIO, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

· Lisa Tondreau, Partner, Human Capital Management Americas Leader, IBM Business Consulting Services

· John F. Rockart, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Academic Vice President of the Society for Information Systems

Topics of discussion include:
· How the public sector and IT industry are dealing with the double whammy of a retiring workforce and a threatening skills shortage.

· How organizations can use this predicament as a catalyst for change, including implementing new methods and policies to better share and collect corporate information.

· How to train the incoming workforce using new technologies.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

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