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PROGRAM - Rebecca Ray: The Future of Work & the Battle for Talent
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When: Wednesday Dec. 11 2019
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: The Conference Board
845 Third Avenue (bet. 51st & 52nd Streets)
New York, New York 
United States
Presenter: Rebecca Ray, Ph.D., The Conference Board
Contact: Alison Normand

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in partnership with The Conference Board


Attracting and retaining top talent was identified as the #1 internal challenge in C-Suite ChallengeTM 2019. Shortage of talent and skills are the top obstacles to being competitive in 2025. How will the nature of work change in the next decade? What skills will be needed? How does "work-life balance" fit in? And how will the HR role shift in response to changing needs? After briefly sharing the research highlights, attendees will have a chance to work in teams to begin planning the impact they will make in 2020 on these issues and, then share with the larger group.


  • Find out what Human Capital practitioners think are going to be the challenges to creating the organization of the future.
  • Leverage the wisdom of the audience for ways to address these common challenges.
  • Leave with an action plan for your organization. 



Rebecca L. Ray, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Human Capital
The Conference Board

Rebecca Ray is the Executive Vice President, Human Capital, at The Conference Board. She leads the US Human Capital Center and is responsible for the overall quality and continuing integration of our research and engagement for the betterment of our members. Human capital research at The Conference Board focuses on human capital analytics, labor markets, workforce readiness, strategic workforce talent management, diversity and inclusion, human resources, leadership development, succession management, and employee engagement. In addition to published research, related products and services at The Conference Board include peer learning networks, conferences, webcasts, and experiential and executive events.

Rebecca created Human Capital WatchTM, a monthly webcast series that explores current issues, research, and practitioner successes in the field of human capital. She oversees the Human Capital ExchangeTM, a website that offers research and insights from The Conference Board, human capital practitioners, and our knowledge partners. She created the Senior Fellows program in human capital with some of the profession's most acclaimed former practitioners who now bring their expertise to members of The Conference Board. Rebecca is also the executive director of The Engagement InstituteTMa research community of practice she created in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting and Mercer Sirota, along with concurrent groups of executives in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.



Amy Lui Abel, Ph.D.
Vice President, Human Capital
The Conference Board

Amy Lui Abel is Vice President of Human Capital Research at The Conference Board. She leads research efforts focusing on human capital analytics, leadership development, labor markets, strategic workforce planning, talent management, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and employee engagement. Amy frequently hosts Human Capital WatchTM and other webcasts that examine research and practitioner challenges in the field of human capital. She also manages the daily operations of the Human Capital ExchangeTM, a website that offers human capital research and insights from The Conference Board, practitioners and knowledge partners.

Amy currently serves on the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering Enterprise Learning Board of Directors. Amy has taught at New York University Stern School of Business in management and organization studies and served on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) New York Chapter. She was named "Outstanding Alumni of the Year" from New York University Business Education Program. Based on her doctoral research study about corporate universities and organizational learning, she was recognized for "Best Workplace Learning Dissertation" from the American Educational Research Association Workplace Learning Group.



Laura Sabattini, Ph.D.
Principal Researcher, Human Capital
The Conference Board

Laura Sabattini, Ph.D., is a Principal Researcher in the Human Capital Center, specializing in diversity and inclusion (D&I). Laura is an experienced consultant, researcher, and educator with expertise on issues of global diversity, equity, and inclusion; leadership and talent development; and work-life effectiveness. Previously, she was a Vice President of Research at Catalyst, Inc., where she led research analyzing key barriers to inclusion in the workplace, organizational culture, and best practices, with a focus on global perspectives and variations. She published several research reports and book chapters on her areas of expertise.

Laura's experience includes consulting with a variety of regional and global organizations to support leadership development and learning activities, strategic planning around D&I, as well as program evaluation and assessments. She is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where she teaches graduate courses on leadership and gender in the workplace.



Amanda Popiela
Researcher, Human Capital
The Conference Board

Amanda Popiela is a Researcher in Human Capital for The Conference Board. She conducts research in a variety of topic areas including talent management, employee engagement, and diversity & inclusion. Her recent reports include Mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace and Divergent Views/Common Ground: the Leadership Perspectives of C-Suite and Millennial Leaders. Before joining The Conference Board, Amanda was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing an MBA at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.