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Shaping the Future of Work through Talent Development

Maria Ho
Associate Director, ATD Research Services
Association for Talent Development (ATD)

Monday, April 1, 2019 -- 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM

The relentless pace of advancements in technology is creating a future of work that looks very different. Research indicates the shelf life of skills is about five years. That means organizations face a reality of continually upskilling employees to stay competitive. The implications for talent development professionals are significant.

From automation to artificial intelligence, big data to genomics, many job roles are or will be gone while other roles never before imagined will be created. There's never been a more important and complex time for employee learning. The talent development function is uniquely positioned to prepare organizations to embrace the future of work and ensure employees are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to help organizations innovate and grow.

In this presentation, we will take a closer look at some of the changes impacting the future of work, the uncertainty that surrounds these changes, and how managers and talent development professionals should navigate change and uncertainty to create and shape learning cultures that allow organizations to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing environment.


Maria Ho is the associate director of ATD research services. She serves as ATD's senior research program strategist and designer and provides oversight and direction for all of ATD's internal and external, industry specific, and market research services. She is the lead author for ATD's annual State of the Industry report, the most cited benchmarking research report ATD produces. She also leads the effort on ATD's Talent Development Executive Confidence Index, a quarterly assessment of talent development executives' expectations for the health of the talent development function in organizations.

Prior to joining ATD, Maria was a public policy researcher, data analyst, and writer at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and a master's degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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