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The Future of Work Conference

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On Thursday, April 8, Pace University invites you to The Future of Work, an online interdisciplinary conference focusing the ever-increasing changes in our global working landscape. The conference will feature a keynote from IBM's Nicholas Donofrio.

If rapid advances in technology and healthcare and massive changes in climate and community life were not already fundamentally altering societal homeostasis prior to 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly kicked these changes into high gear. Regardless of when the world returns “back to normal,” that normal—and the way in which we work and interact on a global and local scale—will undoubtedly continue to change as we grapple with complex challenges ranging from natural disasters wrought about by climate change, to understanding how artificial intelligence with continue to reshape the economy.

On April 8, Pace University is hosting The Future of Work, an interdisciplinary online conference featuring panel discussions and faculty research presentations, as well as a keynote address by Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus and former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology. The title of Donofrio’s keynote is Artificial Intelligence in a Changing World.

The primary goal of the conference is to bring together faculty to help Pace University address its future needs through their scholarship and academic programs. We also want to encourage greater interdisciplinary cooperation among faculty with overlapping interests. We would also like to see interdisciplinary research groups come together that could attract external funding to support both their scholarship and development of new and enhancements of existing academic programs, where needed.

The Future of Work
April 8 | 9:00 a.m.–.5:00 p.m.
Register for this conference


Schedule of Events

Opening Remarks
President Marvin Krislov and Provost Vanya Quinones
9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Artificial Intelligence in a Changing World 
Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus 
9:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Health, Science, and Technology Panel
Moderated by: Seidenberg Dean Jonathan Hill, DPS
Panelists: Lauren Birney, EdD (SOE), Tiffany Henley, PhD (Dyson), Anthony Joseph, PhD (Seidenberg), PV Viswanath, PhD (Lubin), Cindy Lee, PhD (CHP)
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Faculty Presentations 
(Six short presentations from Pace faculty)
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Future of Work Panel
Moderated by: Dyson Associate Dean Bette Kirschstein, PhD
Panelists: Noa Ben-Asher, JD (Haub Law), Fran Falk-Ross, MA (SOE), Millie Hepburn, PhD (CHP), Issac Veghefi, PhD, Andrea Sonenberg, PhD (CHP), Sonia Suchday, PhD, Ibraiz Tarique, PhD 
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Faculty Presentations
(Six short presentations from Pace faculty)
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Climate and Communities Panel
Moderated by: Dyson Senior Associate Dean Richard Schlesinger, PhD
Panelists: Ana Amaya, DrPH (CHP), Marie Charles, EdD (CHP), Julia Eisenberg, PhD (Lubin), Michael Finewood, PhD (Dyson), Craig Hart, PhD (Dyson), Fang Wei, PhD (Dyson)
3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

Wrap Up
Nira Herrmann, PhD, and Avrom Caplan, PhD
4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.


About Nicholas Donofrio: A 44-year IBM veteran who held the coveted position of Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology, Donofrio was also selected as an IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the U.K.-based Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the US-based National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the CT Academy of Science and Engineering, the New York Academy of Science, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and the Society of Women Engineers.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of APTIV, AMD, Sproxil, Quantexa, HYPR Biometrics, the New York Genome Center, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Peace Tech Lab.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University and the MITRE Corporation.   He served on the Boards of Liberty Mutual, the Bank of New York Mellon, O’Brien & Gere,  the New York Hall of Science, the CT Board of Regents for Higher Education, NACME, INROADS, Clarkson University and RPI.  He is an Executive in Residence at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies.