Moderator Charlie Firestone of the Aspen Institute, joins Jonathan Spector, Tammy Johns and Dwayne Spradlin for a discussion on one of the most pressing issues facing America and the world today.
The World Technology Summit & Awards, presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, Science, and Kurzweil Technologies, among others, at the TIME Conference Center has been called a gathering of "the people creating the 21st Century" -- the most innovative people in the world in science and technology and related fields. The conference theme this year is "SURVIVE 2012, PREPARE FOR 2021." Speakers ranging from Ray "Singularity" Kurzweil to Dan "Back of the Napkin" Roam to James "The Information" Gleick to Susan "President of the ACLU" Herman to Art "Scenarios" Kleiner take on the toughest issues facing us today so we can figure out how to navigate to tomorrow. An assortment of on-stage "demos" by Finalists from this year's World Technology Awards ensures that the audience has its finger on the pulse of current technological innovation. Culminating in the World Technology Awards gala ceremony from the United Nations Delegate's Dining Room, the overall experience is a concentrated peek at the future.
Charlie Firestone joined the Aspen Institute's Communication & Society program as executive director in 1989. Since then, the program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions; and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest.
Recently, it released a report entitled, The Future of Work. Charlie also served as the Institute's executive vice president for policy programs and international activities for three years. Previously, he was director of the Communications Law Program at UCLA, and president of the Los Angeles Board of Telecommunications Commissioners. Charlie has argued two Supreme Court cases, and has written numerous articles on communications law and policy. In the fall of 2003 he was a visiting professor of public policy at Duke University.
In her role, Tammy leads ManpowerGroup in anticipating and navigating the trends in the changing world of work and creating innovative services and solutions that help our clients and candidates win. As ManpowerGroup's resident futurist, Tammy develops new ways of thinking about and approaching work models, people practices and talent sources that take advantage of the changing world of work. Her key areas of focus include developing strategic partnerships that accelerate the execution of the Company's business strategy, including leading research based knowledge collaborations with key thought leaders and experts on the most important issues impacting global talent markets. These initiatives focus on the impact that globalization, technology and demographics will have on emerging business models and the way we work in the future.
Tammy has collaborated on research and thought leadership activities with Harvard Business School, McKinsey Global Institute, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, the Future of Work Institute, Aspen Institute and Moxie insight. She also coauthored the Harvard Business Review Big Idea article, The Age of Hyperspecialization (July 2011).
Tammy's extensive experience includes Human Resource Management, Global Sales and Strategic Account Management and Country level Operational Management. Tammy holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey Business School and a Canadian Certified Human Resource Professional designation.
Jonathan Spector is president and chief executive officer of The Conference Board, the most widely cited private source of business intelligence. The Conference Board convenes thousands of executives annually in council, conference, and meeting programs, and publishes the Consumer Confidence Index, The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for 11 countries and regions around the world, and other reports on economic trends and best management practices.
Spector joined The Conference Board after serving as vice dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was responsible during his tenure for the significant growth and strategic repositioning of the school's executive education activities, and for strengthening Wharton's involvement in book publishing, globalization, and collaborations across the university.
Spector began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he spent 20 years and was elected a senior partner. He founded and managed the firm's Taipei office, and helped lead McKinsey's North American electronics practice to become the chief executive of two startup technology companies. Spector is the co-author of We Are Smarter Than Me (2007), which highlights the ways in which businesses can harness the power of collective intelligence. The book resulted from an experiment in which thousands of participants attempted to pool their knowledge and create a book manuscript.
Spector serves on the board of the March of Dimes, and is a trustee emeritus of Wesleyan University. He earned his BA in math/economics with honors from Wesleyan University, and his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Dwayne Spradlin has spent nearly 25 years driving business performance to its limits. He is intensely focused on two goals: finding new ways to unleash and focus human potential on solving particularly daunting problems, and defining the role of leadership in driving change in our businesses and culture.
Dwayne serves as President & CEO of InnoCentive, the global leader in Challenge Driven Innovation. Previous appointments included: President of Hoovers Online, President and COO of StarCite Inc., Senior Vice President at VerticalNet Inc., and Director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he spent ten years delivering technology and strategy solutions to Fortune 500 clients.
He is frequently interviewed and has been featured on CNBC, ABC, NPR, and BBC and quoted in the Economist, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and many other journals and periodicals. In April 2011, Dwayne and co-founder of InnoCentive Alph Bingham co-authored the groundbreaking book, The Open Innovation Marketplace, published by FT Press.
Dwayne holds a BA in Applied Mathematics as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Southlake, TX with his wife and three children.
Tammy Johns, senior VP at ManpowerGroup, describes the challenge of high unemployment in the United States with over three million unfilled jobs. Johns explains that necessary job skills are getting more and more specialized, causing a "talent mismatch" between workers and employers.