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Maintaining Competitiveness as Mega Forces Are Changing the Workforce of the Future
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Maintaining Competitiveness as Mega Forces Are Changing the Workforce of the Future


When: Thursday, March 28, 2019
From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: PwC - Lobby Atrium and Auditorium
300 Madison Avenue
at 42nd Street
New York, New York  10017
United States

Phone: 212-533-2141

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Maintaining Competitiveness as Mega Forces Are Changing the Workforce of the Future


If it seems like you're paddling as hard as you can to keep up with the changes in the workforce but still feel left behind, you’re not alone. The exponential growth of productivity, information sharing, mobility, and collaboration is reshaping the business world and our personal lives faster and more pervasively than any other time in history.

We first need to understand what is happening. What are the mega forces that are shaping the future? How will digital and artificial intelligence change the relationship between human and machines? What are the dimensions of human dynamics that will shape the worlds of work?

How do you stay competitive in this evolutionary, changing environment? Our panel of experts will enlighten us with the nature of change, how we as leaders need to focus on preparing our organizations, and ourselves for the future.

Bringing together the skills and technology is only the beginning. Learn about the real differentiators and what you, as an individual, need to do to get ready for a dynamically changing, workforce, how to take charge of your career, and the misconceptions about jobs being replaced.

Here are the 4 powerful things you’ll learn:

  • What are the mega forces that are shaping our future?
  • How will digital and artificial intelligence change the relationship between human and machines?
  • What do you, as an individual, need to do to get ready for a dynamically changing, workforce?
  • Learn how we as leaders need to focus on preparing our organizations.


Stephanie Coleman photoStefanie Coleman is the Director – Financial Services Advisory, People & Organization at PWC.
She is a financial services specialist with extensive, global, experience across a number of human resources areas. Her eleven years of consulting experience covers US, Australian, Middle Eastern and European markets, within which Stef has consulted across all aspects of the HR value chain and advised the world’s leading financial services companies on various elements of HR transformation.

Stef joined the US firm in October 2014, after having been a Senior Manager within the Australian firm’s People & Change practice. Prior to this, Stef spent five years consulting for Watson Wyatt Worldwide/Towers Watson in London, Dubai and Sydney in their Talent & Rewards practice. Stef has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney and is also certified in Towers Watson’s Global Grading System (GGS) for job grading and evaluation.


Michelle Lee photoMichelle Lee is a partner who works in the national Finance and Tax Digital Labor Platform practice (e.g., Intelligent Process Automation, including Robotic Process Automation (“RPA” or “Bots”), Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, etc.). She has 20+ years of experience working with global companies to evaluate, design and implement a multi-year automation and technology roadmaps as part of a transaction (e.g., acquisition, divestiture) as well as implement regional Finance centers of excellence/share service centers. She also has experience working with global companies that require remediation stemming from various technical and transaction related issues.
In the last several years, Michelle has been leading a team of people that specializes in various technology solutions, including establishing Global Automation Centers of Excellence, identifying and delivering Proof of Values, vendor selections as well as process redesign, data mapping/blueprinting/organization, data governance, and implementing a number of different technology enabled solutions.


Dr. Steven J. Rennie photoDr. Steven J. Rennie is the Director of Research at Fusemachines, an AI solutions and services provider to companies seeking to develop their data capabilities. He previously led IBM Watson's Multimodal group where he built state of the art systems in speech recognition and question answering. He is also the winner of various worldwide challenges such as the Image Captioning Challenge - MSCOCO and speech recognition challenge on switchboard corpus. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Dr. Rennie teaches graduate courses in Deep Learning in the Computer Science department at Columbia University. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in many international conferences such as ICML and NIPS and is also in the program and review committees of many international Machine Learning conferences.


Cheryl Whaley serves as a Managing Director for Paradox Strategies. She has been a leader of innovation and change for 25 years as a senior corporate executive, consultant and board member.

Ms. Whaley most recently worked at AIG where she served in several roles including Global Head of Direct Marketing, Chief Operating Officer of Science, and Global Head of Commercial Underwriting Analytics. As Global Head of Direct Marketing, Cheryl was accountable for over $2 Billion of premium and day-to-day management of AIG’s digital, direct, and partner relationships in over 20 countries.

Previously, Ms. Whaley served as Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Growth Ventures at Genworth Financial, a spin-off of General Electric, where she oversaw a $7 Billion portfolio and was responsible for structuring innovative capital markets solutions.

Before joining Genworth, Ms. Whaley spent a decade at General Electric in a variety of leadership positions. She served as the Public Finance Business Leader and Senior Managing Director at Financial Guaranty Insurance Corporation (FGIC), where she oversaw a portfolio exceeding $170 Billion. She also served as the Senior Vice President of Quality (Six Sigma) of GE Financial Assurance. Cheryl also served as the Director of Strategic Planning at CNBC; in this role, she was responsible for launching Cheryl’s previous work experience also includes positions held at CS First Boston, Northwest Airlines and Bain & Company.

Ms. Whaley’s Board service includes the Jewish Community Project, Girl-Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign, Campus Compact and New Georges, an Obie-winning women’s theatre company.

Ms. Whaley graduated as a Durant Scholar, Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


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Event Schedule
5:30 - 8:00 PM Program

$35 FWA Members  |  $50 Non-Members  |  Refreshments served

Mass Transit: 4/5/6/7 to Grand Central station.

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Special Thanks to PricewaterhouseCoopers for generously underwriting and partnering with the FWA on this event.

Special thanks to PwC’s Lauren Leipold, Megdha Sachdeva, Gabriella Almeida.


This event is organized by the FinTech Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc.


About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 1000 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.


Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- No Walk-Ins

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Tuesday, March 26, 2019.



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