Future of Work Symposium

Register here for the Future of Work Symposium! Join us in-person or online. Click here to watch our live broadcast!

COVID-19 permanently altered the workforce as we know it. The disruption brought immediate change to how workers achieved their goals, communicated with others, and thought of their “office.” Decision makers at companies were forced to change company policies, accommodate a new flexible work environment, and consider the whole person when it came to recruiting, retaining, and achieving.

The Future of Work Symposium is co-sponsored by Employer Engagement and Career Design, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Honors Program, and Co-operative Education. At this hybrid event you will hear from a panel of experts about how changes are playing out in their respective industries, and how this disruption will lead to permanent changes in the landscape of work, recruiting, and retention. Students from an Honors Studio on the Future of Work will present their findings on their final research topics, sharing what workers and employers may need to consider as they reshape their workplaces.

Attendees are invited to attend in-person at Northeastern University, Egan Research Center, Raytheon Amphitheater (175 person capacity) or through our streaming option. To secure a ticket, click here.

We look forward to your joining us at this event!


11:30-11:45 – Arrival, Networking, Lunch

11:45-12:45 – Future of Work Panel

12:45-2:00 – Student Symposium


Students will present research projects on the following topics:

· The Four Day Week and Hybrid Work Model

· The Future of a Healthy Work/Life Balance

· How to be an Empathetic Leader in an Ever-Changing World

· Overcoming Burnout in a Remote Work Setting

· The Future of Employee-Employer Dynamics in the Great Resignation

· The Future of Childcare and its Role in the Future of Work

· Evolving Equality in the Workplace through Flexible Technology


Moderator Dr. Barbara Larson
Executive Professor of Management, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University

Barbara Larson is Executive Professor of Management and Partnerships Director at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, where she has been on faculty since 2012. Dr. Larson teaches courses in managing change and disruption, innovation management, high-performing teams and organizational behavior. She conducts research on virtual work and remote work, and training of digital workers. Her work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Management Science, and Management Teaching Review, among other outlets.

Before her academic career, Larson spent 15 years in various international finance and operations roles in industry, most recently as Director of International Finance at R.R. Donnelley. She earned her doctorate (D.B.A.) from Harvard Business School, M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Ricardhy Grandoit, SSH’09, MS’15
Senior Manager, Baseball Operations-Player Programs, Major League Baseball

Ricardhy Grandoit’s professional background is deeply rooted in implementing programming specific to cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, and team development. He is well-versed in curriculum design, program development, and facilitation.

At Major League Baseball (MLB) he is instrumental in creating educational programs that support league-wide policies and social responsibility objectives for the Office of the Commissioner and the 30 teams. Ricardhy also serves as the co-chair to the Black Professionals Business Resource Group at MLB and is a member of the Board of Directors for Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Ricardhy earned a BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in both Project Management and Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. He holds certifications as a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).

Lori Cunningham
Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Beth Israel Lahey Health

Lori Cunningham leads the design and implementation of leading recruitment strategies and plans for talent at all levels across the BILH organization. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources talent acquisition and operations having served in roles of progressive responsibility at Boston Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led the staffing branch of BIDMC’s Incident Command—effectively building a team within 48 hours and setting up a redeployment center for both the first and second surge.

Lori is obsessed with delivering amazing high-quality candidate and end user experience coupled with a track record of fostering a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, belonging and anti-racism including serving as a DEI Task Force Member at BIDMC.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in Education and Communications from Bridgewater State University and completed the Program on Negotiations for Senior Executives from Harvard Law School.

Jillyan French-Vitet
Director, Talent Attraction Strategy/Consulting – Product, Technology & Engineering (PTE), Indeed

Jillyan French-Vitet partners with Talent Acquisition leadership to ensure the delivery and execution of Indeed’s talent attraction strategy.

Before joining Indeed, Jillyan was a Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Programs for Deloitte US. Her background in talent acquisition spans over 20 years, working both in the US and in Europe. Jillyan has worked both in-house and as an external consultant, via Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), advising organizations on recruiting trends, best practices and operationalizing strategy.

Jillyan holds an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) and a BA from Skidmore College.

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