2020 Online Directors’ Conference – March 25th – 27th

2020 Online Directors’ Conference – March 25th – 27th

2020 Online Directors’ Conference – March 25th – 27th

Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, UNICON sponsored the 2020 Online Directors’ Conference, hosted by the University of Virginia, Darden School. Shaun Rozyn lead the Darden team which faced the daunting task of transforming a face-to-face conference into an online one within a very short time frame.

The sessions centered on the original conference topic: “Exploring the future world of work and lifelong learning.” Taking content intended for the original conference and adding a segment to address the virus challenges, three two-hour online components were presented:  9am to 11am (EDT -US) March 25th -26th -27th. The online conference was available at no-charge to all UNICON member schools. View the entire schedule for detailed information.

March 25

The first session reviewed results of the two COVID-19 surveys sent to UNICON primary representatives this month.  McKinsey Global Institute presented on the Future of Work and lifelong learning. David Blake of LearnIn explained why he thinks upskilling will be widely adopted by companies and why that may pose challenges for existing executive education models.

March 26

The second session featured a joint presentation by AACSB and SHRM on alignment between supply and demand for leadership development programming.

Research Questions:

  • Does LD mean different things for business schools and employers?
  • What are the types of qualities and desired outcomes of leaders?
  • How are business schools developing leaders? Is it in line with what employers need?
  • Joint Presentation slide deck
  • Thursday Session group feedback

March 27

The Friday session focused on leading an HR function during significant disruption.

  • The Future of Executive Learning in an AI-Powered World, The machine/ human interface: Deploying executive coaching at scale and incorporating Artificial Intelligence to design personalized development journeys – Dr. Matt Barney, CEO LeaderAMP
  • NASA’s Future of Work: Framework and Talent Priorities, Jane Datta, Chief Human Capital Officer and Elizabeth Kolmstetter, PhD, Director of Talent Strategy and Engagement, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer


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