Shannon Chamber enlists global technology futurist to expand on Future of Work

With technology already impacting how we work at so many levels, what does the future of work hold for us as individuals, for the environments in which we operate and work within and for how we make decisions?


That’s the question Shannon Chamber will pose to global technology futurist Sophie Hackford when she visits Shannon on Thursday, 2 May 2019 to address companies from throughout the region at a conference in Dromoland Castle Hotel.


The Conference, which is being organised by Shannon Chamber in association with Adare Human Resource Management and supported by Engine Lease Finance, Element Six, Shannon Chamber Skillnet and Shannon Commercial Properties, will demonstrate how companies need to prepare for a new world of work.


It has been organised to give owner/managers of businesses of all sizes, CEOs and COOs of larger organisations, educationalists, human resources practitioners, recruitment companies or anyone managing people in the workplace an appreciation of what the future of work may look like and alert them as to how they need to prepare for a rapidly changing environment driven by technology.


Guest speakers from a range of business sectors will join Ms Hackford in sharing their views on planning for a new, and in many ways, an unforeseen technologically impacted future. Speakers include Fergal Brophy, entrepreneurial specialist, UCD Innovation Academy and John Ryan, CEO, Great Place to Work in Ireland.


A panel comprising Gillian Power, HR manager, Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon; Jemma Carty, HR site lead, DELL Technologies, Limerick; Sarah McDonough, director, Atomic DNA and Deirdre Bennett, director of HR, Chanelle Group, will share their views on the changing and challenging world of human resources (HR) and its impact on recruitment, learning and development and, flexible working.


Launching the conference details, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes said: “The workplace of today is very different to what it was twenty years ago and, while the ‘Future of Work’ is a much-used term and leaves lots of room for debate, we thought it timely to ask, how different is the horizon we face and should business leaders prepare for this unfolding future of work?

“We are delighted to have secured Sophie Hackford as our keynote speaker. As a technology futurist, she is continually researching the latest technological and scientific breakthroughs from around the world and, as part of her research she advises executive teams and boards of large companies on understanding new technologies defining the new economy.


“In her keynote address, Ms Hackford will give specific focus to artificial intelligence, virtual reality and its impact on training, data analytics and future skills. It promises to be a very enlightening day and we are certainly looking forward to it as a Chamber that links with over 300 member companies. It will help us to frame our future strategies as a business representative organisation and as an employer.”


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