The Harvard Business School's
Global Networking Night (GNN) Presents:

“The Future of Work—and Managing the Impact of COVID-19”
Featuring: HBS Professors Joseph Fuller & William Kerr 

 Tuesday, October 20, 2020  @ 5:30 pm


Followed by a Sarasota Harvard Club
Discussion & Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 20, 2020  @ 7:00 pm



As the global pandemic continues to affect our professional and personal lives, HBS Alumni Programs is proud to offer learning opportunities that bring together powerful insights, expertise, and community support.


You are invited to join professors William Kerr and Joseph Fuller for a timely discussion of the future of work in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 era. Forces such as automation, demographics, and globalization were already changing how and where we work at a bewildering pace. Then COVID-19 happened, accelerating the speed of change and deepening the complexity of managing change.


In the months ahead, companies need to prepare for three areas where decisions and actions taken due to COVID-19 will play out in significant ways. These three areas include the rise of the gig economy, the growing polarization between middle skills and high skills workers, and the evolution in the contract between employees and employers. Understanding the impact of these disruptions and being able to manage them successfully will have critical implications for the future survival of companies as well as the prosperity of communities.


These are FREE events, but RSVP below is required.

to Register for both 
HBS GNN (starting at 5:30 PM)
& the Harvard Club of Sarasota's "After Event" (starting @ 7:00 PM)

After registration, you will receive separate links to attend each of the two events.



Joseph Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management and co-leads the school’s initiative, Managing the Future of Work. He currently teaches the Becoming a General Manager course in the second year of the MBA program and formerly headed The Entrepreneurial Manager course in the program’s first year. A 1981 graduate of the school, Joe was a founder and first employee of the global consulting firm, Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of its commercial consulting operations until 2006 and remained a Senior Advisor to the firm until its acquisition by Deloitte in 2012. During his three decades in consulting, Fuller worked with senior executives and policymakers on a wide variety of issues related to corporate strategy and national competitiveness. He has particularly deep experience in industries with a heavy reliance on technology, such as life sciences, ICT, and the defense and aerospace industries. He is currently researching the evolution of the role of the CEOs and the C-suite in public companies.



Joe is the co-head of the school’s multi-year initiative on the future of work. He began working on that issue as a contributor to the school’s project on U.S. competitiveness. His research has probed the "skills gap" and investigates the paradox that many employers have chronic difficulty filling jobs while millions of Americans remain unemployed, underemployed, or have left the workforce. He was the principal author of Dismissed by Degrees: How degree inflation is undermining U.S. competitiveness and hurting America’s middle class, a study that investigated degree inflation, the phenomenon of employers raising the academic credentials required of job applicants for positions that have not historically required a degree. The paper is the first to quantify the extent of degree inflation and the high costs incurred by employers who adopt such policies. He was also the principal author of Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America's Middle Skills, a widely cited white paper on that investigates the labor market for jobs requiring more than a high school degree and less than a four-year college education. He also co-authored Managing the Talent Pipeline: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. His current research focuses on the future of work more broadly, including mechanisms employers can use to address the skills gap and the implications of changing demographics and the growth of the gig economy for companies. In May 2018, he was named to Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts’ Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning.


Joe has spoken at numerous management conferences and has written extensively. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, CEO, and The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance magazines, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, The Hill, Axios, The International Herald Tribune, China Daily, India’s Business Standard, and Brazil’s EXAME. He has appeared on CNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition and On Point, and NBC’s Nightly News with Lester Holt.  His white papers, Just Say No To Wall Street and What’s a Director to Do?, written in collaboration with Professor Michael Jensen are used in the curriculums of dozens of MBA programs worldwide.


Mr. Fuller is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard College Fund, as well as a former member of Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors. He is a director of PVH Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Western Governors University. Joe is a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a Distinguished Fellow at the Strada Institute for the Future of Work. 



William Kerr is the D’Arbeloff Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Bill is the co-director of Harvard’s Managing the Future of Work initiative and the faculty chair of the Launching New Ventures program for executive education. Bill is a recipient of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship and Harvard's Distinction in Teaching award.


Bill’s recent book is The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society (2018). It explores the global race for talent and how countries and businesses compete for high-skilled migrants. The book reveals how immigration has transformed U.S. innovation, reshaped the economy through the rise of talent clusters and superstar firms, and influenced society at large in positive and adverse ways. The book argues that America, and the world, can get more out of global talent flows with sensible reforms.


The Managing the Future of Work project considers the unprecedented set of challenges and opportunities presented to businesses, including rapid technological revolutions, shifting global product and labor markets, aging workforces, and growing skills gaps. These forces change the ways that businesses compete with each other and engage workers. This multi-faculty project identifies how companies, schools, workers, and the public sector can come together to manage the challenging transitions ahead as the nature of work is radically transformed. The initiative produces leading research on these themes and disseminates to broader audiences through platforms like the MFW podcast series.


Bill’s broader research centers on how companies and economies explore new opportunities and generate growth. He considers the leadership and resources necessary to identify, launch, and sustain dynamic and enduring organizations. He works with companies worldwide on the development of new ventures and transformations for profitable growth. He also advises governments about investments in the innovative capacities of their nations.

Don't miss this exciting evening!



Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020


Event Times:

5:30 PM ET - HBS GNN Event on “The Future of Work—and Managing the Impact of COVID-19”

7:00 PM EDT - Harvard Club of Sarasota "After Event"


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