Inaugural Wharton Future of Work Conference to Feature Wharton Professors and Guest Speakers Carol Dweck, Malcolm Gladwell, and Satya Nadella

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Wharton Future of Work Conference brings together business and academic leaders to discuss collaborating remotely, inclusion, and other timely topics

PHILADELPHIA, March 30, 2022—The first-ever Wharton Future of Work Conference, organized by students and faculty at the Wharton School and across the University of Pennsylvania, will take place virtually on April 7, bringing together a slate of speakers that include Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella speaking with Wharton Professor Adam Grant; growth mindset pioneer Carol Dweck in conversation with Penn and Wharton Professor Angela Duckworth; and New York Times bestselling author and host of Revisionist History Malcolm Gladwell.

Registration is open to the public and tickets are available here: The Conference is organized by a team of graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, and the School of Arts and Sciences who work in partnership with Wharton People Analytics staff and faculty co-directors Adam Grant and Cade Massey.

The all-virtual Wharton Future of Work Conference is a one-day event that will include keynotes, one-on-one interviews, and curated networking sessions. Sessions focus on topics essential for all, including Leading and Collaborating Remotely, How We Show Up as Individuals, Leveling the Playing Field, and What the Past Tells Us About the Future. Facilitated networking conversations are scheduled throughout the day, enabling attendees to connect with one another while exploring personally relevant topics around the future of work, including the pros and cons of the 4-day work week, managing team culture, the remote/hybrid debate, Zoom fatigue, regret, and leadership and inclusion.

The conference brings the best and brightest minds together—anyone who wants to learn how we can all thrive at work—while providing unprecedented accessibility to new audiences via our virtual format.

Keynote speakers include:

  • John Amaechi OBE, Organizational psychologist, Founder of APS Intelligence
  • Carol Dweck, Psychologist & Stanford Professor, Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
  • Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author and Host of Revisionist History
  • Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft

Other featured speakers include:

  • Chike Aguh, 2020 Harvard Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Current Chief Innovation Officer at the US Department of Labor
  • Nick Bloom, Stanford Economics Professor
  • Allison Gabriel, McClelland Professor of Management and Organizations, University Distinguished Scholar at University of Arizona
  • Andrea Jones-Rooy, Visiting Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, NYU Center for Data Science
  • Charlotte Lockhart, Managing Director and Founder, The 4 Day Week
  • Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Professor, Author of Remote Work Revolution
  • Dan Pink, Seven-time #1 NYT Bestselling Author ofDrive, A Whole New Mind, When, and The Power of Regret

Featured moderators include:

  • Angela Duckworth, Penn and Wharton Professor; Author of Grit, Founder and CEO, Character Lab; cohost of the Freakonomics podcast No Stupid Questions
  • Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize Winner, NYT and New Yorker Reporter, NYT Bestselling Author of Smarter, Faster, Betterand The Power of Habit
  • Adam Grant, Wharton Professor; Author of Think Again, Originals, and Give and Take; Host of the TED podcast WorkLife
  • Alicia Menendez, Anchor and Correspondent at MSNBC
  • Cade Massey, Wharton Practice Professor of Operations, Information, & Decisions; Faculty Director, Wharton People Analytics
  • Anne Helen Petersen, Writer at Substack, Co-Author of Out of The Office
  • James Suzman, Anthropologist, Author of Affluence Without Abundanceand WORK

A complete list of speakers is available on our website.

The Conference will host a Case Competition in partnership with The University of Pennsylvania Human Resources Division to explore the impact of the Great Resignation and to better understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment patterns.

Regular Conference updates, in the run-up to and during the event, will be on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn at @WhartonPA, Wharton People Analytics, and #WhartonPA using hashtag #WhartonFOW. Additionally, videos, podcasts, and discussions can be followed year-round on the Wharton People Analytics website, YouTube channel and social media.

The Conference is sponsored by Google, Microsoft, and SEI.

About Wharton People Analytics

Wharton People Analytics (WPA) is an initiative of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia, PA, dedicated to advancing the practice of people analytics to help individuals and organizations thrive. The interdisciplinary group of Faculty Co-Directors includes Professors Matthew Bidwell, Angela Duckworth, Adam Grant, Cade Massey, and Abraham Wyner. They use their expertise in algorithmic decision-making, management, organizational behavior, and psychology to identify and answer critical questions about human and organizational behavior. The initiative’s work focuses on conducting research, translating research into practice, and educating the next generation of organizational leaders to advance evidence-based management.

About the Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With a faculty of more than 235 renowned professors, Wharton has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students. Each year 13,000 professionals from around the world advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education’s individual, company-customized, and online programs. More than 100,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. For more information, visit