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2020 Vision: Workforce Challenges and Opportunities - November 18, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

How well is your organization performing today in regard to building an effective talent base that creates high-performing results, and delivers the type of work environment and conditions desired by increasing numbers of workers?  How are you feeling about the future for the organization(s) you serve?  Excited, or Concerned?

This interactive program will provide valuable information and reflection about key workforce trends as well as the opportunity to interact with peers to assess related potential challenges and opportunities, and identify actions that will help to create needed change in organizations, now and/or in the near future.


The Rutgers Club

199 College Ave.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Doors open at 5:30 pm for networking.  Program to begin at 6:00 pm.  Dinner is included.

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The potential implications of the following workforce trends will be discussed:

  • Continuing issues regarding employee engagement. Over 50% of U.S. employees are somewhat or severely disengaged. The vast majority of individuals are seeking to obtain a stronger sense of purpose from their work.
  • Growing desire for flexible work options among increasing numbers of workers in various roles/functions, levels, age groups and genders, regarding where, when, how, and with whom they wish to work.
  • High growth rate of contingent workers among U.S. organizations (forecasted to comprise 40% of the U.S. workforce by the year 2020, and to reach 50% by 2025)
  • Offshoring and other virtual/remote-based workers working with or in place of workers based in organizational facilities.
  • Increasing preferences for freelancing, working as a ‘free agent’ serving multiple companies concurrently or consecutively in temporary assignments, project work, and other ‘non-traditional’ work options.
  • ‘Boomerang’ retirees who want to work part-time for a previous employer on an ongoing or intermittent basis.

Laurie J. Murphy

Laurie Murphy is the founder and president of PeopleAreKey, Inc., a consulting firm which has provided recruiting, executive coaching, and talent management and engagement services in a wide variety of industries for over 15 years. 

Prior to starting and managing a consulting firm, Laurie worked in corporate Human Resources positions for over 15 years, helping organizations to recruit, develop, engage, and retain talent; leverage diversity and inclusion; and create desirable cultures and high-performance results through effective leadership strategies. In her last internal corporate position, she served for nine years as Vice President of Human Resources for the U.S. subsidiary of a major global corporation.

Laurie has also been a ‘long-time’ volunteer for several non-profit organizations and has served in executive board and committee chair roles that have focused on enhancing individuals’ professional development, leadership capabilities and careers, as well as organizational effectiveness in attracting, developing, engaging, and retaining high-performing diverse talent.

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