Speakers

Guy Berger (LinkedIn)
Guy Berger is a Yale-educated Ph.D. economist with experience of over 8 years in the private sector.

His main professional interest is understanding the real-world economy. At LinkedIn, he is engaged in the mission of turning their data into a useful and indispensable tool for measuring the health of labor markets.

 

Hayden Brown (Upwork)
Hayden leads Upwork’s product and design teams and oversees the company’s products across desktop, web and mobile. She is passionate about the enduring positive impact of Upwork’s marketplace for matching talent with jobs across traditional economic and geographic boundaries. Prior to joining Upwork, she was the head of corporate development at LivePerson and previously held several strategy and M&A roles at Microsoft. She started her career in the strategy group at McKinsey & Company.

Hayden holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.

Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT)
erik-brynjolfssonErik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He is also the Schussel Family Professor of Management at MIT Sloan, Chairman of MIT Sloan Management Review, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and co-directs the Analytic Lab. He has also taught at Harvard and Stanford. Professor Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research also quantified the value of online product variety and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods. Brynjolfsson’s research has appeared in leading economics, management, and science journals. He has been recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents. Along with Andrew McAfee, he wrote the best-selling book The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, as well as Race Against the Machine. Professor Brynjolfsson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences and a PhD from MIT in Managerial Economics.

ACe Callwood (Painless 1099)
ACe Callwood is the CEO of Painless1099, which helps independent contractors save for tax season by opening an online bank account for deposits of 1099 income, automatically withholding taxes based on user information, and then depositing what is safe to spend directly to a user’s personal checking account.

He also co-founded Coffitivity.com, an ambient sound platform that helps people work more creatively and was one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Sites of 2013. Previously, ACe was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business.

Peter Coles (Airbnb)
peter-colesPeter Coles is the Head Policy Economist at Airbnb. Previously he was Head Economist and Director of Global Strategy at eBay, and before that Peter was a professor at Harvard Business School in the Negotiation, Organizations and Markets group.

Peter’s research interests are in the field of Market Design, with an emphasis on electronic marketplaces. He has written several papers related to reducing frictions in labor markets, and he helped design the Signaling Mechanism currently in use by the American Economic Association. Peter has also written numerous Harvard case studies on marketplaces and marketplace strategy. These include cases on prediction markets at Google, platform strategy at Microsoft’s adCenter, monetization at Zillow, pricing at TheLadders, and others.

Peter received his A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University and his PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Barbara Dyer (Hitachi Foundation)
barbara-dyerBarbara Dyer is president & CEO of The Hitachi Foundation and a Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Ms. Dyer has focused the Foundation on the role of business in society at the intersection of people and profits. With a mission to discover, demonstrate and expand business practices that both measurably improve economic opportunities for low-wealth individuals in the U.S. and enhance long-term business value, two signature programs, Good Companies @ Work and Entrepreneurship @ Work focus on business practices in early-stage and mature enterprises.

Under Ms. Dyer’s leadership the Foundation has been influential in the fields shaping business and has been instrumental in launching major award-winning national initiatives – including SOURCE: Solutions from Our Country’s Entrepreneurs ; Jobs to Careers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the United States Department of Labor; and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Ms. Dyer served as the National Fund’s inaugural Chair from 2008 through September 2010, presiding over its growth from an idea to one of the nation’s leading innovations in workforce development and philanthropic collaboration.

At MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Ms. Dyer is anchored in the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) and affiliated with Sloan’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, Sustainability Initiative, and the Healthcare group.

Ms. Dyer had an extensive career in public policy having served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior in the Carter Administration and posts at the National Academy of Public, the National Governors Association the Western Regional Office of the Council of State Governments. In her early career she was executive director of Girls Inc. of Alameda County and a high school teacher. Ms. Dyer is a graduate of Clark University where she is currently a Trustee.

Lee Dyer (Cornell)
Lee Dyer is professor of Human Resource Management and Chair of the Department of Human Resource Studies at the ILR School, Cornell University. He holds BBA, MBA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests focus on the specifics of and the interplay among organizational agility, the future of work, and human resource strategy. Over the years, he has addressed these and related topics in several dozen journal articles, a smattering of book chapters, and over a dozen books and monographs, as well as in numerous speaking engagements and consulting assignments worldwide. He served as founding director of Cornell’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) for seven years and currently sits on the Center’s Advisory Board. Professor Dyer was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 1994 and received the Academy of Management’s Herbert G. Heneman Jr. Career Achievement Award in 2003 and the Society of Human Resource Management’s Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award in 2004.

Andrey Fradkin (MIT)
andrey-fradkinAndrey Fradkin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT Sloan and a data scientist at Airbnb.

His research interests include the design of online platforms, the economic effects of digitization, and the economics of labor markets. One stream of current work studies how online marketplaces interact with traditional firms and government regulations. Another stream of work uses field experiments and computational models to study the design of digital reputation systems and matching algorithms. In prior work, he has studied the effects of unemployment insurance on online job search, the behavioral economics of 401(k) contributions, and the role of parental income in young adults’ career decisions.

Andrey received his doctorate in economics from Stanford University in 2014 and a B.S. in economics and mathematics from Duke University in 2008.

Andrei Hagiu (HBS)
andrei-hagiuAndrei Hagiu is an Associate Professor in the Strategy group at Harvard Business School. Andrei’s research focuses on multi-sided platforms, which enable interactions between two or more distinct groups of customers, who value each other’s participation (e.g. Airbnb, Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, PlayStation, Uber, etc.) He studies the business strategies used by multi-sided platforms across a wide range of industries: videogames, e-commerce, re-commerce, smartphones, shopping malls, intellectual property, payment systems, online TV services, financial software, etc. Andrei is using the insights derived from this research to advise companies in some of these industries.

Jonathan Hall (Uber)

jonathan-hallDr. Jonathan V. Hall is the Head of Economic Research for Public Policy and Litigation at Uber Technologies. Prior to joining Uber Technologies in 2014, Dr. Hall held similar research positions at Google, Analysis Group, and Pandora Media. Dr. Hall received an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College in 2007, an A.M. in Economics from Harvard University in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2010.

Sara Horowitz (Freelancers Union)

sara-horowitzSara Horowitz is the founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union, and an innovator for tomorrow’s workforce. Sara has been widely recognized for her entrepreneurial efforts to build a new support system for independent workers, including creating and running a social-purpose insurance company to serve Freelancers Union members. Sara was recognized as one of Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs in 2011, Top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by Businessweek in 2011, “25 People to Watch” by Crain’s New York in 2010, 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the 2002 World Economic Forum, Esquire Magazine’s 50 Best and Brightest in 2002, and she received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 1999. Before founding Freelancers Union, Sara was a private practice labor attorney and union organizer with 1199, the National Health and Human Service Employees Union. She has a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a law degree cum laude from the SUNY Buffalo Law School, and a B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Tom Kochan (MIT)

tom-kochanThomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems, and the CoDirector of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His recent work calls attention to the challenges facing working families in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor-management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. His most recent book is Shaping the Future of Work (Business Experts Press, 2016).

Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin.

Jon Lieber (Thumbtack)

Jon Lieber is chief economist for Thumbtack, a San Francisco-based startup that connects individuals with small business service providers. He studies trends in the labor market, entrepreneurship, and the small business economy. In addition to his other duties, Jon produces a monthly Economic Sentiment Index based on survey responses from nearly 20,000 small service businesses and oversees Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Prior to joining Thumbtack, Jon was Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from June of 2010 to February of 2014. His previous experience in government includes serving as Budget Analyst and Chief Economist to the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Associate Director of the National Economic Council at the White House, and as an Economist at the House Committee on Ways and Means. Jon serves as a board member for the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a research organization dedicated to improving the environment for start-ups and entrepreneurs. A native Californian, Jon began his career studying monetary policy at the American Enterprise Institute after earning a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Tufts University.

Wilma Liebman (former NLRB)

wilma-liebmanWilma B. Liebman was designated Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by President Obama on January 20, 2009. She has served on the Board since November 14, 1997. She was first appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to a five-year term that expired on December 16, 2002. She was reappointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to a second term that expired on August 27, 2006 and to a third term that expired on August 27, 2011.

Prior to joining the NLRB, Ms. Liebman served for two years as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). She acted as the chief operations officer of this federal agency, overseeing arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, international affairs and labor-management cooperation grants programs. In addition, Ms. Liebman advised the FMCS Director on issues involving major labor disputes and participated in significant negotiations as needed.

From 1994-1996, Ms. Liebman served as Special Assistant to the Director of FMCS. In this role, she was a key member of the Mediator Task Force on the Future of FMCS, an 18-member employee group charged with articulating a vision and recommendations to lead the Agency into the 21st century.

Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, Ms. Liebman was Labor Counsel for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen from 1990 through 1993. She served as Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for nine years and as staff attorney with the NLRB from 1974 to 1980.

Ms. Liebman is a past elected member of the Executive Board of the Industrial Relations Research Association and of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Ms. Liebman holds a B.A. from Barnard College in New York City and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law Center.

Susan Lund (McKinsey)

susan-lundSusan Lund is a partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute. She conducts economic research on global financial markets, labor markets, and country productivity and growth. Her latest report focuses on how digital technologies are transforming globalization, Digital globalization: A new era of global flows. Other recent research examines the continuing accumulation of global debt and potential risks; how digital talent platforms are transforming labor markets; and growth prospects for African economies given the collapse of commodity prices. Susan has an active travel schedule discussing research findings with McKinsey clients and other business executives, and she is a frequent speaker at global conferences. She has authored numerous articles in leading business publications, including Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs. Susan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Association of Business Economists, and the Conference of Business Economists. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Andrew McAfee (MIT)
andrew-mcafeeAndrew McAfee is the Co-Director of the IDE and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research investigates how information technology changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. At a higher level, his work also focuses on how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. In addition to having numerous papers published, Professor McAfee also writes a widely read blog, which is at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies and other materials for students and teachers of technology. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, McAfee was a professor at Harvard Business School. He has also served as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. McAfee received his doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT. He speaks frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

Larry Mishel (Economic Policy Institute)
lawrence-mishelLawrence Mishel, a nationally recognized economist, is president of the Economic Policy Institute, a role he assumed in 2002. Mishel first joined EPI in 1987 as research director. In the more than two decades he has been with EPI, Mishel has helped build it into the nation’s premier research organization focused on U.S. living standards and labor markets.

Mishel has co-authored all 12 editions of The State of Working America, a book that former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich says “remains unrivaled as the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today’s economy.” The State of Working America has been an invaluable resource in newsrooms, classrooms, and halls of power since 1988.

Mishel’s primary research interests include labor markets and education. He has written extensively on wage and job quality trends in the United States. He co-edited a research volume on emerging labor market institutions for the National Bureau of Economic Research. His 1988 research on manufacturing data led the U.S. Commerce Department to revise the way it measures U.S. manufacturing output. This new measure helped accurately document the long decline in U.S. manufacturing, a trend that is now widely understood.

Mishel leads EPI’s education research program. He has written extensively on charter schools, teacher pay, and high school graduation rates. His research with Joydeep Roy has shown that high school graduation rates are significantly higher than the rates that are often cited by education analysts. This work has enabled policymakers to more accurately assess the state of U.S. public education.

Mishel has testified before Congress on the importance of promoting policies that reduce inequality, generate jobs, improve the lives of American workers and their families, and strengthen the middle class. He also serves frequently as a commentator in print, broadcast, and online media.

Prior to joining EPI, Mishel held a number of research roles, including a fellowship at the U.S. Department of Labor. He also served as a faculty member at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Mishel also served as an economist for several unions, including the Auto Workers, Steelworkers, AFSCME, and the Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO. Mishel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Originally from Philadelphia, he has four children and one grandson and lives with his wife and two dogs in Washington, D.C.

Jonas Prising (ManpowerGroup)

jonas-prisingJonas Prising was named ManpowerGroup Chairman in December of 2015 and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May of 2014. He leads all aspects of ManpowerGroup’s business in 80 countries and territories worldwide. Prior to being elected CEO, Prising served as ManpowerGroup President from 2012 to 2014, leading the company’s $12 billion operations in the Americas and Southern Europe, and overseeing the global Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions businesses. Prising joined ManpowerGroup in 1999 and has also served as managing director of Manpower Italy; director of Manpower Global Accounts — Europe, Middle East and Africa; President of North America; and President of the Americas.

A recognized expert on the labor market and world of work trends, Prising regularly speaks at conferences and summits around the world. He actively engages in the World Economic Forum annual and regional meetings and frequently provides commentary on jobs and employment trends for national and global media.

Before joining the company, Prising worked for Electrolux, a Swedish multinational. During his 10-year tenure with Electrolux, he held various international positions within the consumer goods and business-to-business divisions, including regional manager for Asia Pacific, managing director of Sales Companies in France and the United Kingdom, and finally head of Global Sales and Marketing for one of its business-to-business divisions.

Prising is passionate about preparing the workforce of tomorrow. He is a former chairman of the board of directors of Junior Achievement (JA) USA, and currently serves on the board of both the USA organization and JA Worldwide. In addition, he serves as a co-chair of Innovation in Milwaukee, an organization focused on supporting entrepreneurial leadership. In August 2015, Prising was elected to the board of Kohl’s Corporation.

Prising holds an MBA (equivalent) from the Stockholm School of Economics and has participated in executive programs at Harvard, INSEAD, Stanford and Yale. He speaks five languages: English, French, German, Swedish and Italian and has lived in nine countries across Asia, Europe and North America. Prising and his family reside in the Milwaukee area.

Dan Restuccia (BurningGlass)

dan-restucciaDan Restuccia is Burning Glass’ Chief Analytics Officer, leading Burning Glass’s knowledge architecture and research divisions.

Prior to becoming Chief Analytics Officer, Dan served as Burning Glass’ Director of Applied Research. Dan joined Burning Glass following a decade in education reform, driving innovations that improve college and career success for young people.

While at Jobs for the Future, a national education reform and advocacy organization, Dan developed partnerships between high schools and colleges to improve college matriculations and graduation rates for low-income and at risk students. He has also served as a middle and high school math teacher. Dan holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Urban Studies from Brown University.

David Rolf (SEIU 775)

david-rolfDavid Rolf is known internationally as an innovative labor leader and thinker on the future of work and labor. Rolf was a leading architect of the historic fights to win a $15 living wage in SeaTac and Seattle, WA. He serves as an International Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and as President of SEIU 775, which represents more than 44,000 long-term care workers in the Pacific Northwest.

Rolf’s has been called “the most successful union organizer of the last 15 years” by The American Prospect, which said that “No American unionist has organized as many workers, or won them raises as substantial, as Rolf.”

Rolf writes and speaks frequently about alternative futures for U.S. worker movements, and is the author of the forthcoming book Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America (New Press, 2016). He has been published in The American Prospect, The Nation, Aspen Journal of Ideas, Social Policy, and Spotlight on Poverty.

Rolf is building a new labor movement, founding organizations like the Fair Work Center, Working Washington, and The Workers Lab. The Fair Work Center is a Seattle-based hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, and also assists in enforcing labor law. Working Washington is a statewide organization fighting for economic justice and workers’ rights in Washington State. The California-based Workers Lab invests in projects that will create the next generation’s labor movement, building economic power for working people at a large scale while developing self-sufficient organizational revenue models.

Rolf is also the founder and board chair of the SEIU 775 Benefits Group, which provides training, health care and retirement benefits to Washington State’s home care workers. The Benefits Group is the largest long-term care workforce development organization in the country and the only organization providing Advanced Registered Apprenticeship training for home care workers. In addition to building career pathways for caregivers, the Benefits Group provides affordable, comprehensive health benefits and the nation’s first pension fund for home care workers.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Rolf graduated from Bard College and joined SEIU as an organizer in 1991. He lives with his wife in Seattle.

Senator Mark Warner
Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Intelligence committees. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country’s debt and deficit.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.

Senator Warner, his wife Lisa Collis, and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Virginia.