Muriel Clauson Closs

Guest Speaker: Future of Work, Data Science

Muriel Clauson, PhD is the co-founder of Anthill. Anthill is a ML-enabled HR service center for the deskless workforce. Anthill is focused on helping workers in manufacturing and supply chain roles have the same support in their careers as their desked peers. Muriel has been an active researcher and advisor on the future of work and artificial intelligence. She has authored scientific publications, was a scientific advisor for several governments and organizations around the world, and is an advisory board member for Humans for AI.

Previously, Muriel advised former ambassadors, prime ministers, and presidents across four continents on their future of work policy through her work with the InterAction Council. She has appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Conscious Company, and Forbes and is a speaker with emerging technology think-tank Singularity University. She speaks on technological change and the future of work globally with organizations including the World Bank, China’s SAI Task Force for Innovation, the Milken Institute, United States Embassies, the Aspen Institute, the Young Presidents Organization, Palo Alto Networks, Silicon Valley Bank and more. Muriel earned her doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Georgia and conducted research at Emory University's Goizueta School of Business and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Speaking Topics

Leadership & Disruption

This session is about how the context of disruption primely positions us to thrive – if we are equipped as leaders. We will unpack the psychology of disruption and the leader, exploring the unique challenges leaders face in an exponential world and why leadership is more distributed than ever. We will identify the four archetypes of the disruptive leader and why knowing which style works best for you can help you lead effectively. Finally, we will discuss the critical competencies of leaders in times of disruption and how to cultivate these competencies. Participants will come away with practical steps for developing their own and their team's leadership abilities and a big vision for their ability to together shape what comes next for humanity.Major PointsMAIN IDEA: Disruption provides an opportunity to bring our best selves as leadersMajor Point 1: Leaders face unique challenges today that require that we think about leadership differently and develop the leader in everyoneMajor Point 2: There are four main leadership styles of disruptive leaders who thrive and it is important to identify which style works best for youMajor Point 3: There are four critical competencies of leaders in times of disruption – engagement, humility, vision, adaptability – and we can all cultivate them After attending this session, the learner will be able to: · Articulate several ways in which leadership in the context of disruption is unique. · Consider the effectiveness of the distribution of leadership in their teams. · Identify a focal archetype of the disruptive leader.  · Articulate the leadership competencies that are most important in times of disruption. · Propose a leadership development plan for their team.

AI and the Future of Work

This session is about how artificial intelligence is shaping the future of work. We will unpack how AI is already beginning to change work in positive ways that our organizations can adopt today. We will explore some of the future of work predictions, where they come from, and how we can proactively prepare. Finally, we will focus on the core of the future of work – the possibilities in store for humanity and the steps we can take now to realize these possibilities. Participants will walk away with practical steps for their organization to adopt now and a big vision for the world of work that we can create.Major PointsMAIN IDEA: AI is creating a need to change who we are in relation to work (and this is a good thing)Major Point 1: AI is already changing work (and how you can incorporate this into your organization today)Major Point 2: AI will drastically change work in the longer term (and how we can adapt now)Major Point 3: How we can shape the future of workAfter attending this session, the learner will be able to: · Articulate several ways in which exponential technologies are changing work. · Consider the implications of these changes – both opportunities and challenges. · Identify a potential application of artificial intelligence to improve the human work experience. · Articulate a vision for a positive future of work. · Propose a specific initiative to help realize this vision.