Virtual Conference Information: 
Future-Ready Skills: An Inside Look
  • 30 and 60 minute sessions
  • Join any and all sessions that interest you 
  • Each session will include a live Q & A
Thursday, July 9, 2020
10:00 AM – 4:00PM CST


Live-streamed Event
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Always keep learning. In these uncertain times, adapting, upskilling and reskilling are more important than ever. As an institution of higher education, we’re hosting a complimentary virtual conference to help empower those looking to advance in their career, break into a new one, or learn about critical skills shaping tomorrow’s workforce.

Future-Ready Skills: An Inside Look is a virtual event for students and working professionals like you who are interested in building upon their career skills to keep pace with today’s fast-changing workforce. Join us from the comfort of your home or wherever you may be to hear from a range of speakers, including executives from leading companies, a US Olympian and many more. See the full agenda below. 

Help prepare yourself to adapt and advance in successful careers by discussing actionable insights from renowned experts. We will cover such topics as:   
  • Next Level of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Healthcare Careers
  • Skills for Technology Careers of the Future
  • Interviewing and Soft Skills for the New Workplace
  • Building a Career Framework
  • Social & Emotional Intelligence to Adapt in Times of Uncertainty
  • Making Yourself Indispensable: Find Your Durable Value
  • And More*!
Join us at 10:00AM CST for a day of inspirational, educational and interactive 30- and 60- minute sessions or pop in for any individual ones that fit your schedule. Each session will also include a live Q&A. We look forward to seeing you there! 

*Final agenda is subject to change. 
Agenda for Future-Ready Skills: An Inside Look
10:00 – 11:00 am

Morning Keynote – Next Level of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Healthcare Careers
Dr. Bob Arnot, former Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC; Dr. Shantanu Bose, DeVry University Provost

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have taken Data Science and Analytics to a new level. In the medical field, AI and ML are bringing a new set of tools to doctors and healthcare professionals, which are increasingly aiding to diagnose patients, read images, allocate hospital beds, and design applications with electronic health records. Learn through examples of how AI and ML are being used to help more accurate diagnosis of malignant melanoma and diabetic retinopathy, as they can increase accuracy and efficiency of healthcare professionals. Dr. Arnot will also talk about what it takes to get started in this exciting field of AI and healthcare, and how to use AI in your current career.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Tech Know-How for Tomorrow’s Workforce
John J. Higginson, CTO Groupon; Chris Campbell, DeVry University CIO, Vice President, Information Technology

Implementing Agile development practices for better decision-making, better market fit, and better software. John J. Higginson, CTO for Groupon, joins DeVry CIO Chris Campbell for a conversation on how these practices aid their companies. They'll cover the value and strategy behind pushing decision-making as close to the problem as possible, the value of experimentation and learning over detailed planning, and a one-team approach vs. hand-offs.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

It's a Virtual World: Interviewing and Soft Skills for the New Workplace
Jackie Costello, Sr Technical Recruiter and Colby Williams, Sr Technical Hiring Manager for Cox Enterprises; Scarlett Howery, DeVry University Vice President of Operations

Interviewing can be a daunting process, but as more are moving to a virtual platform, it can add a whole other level of nerves. In this session featuring two recruiters from Cox Enterprises, we'll focus on their advice for how to navigate the interview process, as well as what soft skills hiring managers are looking for, especially in the "work from home" environment.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Plan. Execute. Achieve. Building a Career Framework
Daisha Hankle, DeVryWORKS

Move your career forward by identifying specific career goals, individual key values and motivators, and how they work together. This session will cover: The importance of exploring possibilities, building a plan and taking action; Discovering individual paths to professional achievement and defining your own measures of success; Benefits of continuously developing skills and showcasing your value internally.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Afternoon Keynote - Using Social & Emotional Intelligence to Help Individuals & Teams Adapt in Times of Uncertainty
Bob Biglin, CEO & Senior Partner, The Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence; Elise Awwad, DeVry University Vice President of Strategic Enrollment

Bob Biglin, CEO and Senior Partner of The Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence, discusses how emotional and social intelligence can help individuals and teams adapt and thrive in an era of uncertainty and complexity. He'll discuss how productive relationships are a foundation of adaptive teams and why continuous learning will be an integral part of careers in the coming decades, as advanced technology plays a more central role in society. 

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Skills for Technology Careers of the Future
Lisa Iannuzzelli, National Dean of Program and Course Development; Jude Lamour, PhD, DeVry Professor; Natalie Waksmanski, PhD, DeVry Professor

A discussion with DeVry faculty on technology skills for the new workforce, and programs designed to meet those needs. Professors Natalie Waksmanski and Jude Lamour bring real-world insights, in addition to a combined 20+ years teaching in our College of Engineering and Information Sciences. They’ll cover an overview of critical foundational skills anyone in technology must know, why industry certifications are important to employers, and how to help keep your technology skills up-to-date.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Making Yourself Indispensable: Find Your Durable Value
Alexandra Levit, Human Capital Author, Analyst, Consultant, and Futurist

Explore how you can leverage your current skills, knowledge, and network in the current environment, as well as map out the next steps on your path to career durability. Alex will break down what makes up career durability and explain how to acquire the skills, mindset and knowledge needed to be an engaged, productive and persistent member of the workforce. Since the demands of the workplace continually evolve, this type of resilience often calls for cycles of reinvention within different learning environments. But too often, both employees and employers lack understanding of what defines current and continued value – and how to achieve, message, and maintain it.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Keynote - Three-time US Olympic Medalist Elana Meyers Taylor on Balancing Long-Term Goals & Why Being Fearless Isn't as Scary as it May Sound
Elana Meyers Taylor, US Olympian; Remberto del Real, DeVry University Chief Marketing Officer

Becoming a Team USA Olympic Bobsledder was not part of Elana Meyers Taylor’s life plan until an unexpected obstacle forced her to change course. Learn how she leveraged focus and resilience to achieve her Olympic dreams, and how she continues to rely on those skills as she pursues other long-term goals off the track. In this closing keynote, Elana will talk about the power of being adaptable, the value of regular self-assessment and why being fearless isn't as scary as it may sound.

In addition to being a bobsledder and an elite athlete, Elana is also the former President of The Women's Sports Foundation and a graduate of DeVry's Keller Graduate School of Management.

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