WORK! Exploring the future of work, labor and employment.

WORK! Exploring the future of work, labor and employment.

Work is all around us, it defines us. The future of work impacts nearly every person on our planet. The ILR School at Cornell University is at the center of work, labor and employment – influencing policy and practice on the most pressing issues facing employees and employers. ILR School Dean Alex Colvin is the host of our series, “Work: Exploring the future of work, labor and employment,” featuring discussion with experts on key world of work topics. Web Accessibility

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December 15, 2021 33 min

Carla Grant Pickens, IBM’s vice president of leadership Development & Succession and Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, as well as Vanessa Bohns, ILR associate professor and author of the book, “You Have More Influence Than You Think,” join ILR Dean Alex Colvin to discuss the unique challenges that companies have faced during COVID, and how both employers and employees can adapt moving forward.   

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Spencer Levy ’92, the chairman of Americas Research and senior economic adviser for CBRE, joins ILR Dean Alex Colvin to discuss the impact COVID-19  has had on the world of work.   

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March 1, 2021 22 min

Rebecca Kehoe, CALS ’05, M.S. ’08, Ph.D. ’10, associate professor of human resources studies at the ILR School, and ILR Dean Alex Colvin discuss her research around “star” employees and their effects on co-workers and employers.  

 Learn more about Kehoe’s most recent study regarding star employees: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/news/pros-and-cons-working-star

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January 26, 2021 24 min

Tony Byers, director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs at the ILR Center for Advanced HR Studies, and ILR Dean Alex Colvin examine the increased emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and what individual employees can do to improve their workplaces. 

 Learn more about Cornell’s Diversity & Inclusion Program: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/programs/professional-education/topic/diversity-and-inclusion  

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Tanuja Gupta, one of the original organizers of Googlers for Ending Forced Arbitration, and ILR Dean Alex Colvin examine the role her group played in ending the practice at her company, as well as getting the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act passed in Congress.

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“Philadelphia Inquirer” labor reporter Juliana Feliciano Reyes and ILR Dean Alex Colvin discuss the role that cities like Philadelphia are playing, through initiatives such as the Fair Workweek law, to secure workers’ rights.

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October 23, 2020 37 min

Academy Award-winning American documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert and ILR Dean Alex Colvin discuss Reichert’s Oscar-winning film, “American Factory,” as well as the recent upturn in union activism, the rise of B Corps and the future of work. 

To learn about Reichert’s connection to the ILR School, read: ILR Expertise Utilized by Academy Award Winner 

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October 13, 2020 13 min

Eduardo Porter, economics reporter at The New York Times, and ILR Dean Alex Colvin discuss how technology, service sector jobs and Universal Basic Income could affect the future of work.

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September 24, 2020 22 min

Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, and Dean Alex Colvin discuss the shifts that have occurred in unions – from their approaches, to their membership, to their leadership, and what must continue to happen to benefit all workers.

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September 1, 2020 16 min

In the conclusion of this two-part episode, Liz Shuler, the secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO and Dean Alex Colvin discuss the Fight for 15, the gig economy, and the role millennials will have in the future of unions.

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August 31, 2020 15 min

Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Dean Alex Colvin discuss the atmosphere of today’s unions. The duo examines the surge of strikes nationwide, the increase of worker activism and the growth of diverse union leadership.

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August 11, 2020 28 min

JC Tretter ’13, the newly-elected president of the National Football League Players Association and Dean Alex Colvin discuss the NFL’s tumultuous spring – from the latest collective bargaining agreement, to COVID-19, to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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Randi Weingarten ’80, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Dean Alex Colvin discuss the “return of the strike” and how Weingarten has worked to build community both inside and outside of the union.

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February 28, 2020 12 min

Dean Alex Colvin and New York Times reporter Eduardo Porter discuss the impact of the coronavirus on workers and the economy in the U.S. and around the globe.

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January 30, 2020 17 min

Best-selling author Jon Gordon '93 and Dean Alex Colvin discuss the changing culture of today’s workplace. The duo examines the characteristics common in great leaders, the traits shared by successful teams, and how individuals can influence co-workers. 

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January 10, 2020 32 min

Over the past decade, the city of Buffalo has seen impressive growth, development and progress. Dean Alex Colvin and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan discuss the policy changes, and the ILR School’s role, in revitalizing the region.  

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Just weeks ahead of the Harvey Weinstein trial, Dean Alex Colvin and Douglas Wigdor, a top employment lawyer who has been at the forefront of many high-profile sexual harassment cases, discuss #MeToo and the workplace.

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November 18, 2019 15 min

Dean Alex Colvin and Susanne Bruyère, Director of the Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, discuss neurodiversity inclusiveness in the workplace. For additional reading, pick up Employment and Disability: Issues, Innovations and Opportunities.

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October 30, 2019 21 min

In our inaugural episode, Cornell ILR School Dean Alex Colvin and Katrina Nobles, director of programs for ILR’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, discuss LGBTQ worker rights.  

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