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December 6, 2019

Embracing the Future at the Speed of Business

Is North Carolina prepared to become the seventh most populous state in the country? (It will happen by 2030.) While an exciting prospect, this growth also raises many questions: Do we have the necessary infrastructure in place? Will our talent supply have the skills needed for the 21st century marketplace? What innovations will be key to leveraging this growth? Brought to you by the NC Chamber Foundation, this high-level event will address these questions, showcase innovation across the state and highlight ways that business leaders can positively shape our state’s future.

As one of our state’s most important leaders, please join us for an engaged discussion on securing North Carolina’s future. Your influence and expertise are critical to ensuring our state is prepared for monumental growth, and your voice is an important part of this discourse.

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Friday, December 6
7:15 amRegistration, Breakfast and Networking
8:00 amWelcome Remarks
8:15 amNC Chamber Foundation Update

Gary Salamido, President and CEO, NC Chamber

8:30 amThe Future of Health

Mark MeClallan, MD, PhD, Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Health Policy and Founding Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University

8:50 amTomorrow’s Talent is Here Today: Seizing Opportunity in Evolving World of Work

Darren Kozik, Vice President of North America Finance, ManpowerGroup

As technology rapidly transforms industries and in-demand skills across the U.S., success in the future won’t be defined by performance, but by potential and the ability to learn, apply and adapt. Join Darren Kozik, senior vice president, finance ManpowerGroup, North America, for a discussion on macro-economic workforce trends, the impact of talent supply and demand across industries and how organizations can build the workforce to ensure North Carolina has the talent to succeed.

9:30 amNetworking Break
10:00 amThe Future of Transportation & Infrastructure
10:45 amKeynote: Three Megatrends and Four Best Practices That Will Shape Your Five-Year Business Future

Rich Karlgaard, Economic & Business Innovation Thought Leader, Publisher and Columnist for Forbes, Entrepreneur & Author

Predicting the future is easy — getting it right is the hard part. A common mistake made by business, investment, and government leaders is to overestimate technology change in the short run (less than two years), but badly underestimate it the long run (five years or more). Forbes publisher and global futurist, Rich Karlgaard, cuts through the clutter. He forecasts the business and technology world as it is likely to unfold over the next two-to-five years. As the Silicon Valley based publisher of Forbes, with access to both CEOs and world-class innovators, Karlgaard is uniquely positioned at the intersection of business, economic, innovation, and technological trends. As such, he is able to see, weigh, and articulate the variables that will shape the near- and medium-term future.

11:30 amClosing Remarks