Disrupting the 21st Century C-Suite Workforce Status Quo

The very face of C-Suite is changing, and an agile, diverse workforce is growing right alongside it with intentionality, poise, and purpose while meeting the needs of this in-demand executive.

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business (operated by the University of Michigan) isn’t waiting for tomorrow to make those changes happen – rather through innovative coursework, they are creating pathways today for future C-suite professionals looking to move up the corporate ladder.

In an upcoming course October 25 – Dec 3, Future of Work: Acquiring, Developing and Engaging the Evolving Workforce, participants can learn about disruptions in the workforce, organization preparation, and more, according to their website. The $2,000 course (registration available here) is geared toward individuals who are:

· Team Leaders, HR Directors, HR Business Partners, or other titles with leader or director

· Employees who have roles related to designing, recruiting, incentivizing, modernizing, employee experience, or similar in the workplace or organization

The course is also relevant to general managers in middle and upper management positions, involved in hiring, evaluating, and incentivizing employees who want to gain more insight into organizational and individual benefits.

“The world of work has become incredibly complex. Technological and social forces are changing how work is done, who does it and even what work looks like. Change is happening at a rapid pace. What leaders expect — and what is expected of them — is changing, too,” according to the course description.

During the pandemic, the only thing that has been consistent with the workforce is change, and even more, change is on the way, experts say, on their website.

Susan Lund, an expert in global labor markets, noted in a McKinsey & Company publication that out of 800 business executives surveyed around the world last summer, two-thirds said they plan to use more automation and AI as they “reimagine the next normal.”

“That includes digitization of employee interactions, including remote work, but also a big uptick in the digitization of consumer channels and supply chains,” Lund said in the article. “COVID-19 was a massive disruption to supply chains, and it showed that supply-chain management was shockingly analog, which leads to problems such as executives not being able to tell when shocks are coming.”

The upcoming Stephen M. Ross School of Business course explores multiple forces that are transforming the modern labor markets and workplaces, including technology, automation, and globalization,” according to the program description.

“It blends theory and practice on how these forces are impacting human capital investment, workforce organization, talent acquisition, performance measurement, and incentive design,” the article added.


· This course draws on the latest academic and business research to provide a unique, integrated exploration of the future of work.

· This course examines trends, uses case studies of emerging business practices, and provides applicable frameworks.

· Participants will gain the tools for understanding and designing responses to the interlocking challenges and opportunities created by the ongoing unprecedented transformation of work.

The program is a five-week online course that includes eight asynchronous modules and the course concludes with a live synchronous session. Faculty Jagadeesh Sivadasan will preside over the class.

Whether you’re an employee, manager, supplier, consumer, or investor, the program was developed to help attendees learn 21st-century skills in an ever-changing workforce with compelling diversity, equity, and inclusion elements added for further cultural competency in the workforce.


As an attendee of our first-ever Black Enterprise Corporate Board/C-Suite Summit, people can learn exclusive information and insights on how the expansion of Black corporate leadership transforms corporations, increases shareholder value, and advances opportunities for all. The session will also reveal that despite corporate America’s renewed commitment to creating opportunities for Blacks over the past year, most major companies still fail to significantly provide access to expanding opportunities for Black executives and professionals to be considered or gain board seats and C-suite positions.

They will also hear:

• Candid conversations with corporate leaders on how to ascend to leadership positions

• How Black corporate directors can leverage their voice and power to drive institutional diversity

• How corporate boards engage in CEO succession planning and selection

• The process of designing effective C-suite pipelines for Black professionals

• How Black women are developing strategies to break into the corporate director and C-suite ranks …And

• Step-by-step guidance on how to can gain a board seat For more information visit here.

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