Resilient Leadership for Hybrid Work

Navigating new challenges to performance and wellness
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The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced or underlined many challenges to businesses and other organizations. And it has greatly sped up work-life megatrends for many sectors – megatrends like the virtual work-from-home paradigm, with all its pros and cons. At the same time, even mobile work conducted from transitory environments is continuously increasing for some roles.  

Resilient, skillful leadership can significantly mitigate the negatives and accentuate the positives posed by work-life changes in the post-COVID era. How to lead people resiliently, then?  

Join us to explore this at Aalto University’s webinar on Thursday, 19 August 2021, 15:30-18:00 (EEST, GMT+3). 

Our invited speakers identify and explore ways to navigate through some of the tough dilemmas for leadership in the 2020s. Their topics include wellness, interpersonal cohesion, required re-skilling, special expectations from the creativity and cognitive capabilities of leaders, and generally a wellbeing and performance paradox that leaders in organizations face. 

Whether you are an executive, a team leader, an HR professional or a wellbeing expert – we invite you to attend as high-level experts present today’s leadership challenges and their solutions from valuable perspectives.

The webinar language is English. 


15:30  Welcome, Timo Korkeamäki

15:40  Managing the wellbeing vs. performance paradox is the holy grail of 21st century leadership​, Juha Äkräs

16:10  Resilient leadership is HUMAN: learnings from global firms pioneering the future of work​, Gitte Frederiksen

16:50  Inner innovation: practical skills to manage complexity and change​, Bill Duane

17:20  Changing work – changing leadership: perspectives from Aalto’s Future of Work program, Hertta Vuorenmaa

Juha Äkräs

Juha Äkräs is Chairman of Hintsa Performance and Executive in Residence at the Aalto School of Business, where he is involved with the Future of Work program. Juha worked at Nokia Corporation for 21 years, in roles spanning multiple customer-facing and strategic functions and general management in four European and Asian countries. Most recently, Juha was Nokia’s Executive Vice President and Head of Human Resources.

Bill Duane

Bill Duane is a former Google engineering executive responsible for worldwide production engineering for Gmail and Websearch Infrastructure, and later he created the position of Superintendent of Well-Being. He is currently the Principal at Bill Duane and Associates, consulting on innovation, resilience and AI. He is active in nonprofit work on mindfulness, military veterans' issues, and social justice. Also, he is a research fellow at Kathmandu University's Rangjung Yeshe Institute.

Gitte Frederiksen BCG

Gitte Frederiksen is Principal at the Boston Consulting Group, based in Copenhagen. She is a physics and nanotechnology engineer-turned-management consultant, focusing on large-scale and digital transformations, with industry specialization on global retailing and consumer goods. Gitte is one of the pioneers of Next Gen ways of working at BCG globally and leads BCG's Nordic effort to transform business to the Future of Work, both with clients and internally. She is passionate about driving more impact and doing it sustainably.

Hertta Vuorenmaa

Dr. Hertta Vuorenmaa is Research Director in Aalto’s Future of Work research project and university lecturer at the Aalto School of Business. Her research focuses on the changing nature of work and people management, wellbeing at work, HRM in public and private organizations, digitalization, and gender. Hertta is an experienced researcher and trainer.

Timo Korkeamäki, new dean of the School of Business

Dr. Timo Korkeamäki is Dean of the Aalto School of Business. Timo has previously worked at several universities, including in the United States, most recently as Professor of Finance at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, where he was the Vice Rector for Research.  

Markus Mäkelä

The event will be chaired by Dr. Markus Mäkelä, Executive in Residence at Aalto University. His background is in multinational industry, software ventures, private equity, and consulting. Markus is also a long-term strategy researcher and a former Professor of Software Product Development. 

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