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CHREATE: Deconstruction & Reconstruction of Human Resources (SoCal)
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When: 12/5/2016
8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Old Ranch Country Club
3901 Lampson Ave.
Seal Beach, California  90740
United States
Contact: Andrew Finn

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The traditional model of the employee-employer relationship is heading for extinction. The very definition of “employee” is undergoing reinvention as many business models shift away from the traditional 9-to-5 salaried office worker, to tap into increasingly virtual, global and transient freelance talent pools of skills and expertise. Led by the new thinking of the millennial generation, but also fueled by more experienced freelancers and 2.0 career baby boomers, growing segments of the population now manage portfolio careers. These “eLancers” are motivated less by stability and predictability, and more by flexibility and diversity of work.  It is estimated that in some industries over half of the workforce may be composed of freelance workers by 2025. 


These changes were set in motion decades ago, but now speed ahead at an exponential pace; for example, the world’s largest taxi company owns no taxis and the world's largest movie house owns no theaters. Technology is changing jobs in ways that we could never have predicted and therefore, challenges us to be better prepared to avoid the need to catch up.


The implications of this “beyond employment” ecosystem for HR and other leaders, are significant.  If the very nature of work and those who perform it are undergoing change - then what is the contemporary role for Human Resources? And more importantly, what do we, as HR leaders, want the role to be? Most of the transactional functions that traditionally formed the core of HR team responsibilities -- benefits, payroll, applicant screening -- are now often outsourced or automated.  This is an inflection point for the HR profession; we need to anticipate the shifts ahead and respond with bold and proactive strategies.


In this program, Eva Sage-Gavin, a board director, senior advisor with Boston Consulting Group and G100, and former CHRO with more than 30 years of experience in human resources at Fortune 500 companies, including Gap Inc., PepsiCo, The Walt Disney Company, Sun Microsystems and Xerox, will explore approaches to building evolved Human Resource capabilities and strategies for managing this transition to the new world of ”leading work;” no longer “leading workers.”


Eva has been actively engaged in leading initiatives defining the Future of Human Resources, now known as CHREATE. She also has deep experience addressing the emerging challenges for workers with increasing globalization and the emerging digital economy.  Serving as Vice Chairman of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future Advisory Board and as a member of the UpSkill America Coalition, she will bring new insights and perspectives about the challenges and opportunities for HR in this emerging new world of work.



Eva Sage-Gavin, Vice Chair, Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future Advisory Board

Eva Sage-Gavin is a Board Director and BCG Senior Advisor with broad experience in top leadership roles in Fortune 500 global Consumer, Technology and Retail corporations, including Gap Inc., Sun Microsystems, PepsiCo, Disney Consumer Products and Xerox.

Sage-Gavin is a public Board Director for BroadSoft, a global unified communications software service provider and for TalentSky, a private professional skills networking company. She was also the first woman elected as a Board Director for Sapient Inc. in 2013 and served on the Compensation Committee through the successful acquisition by Publicis in 2015.

Sage-Gavin currently serves as a BCG Senior Advisor focused on the Consumer, Technology & Media and Public sector practice areas. She also serves as a Senior Advisor for the G100 Network and Talent Consortium. Sage-Gavin is the former Vice Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Skill for America’s Future Advisory Board and a member of the UpSkill America Coalition, working with public and private partnerships to build skilled workforces.

Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, at Gap Inc. responsible for the company's internal and external communications, government and public affairs, social and environmental responsibility, foundation, as well as serving as the Chief People Officer for over 136,000 employees worldwide.

Sage-Gavin was an executive leadership team member at Gap Inc. for more than 10 years, reporting to 3 consecutive CEO’s. Previously, she worked at Sun Microsystems and Disney Consumer Products as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In addition, she has served in various senior human resources leadership positions for The PepsiCo Corporation, including its Taco Bell division, and for Xerox Corporation.

In 2012, Cornell University honored Sage-Gavin with the prestigious Groat Award for her accomplishments and outstanding service to the College of Industrial and Labor Relations. In 2013 she became a member of Women Corporate Directors and in 2014 joined the International Women’s Forum and serves on the Membership Committee.

Sage-Gavin was the inaugural Executive in Residence at the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations school and currently serves as a Cornell Silicon Valley Advisor. She was newly appointed in 2016 as Executive in Residence for Santa Clara University’s Initiative on Women’s Economic Empowerment and she is also a guest lecturer at Stanford, MIT and USC.Sage-Gavin holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.  


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