Business and People Strategy and Performance

Thrive: A Vision for the Future

  • Digital Events
  • July 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC-1
  • United Kingdom

Following the chaos of the past year, take pause to get up to speed with the latest HR trends and topics at CRF’s Thrive event. Discover how HR can create a vision for the future, and get-ahead in the challenging world we all now operate in.

We have curated the industry’s sharpest minds and thinkers for a morning of presentations, discussion and networking. Come together with experts and fellow HR specialists to exchange views on the sectors’ pressing issues.

The online event will open and close in conversation with our two keynote speakers Michael Wade (IMD Professor of Innovation & Strategy) and Vikram Mansharamani (Author, Academic and global trend-watcher).

In-between, attendees can join one of five content streams – each with insightful inputs from the sectors’ leading players:

  • Creating a high-performance environment, including the future of employee experience, the new operating paradigm for leaders and the implications of permanent flexibility on organisational culture
  • Designing adaptable organisations with disruption and digital transformation in mind
  • New demands of leadership focusing on the importance of transformation and preparing your leaders for the next disruption
  • Developing future talent honing in on skill assessment, development and transitioning managers to become the leaders of the future
  • New ways of working with a deep-dive on activating innovation, adapting to new policies and unlocking future potential

Download our first-look agenda here for a full breakdown of each content stream.

We look forward to welcoming you at this new online event, which promises to set up you and your organisation to thrive, not just survive!


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In Conversation CRF’s Carmen von Rohr with Michael Wade, IMD Professor of Innovation and Strategy


Reflect and Exchange


Selection of 5 streams available with challenging insights, perspectives and discussion


Reflect and Exchange


In Conversation CRF’s Carmen von Rohr with Vikram Mansharamani, Author, Academic, Adviser


Event Summary and Networking




Vikram Mansharamani

Author, Academic, Adviser, Harvard University

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He is the author of the recently-released ‘Think For Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence’, and ‘Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst’. He has been a frequent commentator on issues driving disruption in the global business environment. Vikram’s ideas and writing have also appeared in Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times and a long list of other publications. LinkedIn twice listed him as their #1 Top Voice for Money, Finance and Global Economics, and Worth has profiled him as one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance. Millions of readers have enjoyed his unique multi-lens approach to connecting seemingly irrelevant dots.

Vikram is currently a lecturer at Harvard University, where he teaches students to use multiple perspectives in making tough decisions. Previously, he was a lecturer at Yale University. In addition to teaching, he also advises several Fortune 500 CEOs to help them navigate the radical uncertainty in today’s business and regulatory environment. He has a PhD and two Masters degrees from MIT and a Bacherlors degree from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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Dr. Carmen von Rohr

Research Manager, Corporate Research Forum

Dr. Carmen von Rohr is a sociologist with extensive research and learning design experience. She began her career as a digital learning designer in higher education at Cengage Learning before joining CRF in 2018 to contribute to research and learning content.

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Michael Wade

Professor of Innovation and Strategy, IMD Business School

Michael Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. His areas of expertise relate to strategy, innovation, and digital transformation. He obtained Honours BA, MBA and PhD degrees from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Previously, he was the Academic Director of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program. Michael has been nominated for teaching awards in the MBA, International MBA, and Executive MBA programs.

Michael has published works on a variety of topics, including digital business transformation, innovation, strategy, and digital leadership. He has published nine books, more than a hundred case studies and articles, and appears frequently in the mainstream media. One of his articles was among the top 20 cited articles in business, management and accounting worldwide for five years, according to Scopus (the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature). His Latest book, published in 2019, is Orchestrating Transformation: How to Deliver Winning Performance with a Connected Approach to Change. His previous book, 2016’s Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at their Own Game won multiple awards and has been translated into five languages.

Professor Wade has been named one of the top ten digital thought leaders in Switzerland three times by Bilanz, Le Temps, and Handelszeitung, most recently in 2020.

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