Workday at the World Economic Forum: Connecting to a Changing World

Workday at the World Economic Forum: Connecting to a Changing World

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Last month, business, government, education, and non-profit leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). A number of Workday executives attended the event to meet with fellow leaders and discuss ways to address the challenges of a changing world. 

After the Forum I sat down with three of those executives—Ashley Goldsmith, chief people officer; Leighanne Levensaler; chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy; and Jim Shaughnessy, executive vice president, corporate affairs. Read on to hear their reflections from WEF.

Ashley, what were the biggest themes you took away from Davos?

Ashley: One of the great things about Davos is there are people from all over the world and from different industries as well as the non-profit and government world. You get to have so many great conversations that would be hard to have elsewhere. 

I was struck by the number of discussions with fellow HR leaders that centered around workforce shaping and how we can create great places to work. There are so many reasons to focus on this. We’re in a period of extended low unemployment and finding and retaining talent is hard. Employees increasingly want to find

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