December 16, 2021 - "Member Predictions about the New/Next Normal"
Meeting Owner: Ranganath Nuggehalli
“Here to stay,” and its oft-repeated cousin, “the new normal,” are two concepts that are making the rounds a lot these days, as consumers emerge from their living rooms and start rebuilding their lives on the other side of living under quarantine. We know the world is about to change in a big way, again, though how much and in what direction is still a matter of speculation as the great reopening continues. How much is here to stay remains to be seen.
Search the phrase “here to stay” in Google News. Among the range of concepts and trends that pundits expect to outlive the pandemic include bitcoin, dining and delivery, subscription services, remote or flexible work, QR codes, e-bikes, streaming in-theater movies at home, supply chain disruptions, staffing shortages, AI software-as-a-service, tele-everything, wildfires, virtual assistants and chatbots, and COVID-19.
September 16, 2021 - "Becoming Superhuman! Optimizing Productivity and Well-being in a Hybrid World"
Meeting Owner: Kermit Threatte, Shopify
Over the past 18 months, there has been a dramatic shift in the way teams and organizations work. We are deeply grateful for each of you and humbled by your extraordinary leadership, commitment, and tenacity as you've steered your teams and companies through this uniquely turbulent moment in history.
As we look to the future of work, the 'new normal' for most organizations will be hybrid—in which employees work both remotely and from the office. This flexible model presents unique challenges as teams try to get the best of both worlds—the enhanced collaboration and creativity of in-person combined with the increased focus and autonomy of working remotely. Whether we like it or not, hybrid is going to rewire the operating models of most businesses over the next 12 months.
Facilitated by renowned UC Berkeley faculty partners, Dr. Sahar Yousef and Professor Lucas Miller, we aim to address how to fully leverage the opportunities in front of us and how to equip ourselves and our teams for success in this new way of working.