This webinar will:
- Map the current and emerging landscape of independent work
- Identify the most promising and troubling elements of independent work
- Generate ideas on what could make independent work more stable and sustainable for workers, especially vulnerable and/or lower skilled workers
- Highlight promising innovations that are already underway and might be ripe for scaling
- Share strategies for supporting independent workers and dig into some of the most promising innovations.
In this complimentary Stanford Social Innovation Review webinar, The Bridgespan Group and The Rockefeller Foundation will highlight insights that emerged from their four-month exploration of independent work and provide a forum for practitioners and thought leaders to share their observations on recent developments and emerging innovations. “Shaping the Future of Gig and Other Independent Work” is for people who want to provide greater stability and security for this fast-growing workforce. The webinar is highly relevant for social entrepreneurs, researchers, philanthropists, policy makers, leaders of private and public businesses, and, of course, independent workers themselves.
Today there are 36 million independent workers in the US—gig workers, freelancers, and contingent workers—who work outside the traditional employer-employee model. By 2020, that number is projected to swell to between 50 and 75 million workers. How can freelancers and gig workers, whether they enter the independent workforce out of choice or necessity, stitch together the kind of stability and safety nets that conventional, high quality employment can provide? And how can employers who rely on contract workers create access to benefits like sick days and decent health care?
Join this SSIR webinar to explore the opportunities and challenges independent workers and employers face in this new world of work, and discover potential solutions that address the needs of independent workers who are vulnerable.
This is a complimentary webinar sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation. Registration to this webinar will include access to the live webinar; unlimited access to the webinar as many times as you’d like for twelve months at your convenience; and downloadable slides.
Abigail Carlton is managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s US efforts to expand opportunity and create more inclusive markets in a changing global economy. Since joining the Foundation, Abigail has designed and implemented a range of initiatives focused on job quality for low-wage US workers, employment opportunities in healthcare, the green economy, and long-term unemployment, among others. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Abigail's work to expand economic opportunity for low-wage workers, families and communities spanned the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. She has held research and program management positions with New York University's Institute for Education and Social Policy, the US Department of Labor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore, LLP. She is an active member and past chair of the board of Start Small Think Big, a nonprofit organization that promotes small business development in New York City's most underserved communities. Abigail received a bachelor’s degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Willa Seldon is a partner in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office and co-leads our Children, Youth, and Families practice. She advises nonprofits, social enterprises and foundations – collaborating with leaders on refining their strategies and improving their operating and economic models. Building on her for-profit experience in joint ventures and mergers, Willa is a leader in Bridgespan’s work in multi-sector and funder collaborations as well as employment and economic security. Her clients have included Family Independence Initiative, the Rockefeller Foundation, and StriveTogether. She also has led engagements to support mobilization efforts, such as the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and the White House Council for Community Solutions. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Economic Advisory Council and is on the Board of Directors of College Futures Foundation. Willa has her master of business administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, and an bachelor's degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College.
Partner, The Bridgespan Group
Conor McKay is the director of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute. Conor is a political and policy advisor who has worked in and out of government, in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, at both the federal and local levels. Conor served as chief of staff for the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles debt reduction commission, helping to write and develop the report that proposed a common sense, bipartisan blueprint to address the nation’s fiscal challenges. He worked in the Obama Administration as a direct aide to Vice President Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff, Bruce Reed, including during the Vice President’s efforts to develop proposals to reduce gun violence. He has also worked on budget policy at the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. His published works include “The Lost Decade,” a white paper analyzing trends in Census data in the early 2000s, as well as policy focused op-eds and blog posts. Conor holds a masters in public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelors in English from the College of William and Mary.
Director, Future of Work Initiative at Aspen Institute
Sheila Marcelo is the founder, chair & ceo of Care.com. Inspired by challenges finding care for her children and ailing parents, Sheila founded Care.com in 2006. Today, the public company is the world’s largest online care destination with 20.7 million members in 18 countries. Sheila frequently speaks about women, technology and leadership, and has presented alongside President Obama (White House Summit on Working Families) and with global leaders at Davos. Sheila has been named a "Top 10 Women Entrepreneur" by Fortune, received the HBS Alumni Achievement Award, was bestowed the Filipino Heritage Award from President Aquino, and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Mount Holyoke. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was recently named into the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. Sheila previously was at Upromise.com, TheLadders.com, and was an EIR at Matrix Partners. She graduated from Mount Holyoke and received her master of business administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Founder, Chair & CEO, Care.com
Eric Nee is the managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, published by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and co-host of the Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, most of it covering the high-tech industry. Before joining Stanford, Nee was a senior writer for Fortune magazine in the Palo Alto, Calif., bureau. He also helped Time Inc. launch eCompany Now (where he was executive editor), which later merged with Business 2.0. Before joining Fortune, Nee launched Forbes magazine’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside magazine for close to five years.
Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review