6:30 pm Arrive, Snacks, Mingle, and Seat
Guests must be ticketed to enter.

7:00 pm A High Speed Primer on the Future
Receive your briefing on the issue prior to our Main Panel from David Yang Democrat for President 2020 & Jim Bessen Professor and Author.

7:35 pm The Future of Work
Lead Panelists: David Ferrucci, Liz Shuler, and Heidi Shierholz.

8:35 pm Event Wrap-up
Panelists filmed. Audience meet and greet. Music by The Rockaways.

9:15 pm Private Gathering for Speakers & Ticketed Patrons
Join us for drinks and culinary samplings @ STK. Location sent to Patron Ticket Holders and Speakers. Rockaways invited.

Impact NYC hosted the Impact Jobs events. We’ve discussed all sides of workplace automation. Our panel of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation experts engaged a lively discussion at We Work Bryant Park, 54 W. 40th St. at 7:00pm. Read the Issue Brief and see more on the Jobs Issues page.


David Ferrucci

Inventor IBM Watson

With decades of experience in AI, Dr. Ferrucci built and led the IBM Watson team from its inception through its landmark Jeopardy success in 2011 when Watson defeated the greatest Jeopardy! players of all time. He has worked with Bridgewater’s Founder Ray Dalio to develop cutting edge data models and runs Elemental Cognition.

Liz Shuler

Secretary-Treasurer AFL-CIO

Elizabeth H. Shuler is an American labor activist and, since September 16, 2009, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. She is the first woman and (as of 2009) the youngest person to hold the position of Secretary-Treasurer. She is the highest-ranking woman in the labor federation’s history.

James Bessen

Professor Boston University Law

James Bessen is an economist and Lecturer at Boston University School of Law since 2004. Previously he was a CEO of a software company. Bessen was also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Bessen researches the economics of innovation, including patents and economic history and is a graduate of Harvard College.

Heidi Shierholz

Fmr. Chief Economist Dept. of Labor

Heidi Shierholz was Chief Economist to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, serving under Secretary Thomas Perez in the Obama Administration. Shierholz leads the Economic Policy Institute’s policy team, which monitors wage and employment policies coming out of Congress and the administration and advances a worker-first policy agenda.

Andrew Yang

Entrepreneur & Democratic Candidate for President 2020

Andrew is an American entrepreneur, the Founder of Venture for America, and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. He has worked in startups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive for nearly two decades. He is the author of Smart People Should Build Things, published by HarperCollins, and The War on Normal People, about automation of labor.

Music by The Rockaways

Max Landry & Steve Powers

Steve Powers & Max Landry are emerging musical superstars who have amassed millions of streams, headlined shows across the world, and support from some of the biggest names in music like Tiesto, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, as well as performing with the likes of Afrojack, Avicii, and Armin Van Buuren.

“Activities most susceptible to automation include physical ones in predictable environments, such as operating machinery and preparing fast food. Collecting and processing data are two other categories of activities that increasingly can be done better and faster with machines. This could displace large amounts of labor—for instance, in mortgage origination, paralegal work, accounting, and back-office transaction processing.”


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