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Leading in the Human Age

Leading in the Human Age cover Companies today must prepare for one certainty—uncertainty. Specifically, companies will need to challenge themselves to create profiles for highly resilient and strategic Human Age leaders who can, in turn, build and leverage a collaborative organization. Businesses able to successfully navigate the Human Age and control their destiny are outpacing former competitors, swept along by the forces driving and shaping this era.


World Economic Forum

Members of the media interested in this event can download the ManpowerGroup 2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Press Kit here.


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Download biographies and hi-resolution images of ManpowerGroup's WEF Annual Meeting 2013 delegation here.

ManpowerGroup is proud to be a strategic partner of the 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013. The ecosystem of the Human Age continues to evolve, with the world in the most complex, interdependent and interconnected era in human history. This new leadership context requires successful organizations to master strategic agility and to build risk resilience. Consequently, "Resilient Dynanism" is the focus of the 2013 Annual Meeting.

The macro-economic forces conspiring to rewrite the rules that govern our societies, economies and even interpersonal interactions are inextricably intertwined. In the Human Age, it is not the case that just one small change is occurring at a time, but each element of the system is dramatically transforming. This is why the Human Age continues to be so complex and chaotic and why the pace of change continues to accelerate. This is what defines the Human Age — a sense of chaos where the only certainty is that nothing can be certain.

Several ManpowerGroup executives are participating in this year's event, bringing ManpowerGroup's unique world of work expertise to leaders from business, politics, academia, the media and society.


Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup President, leads the company's delegation to Davos. Prising wrote a blog post for the World Economic Forum, titled "Who is Responsible for Training Today's Workforce?". You can read the blog post here.


Mara Swan, ManpowerGroup Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent


Hans Leentjes, ManpowerGroup President of Northern Europe


David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs


ManpowerGroup executives will be participating in the following sessions at Davos.

Wednesday, 23 January
09:00-10:15

» Scenarios for the Russian Federation

Despite a decade of high growth, Russia's economic model is at a turning point. This session will examine the outlook for the country's economic development against a backdrop of significant global vulnerabilities.

09:00-10:00

» The Human Capital Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the human capital context?

10:30-11:30

» The Digital Infrastructure Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the digital infrastructure context?

Thursday, 24 January
07:30-08:30

» Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme Advisory Board Meeting


08:30-10:30

» Policy and Practice for the Age of Talent

How can our new understanding of the global human capital stock help business and government make the right choices to deliver the right solutions across the education-skills-jobs nexus?

  • Evaluating national human capital profiles

  • Making targeted policy and practice choices for talent

  • Defining what needs to happen on a domestic and international level to realize human capital potential

09:15-10:30

» G20 Outlook

What is the role of the G20 in responding to global challenges?

11:00-12:00

» Eurozone Crisis — The Way Forward

What must Europe do to turn the crisis into opportunity? Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Enhancing political vision and fiscal order

  • Developing effective governance framework

  • Instituting smart reforms

12:30-14:00

» Scaling Up Investment in Workplace Wellness for Measurable Impact

The increasing demand for well-trained and productive workers is transforming the global talent landscape. Demand is set to outstrip supply as workforces dwindle due to aging and chronic disease, impacting both capacity and productivity. To meet these challenges, employers must find cohesive and comprehensive new models to invest in and manage human capital or face substantial financial and strategic risks. Workplace wellness initiatives are implemented at a majority of companies with one of the greatest challenges being major impact and return on investment, a primary area of focus of the Workplace Wellness Alliance.

14:45-15:45

» A New Vision for Growth

What new vision for growth is needed to achieve inclusive, sustainable and resilient prosperity?

16:30-17:30

» Preventing a Lost Generation

With more than 14 million people out of work and disengaged, how can Europe's leaders prevent a lost generation?

Friday, 25 January
09:00-10:00

» Closing Critical Inequality Gaps

With excessive inequality known to hinder social and economic progress, how should widening income gaps be closed?

09:15-10:15

» The Economic Malaise and its Perils

What near- and long-term political and societal risks are arising from the economic malaise?

09:00-10:15

» Scenarios for the Russian Federation

Despite a decade of high growth, Russia's economic model is at a turning point. This session will examine the outlook for the country's economic development against a backdrop of significant global vulnerabilities.

09:00-10:00

» The Human Capital Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the human capital context?

10:30-11:30

» The Digital Infrastructure Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the digital infrastructure context?

Thursday, 24 January
07:30-08:30

» Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme Advisory Board Meeting


08:30-10:30

» Policy and Practice for the Age of Talent

How can our new understanding of the global human capital stock help business and government make the right choices to deliver the right solutions across the education-skills-jobs nexus?

  • Evaluating national human capital profiles

  • Making targeted policy and practice choices for talent

  • Defining what needs to happen on a domestic and international level to realize human capital potential

09:15-10:30

» G20 Outlook

What is the role of the G20 in responding to global challenges?

11:00-12:00

» Eurozone Crisis — The Way Forward

What must Europe do to turn the crisis into opportunity? Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Enhancing political vision and fiscal order

  • Developing effective governance framework

  • Instituting smart reforms

12:30-14:00

» Scaling Up Investment in Workplace Wellness for Measurable Impact

The increasing demand for well-trained and productive workers is transforming the global talent landscape. Demand is set to outstrip supply as workforces dwindle due to aging and chronic disease, impacting both capacity and productivity. To meet these challenges, employers must find cohesive and comprehensive new models to invest in and manage human capital or face substantial financial and strategic risks. Workplace wellness initiatives are implemented at a majority of companies with one of the greatest challenges being major impact and return on investment, a primary area of focus of the Workplace Wellness Alliance.

14:45-15:45

» A New Vision for Growth

What new vision for growth is needed to achieve inclusive, sustainable and resilient prosperity?

16:30-17:30

» Preventing a Lost Generation

With more than 14 million people out of work and disengaged, how can Europe's leaders prevent a lost generation?

Friday, 25 January
09:00-10:00

» Closing Critical Inequality Gaps

With excessive inequality known to hinder social and economic progress, how should widening income gaps be closed?

09:15-10:15

» The Economic Malaise and its Perils

What near- and long-term political and societal risks are arising from the economic malaise?