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2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos-Klosters

Simplify to Win in the Human Age

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Amid economic volatility, the key to business relevance and success today is strategic simplification. This fosters the flexibility and agility companies need to be successful.

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ManpowerGroup is proud to be a strategic partner of the 44th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on 22-25 January.

The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business is the thematic focus of the WEF Annual Meeting 2014.

Profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological forces are transforming our lives, communities and institutions. Rapidly crossing geographic, gender and generational boundaries, they are shifting power from traditional hierarchies to networked heterarchies. Yet, the international community remains crisis-driven instead of strategic in the face of the trends, drivers and opportunities pushing global, regional and industry transformation.

Jeff Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO, authored a blog post for the World Economic Forum. You can read it here.

The following ManpowerGroup executives participated in the event, and lead key sessions where they boright a world of work expertise to leaders in business, politics, academia, the media and society:

Jeffrey A. Joerres
Chairman and CEO
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Jonas Prising
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Hans Leentjes
President of Northern Europe
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Mara Swan
Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent
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ManpowerGroup executives lead the following sessions:

Thursday, 23 January
07:30-08:30 CET

» Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme Advisory Board

Participants include: Cho Yoon-Sun, Minister of Gender Equality and Family, Republic of Korea; Angela Fuentes, Chief Executive Officer, Omnilife-Angelíssima Group; Stephanie Czerny, Managing Director, DLD, Burda Media; Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance; James Hart, President and CEO, Senn Delaney, Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.; Laura Liswood, Secretary-General, Council of Women World Leaders; Meg McCarthy, Executive Vice-President, Innovation, Technology and Service Operations, Aetna Inc.; Mara Swan, Executive Vice-President, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup.

Friday, 24 January

» Gender Parity: From Momentum to Practice

The objective of this session is to take stock of the current efforts on gender parity globally and to create a gender equality strategy for the next 3-5 years that builds on the existing momentum, practices, tools and awareness. Dimensions to be addressed: How far have we really come towards equality? Is awareness translating into actions and if so what is the impact of these actions? What would disruption look like? What are the next steps? Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup President, was the discussion leader.


» Human Capital Challenges for the 21st century

Increasing imbalances in the demand and supply of workers mean that we need to reimagine how the world's human capital endowment is invested in and leveraged for social and economic gains. This session will engage participants in exploring the critical human capital challenges that sit at the intersection of labor supply and demand. To what extent can today's supply and quality of labor be reconciled with the availability and quality of jobs? Hans Leentjes, ManpowerGroup President, Northern Europe, participated in this discussion.


» Solving the Employment Equation

What sectors, skills and policy innovations will reduce structural unemployment? Dimensions to be addressed: exploring the potential of new and traditional sectors; improving employment statistics and skills forecasting; creating enabling environments for entrepreneurship. Panelists include: Neelie Kroes, Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, European Commission; Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science; Jeff Joerres, Chairman and CEO, ManpowerGroup. The session will be moderated by John Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.

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