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"After the Kentucky Derby" #Davos2022

My calendar looks is a bit different since I’ve moved on from a 40-year career as a full-time marketing communications professional to a contractor supporting higher education and nonprofit leaders.

My May plans have changed from “I’ll get to that after commencement” to “I’ll think about doing that after the Kentucky Derby.”

My May has a perceptible
different pace this year.

My new "after the Kentucky Derby" work includes the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. I started following it when I worked with Lehigh University President Alice P. Gast in 2006. She is a long-time and valuable contributor to the Forum.

Now, with a more flexible schedule, I have more time this year to follow multiple topics throughout the five-day convening which begins May 22.

This year, perhaps more than any other year, I’m drawn to the Forum’s philosophy of “collaborative, multistakeholder impact, providing a unique collaborative environment in which to reconnect, share insights, gain fresh perspectives, and build problem-solving communities and initiatives. Against a backdrop of deepening global frictions and fractures, it will be the starting point for a new era of global responsibility and cooperation.”

I am eager to learn ways I can further help my clients, my community, and my profession.

Here are the topics I’ll be following (with descriptions from the Agenda).

Six misunderstood concepts about diversity in the workplace and why they matter.

Understanding diversity concepts is vital for true progress to be made in workplace diversity and inclusion.

The six key concepts are:
1. allyship
2. class discrimination
3. intersectionality
4. gender pay gap
5. privilege
6. pronouns

Building them into business culture and beyond will help make the working day a safer, more welcoming place for many.

Leading with purpose.

As worker retention continues to challenge business, it’s time to lead in the new ways valued by top talent.
Research on why employees leave shows the reasons are within your control as a leader: culture, work environment, growth opportunities and leadership disconnect.

When an organization has a clear, well-defined purpose and pathway forward, it is more likely to attract and retain top talent.

Ukrainians with disabilities are being left behind. It’s time for concerted humanitarian action.

People with disabilities in Ukraine are not being fully served by current humanitarian structures. Inclusion and accessibility must be more thoroughly integrated into crisis response plans.

The international community should support local organizations in providing the necessary resources and information.

Here's why hybrid working means more stress for women.

Stress and burnout are at “alarming levels”, according to a new report by Deloitte.

A third of the women surveyed have taken time off work in the past year because of mental health challenges. Flexible working is only available to 33% of women – and 60% say hybrid working makes them feel shut out.

Inclusive employers with flexible working policies are more likely to attract and retain women, say the report’s authors.

Burnout and stress for women at work have reached “alarming levels”, a new report warns. Women @ Work 2022: A Global Outlook is a survey of 5,000 working women across 10 countries by professional services firm Deloitte Global.

Today's children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents.

Today’s children will emit 10 times less CO2 than their grandparents, if the world reaches net-zero emissions by 2050, the IEA estimates.

In advanced economies with bigger carbon footprints, people born in the 1950s could emit 15 times more CO2 than their descendants.

The carbon footprints of grandparents in developing economies are smaller, at only three and a half times the size of children born in the 2020s.