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GS02 The Future of Work

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PT
Tuesday, November 16

The workplace is changing faster than ever. The future of work is being shaped by a number of powerful forces, including technological advancements, social and environmental changes, increased globalization, shifts in the labor market, and more. In this general session, our panel of experts will explore the factors driving the future of work and discuss how these changes impact the work of modern learning leaders.

Dalia Abbas

Instructional Designer


Dalia Abbas is an instructional designer working on developing career courses for Springboard, an education-based company. Dalia attended the American University in Cairo and worked in academia in Cairo, Istanbul, Guangzhou, and Silicon Valley. She completed a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to Springboard, Dalia created customer-facing learning content for Zendesk. She currently works remotely from Milan, Italy.

Stephanie Abel

Senior Learning Partner


Stephanie Abel, a learning partner at Envigo, is a learning leader with 10+ years experience in corporate and higher educational curriculum design and facilitation focusing on career pathing and leadership development. She has been a part of the award-winning global learning teams at Cox Automotive and STANLEY Security, and she has operated her own learning consulting firm.

Ashley Acosta-Fox

eLearning Specialist

Peace Corps

Ashley Acosta-Fox joined the Peace Corps’ Office of Staff Learning and Development in August 2020. From 2015-2020, she worked as an Instructional Designer at Johns Hopkins University’s Washington, D.C., campus, where she partnered with faculty to design and develop over 80 fully-online graduate-level courses and launched SAIS’s first fully-online master’s program. A true believer in the potential for online learning to build bridges and create opportunities, Ashley has logged over a decade of experience teaching in higher education. A computer fanatic from an early age, Ashley built and published her first website in 1996. She has earned master’s degrees in philosophy and education.

Kate Ahearn

Learning Strategist

Conduent Learning Solutions

Kate Ahearn is a Learning Strategist at Conduent Learning Solutions. She provides talent development solutions to Fortune 500 companies across varied sectors. Kate builds collaborative, trusting relationships to effectively analyze and validate client needs and recommend appropriate custom solutions. She has defined projects and led project teams through strategy, design, development, curation and execution. Kate has conducted workflow analysis, interviewed stakeholders, analyzed data, researched best practices and built business cases. She holds a 5 Moments of NeedÆ Designer certificate from Apply Synergies and is passionate about the value that workflow learning brings to both performers and their organizations. Previously, Kate held roles within financial service, retail, publishing and broadcasting organizations. She managed and realigned learning departments, led organization-wide learning and change initiatives; and launched leadership programs. She drove strategic planning, employee relations and coaching to develop leaders and workforces that were engaged and aligned to meet workplace challenges.

Areebah Ajani

Senior Learning Experience Designer


Areebah Ajani is a learning experience designer at Qualtrics, with a background in user experience research. While completing her master’s degree in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) program, she worked alongside professors and talented designers and developers at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). Thereafter, she worked at the University of Texas School for Biomedical Informatics, IBM Design studio in Austin, Texas, before joining Qualtrics.