2023 WorkLife Conference: Adapting to the Evolving World of Work

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023         Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm         Location: Hannah Community Center

Event Description

The world of work is constantly changing, and as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic, it has become clear that the future of work will be marked by adaptability, innovation, and resilience. The “Adapting to the Evolving World of Work” conference is designed to bring together professionals from various backgrounds to discuss and explore strategies to navigate the dynamic landscape of work in the post-pandemic era.

The conference’s keynote speaker will provide a thought-provoking analysis of the higher education sector in a post-pandemic era. Leaders in academia have faced distinctive challenges, including transitioning to online learning, ensuring student engagement, and addressing mental health concerns among students and faculty. The keynote will shed light on how higher education institutions have adapted and innovated, exploring the lessons learned and the path forward.

Join us at the “Adapting to the Evolving World of Work” conference to connect with industry peers, share best practices, and gain valuable insights from experts in the field. Together, we will explore how to thrive in an ever-changing work landscape and chart a course for a successful future. Whether you are an HR professional, a manager, a leader, or an educator, this conference will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the new world of work with confidence.

The Hannah Community Center is located at 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Parking is available in the main front lot and in the side lot. 

*The conference will be available live in-person only. Space is limited. The Welcome and Keynote portions will be recorded and made available for viewing on our website after the conference.


8:15 – 9:00am           Check-In and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15am           Welcome

9:15 – 10:15am           Keynote Speaker

10:15 – 10:25am         Break & Snacks

10:25 – 11:30am         Breakout Sessions

11:30am – 12:00pm   Closing Remarks


Conference Keynote

Work and Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World: The Unique Challenges of Higher Education

Although it is generally acknowledged that people are the single most important component of an organization’s success, leaders often struggle with how to best manage their workforce. This is particularly true when many leadership approaches are rooted in an “old school” philosophy and the world continues to change. In this presentation, Eli Broad Professor of Management Dr. Frederick Morgeson will draw from his 30 years of experience as one of the most prolific and highly cited scholars in the world, an award-winning educator, and an active organizational consultant to discuss the fundamental ways in which the modern workplace has changed, the unique challenges facing universities, and the dangers of not adapting to the new reality. In doing so, he highlights the changes that have occurred and discusses “old school” leadership approaches that might be damaging your team, department, or organization. The presentation closes with practical solutions about how to adapt in the post-pandemic world.

Location: Banquet Hall, 1st Floor

Breakout Sessions

Creating Community in a Hybrid World

As remote and hybrid work models become the new norm, developing and maintaining a sense of community and connection among team members is crucial. This session will delve into effective strategies to foster collaboration, communication, and a strong sense of belonging in a dispersed workforce. Presenters: Dr. Angela Hall, Anne Baker, Kristi Evans

Location: Executive Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Attracting and Retaining Values Based Employees

The shifting work environment requires organizations to rethink their approach to recruiting and retaining employees. This session will offer insights into what employees value, the importance of flexibility, support for caregivers, and the importance of investing in the mental health and wellbeing of employees. Presenters: Sherri Reese, Jake Lathrop, Rachel Perez

Location: Room 237, 2nd Floor

Workplace Wellbeing

The pandemic has underscored the importance of prioritizing employee wellbeing and supporting recovery from work related trauma. This session will explore opportunities to infuse health and wellbeing into the daily work routine and the resources available through MSU’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Presenters will explore workplace wellbeing best practices that support physical and mental health, enhance productivity, and create a positive work environment. Presenters: Jon Novello, Jaimie Hutchison, Ebony Lucas

Location: Banquet Hall, 1st Floor

About the Speaker: Frederick P. Morgeson, Ph.D.

Frederick P. Morgeson (Ph.D., Purdue University) is the Eli Broad Professor of Management at Michigan State University and current and founding Editor of the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. As an Industrial and Organizational psychologist, Dr. Morgeson is internationally recognized as one of the most prolific and highly-cited scholars in the world (with over 100 publications and over 38,000 citations). He is creator of Event System Theory and the Work Design Questionnaire, an award-winning educator, a leader in the field (previous Editor of Personnel Psychology and past Chair of the Academy of Management Human Resources Division), and an active organizational consultant (over 130 organizations). He has presented at universities and conferences around the world and has earned many awards for his research, including numerous best paper awards, citations, and nominations, and won the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the American Psychological Association. In recognition of this, Dr. Morgeson has been named Fellow of Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.