Lisa Taylor

Workforce Researcher and Futurist, Author

Lisa Taylor

Workforce Researcher and Futurist, Author


Lisa Taylor is the President of Challenge Factory and Centre for Career Innovation, and author of Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business. She is also a trailblazing expert in demystifying the outdated ways of thinking about the Future of Work.

Lisa is a sought-after expert in helping companies recognize and adapt to changing career timelines and demographic composition. Lisa’s expertise is widely recognized and regularly cited in many North American media sources, including The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, CBC, and Rogers. Her second, soon-to-be-published book is called The Talent Revolution. Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women in 2014 for her work in leadership, employment, and city building.

Lisa offers a dynamic perspective on how aging demographics and new market dynamics present organizations and individuals with opportunities to gain strategic advantage – if we’re willing to adapt.

Keynote Topics:

The Uberfication of Work and Careers

The traditional 9 to 5 is becoming a thing of the past. Today, organizations are creating platforms and apps to allow contractors to sell products and services. While skeptics may see this shift as negative, it is a huge opportunity. Smart leaders will recognize how the “uberfication” of work has unlocked new opportunities for both organizations and individuals. In this talk, Lisa challenges outdated career assumptions and shows the audience how to design workforce structures that the workforce of 2020 and 2030 will need.

Social Rituals for the Aging Workforce

At work, the rituals we celebrate feel empty over time. Think of the office birthday cake: fun for employees in their 20’s, but awkward for employees in their 60’s. Rituals exist to acknowledge accomplishment and connect people. Yet, while we have rituals to mark life’s beginnings, what about life’s middles or transition points? The middles are where real life and real legacies are created. This talk reveals the untapped opportunity to ritualize lifelong accomplishment and legacy building.