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 She is also a trailblazing expert in demystifying the outdated ways of thinking about the Future of Work.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:

Winning The Talent Revolution Amidst Technological Change

Change is happening. The world is now more closely connected and population migration has created a diverse and blended workforce. We benefit from greater connectivity, and a deeper understanding of how our brains work; however we are challenged by emerging talent trends and business models. Daily news reports purport a thriving gig economy and the impending replacement of jobs by a robot workforce. But what’s myth and what is reality? How does AI, robotics and the platform economy impact how jobs are designed and what we need to do to adapt?Employees need to be prepared for the jobs that don’t exist yet but will be a core part of thriving in a new global economy.

Inherently human, we want to make sense of what’s happening, to equip ourselves to adapt and thrive amidst constant change. This talk breaks down the drivers of change and identifies the technological and talent related implications. Using demographics, Lisa takes an intergenerational approach to workforce changes and shows how leaders can transform their organization to become winners in the talent revolution.

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.