The Future Work Skills Academy
Donna works at the IoE – the Intersection of Everything and the Future of Work.
She started her professional life as an educator and this theme runs through her entire journey so far. Along the way she became interested in industrial law and human capital transformation. 25 years consulting in organisational transformation primarily in tech and working on billion-dollar projects added another addiction to a growing list. Her experience spans the verticals of maritime, defence, financial services, employment and disability employment , pharmaceuticals , transport, human services, ticketing. Just to name a few.
She loves to learn and has a number of undergraduate and post graduate degrees the latest in innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship and creativity. She recently extended her academic passion into a PhD with a research focus on the intention of employers to train their workforce in uniquely human skills.
The Future of Work is a complex, atomized topic and she leverages her Fellowship of the Royal Society, participation in developing the first Future of Work Diploma in Latin America, and membership of research trials globally to connect with organisations and individuals who inhabit this space.
She is the Founder and Creative Director of the Future Work Skills Academy. A global, agile, adaptive coalition of experts in those skills identified by the Institute for the Future as necessary for humans to feel engaged, deliver value and find purpose as a number of significant, accelerating factors conspire to radically disrupt work as we know it. The organisation’s primary focus is building agency in these skills; in unlocking human potential that has largely been ignored in the past 2 centuries of industrial education and learning. This venture has necessitated Donna gaining a deeper understanding of neuroscience, learning science and the frontier technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution that converge with skills building in ways never before imagined. And it is these topics she weaves into her foresights about humans and the future of work.