How to Win in the Gig Economy

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Marcia LaReau, founder and president of Forward Motion, discusses how to navigate working in a "gig economy,"  where temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. Note: at 6 pm, this program is preceded with an opportunity for networking.

How does this  impact the individual? What are the trends behind this development? How do globalization, a mobile workforce and digitization contribute to these trends? How do you balance the financial challenges with the gig economy's flexibility? How do you plan for retirement, vacations and pay for benefits? In a gig economy, businesses save resources in terms of benefits, office space and training. From the worker's framework, a gig economy can improve work-life balance over what is possible in most jobs. Ideally, the model is powered by independent workers selecting jobs that they're interested in, rather than one in which people are forced into a position where, unable to attain employment, they pick up whatever temporary gigs they can land. 

Marcia LaReau, is founder and president of Forward Motion. She is the co-author of the soon-to-be-available book Careermageddon, Cracking the Code to 21st Century Careers. In 1997, after 18 years as an orchestra conductor and university teacher, she moved into the corporate world and led training initiatives for projects spanning 44,000 employees on four continents. Her design of unique change-methodologies increased effectiveness and employee efficiency through dynamic communication and team building.

Dr. LaReau has proven herself in corporate, business and non-profit venues, working with executives, managers, human resource professionals and project teams. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and a PhD from The Ohio State University.

Forward Motion was founded to bring career and work strategies to jobseekers and equip employers with meticulous, up-to-date, ground-breaking research about every aspect of the ever-changing business world and to create an effective purpose-driven workforce.”

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