April Rinne

April Rinne is an acclaimed international keynote speaker and trusted advisor to start-ups, enterprises, governments and investors worldwide. She is often called a “bumblebee” for her ability to cross-pollinate ideas and innovation across cultures and continents. April is also one of the "50 Leading Female Futurists" according to Forbes Magazine.

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April Rinne

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April is an expert on the new economy -- think sharing, collaborative, platform, on-demand, freelance and gig economies -- and the future of work. She loves expanding peoples’ minds to the incredible diversity of how people and organizations are rethinking how we live, work, create value and plan for the future.

In this light, April’s keynotes and presentations focus on how we will work, organize, build business, and how public policy will change in the Day After Tomorrow.

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The Future of Work in Flux

Almost every aspect of the way we work is changing as the world shifts from lifetime employment to freelance work arrangements, and as new technologies portend to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate.

Today, in the U.S. alone, 34% of the workforce is already freelance, a number that is expected to rise to 50% by 2030.

Public Policy for a World in Flux

The gap between technology and policy today is widening faster than ever before. To some degree this gap has always existed, and this makes sense given that policy is a lagging indicator. However, given the pace of change today, we face a very real risk of hitting a “point of no return” where policy -- whether local, national or global -- simply can’t keep up… with serious implications for society and well-being.

Flux: Thriving in Constant Change and Uncertainty

The pace of change has never been as fast as it is today... and yet, it's unlikely to ever again be this slow. Every day, we’re bombarded with information and feel pressure to keep up. We juggle increasing responsibilities and higher expectations, often set by others. And we’re doing this against a backdrop of uncertainty about the future: Will automation destroy my job? Will my children inherit an uninhabitable planet? Will I ever earn “enough?” For business leaders, there is added anxiety about what this means for talent, strategy, purpose, and profitability.

Careers of the Future: From Path to Portfolio

Traditionally, professional development is framed as a straight path: study hard + get good grades => get a good job + work long and hard => retire + enjoy the fruits of your labor. The education-career-retirement path is linear, the expectation is to do one thing before another, and we assume that this equation works out.

Yet in today's world in flux, every step of this journey is thrown off course. A degree is no guarantee of a good job; "jobs" are fraught, uncertain, and all too often lack meaning; and retirement is an open question mark for many. Moreover, leaders and HR departments struggle to reconcile the future of work: from the demands of top talent and managing an intergenerational workforce, to the gig economy and implications of automation.

What the Future of Work Means for the Future of Education

We hear the stories: of a future in which technology has addicted us, we have robot overlords, and we lose the ability to be in relationships. We see the statistics: of automation that will eliminate entire job categories, of rising inequality and safety nets that are fraying. Or will it be a future of unparalleled connectivity, collaboration and opportunity?

While the answers are up for grabs, one thing is clear: the future of work and education are fundamentally intertwined, and whether we get it right depends on understanding these forces at play. The stakes are high for parents, teachers, educational institutions, business, government and society at large… and most of all, future generations.

Future-Forward: New Ways of Learning, Working, Living and Leading in Flux

The future can feel overwhelming: it’s full of unknowns and risks, the pace of change is unrelenting, and sometimes it’s as though we’re losing our ability to understand one another. For young adults, there’s an added burden of older generations expecting you’ll fix the problems they created. Yet right now, you’d really just like to know: what should I study? What skills will be valuable in 10 years? Is a four-year college degree be worth the debt? You’ve been taught to study for the test, yet the future resembles a multiple-choice question with no good answers.

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Thierry Mortier
Partner at EY

It was truly an eye-opening experience that both enriched my network with amazing people and helped me shape the further direction of my career.

Peter Vindevogel
CEO The Park

A spontaneous smile on our face! That is what happens when we look back at our experience tour. The things you hear, see and learn are a source of inspiration and motivation for the future. We have already implemented some of these in our current strategy and operations.

Emile Maes
Head of Retail Filou & Friends

Nexxworks helps to facilitate innovative out of the box thinking. They will expose you and your teams to a different level of thought leadership, which in turn will help you and your people develop a different thinking ethos for the future.

Paul Roberts
CEO Digital Ventures Cartamundi

The nexxworks inspiration series helps us to imagine the future together with all the teams worldwide, and make the bridge to our day-to-day challenges as well.

Veerle Lauwers
Director Digital Strategy & Transformation at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

The nexxworks inspiration sessions were that mindblowing, that I invited my global team to taste, smell and learn via a similar experience.  

Mona Nair
Vice President, Skin Health & Head NA R&D at Johnson & Johnson

Meeting today’s companies and speakers brought us refreshing energy and perspectives to our challenges today.

Margaret Mitchell
Global VP People & Organization at Mars.inc

This experience showed how short-term planning and long term planning are both needed. The China visits were truly inspiring in how they execute on that. 

Tom Ward
Chief E-Commerce Walmart US

It’s so important to step outside the day-to-day business. We are the only ones who can moderate this back to our teams and translate what we’ve learned to accomplish our daily goals. 

Kathryn McClay
CEO at Sam's Club

Over the past months, I’ve experienced an expedition of discovery, imagination and acquisition of new tools & skills.

Dilly Aberra
Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

To new travelers, I hope you feel some of the same excitement, anxiety, and concentration. May you learn the way we did. 

Kosta Peric
Deputy Director Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We’ve seen great concepts and initiatives from other companies, that made us think outside the box.

Hannelore Raes
Co CEO at AGRISTO NV

We want to make sure that the wonderful company that our family started, remains relevant in a fast-pace changing world.

Filip Wallays
Co-CEO at AGRISTO NV

I view the nexxworks membership as a combination of inspiration, practical insights, and networking with peers.

Ivy Vanderheyden
VP Marketing L&R at Wolters Kluwer

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Opportunities and challenges of marketing in the metaverse
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June 23, 2022
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Solving the complex problem of financial inclusion
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June 21, 2022
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Health(care) meets Retail
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June 20, 2022
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