If the future of work is increased automation, how does this factor into occupation and career choices for the next generation of women? While some studies indicate automation will yield more opportunities; others say automation will create more obstacles. We are embarking on a new era, knowing that the workforce will certainly transform, but how? Join us as we unpack these questions and generate discussion on this exciting topic.

Featured Speaker(s)

Ariane Hegewisch is Program Director for Employment and Earnings at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, an independent research institute in Washington, DC. She is responsible for IWPR’s research on earnings, occupations, and workplace discrimination. She is the program director for IWPR’s work for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Gender Equity in Apprenticeship grant and its program on women’s retention and advancement in male dominated middle skill occupations, and directs IWPR’s programs on the Future of Work. Recent publications include ”Women, Automation, and the Future of Work”, �"Gender Inequality, Work Hours, and the Future of Work”, and �"Geographic Mobility, Gender, and the Future of Work”.

She was a member of the 2015-2016 EEOC’s Select Taskforce on Workplace Harassment. Prior to coming to the USA in 2001, she taught comparative European human resource management at Cranfield School of Management, one of the leading university business schools in the UK. She began her career in local government in London as a policy advisor on sector strategies and women’s employment and training. She holds a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK.

Shobhana Viswanathan is the Global Head of Product Marketing and Strategy at Automation Anywhere. She has a background in building, partnering and marketing new enterprise and SaaS products and solutions, creating and executing Go-to-Market strategies with transformational technologies like Cloud, RPA and AI; and selling into the C suite and the large enterprise. A long-time Silicon Valley product and marketing executive, she previously was a Director of Marketing at VMware. Shobhana is a recognized leader and is passionate about STEM education for women, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and emerging technologies like RPA and At. A frequent speaker at industry events, she has an Electrical Engineering degree and an MBA and has global experience in large companies and startups. She lives and works in the Bay Area.

Schedule of Events

Noon to 1pm - collaborative workshop