5 Sep 2023
2024 Expert Outlook on Careers

How are Gen Zers shaking up the workplace? What career opportunities and threats does AI present? How are virtual communities bridging opportunity gaps? In this part of the 2024 Expert Outlook, we speak to three experts about how companies can attract and retain employees amid widespread disruption.

Dr. Christos Makridis is passionate about the ways in which technology shapes the ways we work and live and how to promote human flourishing. He serves as a research affiliate and professor at Stanford University, Columbia Business School, Arizona State University, and Baylor University, as well as a senior advisor on the National AI Institute at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also written for Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal, has a Web3 start-up focused on the arts and multimedia production, and holds dual doctorates and master's degrees in economics and management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Sonya Barlow is an entrepreneur, inclusion expert, travel and lifestyle content creator, author, and presenter. She is the award-winning founder of LMF Network, a global community and edtech platform to build women's confidence, capabilities, and careers through masterclasses, mentorship, and community. Since launching in 2018, the social community has grown to over 50,000 and up-skilled more than 15,000 people. Sonya is valued for her public speaking skills, including delivering two TEDx talks, being recognised as a Linkedin Changemaker and Top Voice, and being a radio host for the BBC's The Everyday Hustle. As well as receiving multiple awards and being showcased in Forbes, Business Insider, and The Telegraph, Sonya is also the best-selling author of Unprepared to Entrepreneur.

Nathaniel Diong is an award-winning social entrepreneur, director, and Gen Z expert. He has been internationally recognised for preparing the world's leading companies for the future of work. This includes Forbes' 30 under 30, Commonwealth Young Person of the Year (Australia), and Young Australian of the Year finalist. He’s spoken on the TEDx stage to inspire the next generation, designed innovation curricula for acclaimed universities, and discussed the future of work on an international stage. As the founder and CEO of Future Minds Network, his work spans 25 countries, advising C-suite executives globally and empowering over 11,000 youth with the skills to enter employment.

Bailey Bellingy is a behavioural analyst at Canvas8. After completing a BSc in social sciences, she joined the world of cultural insights. Throughout her degree, Bailey gained experience across social research methods, focusing on sociology, gender, and race studies. With experience on a range of qualitative projects, her practice focuses on incorporating diverse narratives. Outside of Canvas8, she can be found stocking up on Glossier or browsing Jane’s Patisserie for recipes.