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The Future of Work: Organizations of Tomorrow

Sept. 28, 2019, 8 a.m. - Sept. 28, 2019, 5 p.m.

Location: Syracuse University

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About This Seminar

The Future of Work: Organizations of Tomorrow is the Fall 2019 Helen Benning Regnier iSchool Graduate Seminar.

The tools and practices used in information science may not look the same 3 days, months, or years from now. How are today’s organizations collaborating and engaging with communities around the world? What is being automated across organizations and businesses, and how will that change the job landscape for tomorrow’s workers?

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Seminar Itinerary

Friday, September 27 (optional events)


Information about signing up for the following optional events will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

  • 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse 
  • 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Explore Westcott
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse
  • 2:15 - 2:35 p.m. - iSchool Tour
  • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. - Syracuse University Campus Tour
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Graduate Reception
    • Location: Life Sciences Complex Atrium

Saturday, September 28 (required events)

Full attendance of the Saturday scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS  academic programs, as well as IM for Executive-Status Students who matriculated October 2018 or later.

Location: Life Sciences Complex, Atrium, Syracuse University Campus.

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Seminar check-in and breakfast buffet

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Organizations of Tomorrow,” Distinguished Lecturer

9:20 - 10:05 a.m.

Design Breakouts: Introduction

10:05 - 10:20 a.m.15 minute break
10:20 - 10:40 a.m.

Lightning Talks

  • Distributed Organizations: Research
  • Community Engagement: Practitioner
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.Q&A with Presenters
10:50 - 11:20 a.m.Design Breakouts Part 2
11:20 - 11:35 a.m.

Design Breakouts Part 3

11:35 - 11:50 a.m.

Design Breakouts Part 4

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Design Breakouts Part 5
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet and Networking

1:00 - 1:25 p.m.

Lightning Talks

  • Collaboration: Practitioner
  • Automation: Research
  • Automation: Practitioner
1:25 - 1:45 p.m.Design Breakouts Part 6
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.All Instructors/Presenters Panel
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.Coffee and Dessert Break
3:15 - 4:05 p.m.

Afternoon Discussion Groups

  • Distributed Organizations
  • Future of Work Around the World
  • Community Engagement
  • Automation
  • Collaboration
  • 3-5 Student suggested topics
 4:05 - 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Sunday, September 29  (optional events)

Information about signing up for optional events will be sent via email.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Post-Seminar Workshop (includes breakfast, Unconference Discussion Groups, Networking time, and choice of events: Practitioner Panel, Taking Your Design Project Live, or work with Practitioners to develop global problem solutions)
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. -  Community Service Volunteer Project
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Everson Museum Trip
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Apple Picking
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Explore Westcott

Hotel & Room Block Information

For students and alumni visiting Syracuse for the seminar, there are rooms available at a group rate at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.

Book your room online


Free parking: Free parking Friday/Saturday/Sunday is available along Walnut Ave and Walnut Place (close to Bird Library and Schine Student Center) through 8:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. depending on the street signs.

Street parking: City street parking (6:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. alternating even and odd days) is also free and available on streets close to campus, such as Harrison St. and Madison St. There is a parking garage with fees associated across from the Schine Student Center on Waverly Ave.

Metered parking: Metered parking areas will be free on Sunday for those attending Sunday optional events. Please plan to spend half an hour finding parking and walking to campus, depending on parking location.


Lyft and Uber are widely available in Syracuse, as well as local taxi services. If you are planning to use the bus system to get to the event, please plan accordingly to arrive by 9:00 a.m. for the start of the seminar required events.

Code of Conduct

Please do not be disruptive by talking or using electronic devices during speaker events (keynote, lightning talks, practitioner panel). Notebooks will be provided for note-taking.

Please be courteous and respectful toward your fellow attendees. This event is intended to provide a harassment-free conference experience for all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof) or different ability. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants, speakers or facilitators in any form.

Please be aware of a 2-strike policy for violating the conduct policies above:

  • Strike 1: you will be handed a warning card by an event facilitator describing the policy you have violated.
  • Strike 2: after two violations of conduct policy, you will be asked to leave the event and will not receive credit for attending the event.

Full attendance of the Saturday scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS academic programs.

Accessibility Policy

Syracuse University values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal at the iSchool is to create learning environments that are useable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.

If you believe you need accommodations for different abilities to attend this event, please describe your need on the registration form when you register for the event. The deadline for accommodation requests is three weeks prior to the event ; contact Margaret Craft at

Questions & Contact

Event Coordinator: Margaret Stockman Craft, Academic Operations Analyst (

Online Student Point of Contact: Vicky Williams, Director of Online Education (

Faculty Host: Dr. Scott Bernard, Executive Professor (

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