innovateUM 2020: The Future of Work

*Note: we were unable to hold innovateUM in April 2020 due to Covid-19. We look forward to exploring similar questions and themes through a new lens in upcoming events.*

What is the future of work in an age of automation? How can higher education partner with the public and private sectors to foster a resilient, adaptable workforce? innovateUM 2020 will explore workforce challenges and opportunities facing our community and state, as well as promising models for inclusive, multi-sector solutions. 


Keynote Speakers


The Future of Work

Automation is transforming the workforce, creating new jobs and industries while radically altering and eliminating others. Which workforce sectors will undergo the greatest transformation, and which are more secure? How can higher education best prepare students for future jobs that do not yet exist today? Dr. Scott Latham's research, born of his experience in the software industry during the dot com boom and bust, explores organizational decline, disruption, and innovation. Currently an associate professor in the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, he has published in top journals including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review and conducted research in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank, Department of Labor, MassHire, and other state and federal agencies.


Collaborating across Sectors for a Resilient, Adaptive Workforce

How can the education and private sectors collaborate to prepare and attract a robust workforce? As director of BillingsWorks, the workforce development branch of Big Sky Economic Development, Karen Baumgart convenes stakeholders from across sectors to identify workforce trouble spots and existing trends, and ultimately to develop and implement innovative strategies for ensuring a thriving workforce in Yellowstone County. Baumgart will share lessons learned from her community's collective efforts to close the talent gap by aligning education, training, and business needs. Baumgart previously served as coach and facilitator for Elation, Inc. -a start-up company in Billings dedicated to organizational performance.

Speakers and Panelists

Kim Latrielle, Missoula Chamber of Commerce
Andi Wainwright, UM undergraduate