Author Archives: Sheila Penrose

Sheila Penrose: Protecting the future from the past

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Sheila Penrose (image)Events and meetings are winding down here in Davos, with the town returning to normality and skiers heading back to the slopes. So it’s time to share a few overall observations from this year’s World Economic Forum annual meeting.

The media’s concerns about the economic outlook are not shared by business leaders to nearly the same extent.

Yes, China’s growth is slowing as… Read More

Sheila Penrose: Changing job skills and empowering women fuel growth

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The Davos debate continues to focus on how our world is being fundamentally transformed by new technologies, tied to the theme of this year’s meeting “The Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

I participated in a panel today on how the skills and employment picture will change. Here are some of the highlights:

  • We’re redefining how value is created and by whom.
  • Capabilities will matter more than
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Sheila Penrose: Davos conversations emphasize change

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Sheila Penrose (image)At the meeting of company chairmen this year, the discussion shifted from last year’s “too big to fail” – concern about the financial sector – to “too big to change” – the need for greater agility and innovation in the face of disruptive technologies and business models.

Change is happening faster than we humans can incorporate into our daily behaviors, which has… Read More

Sheila Penrose: Short- and long-term conversations to come

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Sheila Penrose (image)This year’s World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos is getting into gear as business, political and NGO leaders assemble from around the world alongside policy makers, academics and – always! – the media.

The Davos theme for 2016 “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution” addresses how new technologies are merging the physical, digital and biological worlds to impact individuals, organizations and societies,… Read More

Sheila Penrose: Why Gender Parity Must Lead from the Boardroom

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Sheila Penrose (image)The financial benefits of gender parity in the corporate world are well documented. Fortune 500 companies with the greatest representation of women in management positions deliver return to shareholders that is 34% higher than for companies with the lowest representation.

The key to achieving these impressive returns starts at the top with a commitment from a company’s chairman and board of directors that… Read More