Biography

Jeanne is the Founding Partner of Future Workplace, a human resources advisory and research firm providing insights on the future of learning and working. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award by the Association for Talent Development (ATD). This award is given to one executive each year honoring their contribution and body of work in the field of workplace learning. Jeanne’s name is synonymous with the establishment and institutionalization of global corporate universities. Jeanne is the author of four books, Corporate Quality Universities, Corporate Universities, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today, and Jeanne’s latest book The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees.

The Future Workplace Experience book has won the 2017 Axiom Business Book Award in the Silver category for Best Business Book for Human Resource Professionals and has been highlighted in TIME Magazine, NPR, SHRM’s HR Magazine, Digitalist Magazine, and CIO Magazine, among many others.

In 2015, Jeanne was named to the list of the top 50 Influencers in Corporate Human Resources and Recruiting by Glassdoor. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Kronos Workforce Institute. Bizzabo lists Jeanne on the Top 25 Most Engaging Speakers in HR for 2014.

Jeanne and her firm, Future Workplace, launched the Future Workplace Network, a consortium of HR, Talent and Corporate Learning Leaders from FORTUNE 1,000 organizations who convene four times a year to discuss and debate how to prepare for the future of work. Future Workplace also offers a range of on-site workshops targeted to developing a new set of skills to thrive in the future workplace.

Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. In addition, Jeanne has written articles in such publications as AACSB, Association of Business Schools, Chronicle of Higher Education, CLO Magazine, Financial Times, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update, HR Executive, Journal of Business Strategy, TRAINING, T&D Magazine, Outlook, a publication of Accenture, People & Strategy Journal, and Workforce Management. Her article Mentoring Millennials, published in the Harvard Business Review, was an extension of the concepts in The 2020 Workplace book. Jeanne has also written a chapter in the Harvard Business Review publication entitled, Guide to Getting the Mentoring You Need, focusing on the growth of mentoring and reverse mentoring among organizations.

Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture and is currently a Contributor to Forbes writing a column entitled 2020 Workplace: Preparing for the Future. A list of recent columns can be found at: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeannemeister. Jeanne is also a guest columnist and a member of the Executive Board for CLO magazine.

Jeanne lives in New York City with her husband, and daughter, who is her “case study” on what Millennials require from employers. Jeanne is an avid cook and is on the board of directors of the Mahaiwe Center for Performing Arts in Great Barrington, MA as well as a volunteer for Columbia County Land Conservancy advocating to conserve farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and the rural character of Columbia County, New York.

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"What You Can Do to Thrive Now in the 2020 Workplace" was compelling for our audience of senior learning & talent management professionals. The audience, made up of Training & Development practitioners from a host of Fortune 500 companies, as well as non-profit, government and independent contractors, came into our meeting at ASTD with one notion and left with another.
– Lance Tukell, Vice President, Director of Talent Management, Chartis International
Jeanne Meister is a thought provoking speaker and I heard her recently as a keynote at the HRPS event in St Louis. Her ideas are backed by in-depth research and she demonstrates the practicality of how to implement changes in your organization. One particular statement that stood out to me was she said, “We need to move from a promotion culture to a career based culture.” Many organizations struggle to find growth opportunities for all employees because we have a tendency to only focus on promotions, which a lot of companies can’t support. She is also forward thinking in how to utilize artificial intelligence from a Human Resources perspective. She makes people excited about the technology and not fear it.
– Director of Learning and Development, Safety National
Members of the Pacific NW affiliate of Human Resources People and Strategy (HRPS) expect quality thought leadership, strategic HR content and presenters who engage and challenge them. Jeanne Meister spoke with our affiliate on October 20th, 2011 and exceeded all three expectations. She constantly refreshes her research and learning from her great book 2020 Workforce bringing new examples that illustrate how companies are making creative breakthroughs now that anticipate the workforce expectations of 2020. Our members expanded their minds, picked up new ideas for implementation and were thoroughly impressed with Jeanne’s style and substance. She believes learning should be fun as well as compelling and she delivered on both counts.
– Jeannie Coyle, Managing Partner of Talent Savvy Manager
“Jeanne Meister gave the keynote at Pärnu Leadership Conference, which is one of the largest leadership events in Northern Europe. Her professionalism and knowledge of the matter of why people work at all and why they work for a particular employer made people really the audience think of their jobs as leaders. But there was more. Jeanne was engaging and highly interactive as she shared best practices with our audience. With my 15 years experience I can seldom say that international speakers take the trouble of understanding local circumstances ( especially think outside US, Germany or growingly, Asia). Jeanne was different. She took local statistics and discussed the similarities and differences of her global research.
– Toomas Tamsar, Parnu Leadership Conference Chair, Estonia

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Corporate Universities

The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees

The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today

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