The Evolving Workplace

Join us as we explore the evolving workplace amidst COVID-19, including a discussion on sustaining employee engagement in a virtual/remote reality and insights on attracting and retaining top talent.

Maribel Perez Wadsworth Wadsworth runs the news division of Gannett Media, overseeing more than 5,000 journalists across 260 local news organizations and the flagship USA TODAY. She has been with Gannett for nearly 25 years, beginning as a reporter at the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star. In 2015, she was named Gannett’s first Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. She helped to architect the company’s digital subscription strategy and created its Innovation Lab to foster intrapreneurship and human-centered design across the organization. She serves on the board of directors of the News Media Alliance and the International News Media Association. Wadsworth graduated from the UM School of Communication in 1993. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Chris (MS ’94) and their three sons. Rounding out the Cane family trifecta, their middle son just completed his freshman year at the Miami Herbert Business School.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., B.S.C. ’89, SHRM-SCP President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is president and chief executive officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day. As a global leader in the future of employment, culture, and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers, and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA TODAY. Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive, and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was president and chief executive officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and was appointed by President Donald Trump as chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates, and the American Red Cross and as an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.