The Great Return to Work

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A discussion of the challenges offered by the Great Return and our New Normal, presented by Nalanda Institute’s Boundless Leadership.

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A panel of experts and leaders in mind sciences, business, and management theory will address the uncertainty and anxiety facing employers and employees alike, as we all move forward with the unfolding New Normal.

At the intersection of neuroscience, human psychology, social sciences, and the emerging trends that are challenging businesses today, this panel will help unpack the issues and implications of the various work-from-home options and their long-term impact on employee and organizational wellbeing.

Among other things, we will discuss the following:

• How to meet the need for engagement, community, and spontaneous creativity in work-from-home and hybrid work environments.

• How to address the mental and emotional needs of employees in the new normal.

• How to ensure fair and just implementation of work-from-home and hybrid work environments.

• How to ensure that Diversity/Equity/Inclusion efforts will not be negatively impacted by this shift to work-from-home.

Can’t make this time? No problem, we’ll send out a recording to all registered participants.

Online via Zoom


Daniel Goleman, PhD is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. His New York Times bestseller, Emotional Intelligence was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME magazine. The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Accenture Institute for Strategic Change have listed Goleman among the most influential business thinkers.

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist, clinical researcher, and meditation scholar-teacher who integrates neuroscience with contemplative practice to help people cultivate personal well-being, interpersonal compassion, and transformational leadership. Assistant Professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College and founder of the educational non-profit Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, he has published dozens of chapters and articles on the benefits and mechanisms of meditation in peer-reviewed publications.

Darrell Ford, JD, MBA serves as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for UPS. Prior to joining UPS, Darrell was the CHRO at DuPont. In addition to leading DuPont’s H.R. functions and activities, Darrell was integral in helping shape the company’s culture, with a focus on talent to increase customer and shareholder value. He achieved similar results in previous roles with Xerox, Advanced Micro Devices, Shell, and Honeywell in his 30-year career.

Lindsey Cameron, PhD is an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on how changes in the modern workplace (e.g., algorithms/machine learning, short-term employment contracts, variable pay) affect work and workers, having recently completed a five-year ethnography of the largest employer in the gig economy, the ride-hailing industry.


Katherine Klein, PhD is an organizational psychologist and the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at Wharton. Her research on diversity, leadership, team effectiveness, and innovation has appeared in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review. Her current research is focused on organizational change and effectiveness following a leadership change at the top.


Elazar Aslan, MBA, PCC is an award-winning author, executive advisor, speaker, and Founder & CEO of Caterfly Solutions, a firm that offers coaching, workshops, and rigorous programs to help leaders and their organizations operate from their peak potential to have a positive and lasting impact on their communities and the world.

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