Becoming a 21st-Century Leader

Wednesday, 12/5   |   9:00 am – 10:00 am   |   Main Room

Josh Davies

Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Work Ethic Development


The modern workplace is constantly evolving, with some jobs going away (switchboard operator) and others being created (app developer). But every 30 years, a new wave of technology fundamentally changes the workplace. Assembly lines, computers, and the Internet all dramatically shifted the nature of work and changed the workplace. The combination of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will create a new revolution by 2030. This will fundamentally change the way we work—and the leadership skills we need. Rather than sit back and hope, now is the time to prepare for the coming reality of 2030. As learning and development professionals, we need to be developing the skills of the future, for both our organizations and ourselves. There will still be leadership roles, but they will require a different set of skills and abilities.

Learn how to develop the skills that will make you relevant today and in the future. Don’t wait—choose instead to develop the skills of 21st-century leadership!

By the end of the workshop, you will learn:

  • The factors driving the 2030 wave
  • The impact of automation and AI on both education and the workplace
  • Strategies for developing the leadership skills of the 21st century.

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. An in-demand speaker, Josh gives keynote presentations and workshops to dozens of education, workforce, and corporate events annually. In preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training magazine named him one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40. 

Davies is currently the CEO of the Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing workplace skills in the global workforce. Partnering with organizations in 47 states and eight countries, they equip trainers to build the workforce of the 21st century. An avid runner, Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He has been appointed by the governor to serve a second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and to chair the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also chairs the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado and serves on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. Josh previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART), and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.