The future of work – optimising the skills workers will need

18 May 2023

4:30 – 6:00pm BST

Central London & virtual


Timings (BST)

4pm: In-person arrivals

4:30-6pm: Roundtable

6-7pm: Drinks & networking


The global pandemic, hybrid/remote work, and the Great Resignation created challenges for companies. To boost employee retention and engagement, as well as optimize their workforce, companies have begun to place a greater emphasis on employee skills as well as mental wellbeing.

What impact can an emphasis on skills have on companies? What role can technologies such as AI play? How can companies become skills-based meritocracies? How will the shift towards skills impact the global workforce? Carlos Gutierrez will share his insights on these pressing questions.

Dr Smith will then share a case study about a 2,000+ workforce within an NHS Trust. Various challenges were identified as contributing to poor patient outcomes, including fragmented teams as a consequence of different working environments (hybrid, community, hospital-based). She will share the solution which used a behaviour change approach (COM-B) from board level to administrative staff. Following the intervention, the Trust reported an increase in psychological safety across teams and a reduction in mental health symptoms and there was also an improvement in culture and working environment.

Carlos Gutierrez

CEO @ EmPath | Fmr. U.S. Secretary of Commerce | Chairman & CEO @ Kellogg’s


Carlos Gutierrez is the co-founder and CEO of Empath, Inc., a SaaS technology platform that uses machine learning to transform the way talent is managed and grown inside a company.

Previously, Secretary Gutierrez served as Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory firm. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. Secretary Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment.

Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly thirty years with Kellogg Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of well-known food brands. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the United States, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the company’s hundred-year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company.

Secretary Gutierrez joined ASG from Citi, where he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group.

He currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council, the Boao Forum for Asia, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, MetLife and Exelon.

Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is married to Edilia and has three grown children. He is based in Washington, DC.

Dr Jan Smith

CEO @ MindYourself


Dr Smith is a chartered psychologist, researcher, advisor, and author. She is the CEO of Healthy You Ltd and, for over ten years, has developed psychology services for individuals and families who have sustained psychological injuries while receiving patient care. Dr Smith is an expert witness on psychological trauma.

She is part of the leadership team who founded the UK National Campaign, Make Birth Better, and has led the parliamentary working group for birth trauma. She conducts research projects, trains clinicians about psychological trauma, and supervises postgraduate research projects in this area.

Dr Smith and her team have created and led national psychological programmes for NHS England, delivering to thousands of staff to support their mental health and well-being. NHS England has commissioned Healthy You Ltd to develop and facilitate leadership programmes for aspiring leaders.

She has written articles, papers, and books on creating nurturing workplaces and systems for health and care workers. She provides executive coaching to leaders across the health, care, law, and aviation industries, particularly those experiencing psychological trauma, burnout, moral injury, or high-stress levels. For the past five years, Dr Smith has been instrumental in developing peer support services for pilots. She is one of the lead psychologists for the BA Flying with Confidence programme.

In July ’22, Dr Smith and her team launched a digital platform to upskill workers to optimize their mental health, using evidence-based solutions and AI/ machine learning called the MindYourself app.

Dr Smith has expertise, skills, and experience across various industries. In conjunction, she has an eclectic approach to devising workable and efficacious intervention methods, which has led to innovative changes to improve mental health in the workplace.

Milyae Park

NED @ Fidelity European Trust PLC | Alliance Trust PLC


Milyae Park is a Non-Executive Director, Speaker, and Advisor in DEI. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at Alliance Trust PLC, Fidelity European Trust PLC, and Faber and Faber, and the Chair of the Museum of London’s Trading Board. Her Executive career spans roles as a Chartered Accountant in Silicon Valley, an Investment Banker on Wall Street, a Partner in Accenture’s M&A and Strategy practice, a Business Development Director and a Commercial Director at Tesco, and the Director for Europe at Marks & Spencer, as well as an entrepreneur and CEO at several fashion companies.

As an advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Milyae mentors underrepresented groups at the youth, Executive, and NED levels. She is a Mentor for BT’s Ethnic Diversity Personal Advisory Council, has advised organisations in targeting female and ethnically diverse students for STEM programmes, and has been a Coach for the 50/50 Women On Boards’ ‘Conversation on Board Diversity’.”

This meeting is open to Innovation Partnership members and partners. If you are a board member / C-suite / senior leader and wish to apply to join please email