Is The Gig Economy The Future Of Work?

Oct 03, 2019
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Parallel + Holden Room
145 Holden Street N.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
From freelance to side hustle, workers are taking their talent to the road, finding an entrepreneurial spirit, and taking full advantage of the new gig economy. But, who is really winning? 
FEI's October event is being co-sponsored with the Center for Economic Inclusion.
As employers cut traditional benefits and offer fewer permanent positions, workers are creating their own space, opting for gigs that allow flexible hours and higher hourly pay. Still, despite the opportunities these new ventures bring, there are also risks and trade-offs for both employer and side hustler. 
  • How can employers stay committed to equity and inclusion as they elevate a gig-focused business model?
  • How can we ensure people of color participate in the expansion of the gig economy in our region
Author, journalist, and expert, Linda Nazareth will join us and a panel of local experts to lead a conversation on how this new workforce model can make or break our future economy.  Register today and plan to bring your team and share within your networks.


3 - 5 PM | Opening Comments by Linda Nazareth and Reaction Panel
5 - 6 PM | Reception and Networking
6 PM | Close


Linda Nazareth is an economist, a futurist, and a respected authority on the future of work. As a newspaper columnist and an author, she knows how to frame things in a way that both educate and entertain, and as the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at the think-tank the Macdonald Laurier Institute, she knows what she is talking about. 
Linda’s career has taken non-traditional turns. She has worked as a government economist, specializing in labor market planning, followed by several years working as a senior economist at a major financial institution. She spent a decade as an on-air economist for Canada’s Business News Network. Linda is able to take big ideas and distill them into information that can be used to inform strategic plans and has worked with organizations such as American Express and The Economist Magazine. 
As a noted author, Linda’s fourth book, Work is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy draws decades-long research and interactions with cross-sector audiences nationwide. Linda is eager to engage people in thinking about what the world might look like when we replace the idea of ‘jobs’ with that of ‘work.’
Linda is a frequent media commentator and has been quoted everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to Wired Magazine. 


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