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Unilever hosts 2021 landmark Future of Work Summit

Bringing together more than 2500 virtual guests on its event microsite and 16,000 on LinkedIn live, the Unilever Future of Work Summit connected people from every corner of the planet for an inspiring series of conversations about how we foster a better future of work for all.

Convened by Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer for Unilever and moderated by Seven Hills co-founder Michael Hayman, the day was an inspiring debate about the future of work with CEOs of some of the world’s largest firms and leading experts in areas such as ED&I, technology, employment, youth entrepreneurship and more.

Kicking off with a session featuring Unilever CEO, Alan Jope, WPP CEO, Mark Read and McKinsey managing partner, Dame Vivian Hunt, the summit highlighted some of the major issues of today, from the necessity of inclusion to how we must support the next generation of workers. Seven Hills is extremely proud to have been at the heart of producing this two-day hybrid event together with Unilever, and connecting with voices from across the world: presenting a truly unique gathering of global business leaders and experts.

During the main panel sessions we heard from speakers including: generations expert, Dr. Eliza Filby, disability activist and Founder of the Valuable 500, Caroline Casey, Harvard professor, Bill Kerr, Founder and Managing Director of One Young World, Kate and Ella Robertson, Unilever CEO, Alan Jope, Senior Partner at McKinsey, Dame Vivian Hunt, WPP CEO, Mark Read, General Secretary at the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow and Managing Director at the Centre for New Economy & Society World Economic Forum, Saadia Zahidi, amongst others.

The Summit continued on day two, with a number of workshops, featuring recognised thought leaders on many of the topics discussed in the earlier sessions.

And the powerful content shared on the day was captured by Leena Nair perfectly in her closing address: “In turbulent times, we truly have far more to gain from working together than as individuals.

Let’s learn from one another, harness the creativity and unique ideas of individual businesses, governments and NGOs in multiple countries across the globe.”

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