Get Ready for the Future of Work

The Ford Foundation and Detroit Public TV welcome Fulcrum to Detroit

Conference to prepare us today for where work is going tomorrow

Wednesday, November 13 from 8am-12pm

You know the world of work is changing rapidly. Headlines scream that robots and software are taking jobs. Technology is transforming how, where and when we work. The pace of change seems to be growing faster and faster.

But we can build a better future – together. At the inaugural Fulcrum Conference, people representing workers, employers, communities, schools, foundations, investors and startups will all come together to collaborate on solutions for a positive future of work.

Detroit Public TV livestreamed the kickoff of the event on Wednesday, November 13.

Fulcrum is sponsored by the Ford Foundation, with support from and other organizations. 

Highlights of the Fulcrum Conference include:

  • World-class speakers such as CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (and Detroit resident), the CEO of Shinola, the heads of Diversity & Inclusion from IBM and Time Warner, and the Chair for Corporate Innovation from global think tank Singularity University.
  • Representatives from worker organizations like United for Respect, Jobs to Move America, Good Jobs Institute and the Independent Drivers Guild.
  • Community leaders from throughout Detroit and the region, and from across the country.
  • Representatives from innovative future-of-work initiatives from around the world, including Canada, China and Ethiopia.
  • A pre-conference workshop on Human-Centered Design for Communities.
  • A special public screening of “Road Trip Nation,” a one-hour film from the popular PBS and Detroit Public TV show.

At Fulcrum, you’ll learn how to understand the exponential changes occurring around us, and how to prepare your organization, your community and yourself for the future of work.


  • ANDREA DEHLENDORFCo-Executive Director
  • MICHELLE R. WEISE, Ph.D.Senior Vice President,Workforce Strategies and Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work
  • PETER HIRSHBERGCEO & Co-founder oLighthouse
  • DAVID LIExecutive Director Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab
  • APRIL RINNEFounder April Worldwide
  • SARAH DAY KALLOCHExecutive Director Good Jobs Institute
  • SEAN HINTON, Founder & CEO SkyHive
  • SUSAN MCPHERSONFounder & CEO McPherson Strategies
  • MARISSA LOWMANHead of Future of Work Practice Village Capital
  • JOHN O’DUINAuthor, Distributed Teams: The Art and Practice of Working Together While Physically Apart
  • LEILA TOPLICLead for Emerging Technologies NetHope
  • MATT DUNNECenter on Rural Innovation (CORI)
  • MADELINE JANISCo-founder & Executive Director Jobs to Move America
  • NIDA ATSHAN OSEISVP Strategy & Development Localized
  • JOSE GARCIAProgram Manager for the Future of Work(ers)Ford Foundation
  • MURIEL CLAUSONFounder Oppticity
  • GARY SHAPIROPresident & CEO Consumer Technology Association
  • ALLANA AKHTARJobs Reporter Business Insider
  • GARY A. BOLLESFulcrum Conference Catalyst Partner, Charrette LLCChair for the Future of Work, Singularity University Co-founder,
  • SARITA GUPTADirectorFuture of Work(ers) Program Ford Foundation
  • TONYA MATTHEWSAssociate Provost for Inclusive Workforce Development & Director of the STEM Learning Innovation CenterWayne State University
  • ANNETTE BERNHARDT, Director Low-Wage Wage Worker Program UC Berkeley Labor Center
  • M. ROY WILSONPresident Wayne State University
  • KELLYN BLOSSOMHead of Public Policy Thumbtack
  • MARKUS HUNTPrincipal The Logan School
  • BERNITA BRADLEYRoadtripper PBS Roadtrip Nation &The Village PCL Faculty Chair of Corporate Innovation Singularity University Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State & President and CEO of TechTown United for Respect
  • NICK SMOOT​, Founder Innovation Collective
  • OSHOKE PAMELA ABALU​, Co-Founder Love+Magic Company
  • ANDREW DUNCKELMANHead of Education & Economic Opportunity
  • KRISTIN SHARPPartner, Entangled Solutions & Former Director, Work, Workers & Technology Initiative New America Foundation
  • GISELLE MOTAPrinciple Consultant on the Future of WorkADPn
  • HAMOON EKHTIARIFounder & CEO Audacious Futures
  • LINDSEY KNEUVENChief Impact Officer, Pluralsight Executive Director, Pluralsight One
  • PALAK SHAHSocial Innovations Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance & Founding Director NDWA Labs
  • CHINEDU ECHERUOCo-Founder Love+Magic Company
  • SUSANNE MARIE BRUYEREDirector, K. Lisa Yang & Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment & DisabilityCornell University
  • GREG BRODSKYFounder & Executive