Latest Trends in Workforce & Workplace (Room C)

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The workforce and workplace continually evolve with technology advancements and new return to office trends. Our panel will discuss the latest job reports, return to office trends, effects on the commercial real estate market, recruiting and retention best practices and how AI/ChatGPT are changing the future of work.


Michael Batt
Vice President, Talent, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)
As Vice President of FCEDA’s Talent Program, Mike Batt is responsible for developing programs and delivering solutions to solve the talent management attraction challenge at scale, aimed at retention, retraining, growth, and attraction. Mike also oversees market intelligence functions for the organization. Read full profile…


Jennifer Williamson, MBA, CAE, CMP, IOM, EDI, CFRE, CDP, CWDP
Vice President, Workforce, Greater Washington Apprenticeship Network, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation
A dedication to improving her community and a driving need to find innovative solutions to complex problems has led Jennifer Williamson to become a regional workforce expert. She is the facilitator of the Greater Washington Apprentice Network as part of her role as the Vice President of Workforce and Member Engagement for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Read full profile…

Natalie Foley
Director, Advisory Services, Opportunity@Work
Natalie Foley has 20+ years of experience leading teams in designing & launching new products, programs and strategies across the private, public & not-for-profit sectors. Recently, she has joine Opportunity@Work, where she builds, tests & launches new services for employers and employer networks to help rewire the labor market for the 71M workers in America who are STARs. Read full profile…

Todd Hames
The Hames Group
Todd Hames is a global tech business executive with 25+ years of progressive enterprise-level
technology-related sales leadership experience. Todd is a valued entrepreneurial adviser and consultant to business owners, investors, and executives in Europe and the United States. Read full profile…

Brendon Colburn
Technical Architect, Microsoft Technology Center
Brendon Colburn is a Technology Architect, Business Application in Public Sector at Microsoft. Brendon has been with Microsoft since 2016. Read full profile…