Employee Engagement, the Digital Economy, and the New Realities of Work


Increasingly, employee engagement is a moving target.  Today’s leaders are challenged to motivate their people and position them for success while responding to disruptive shifts in how they work and what they value.  And that means that monitoring and managing workplace dynamics will be more important than ever.
Ashley Furniture Industries is the #1 furniture manufacturer in the world.  Since 1970, the family-owned business has grown to employ more than 26,000 people and generates over $4.8 billion in annual revenues, making it one of America’s 100 largest private companies. There are now over 700 Ashley Furniture HomeStore retail furniture stores operating worldwide.  But the company’s products aren't its only heroes. The people of Ashley Furniture Industries help the company truly define itself.  Total company investments have exceeded $500M in the past five years.  At Ashley, it’s not just a philosophy, it’s a practice.  Not only do they invest in the latest design tools, systems, and equipment, they also invest in their people. Ashley Furniture’s focus on employee engagement supports a philosophy of people-driven success as the company responds to the new and different challenges associated with a digital economy.
You will learn:

  • How the World’s Most Admired Companies and other leading organizations are preparing for the future of work and responding to digital opportunities and challenges
  • Key focus areas for successfully implementing and managing a modern and truly global employee engagement strategy
  • Practical actions you can take today to engage your people in dynamic environments


Danna Szwed

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ashley Furniture Industries

Mark Royal

Senior Principal, Korn Ferry Hay Group