The pandemic has led to a dramatic reassessment of work for both employers and employees. Leaders are finding new ways to foster collaboration and compete for talent, while employees are looking for greater flexibility and work-life balance. On Friday, Nov. 12, top executives and thinkers join Washington Post Live to examine strategies to adapt to the rapidly evolving workplace and foster a supportive environment.


“For employers, they have to do the following: You’ve gotta be flexible, you have to give grace, you have to understand that people are in different places. You have to understand that we are changed as employees, as colleagues, the people we were 20 months ago is not who we are now. I think the best employers… will look at the many silver linings that appeared and manifested themselves in the way we were working from home and they will bring those silver linings and lessons learned into this new workplace.” (Washington Post Live)
“I learned that you can’t sit in the same spot for 12 hours and produce outstanding work without killing yourself.” (Washington Post Live)
“For the team, in the four-day work week, we’re not changing salaries. We are thinking about 32 hours in a week and really taking this as a moment to reimagine the way we’re doing our work… and achieve the same if not better outcomes.” (Washington Post Live)
“We actually mentioned to the team not too long ago that we were going to be fully virtual going forward… We were fortunate enough when we actually shifted into remote work that actually we could do that, meaning our business, most of how we set up our service can be worked on remotely.” (Washington Post Live)

Aziz Hasan

Provided by Kickstarter.

Aziz Hasan is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, graphic designer, dancer, and creative executive. He has been CEO of Kickstarter since March 2019, before which he served as Head of Product and Design. Prior to Kickstarter, Aziz served as Vice President of Product Experience and Creative Director at Refinery29. He has also worked for Say Media and fashion designer Eva Khurshid, and has been an advisor for Crooked Letter Films. As an illustrator, Aziz creates pretentious sea creatures inspired by the nostalgia of his childhood, his travels, and his daughter’s doodles. You can find his work at @ahzzzz.

Lisa Osborne Ross

Provided by Edelman.

Lisa Osborne Ross has over 30 years of experience as an in-demand communications, public affairs, and crisis management counselor to heads of state, senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, and higher education institutions. Lisa currently serves as the U.S. Chief Executive Officer at Edelman, the world’s leading global public relations firm. In addition to her role as CEO of Edelman’s largest division, she is a senior client counselor, specializing in social purpose, corporate and public affairs, and DE&I initiatives. Throughout 2020 and 2021, she played a key role in spearheading Edelman’s research agenda in the U.S. to guide business leaders on the evolving social issues landscape and was instrumental in creating Edelman’s Covid-19 and Racial Justice Task Forces.

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(Washington Post Live)

Zig Serafin

Provided by Qualtrics.

Zig Serafin is the Chief Executive Officer of Qualtrics. Zig joined Qualtrics as Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and was instrumental in the development and launch of the Qualtrics Experience Management Platform. Zig has led the rapid growth of Qualtrics to over 13,500 customers and was a leader in SAP’s 2019 acquisition of Qualtrics for $8B, the largest private enterprise software acquisition ever at the time.

Zig was previously Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and led its multi-billion dollar enterprise collaboration services business that became Microsoft Teams.

In his 17-year career at Microsoft, Zig served as Corporate Vice President of program management and design for Microsoft’s services in anticipatory computing, speech/audio/vision processing, location/language understanding, and geospatial data, leading the teams that developed Microsoft’s artificial intelligence platform, Cortana. Prior to that, Zig was President and General Manager of Microsoft’s Tellme Networks.

Moderated by Jeanne Meserve

Jeanne Meserve has been an anchor and correspondent for CNN and ABC News, winning two Emmy Awards, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She also contributed to two CNN Peabody Awards for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill, and anchored CNN’s award-winning coverage of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination and the death of Princess Diana. Meserve moderates on a wide array of subjects for groups including the Halifax International Security Forum, the International Women’s Forum, the Munich Security Conference, and the American Red Cross. In 2016 she conducted town hall meetings with six Republican presidential contenders on national security issues for Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security.