David  DeLong, PhD

David DeLong, PhD

Expert on solving critical skill shortages, co-author of Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management

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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce in the Covid-19 Recession

David DeLong, PhD

Expert on solving critical skill shortages, co-author of Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management

In-Person Fee Range:
$7,501 - $10,000
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  • Leading solutions expert specializing in practical solutions for “skill gaps” and the “age gap” encroaching on American businesses.
  • He captivates audiences with highly-customized and engaging virtual keynotes.


Speaker, author and consultant Dr. David DeLong helps organizations improve performance by implementing practical solutions for critical skill shortages and threats of knowledge loss. President of Smart Workforce Strategies, David has also been a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and an adjunct professor at Babson College where he taught “Managing Organizational Change.”

He is a former member of the research staff at both Harvard Business School and the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT’s Sloan School. David is the author of three widely praised books focused on solutions for a changing workforce and the escalating war for talent. Widely quoted in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, David has also been interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” His forthcoming book is “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce in Today’s Economy.”

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"Closing the Skills Gap: Innovate Talent Solutions for a Changing Workforce"

Prioritize and act on your most serious talent-related risks. Learn how to recruit and retain high potential talent that creates competitive advantage.

“The Myths & Realities of the Multigenerational Workforce: Frameworks for Action”

Unwanted turnover and increased diversity are two of today’s most vexing talent challenges. This talk delivers practical approaches to improve cross-generational collaboration and productivity.

“Accelerating Leadership Development Lessons From the Bleeding Edge”

Define new leadership skills that will drive business strategies and implement innovative practices that develop leaders faster.

“Change Management: Why the Soft Stuff is Really the Hard Stuff”

Avoid the most common mistakes executives make when leading change. Identify shortcuts that will accelerate change to drive growth.

“Tackling the Retention Problem: Strategic Solutions for the High Cost of Turnover”

Practical strategies to recruit, develop and retain Millennials & Gen-Zs. This talk delivers practical solutions for both large and small organizations.

VIRTUAL - “Innovative Workforce Solutions: The Myths & Realities of the Covid-19 Recession”

Businesses face a wide range of impacts from the Covid-19 disruptions. And these changes lead to a lot of false assumptions about the future of your organization. This motivational talk, tailored for each audience, covers five critical success factors for navigating the radical uncertainty facing leaders today. Practical action steps include how to:

  •  Make the best decisions in the face of soul crushing uncertainty
  • Manage workforce challenges in 3 different phases of the Covid-19 recession
  • Solve critical skill shortages that aren’t going away
  • Build a more resilient workforce
  • Adapt the motivating secrets of leaders who’ve overcome incredible obstacles.
VIRTUAL - “Knowledge Transfer in the Virtual Covid-19 World”

Leading an aging and changing workforce in the era of Covid-19 creates more difficult knowledge transfer and retention issues than ever. Baby Boomers are retiring with critical know-how, more new hires are working virtually, and the trusting relationships needed to encourage knowledge sharing are harder to build.

How do you create an organization and culture that sustains knowledge transfer in a world where sharing skills is trumped by safe distancing? What practical tools can Millennials and Gen-Zs use to accelerate their own learning to increase productivity and preserve technical and process knowledge essential for improving performance? This talk, customized for your industry and target audience, provides tools and tactics that can be used immediately to solve the most pressing and vexing knowledge transfer challenges.

VIRTUAL - “Closing the Skills Gap: Innovative Talent Solutions in the Covid-19 Era”

Despite the Covid-19 recession, many industries today still struggle with the challenges of recruiting, developing and retaining the skilled workforce needed to sustain and grow operations. This keynote session delivers practical solutions for tackling your audience’s most critical short term and future talent problems. Specific learning outcomes from this program can include:

  • The ability to identify and prioritize specific skills & capabilities at risk that threaten business performance.
  • How to apply three new tools that improve recruiting for critical jobs.
  • Four specific tactics that will enhance employee retention to reduce the costs of critical knowledge loss.
  • Leading edge practices for transferring and retaining essential know-how from retiring Baby Boomers
VIRTUAL - Building Tomorrow’s Workforce in Today’s Economy: A Framework for Action

Is your business hiring and developing workers with the skills to leverage the latest automation and artificial intelligence technologies? We’re now in a race between education and technology. Upskilling and reskilling are profound challenges facing leaders today.

But shaping your future workforce is much harder than it looks. What are the specific decisions and actions you should be taking to build your future talent resources? This program provides frameworks and tactics for defining the capabilities, culture and processes needed to transition to a more technology intensive workplace. It provides practical insights to manage the complex changes essential for transforming your business by deploying automation, robots and artificial intelligence.

VIRTUAL - Managing Change in the Covid-19 Recession: Why the Soft Stuff is Really the Hard Stuff

You know your organization is facing critical workforce and leadership development challenges. You may even have an idea what the solutions are. But you can’t implement these initiatives successfully unless you know how to apply essential organizational change strategies and practices. This talk provides the latest frameworks and tactics for effectively managing change in the Covid-19 recession to develop and sustain future workforce capabilities.

David DeLong, PhD Reviews

“I would say that David is a very professional speaker, truly interested in the subject of Talent Management, and a good speaker as well. I would also emphasize that he had a thorough preparation with us, which made his presentation highly relevant for our managers.”

— Chargeurs

“The ‘Mentoring for Fun & Profit: 6 Keys to Effective Knowledge Trans- fer’ workshop by Dr. David DeLong was an exceptionally worthwhile event for managers and staff alike.”

— MasterCard

“David DeLong’s presentation: ‘Confronting the Threat of a Changing Workforce’ was ideal for our annual meeting audience.”

— American Organization of Nurse Executives

“Your presentation was a great kick-off for our ACLI Executive Roundtable meeting. The topic was important to all the CEOs in the room.”

— Nationwide Financial

“David, your unique blend of energy, humor, and innovation kept our Farm Credit System audience both interested and engaged. Our exec- utives rated your session as one of the strongest based on ideas they could immediately employ.”

— FCC Services

“Thank you, David, for doing such a great job as our 2020 Young Professionals Summit virtual keynote speaker yesterday. We’re getting rave reviews from participants.”

— Compressed Gas Association


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