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Jane Piper

Future of Careers and Work
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Making work better in a Digital Age
Jane Piper is the founder and CEO of Pipsy GmbH, a HR consultancy that helps companies increase their competitive advantage by changing cultures and mindset. Industry 4.0 is here and in a rapidly changing business environment, a key success factor is the ability to align the talent and energy of your people to transform your company. Jane has two decades of corporate experience in knowledge and technology driven companies in the consulting, engineering, education and pharmaceutical fields.

As a speaker Jane is entertaining, energetic and inspiring with a real stories to tell about HR, work and careers. With more than a slight twist of humour she tells stories that enliven and engage the audience. With a strong background in facilitating in organisations, she likes to provoke thinking and give the audience one or two take-aways they can action immediately.
Previous speeches, conferences and events include:
• Cartoons and Storytelling: HR Innovation at the International HR Community of Zürich, 20 January 2015.
• Act First, Think Later. AWE Summit (Assertive Women Entrepreneurs) 31 October 2015.
• What happened to the 40 hour work week? Ignite Zürich:
• Will you be Replaced by a Robot? Ignite Zürich:
• A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: Professional Women’s Group of Zürich. Moderation of a live interview with a senior woman board member, Tanja Weiher, Credit Suisse.

Jane is a New Zealander who has lived much longer than planned in Zürich, Switzerland, bringing a unique mix of Kiwi creativity combined with Swiss organisational efficiency. She works well across cultures and from people from all walks of life. Being naturally curious about people she studied psychology to a Masters level and became a New Zealand Registered Psychologist. She has completed a Certificate in Adult Teaching. Later she completed MBA at Henley Management College in UK, strengthening her business focus. Now she combines her people and business skills to bring the best out of people for their organisations.

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Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Whatever happened to the 40 Hour Work Week?

Ignite Zürich 03.07.16:
Ignite's motto is "enlighten us but make it quick". A 5 minute talk to a a mainly technical audience (in held at the colab "geek space") about the impact of technology on work life balance and how to be more creative.

In many countries on the 1st of May we have a holiday – celebrating Labour Day and the 40 hour work week. During the industrial revolution our great grandparents fought for 40 hours per week, a reduction from the typical 10-16 hours per days worked by, often children, in the new factories where owners tried to get the most work out of their expensive machines. By dividing the week in 40 hours work there would be 8 hours a day rest, 8 hours for recreation and 8 hours for work.

Now instead of the industrial revolution we have the digital revolution and along with it we seem to have lost the 40 hour week. Work has changed. Routine, repetitive tasks can be left to robots and we are knowledge workers. Our job is to think for a living – solving complex problems, coming up with new ideas and being innovative. But why does that mean that it now we spend more time working?

Act First Think Later

AWE Summit (Assertive Women Entrepreneurs) 31 October 2015 in Zürich in an conference for women to inspire bold moves and action. To an audience of 150 people, a talk telling my personal story about taking the leap into entrepreneurship.

Cartoons, storytelling and cultural change: An unlikely mix

I talk to the International HR Community (60 HR Professionals) of Zürich about the use of storytelling and cartoons to bring about cultural change in the organisation. The project was selected as one of five most innovative HR projects from the 2014 worldwide survey of HR professionals organised by the Boston Consulting Group and World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) for the annual Creating People Advantage report.

Will you be replaced by a robot

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Ignite Zürich 19.08.16
Ignite's motto is "enlighten us but make it quick" and talks are restricted to 5 minutes. This talk was to a a mainly technical audience (in held at the colab "geek space") about the future of careers with Artificial Intelligence and Robots.

The doomsday plots of many sci-fi movies has got people worried about robots taking over the world. From The Terminator, The Matrix to iRobot Hollywood has made a few blockbusters by evoking a future as robots or Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes over and leave us with a miserable future. Perhaps because of these movie, people’s fears have been raised about what impact robots will have on our jobs and careers.

Will we be left on the scrap heap, while scraps of metal do what we used to do?