David DeLong

Expert in Knowledge Retention and Workforce Development Solutions

Dr. David DeLong is a top business keynote speaker who helps leaders implement practical solutions to address critical skill shortages created by major changes in workforce demographics, shifts in generational values, and new technologies. President of Smart Workforce Strategies, David is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College where he teaches “Leading & Managing Organizational Change

  • David DeLong`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects David DeLong`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Massachusetts, USA

  • David DeLong`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects David DeLong`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Massachusetts, USA

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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 ...

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
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  • 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

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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 ...

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.

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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 ...

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

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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...

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.

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Graduate to a Great Job: How to Make Your College Degree Pay Off. 

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...

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.

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About Keynote Speaker David DeLong

Dr. David DeLong helps leaders implement practical solutions to address critical skill shortages created by major changes in workforce demographics, new technologies and the Covid-19 recession.

President of Smart Workforce Strategies, David has been a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and an adjunct professor at Babson College where he taught MBAs “Leading & Managing Organizational Change.” He is co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill), and author of the widely-praised book Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford University Press).  He is also author of Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market. And his forthcoming book is Building Tomorrow’s Workforce in Today’s Economy.

David has spoken for and consulted with organizations such as MetLife, American Council of Life Insurers, the Federal Reserve Bank, Farm Credit System, Microsoft, MasterCard, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Ernst & Young and Accenture.

David’s work has been widely cited in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial
Times, Harvard Business Review Blog, CIO Magazine, US News & World Report, and The Boston Globe.  He has also been interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation”.

Testimonials

“This event was our first major webinar and Dr. DeLong worked with us in advance to make sure everything went seamlessly during the live event. His content was spot on, and he did a remarkable job of engaging our global audience of young professionals, even in a remote setting.”

Laura Brumsey

Vice President, Operations & Administration Compressed Gas Association, Inc.

“Your keynote presentation at the State of Talent Virtual Conference was fantastic, spot on and so relevant. Felt like it was one of my friends up there talking to me. Thanks again for your commitment and participation in our meeting.”

Jamie Kahns

SVP - Bank of America

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

Roger Schaffer

President and CEO, FCC Services

“Your keynote talk ‘Closing the Skills Gap’ was the highest rated session of our meeting. Your thought provoking insights and practical solutions were greatly appreciated.”

Scott Lynch

CEO, American Boiler Manufacturers Association

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