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Episode 58: Hamoon Ekhtiari

AI - A Career Co-Pilot for the Future of Work

We are pleased to present this month’s Leadership Reimagined episode featuring Hamoon Ekhtiari, founder and CEO of FutureFit AI. Join us for an invigorating conversation as Hamoon shares his vision of a world where everyone is provided personalized human-like career guidance in the form of a GPS for your career. Hamoon discusses the importance of creating these opportunities and shares his vision: “There are tens of millions of people in this country that have skills or the ability to gain the skills necessary to fill employers’ needs, but just don’t have the visibility or access to opportunities.” Hamoon goes on to say that some future-focused employers are building and funding pathways that will guarantee job opportunities; the individuals who benefit from these pathways are typically from more diverse backgrounds. Hamoon describes a “pre-funded training, where employees are assessed and then triaged and routed to the pathway most suited to both their interests and what’s in demand in the market. At the backend, the employer is ready to say, if you complete this pathway, we’ll give you a guaranteed interview or a job offer or a work opportunity for you to actually get experience. Think of it just like a highway infrastructure. They’re building on ramps where predictably you get into jobs rather than, I’m just going to go to higher education and cross my fingers that I’ll end up with a job.”

Hamoon is an AI visionary, and his insights and experiences provide a glimpse into a future where career opportunities are accessible to all, transforming how we approach professional growth and employment.

Hamoon Ekhtiari - Leadership Reimagined Podcast

Hamoon is the CEO of FutureFit AI, an AI-powered platform that partners with companies and governments worldwide. FutureFit AI’s work has been featured in and recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Review, US & UK Governments, and the Future of Work Prize. Hamoon previously led the future of work strategy for a large telecom and technology company and was the Founding Director of a leadership, skills, and innovation academy at one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. He founded a social enterprise, helped build Deloitte’s consulting business in the Caribbean, and taught as adjunct faculty. He is a member of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference, an AdR Fellow at the University of Cambridge, a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Alumni Achievement Medal, and a Canada Millennium Scholar.

Please enjoy this inspiring episode of Leadership Reimagined featuring Hamoon Ekhtiari, founder and CEO of FutureFit AI!

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Janice Reals Ellig

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As the head of the Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as the Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK: www.womensforumny.org).

Janice is personally committed to several NFP organizations: Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Incoming Chair, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

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