ILA Podcast

Post-Pandemic Approaches to Developing Future Fit Employees

Maureen Metcalf Podcast Cover

with Faris Almi and Christopher Washington


The increasing rate of work digitization and technology adoption is both creating job displacement and shortening the time required to upskill and reskill employees. As leaders align emerging technologies, worker roles, and job skills with their sustainability intentions, the evolving nature of work imposes a heavy emotional tax on workers who must continuously learn and adapt. Faris Almi, Founder and CEO of ISM, and Christopher Washington, Executive Vice President and Provost at Franklin University, join Maureen to discuss how more enlightened leaders are engaging in a caring and compassionate workforce and workplace transformation practices while meeting the sustainability goals of their organization.

Guest Dr. Christopher Washington

Dr. Christopher Washington is a tireless supporter of global leadership development, designer of accessible, inclusive and relevant education, and champion for the role of universities in workforce development. He serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for Franklin University, a private, nonprofit institution of higher education. Dr. Washington takes an active role in his local community by serving on the Board of the International Visitors Council and on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalitions Ohio Advisory Council. He currently is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council and is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Washington D.C. based Global Ties U.S.

Guest Faris Alami

As Founder and CEO of ISM, Faris Alami works with international leaders and entrepreneurs on strategies and implementations, to create an empowering environment for startups and existing businesses to prosper and grow. In the course of his career, Faris has been a special advisor and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem expert with the World Bank, a Business Advisor with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, and a Mentor to MBA Students and Entrepreneurs globally.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.

About Innovating Leadership, Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially and shows no signs of slowing down. Leadership is evolving and requires more and more innovative leaders to keep up. Many leaders update what they lead but not how they think about and act as leaders. They become outdated. This matters because Leadership creates strategic advantage.

 Innovating Leadership, Co-Creating Our Future features interviews with global business executives, thought leaders and academics in a wide range of industries. They discuss their most pressing issues and the innovative approaches they have employed to transform their challenges into opportunities and advantages. The application of proven concepts and tools that may be applied to build your organization and deliver sustainable success are presented and discussed.