The New Normal Summit: The Future of Work is Now

by Yvonne Harris

On December 7th and 8th 2021, Powell Software gathered experts in digital transformation, the employee experience, and future of work trends for a not-to-be-missed summit.

Exploring the digital trends transforming the 2022 workplace 

The workplace is changing rapidly and keeping up to date with the latest trends can be overwhelming. However, if we have learned anything from the past two years it’s that knowledge is power. 

That’s why this year our annual summit was bigger and better than ever. Attendees at the New Normal Summit left feeling up to speed on the latest trends and ready to tackle 2022. 

If you missed the event you can still join us for our first-ever two-day event by watching the on-demand replays.

Watch the day 1 replay to hear from guest speakers like Forrester and The Economist.

Access the recording here.

Watch the day 2 replay to hear from the Powell Software digital workplace experts. Our team gives a behind-the-scenes look at both Powell Governance, the Microsoft Teams app for governance and lifecycle management, as well as Powell Intranet, the modern intranet to inform and engage employees.

Access the recording here.

Day 1

Bringing together experts on digital transformation, the employee experience, and the hybrid workplace 

The future of work is happening now, but what does that really mean? We brought in the experts to find out.  

Day one of the New Normal Summit was be packed with keynotes and thought leadership-led sessions. Our host Tony Todd, an experienced journalist and Senior Consultant at Paris-based communications agency Rumeur Publique, steered the conversation and asked the questions you want to be answered. 

We had an exciting line-up of top-class speakers.  

David Johnson, Forrester 

David Johnson is a Principal Analyst at Forrester. He serves leaders responsible for employee experience (EX) and workforce productivity and is the lead author of Forrester’s EX Index research. His passion is helping companies create workplaces that engage people and enable them to do their best work. He is an expert in the way technology affects motivation and performance as well as how it shapes organizations’ employee experience. David also speaks publicly about how organizations can use psychological and organizational behavior research to guide their technology strategy and set better priorities 

Hélène Deckx van Ruys

Hélène Deckx van Ruys is an experienced Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) and D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) manager with a focus on gender equality and female empowerment. Co-leader of the Women in AI thinktank, Hélène is passionate about building a better and more inclusive world by empowering women. She believes that by working together men and women have the power to achieve great things.

Callum Williams, The Economist 

Callum Williams is a senior economics writer for the Economist. Scrutinizing the rationale behind economic and political developments from Brexit to Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policy, he has seen the ghosts of the founders of economics being invoked in all sorts of doubtful ways. Callum is the author of “The Classical School: The Birth of Economics in 20 Enlightened Lives” (Profile/Public Affairs), a book on the history of economic thought, published in April 2020. 

Jean-Christophe Pitié, Microsoft France 

Jean-Christophe Pitié is Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft France. As head of Marketing & Operations, his mission is to Microsoft’s global strategy in France. Jean-Christophe is a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Supérieure des Travaux Publics and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He previously managed Microsoft’s Digital Stores entity at the Seattle, USA headquarters where he oversaw e-commerce operations worldwide. An expert in international marketing, Jean-Christophe has been with Microsoft for 18 years, where he was responsible for the cloud transformation of Microsoft Office and the launch of Office 365 for the public and Microsoft 365 for businesses. 

Watch day 1 of the New Normal Summit on demand.

Day 2

Exploring the digital workplace and how Powell Intranet and Powell Governance support the future of work 

On day 2 of the New Normal Summit, the Powell Software digital workplace experts will be showing you the technology that can concretely support you in 2022. We will be exploring how Powell Intranet and Powell Governance can help different departments achieve their objectives.  


Powell Intranet 

Tune into the first session and discover how a modern intranet, like Powell Intranet, helps Communications teams to inform, engage and include all employees. 

Our experts will be exploring: 

  • How to create a better employee experience with a single and central portal 
  • How to go beyond a traditional intranet to a more engaging platform  
  • How to include deskless workers in company culture 

We will also be making an exciting announcement for the digital workplace of the future that you won’t want to miss!  

Who should attend this session?  

Everyone! You will particularly enjoy this track if you are an Internal Communications or HR manager, a business leader, or just interested in internal communications, employee engagement, and creating a better experience at work.  

Watch day 2 of the New Normal Summit on demand.

Powell Teams Dashboard

Powell Governance  

Straight after the Powell Intranet session, our Microsoft Teams experts took to the virtual stage to present Powell Governance. Our speakers showed us how to get the most from Teams through governance, lifecycle management, and templates.      

You will learn:   

  • How to overcome the challenges of Microsoft Teams governance   
  • How Powell Governance reduces by 80% the time spent by admins and team creators on creating, managing, and closing Teams through lifecycle management automation 
  • How you can implement governance to ensure employees respect IT rules
  • The features of Powell Governance end-users will love to simplify collaboration

Who should attend this session? 

Everyone who tuned in for the first half of Day 2 will enjoy this session. However, IT admins and anyone managing a Microsoft Teams environment will particularly benefit from this session. 

Watch day 2 of the New Normal Summit on demand.

What is the future of work & why are we discussing it? 

The future of work isn’t some abstract idea, it’s here and happening now. Yet what that means is different to everyone. For many, the pandemic defined a new workplace, which is more flexible, and employee-focused. However, we want to hear from different voices on the subject and gather a variety of opinions. 

That’s why we gathered thought leaders in the area as well as professionals who have taken these ideas and put them into practice. 

Why are we discussing the future of work? Because knowledge is power, and the modern workplace relies on empowered current and future leaders.  

Who should attend? 

The New Normal Summit is open to everyone. If you are a current partner or customer, we would love to reconnect with you at the Summit. If you’re new to Powell Software we’d love to take the opportunity to meet and welcome, you into our community. 

You will enjoy the summit if you are interested in: 

  • Internal or corporate communications 
  • Employee engagement and the employee experience 
  • The future of work and digital transformation 
  • Digital workplace trends 
  • Microsoft Teams and better use of the collaboration tool 
  • Powell Software solutions, especially Powell Intranet and Powell Governance

When is the event and how can I join? 

The New Normal Summit was a fully virtual event, and it is now on-demand so you can join from anywhere in the world. It took place over two days, with each day lasting about two hours so now you can tune in at your own pace. 

Watch day 1 of the New Normal Summit on demand.

Watch day 2 of the New Normal Summit on demand.

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