Camelia Ilie is an entrepreneurial leader, advisor and professor with more than 25 years of experience in value creation, strategy, innovation and profit and loss management in organizations in Europe, Latin America and the US. She is Dean of Strategy and Institutional Affairs, Chair of the...
New horizons, new alliances
We live in times when the data processed in the world doubles annually. Likewise, the growing capacity to process this data makes the world transform into a system where everything is programmable.
Another major change occurs at the demographic level, with two macro trends: a) an aging population, with a projection of longevity of up to 100 years and b) more women in the world of work and in leadership roles.
Additionally, according to the Apollo Research Institute, 75% of jobs will require technical skills and mastery of some technology in 2020. While robots will be doing most of the automatic work, humans will have to develop higher levels of critical thinking and ability to interpret data, as well as computational thinking, solution design mindset, and broader and more creative agile and adaptive thinking.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the highest job growth is projected for people with college, master's or other graduate degrees and training courses - that is, people focused on lifelong learning. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the labor demand for these professionals will go from 16% in 1973 to 33% in 2018.
In Latin America we still have many challenges. Although the use of technology is increasing, millennial Latina women still use it to a much lesser extent than in other parts of the world, according to the survey carried out by Telefónica (Millennials Survey, 2016).
We have to focus on correcting these trends, both in the technological competencies of professionals, in general, and of women, in particular. There is no reason not to. At heart, it was a woman, Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, who created the first machine-processed algorithm.
How are we going to contribute from INCAE Executive Education? Innovating and reinventing ourselves permanently, how can it be otherwise.
Therefore, this month we continue with very interesting news, such as the renewed Digital Executive Program, in partnership with Singularity University, and the Executive Master in Operations and Technology, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin.
Prof. Camelia Illie – Cardoza, Ph.D.