BRT Innovation Summit: The Future of Work in an Era of Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Ivanka Trump, CEOs of Walmart and IBM Reinforce Importance of Harnessing Inclusive Innovation to Build A Talented, Diverse U.S. Workforce for the 21st Century

December 6, 2018

Washington – As part of today’s Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit, top leaders from business and government participated in a panel discussion titled “Future of Work in an Era of Automation and Artificial Intelligence.” The conversation featured Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and White House Advisor Ivanka Trump. Andrew McAfee, Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, moderated the discussion.

Click the image above to watch the full “Future of Work” panel featuring Doug McMillon, Ginni Rometty, Ivanka Trump and MIT’s Andrew McAfee (moderator).


Doug McMillon, Chairman, President and CEO of Walmart, on the U.S. education system and workforce preparedness:

"I think a lot of change needs to happen everywhere. Change is happening in business. Change is happening in government. Change has got to happen in the education system."

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM Corporation, on the importance of workforce diversity in developing new technologies:

"AI is taught, and therefore, it can learn bias. So it is really important that we have diverse workforces that train these things, that we use tools that make them not biased… These discussions about getting an inclusive working culture--it is critical to our future."

Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, The White House, on life-long learning and skills development:

"We are at this moment, this turning point, where there is so much change and it's happening so rapidly that you can't rely on just the federal government or state and local governments or the private sector alone. And we fundamentally have to rethink human potential. And rethink it not just K through 12. This term 'life-long learning' is almost a cliche that people throw out--but what does it actually mean, and how are we going to actually accomplish it?"

More information about the Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit, including additional highlights and upcoming panels, can be found at