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Watch as futurists, researchers, educators, Autodesk executives and senior leaders from enterprise accounts explore the future of work. From AR/VR and machine learning to future work trends and hiring new talent, the AU 2016 Leadership Forum included Geoff Colvin, an award-winning thinker, author, and broadcaster, who explored today’s most significant trends in business. Colvin is an editor and columnist for FORTUNE magazine. His latest book is Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know that Brilliant Machines Never Will.

Jon Pittman, Autodesk VP, Corporate Strategy, and his team discussed the need to re-evaluate relationships with our machine creations. While Randy Swearer, Autodesk VP, Education, discussed changes in education and how those in today’s economy might compete for next generation employees.

Danny Guillory, Autodesk Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, facilitated a discussion with guest speakers and attendees on building a team of tech-savvy, lifelong learners. And Mickey McManus, Autodesk Fellow and author of Trillions, introduced an exercise in design thinking to identify some next steps in building the future of work for your organization and team.

We also heard stories of trial and success from leaders at Ford, GE, Arup, the Department of Defense, and elsewhere. Before Callan Carpenter, Autodesk VP, Global Named Accounts wrapped up the day.



Mark Buss

Administrative Assistant to the General President, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, US and Canada

Callan Carpenter

Autodesk VP, Global Named Accounts

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor at large, Fortune Magazine

Danny Guillory

Autodesk Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion

Mickey McManus

Autodesk Fellow

Jon Pittman

Autodesk VP, Corporate Strategy

Randy Swearer

Dr. Randy Swearer is vice president of education at Autodesk. Randy’s extensive expertise at the intersection of design and education is helping Autodesk to empower students on a journey of lifelong learning through problem-solving, collaboration and design thinking. Previously, Randy was the provost and dean of faculty at the University of Philadelphia. He has 25 years of experience in higher education management and strategic planning. He also served as deputy director of the design program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Design Division head at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, where he was awarded the Texas Excellence Teaching Prize. With a foundation in technology, Randy began his career as the senior designer and supervisor at Wang Laboratories and also served as a senior communications specialist at IBM.



  • 2016
  • LF2016
  • AU Las Vegas, Leadership Forum


  • General Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
  • General Manufacturing and Product Design
  • General Media & Entertainment


  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Learning and Development Practice
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Building Owners and Operators
  • Building Construction