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Future of Work Academy

April 29- May 2nd 

The Future of Work Academy program is an accelerator into the employer and DE&I markets. Innovators will engage in faculty-led curriculum, 3 personalized 1:1 advisory sessions, founder networking opportunities, and the Academy pitch competition.


April 29

Defining the "Future of Work"

10:20 - 11:00 am

Lead: Taylor McLemore

Differentiating Your Value Proposition
11:00 -12:00 pm
Lead: Ruth Lowenthal

12:00-1:00 pm

Integration and Implementation
1:00-2:00 pm
Kristin Austrum

Advisory Breakout Session
2:00-3:00 pm

Meet Your Peers
3:00-4:00 pm

April 30

Sales Cycle and Planning 
10:05- 11:00 am

Lead: Mike Johnson

Pricing and Contracting

11:00-12:00 pm
Lead: Mike Johnson

12:00-1:00 pm

Employee Engagement 
1:00-2:00 pm
Lead: Lauren Goerschler

Don't Just Check the DE&I Box

2:00-3:00 pm
Lead: Natasha Dorsey

1x1 Advisory 
3:00-5:00 pm

May 1

Crafting your Pitch

10:05- 11:00 am

Lead: Barb Flitsch and Ruth Lowenthal

Fundraising Panel
11:00-12:00 pm
Lead: Julie Wroblewski 


12:00-1:00 pm

Ask Me Anything
1:00-2:00 pm
Lead: Melissa Danielsen 

Advisory Breakout Session
2:00-3:00 pm

So You Think You Can Dance
3:00-4:00 pm

May 2

Pitch Competition
10:00- 1:00 pm



What is it?
The pitch competition takes place on the final day of Academy, from 10 am to 1:45 pm CST. Each Academy team will have 10 minutes to pitch their solution in front of our judge's panel, followed by  2-3 minutes of Q&A.​
The winner of the Academy pitch competition will receive a presentation spot at our EHIR/IDIR 

Academy Showcase in August.

Judging Criteria

  1. Market Fit: Are you solving a relevant problem for your buyer?

  2. Innovative: Rating the quality and uniqueness of your innovation (and your ability to speak to it)

  3. Fundamentals: Your leadership team, funding, and credibility of your solution overall

  4. Potential Impact: Current or potential data around ROI,  outcomes, engagement, etc.

  5. Quality of Presentation: Clear, concise, and complete


What to include:

Overview of solution, user experience, integration into your buyers ecosystem, highlighting solution’s unique features/ differences, outcomes using actual client experience, pricing– EHIR/IDIR- specific pricing or pricing model otherwise.

What to exclude:

Restating/ describing “the problem”, long intros of founders/ executives, details on funding situation, too much information: power in brevity, do not read from a script!

Pitch Competition Schedule

10:10-10:25 am | bitewell

10:25-10:40 am | OnSiteKids

10:40-10:55 am | Midi Health

10:55-11:10 am | Work & Mother
11:10-11:25 am | KimboCare
11:25-11:40 am | Summer


11:40 am-12:10 pm | Break

12:10-12:25 pm | Phoebe

12:25-12:40 pm | Kindly Human

12:40-12:55 pm | Inclusive Health 

12:55-1:10 pm | Enthea 

1:10-1:25 pm | NewPayHealth


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1x1 Advisory

You will be paired with a designated advisor and meet 1 on 1 before, during, and after Academy for a total of 3 hours.

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