Hire Purpose

Hire Purpose

How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap

Deanna Mulligan, Greg Shaw


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The future of work is already here, and what this future looks like must be a pressing concern for the current generation of leaders in both the private and public sectors. In the next ten to fifteen years, rapid change in a post-pandemic world and emerging technology will revolutionize nearly every job, eliminate some, and create new forms of work that we have yet to imagine. How can we survive and thrive in the face of such drastic change?

Deanna Mulligan offers a practical, broad-minded look at the effects of workplace evolution and automation and why the private sector needs to lead the charge in shaping a values-based response. With a focus on the power of education, Mulligan proposes that the solutions to workforce upheaval lie in reskilling and retraining for individuals and companies adapting to rapid change. By creating lifelong learning opportunities that break down boundaries between the classroom and the workplace, businesses can foster personal and career well-being and growth for their employees. Drawing on her own experiences, historical examples, and reports from the frontiers where these issues are unfolding, Mulligan details how business leaders can prepare for and respond to technological disruption. Providing a framework for concrete and meaningful action, Hire Purpose is an essential read about the transformations that will shape the next decade and beyond.


Deanna Mulligan:

Deanna M. Mulligan is Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian). She is also a member of Guardian’s Board of Directors.

Active across the industry and in the community, Ms. Mulligan is a Board member of Vanguard, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), the Partnership for New York City, the Economic Club of New York, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Ms. Mulligan was appointed to, and served on, the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans from 2014 to 2015, was Chair of the Board of the ACLI from 2015 to 2016. She is currently a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, and served as a Director on the Board of Arch Capital, a Bermuda-based re-insurer.


Deanna Mulligan is chief executive officer of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. She has held senior positions at McKinsey, AXA Financial, and New York Life Insurance Company and is a board member of Vanguard. In 2019, Fortune named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”

Greg Shaw is coauthor of Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh and Kevin Scott’s Reprogramming the American Dream, among other books.