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ESADE Alumni Careers' inaugural session: The professional of the future: are you ready?


October 01 OF 2018 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

The world is changing at an ever rapid pace, and technological disruption, demographic, geopolitical and socio-economic changes and increasingly sophisticated clients are just some of the trends that are affecting the job market and fomenting new ways to manage and organise companies.

Within this context, many companies have reflected on their structures, processes and decision-making models, in the end realising that their organisations’ suppleness depends on their people. We have thus entered the era of people and talent, a new period in which talent has become a key economic differentiator.

There have been numerous predictions and speculations about the future job market: if there will be more or fewer jobs, if they will be different or even if many will disappear. No one knows for sure what will occur, but what we do know is that this new context demands new competencies. What new skills can we develop to continue to be employable and find specific jobs that we haven’t even heard of yet?

Santi García, Ainhoa Fornós, Joaquín Viñas and Fernando Tobías will examine the main trends of the future and how to develop curiosity, the ability to constantly adapt and learn new skills, and the importance of having a goal as a driving force for change. We will then focus on ways of paying full and effective attention.

A networking cocktail will be served after the talk.


Santi García

Founder of the Future for Work Institute and director of the iOpener Institute for People and Performance for the Iberian Peninsula. Fifteen years’ experience in different posts in human resources plus ten years as a consultant in personnel management in organisations. Guest lecturer at universities and business schools. Author of the book El arte de dirigir personas hoy and co-author of El ocaso del empleo. Bachelor’s degree in law, MBA (IESE) and PhD course in industrial organisation (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña).

Ainhoa Fornós

She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a postgraduate degree in HR (GCI-03 ESADE). She is the founder of HR MINDSET DESIGNER whose mission is to help to create new work-related ecosystems within organisations, promoting new disruptive trends such as learning agility in the HR field. She has more than 20 years of HR experience in companies such as Port Aventura, Uni2 Telecom and Condis Supermercados and served as HR Director for the Damm Group of companies.

Joaquín Viñas

He is a consultant and a happiness-at-work educator. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master in Marketing from idEC Pompeu Fabra and a Master in Personal Development and Leadership from Universidad de Barcelona. For 15 years he held various posts in marketing and sales for several multinationals, including international positions. As a professor, he has more than 17 years of experience working with different universities and teaching classes in marketing, positive leadership, emotional intelligence and positive attitudes.


Fernando Tobías

He is the Director of the Mindfulness & Focusing Centre at Blc Desarrollo and professor of personal skills at the ICAI School of Engineering and ICADE (Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid). He also serves as a member of the latter’s Mindfulness Research Team. Professor of mindfulness, an undergraduate degree in Law, a Gestalt therapist and a trainer of focusing.