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    August 2, 2023

    The Lever with Drew Fortin: Charting the Future of Work in the Age of AI and Robotics

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    With a goal to redefine your understanding of the future of work, "The Lever with Drew Fortin" is coming to YouTube and your favorite podcast streaming app starting on August 7, 2023. Over the first half of 2023, Connor Lewis, Executive Producer and founder of Studio Lewis, and I, Drew Fortin, Founder & CEO of Lever Talent, Inc., set out to find experts to dive deep, not just into the technology but its implications on our world of work, investment, academia, economics, and businesses.

    There is a lot of fear-mongering out there on the rise of AI and robots are coming to take jobs. It's important to remember that every major platform shift before AI has led to more prosperity and further innovation. The Lever is designed to challenge current thinking and highlight the transformative effects of AI, robotics, and web3 on the traditional employee-employer relationship. It emphasizes the good things these advancements mean for workers.

    Introducing Season One of “The Lever with Drew Fortin”


    Season one of “The Lever with Drew Fortin” delivers episodes that aim to leave you feeling informed and inspired about the future. Founded on my major trends shaping the future of work, the show is artfully curated into six episodes to take you on the journey from fundamental shifts that technology will have on the future of work to how it's leading to the rise of free agency and workers having more control over their career than ever before.

    We've been noodling on the idea for a while. I approached Connor back in 2019, but the timing wasn't right. Then, with the heat of the recessionary pressures on the tech sector firing up last summer and the release of Chat-GPT, we felt there was no better time to get our point of view out there. This show aims to break the mold of traditional interview podcast formats. Since its inception, our idea was always to draft episode summaries and integrate contributions from multiple guests into each episode - giving you a quick hit of engaging and educational content.

    Drew-Fortin-Connor-Lewis-The-Lever-ShowDrew Fortin, Co-Creator & Host, and Connor Lewis, Co-Creator & Executive Producer of "The Lever Show with Drew Fortin."

    Each of the six episodes in Season 1 of The Lever is about 10-20 minutes long and is a carefully crafted composition of news, research, and expert commentary. With pre-drafted episode summaries in hand, we set out to interview leaders, innovators, and trailblazers across work tech, investing, academia, economics, and business. We then carefully analyze 25 hours of footage and transcripts from 23 interviews and dozens of news and research articles to finalize the show scripts for Season 1.

    New videos and research drop weekly. Be the first to know when we drop new episodes and content from The Lever: Join The Lever Show Mailing List.


    Who Are the Guest Contributors on Season 1 of “The Lever with Drew Fortin”?

    Here are the experts who appear at least once in Season 1 of the show in alphabetical order by last name. You can learn more about each guest and see which episodes they appear in at

    1. Greg Barnett, Ph.D., Chief People Scientist at Energage
    2. Steve Callan, Vice President of Solutions Architecture at SilverTech, Inc.
    3. Jeff Cassidy, Chief Financial Officer at Flatiron School
    4. Shuo Chen, General Partner at IOVC and Faculty at UC Berkeley College of Engineering and Singularity University
    5. Lori Costew, Retired Chief of Diversity and Head of HR of the Autonomous Vehicles Unit at Ford Motor Company
    6. Avi Goldfarb, Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    7. Emily Harburg, Ph.D., Co-Founder & CEO at PairUp
    8. Cory Hymel, Vice President of Product & Research at Gigster
    9. Meghan Keaney Anderson, Vice President of Marketing at Jasper
    10. Deborah Kurtz, Vice President at Hire Minds
    11. Jenny Larios Berlin, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Martin Trust and a Lecturer at MIT Sloan
    12. John Markoff, HAI Research Affiliate at Stanford Institute and Retired Tech Journalist at The New York Times
    13. Vivek Mehta, CEO at
    14. Carol Meyers, General Partner at Glasswing Ventures
    15. Charlie Olson, Co-founder & CEO at Pando
    16. Adam Ozimek, Ph.D., Chief Economist at Economic Innovation Group
    17. Meg Patel, Ed.D., Head of Professional Services at Lever Talent, Inc.
    18. Fady Saad, General Partner at Cybernetix Ventures and Co-Founder of MassRobotics
    19. Joyce Sidopolous, Co-founder & Chief of Operations at MassRobotics
    20. Bledi Taska, Ph.D., Chief Economist at Lightcast
    21. William Tincup, HR Tech Investor, Advisor, and Founder of
    22. Shermin Voshmgir, Founder of Token Kitchen and BlockchainHub Berlin
    23. Liz Wilke, Ph.D., Principal Economist at Gusto

    The Lever is More than a Show, It's an Experience

    We want to offer our audience more than just a video series and podcast. In order to provide content that truly connects with our viewers, we're expanding The Lever experience beyond the show. We’ll release uncut interviews in video form, contributor exposes, and compilations of the expert insights shared by our guests. These glimpses behind the scenes will give you unfiltered, raw insights into the minds of our contributors. This content is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to understand the future of work in the age of AI and robotics.


    Join the Journey and Play a Part in Shaping the Role of AI and Robotics Has on The Future of Work

    With “The Lever with Drew Fortin,” we're inviting you to be a part of this exploration of the future. We're not just sharing insights; our goal is that The Lever starts conversations, sparks ideas, and inspires change. There will be few moments like this in our lifetime. Unprecedented opportunity awaits, but not without daunting challenges.

    So, mark your calendars for the summer of 2023 and join us on this fascinating journey into the future of work in the age of AI and robotics. And helps us address the central question: How can we harness these technological advancements for the betterment of humanity?

    Enjoy the show! Oh, and we are already looking ahead to Season 2. Send me ideas of who you think should be guest contributors.

    Make the Most out of "The Lever with Drew Fortin:"

    Drew Fortin

    Drew is a people-first, values-driven leader with nearly 20 years of growth strategy and team-building experience across retail, marketing technology, local media, and HR tech. He spent 7 years at The Predictive Index, where he was Chief Growth Officer responsible for the company's strategy to build the world's first...

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