David DeLong

MIT AgeLab Research Fellow & Expert in Workforce Development, Corporate Culture, & Knowledge Retention

David DeLong
  • Widely cited by the New York Times, Fortune, and the Wall Street Journal, among others
  • Uses demographic research to optimize hiring practices
  • Describes what the changing workforce means for the skills gap
  • Helps organizations innovate by capitalizing on their existing knowledge base and helps leaders tackle the challenges of an aging, changing population

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Speaker, author, and consultant, Dr. David DeLong helps leaders and organizations improve performance by implementing practical solutions for critical skill shortages and threats of knowledge loss created by major changes in workforce demographics, shifts in generational values, and new technologies. 

President of Smart Workforce Strategies, David is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College where he teaches “Leading & Managing Organizational Change.”

He is the former member of research staff at both Harvard Business School and the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT's Sloan School.

David is the author of three widely-praised books focused on solutions for a changing workforce and the escalating war for talent, including, The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill), Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford University Press), and Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market.

Widely quoted in major publications such as the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review Blog, CIO Magazine, US News & World Report, and The Boston Globe, he has also been interviewed on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and "Talk of the Nation."

He has spoken for and consulted with numerous different organizations such as MetLife, American Council of Life Insurers, the Federal Reserve Bank, Farm Credit System, Microsoft, MasterCard, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ernst & Young, and Accenture.

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Closing The “Skills Gap:” Innovative Talent Management Solutions For A Changing Workforce. Top executives can no longer be complacent when it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining high potential employees and future leaders. This talk shows how to prioritize talent-related risks, identify the seven talent problems that kill profits, and how to accelerate knowledge transfer in the multigenerational workplace. Learn how to recruit and retain high potential talent that creates competitive advantage.

The Myths & Realities Of The Multigenerational Workforce: Frameworks For Action. Unwanted turnover and increased diversity are two of today’s most vexing talent challenges. This talk delivers practical approaches to improve cross-generational collaboration and productivity.

Using The “Skills Gap” To Solve The “Jobs Gap”: Creative Solutions For Critical Workforce Challenges. The US faces a paradoxical crisis. More than 80% of companies report they can’t find the skilled employees needed to drive grow, while 50% of today’s college grads are underemployed. This talk shows how innovative solutions can address both problems simultaneously.

Accelerating Leadership Development: Lessons From The Leading Edge. The leadership pipeline in many organizations today is dangerously thin. This talk focuses on how to identify and retain high-potential candidates and five keys to accelerating leadership development.

The High Cost Of Coming & Going: Accelerating Knowledge Transfer Across Generations. More Baby Boomer retirements and “onboarding” of new hires greatly increases the organizational costs of lower productivity, lost knowledge, and failed promotions. This talk shows leaders how to reduce the risks of ineffective transitions, disillusioned young employees, and critical capability loss as many organizations go through seismic shifts in the make up of their workforce.

Graduate To A Great Job: How To Make Your College Degree Pay Off. With 50% of college grads working in jobs that don’t require a college degree, it’s more critical than ever to understand what works and what doesn’t in today’s job market. Learn six keys to landing a good job faster in the post-recession economy.

Change Management: Why The Soft Stuff Is Really The Hard Stuff. A key element in the success of all strategic initiatives is your organization’s ability to manage change effectively. This talk shows the behaviors, practices, and processes being used by today’s most effective change leaders and helps you to avoid the most common mistakes executives make when leading change. Identify shortcuts that will accelerate change to drive growth.


Tackling The Retention Problem: Strategic Solutions For The High Cost Of Turnover. Practical strategies to recruit, develop and retain Millennials & Gen-Zs. This talk delivers practical solutions for both large and small organizations.

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