As a PhD student in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the founder of her own consulting practice, Laura Taylor-Kale specializes in the impact of technological change on the future of production and global economic competitiveness. Prior to Stanford, Laura was a 2017-2018 International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. In addition to her research, writing and public speaking, she was the deputy project director for an independent task force on the future of the U.S. workforce and co-author of the report The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century. The task force, co-chaired by former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and former Governor of Michigan John Engler, developed a road map for federal, state and local officials on how to navigate the impact of technological change, particularly artificial intelligence. Her research suggested that AI will advance at a pace that will make it difficult for the U.S. workforce to adjust and compete globally. On fellowship she studied Chinese innovation in artificial intelligence and the effects of technological change on the Chinese economy.


Stanford University School of Engineering


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International Affairs, Organizational Behavior, Institutional Change, Technology and the Economy
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United States

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