“Navigating the Leadership Landscape: Labor Forecasts and Employment Demographic Trends “

This keynote explores the dynamics of leadership in the 21st century, focusing on essential aspects such as labor forecasts, employment demographic trends, and the critical role of employee engagement. Delving into the concept of employee engagement, we will examine its definition, significance, and the potential costs associated with disengaged employees. Furthermore, we will discuss the methods through which leaders can actively “earn” employee engagement, emphasizing the shift from a traditional managerial role to that of a coach. This keynote will feature selected leadership case studies, providing practical insights into effective leadership strategies in contemporary organizational settings.


Admiral Robert P. Burke

Senior Vice President, Center for Human Capital Innovation


Robert (Bob) Burke, a retired four-star admiral, culminated his service wearing three simultaneous mantles as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, a NATO combined-service command.

He has held distinguished posts as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and as the Chief of Naval Personnel. He was a career submarine officer, with assignments in both nuclear-powered attack and ballistic missile submarines. As Senior Vice President, Bob brings a wealth of talent and experience to every facet of CHCI’s portfolio.

During his 40-plus years in the Navy, he led joint, combined, multinational, and interagency organizations, across all aspects of defense, both at sea and ashore, as well as significant experience in personnel policy and management. During his tenure as the Chief of Naval Personnel, Bob led monumental personnel system transformation efforts, modernizing Navy’s recruiting, training and education, personnel policy, and delivery of HR services to Sailors.

He has received many awards and honors throughout his career. While in command of the USS HAMPTON (SSN 767), an attack submarine, Bob had the unique distinction of being recognized with both the Jack Darby Award for Leadership and the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Bob earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.