President & CEO
Margaret Regan is the President and CEO of The FutureWork Institute, a global consulting firm that translates future trends to transform organizations. Operating on four continents, North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, The FutureWork Institute is a certified women-owned business (WBE) that serves as an incubator of innovation and change in addressing current and future workplace and marketplace issues. Its focus is on helping clients achieve a MindShift, a HeartShift and a SkillShift in creating a more inclusive, future-focused culture and environment.
As a global diversity and inclusion consultant, Margaret has led executive teams in Japan, keynoted future-focused conferences in Europe, Asia and North America, worked in Paris on French-American mergers and global summits, educated executive teams on cross-cultural differences, and conducted women’s studies in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. She has led projects that conducted employee research, focus groups and training in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Bangalore, Beijing, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Munich, Singapore, Sydney, Mexico City, Frankfurt, London, Paris and other major cities. Recently, she announced four global strategic alliances with firms in India, Australia, Europe and South Africa.
As a change management consultant, Margaret operates at the cutting edge of change, using research and consulting expertise to help clients envision the manager, employee and customer of the future. She works with her clients to help them lead change at every level and to give them a competitive advantage in the war for talent and provide the market insight to target products and services for an increasingly diverse and rapidly changing customer base.
As an executive coach, Margaret works with clients going through a change process to coach individual executives on leading the change . Having been the first woman executive in three different companies, she spends much of her time helping executives understand, recognize and address personal, style, leadership and behavioral issues. Her career as a corporate executive has informed her coaching experience. Upon entering a consulting career, she quickly became the coach for several CEOs who were clients of Towers Perrin—and this continued, once she spun off The FutureWork Institute, as a strategic alliance of Towers Perrin, now Willis Towers Watson. She was trained in coaching as part of her Ph.D. work at Fordham University.
To stay ahead of the learning and development trends, Margaret developed FutureWork Island to engage clients in education and simulations in an immersive virtual world. She also developed the first Virtual Global Summit for 1,000 managers from Microsoft and Sodexo and created virtual conferences and training on the ON24 platform. Currently, she is partnering with BeingVR to develop one of the first training apps using VR headsets and professional actors and with Mursion to blend AI and human interaction using avatars to coach people facing difficult workplace situations.
Her clients include 3M, Abbott Labs, Ahold Delhaize, AMD, American Express, AstraZeneca, AT&T, Baker & McKenzie, BASF, Baystate Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, BlueCross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Boehringer Ingelheim, BP, Burson-Marsteller, Coach, Continuum Health Partners, Danbury Hospital, Deutsche Bank, DLA Piper, DTCC, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Fluor, FMC, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, JWT, Littler, LSV, Marriott, MD Anderson Hospital, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, New York Hospital, New York Stock Exchange, Northrop Grumman, NYCMTA, Ogilvy & Mather, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Phillips, Pitney Bowes, Proskauer Rose, Raytheon, Reuters, Schering-Plough, Simmons College, Sodexo, Sony, Susquehanna University, Time Warner, UBS PaineWebber, Union Carbide, Verizon, Weil, Gotshal and Y&R.
Margaret was formerly a Partner and Global Practice Leader for Towers Perrin, where she led the Global Reinventing HR Practice and the Global Human Capital Management Practice. She was also the VP of HR at Con Edison in NY and the Executive Vice President of the NY Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Margaret established the New York Business Group on Health, a coalition of local employers, to address spiraling health care costs. She is currently the Chair of the International MultiCultural Institute and has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Child Care, YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Workforce Task Force of the NYC Board of Education, and Chair of the Board of Education’s Advisory Council on Occupational Education.
Margaret has appeared on NBC-TV’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, to comment on emerging workforce trends. She has been frequently quoted in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the South China Morning Post. She is featured on Close-Up TV as the CEO of “one of the most innovative businesses in the US,” in CNN/Money Magazine as the expert on future workplace trends and in Business Week for FWI’s creative approach to “my-job my-way”, “my-business our way” and “my perks my-way.” Recently, she received the Promise of Innovation Award for these approaches to work and for her ground-breaking work on education in the virtual world.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brooklyn College, CUNY and completed her doctoral work at Fordham University.