Mastercard: Building The Modern Payments Landscape

For most consumers, change is a funny thing. It can be almost impossible to get a consumer to let go of an ingrained habit under normal circumstances. But pushed by the pressure of an unusual circumstance to do something a different way, it’s amazing how quickly a new habit can grow up in the space an old one left behind. That’s a lesson Sherri Haymond, Mastercard’s executive vice president of digital partnerships, has had the opportunity to witness professionally — and experience personally — over the past half year.

“Before [COVID-19] I was not an avid Instacart user, because I actually like going to the grocery store. I think it’s fun. There’s an element of discovery I like,” Haymond told Webster in a recent digital discussion. “But to have the convenience and the safety of delivery through something like Instacart — for me,

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Technology, Innovation and Modern War — Class 4

We just held our fourth sessions of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Joe Felter, Raj Shah and I designed a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy. Today’s topic was Defense Strategies and Military Plans in an Era of Great Power Competition.

Catch up with the class by reading our summaries of Class 1 here, Class 2 here and Class 3 here.


Our guest speaker was Bridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and then Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ point person for articulating his vision for the National Defense Strategy.

Some of the readings for this fourth class session included: National Security Strategy, 2018 National Defense Strategy, National Military Strategy Summary, The Age of Great-Power Competition, The China Reckoning: How Beijing

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Three Skills Leaders Should Master For The Modern Business Environment

Founder & Head Coach/CEO, The Funds2Orgs Group.

How many times have we heard “the new normal” this year? A lot. However, although it may feel like it’s a new phenomenon, the new normal has been with us for a long time. All 2020 did was accelerate what was already happening in society and our work environments. 

For instance, many companies had already started moving to hire remote contractors or freelancers instead of bearing the cost of having full-time staff. And, we understand how machine learning and artificial intelligence has redefined a lot of what workers do. As an entrepreneur, I think that we are moving toward a human-centric workforce that is heavily intertwined with artificial intelligence. As a result of these massive changes that have been underway for some time, essential elements necessary to navigate the continual uncertainty are adaptability and continual learning.

In their book Competing in

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