Episode 10: Are We Headed to the Age of Portfolio Careers?

Episode 10: Are We Headed to the Age of Portfolio Careers?

Why choose one career when you can do more than one at the same time? In these days of gig jobs and the need to pivot as the economy change, maybe we should thinking hard about ‘portfolio careers’ or doing several things at the same time. That could happen in the context of one organization where one worker can wear many different hats, or it could be that more of us will do one multiple things at once. It is what used to be called moonlighting kicked up a notch, with an assist from technology and the realization that it is probably a good thing to diversify your career as much as well as your stock portfolio.

Our first guest today, Scott Snyder of Heidrick Consultng, looks at the way that the labor market is changing overall and shares his insights of how portfolio careers can be part of the new mix. Then, our second guest, Jackie Wong, talks about how he juggles two very different careers, one as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co  and the other as the man the Wall Street Journal calls ‘the most trusted voice in figure skating’.


Scott Snyder 

Scott Snyder is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of Heidrick Consulting, where he leads digital and innovation.

Scott is a recognized thought leader in technology and innovation, and has more than 25 years of experience in business and technology leadership at GE, Lockheed Martin and several startup ventures. He was recently the chief technology and innovation officer at venture firm Safeguard Scientifics. He also co-founded and served as president and chief strategy officer of Mobiquity, a leader in delivering innovative digital solutions for enterprises, where he continues to be chairman of the advisory board.

Scott has authored two books, Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors and The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution and numerous other articles on emerging technologies and innovation.

Scott is a senior fellow in the management department at the Wharton School, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and has lectured on digital innovation, emerging technologies, business and IT strategy, and new venture creation at MIT, Babson, Duke, Georgia Tech and INSEAD.

Scott founded and directs the Game Changer Collaborative, which is made up of leading companies focused on cross-sector digital innovation opportunities. He also holds three patents for analytics solutions and has been quoted as a thought leader in numerous publications including CIO MagazineWIREDForbesKnowledge@WhartonLos Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Education:Scott earned his BS, MS, and PhD in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

You can find out more about Scott’s book, Goliath’s Revenge, here

Jackie Wong 

Jackie Wong is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company. In this capacity he advises clients in a variety of industries in agile transformation, digital marketing, customer experience, and diversity and  inclusion topics.

Jackie is also the blogger, podcaster, and analyst behind his company, Rocker Skating.


Here is the link to Rocker Skating


Here is the Wall Street Journal article that refers to Jackie as the ‘most trusted name in figure skating’


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