2021 Plenary Sessions and Keynote Speaker


2021 SIOP Conference Closing Keynote speaker

Dr. Parminder Jassal, whose life experiences span the globe, applies foresight and perspectives earned first-hand to promote positive culture shifts and improve economic and social inequities.  During her  closing keynote for the 36th SIOP Annual Conference, she will share insights on the future of work and the role of I-O psychologists moving forward.

Parminder is the CEO and Co-Founder of Social Tech Inc, a public benefit corporation founded in 2018 to serve working learners that is headquartered in Austin, Texas. She is also the founding director of the Learn and Work Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, and Fellow with the Forum on the Future of Education and Employment.

She began her career working at Fortune 50 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Atlantic Richfield Oil Company, and Lucent Technologies, and at start-ups like Technology Solutions and Consulting, Bombay House Restaurant, and East Indian Trading Cafe.

Transitioning into the non-profit sector, Dr. Jassal served as a program officer supporting postsecondary success for low-income young adults at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in Economic Development leading workforce innovation at Greater Louisville Inc.  

In 2012, Parminder was named Founding Executive Director of ACT Foundation. She oversaw the organization’s unique role as an operating foundation, strategic investor, and incubation partner in support of the New Learning Economy and Rise of Working Learners (published).

From being born in London to completing high school in India to graduating as a product of public higher education in the United States, Parminder’s life reflects the world economy.  Parminder fluently speaks three languages and has worked and serves on boards across the globe.  Her post-secondary experiences began with an A.S. from Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa.  While transitioning from the for-profit to the philanthropic sector, Parminder earned her Doctorate in Higher Education with a focus on Technology and Economics from the University of Louisville.