Founder and President, iPSE-U.S.
Carl has dedicated more than 25 years to advocating for the independent workforce. As President and CEO of Kelly Services, a Fortune 500 workforce solutions firm, he spent his career creating opportunities and seeking justice for independent workers; challenging government, business leaders, and educators to adapt to the future of work; and serving on boards for the Federal Reserve, the Committee for Economic Development/The Conference Board, multiple universities, and numerous think tanks. In 2017 he assembled industry leaders, House members from both parties, and association leaders for an exclusive D.C. event (“Advancing the Social Contract For Gig Economy Workers”) that became the genesis for iPSE-U.S.. Before joining the corporate world, Carl was a tenured college professor, and started and sold his own marketing research firm.
Founder & CEO, IPSE-UK Co-Founder/Co-President, iPSE-U.S.
Chris knows first-hand what it means to be an independent worker facing unfriendly labor policies. While working as an IT contractor, he became one of the original 2,000 members of the Professional Contractors Group (PCG), which was formed in the UK in May 1999 to provide independent workers and consultants with a representative voice in opposition to the UK’s IR35 proposals. Chris was appointed CEO of PCG in 2013 and rebranded it as IPSE, the association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed in 2014. He continues to lead IPSE in the UK and leverages his experiences to inform iPSE-U.S. Before becoming a contractor, Chris had a career in sales and marketing followed by 10 years in senior management in the logistics industry.
Board of Directors
John is so passionate about the future of work that he has built a career around it. As a seasoned global executive and in-demand speaker, he shares his expertise in workforce strategies, talent sourcing, and the impact of AI and automation with policy makers and business leaders across the globe. He is currently focused on how workforce, workplace, technology, and social norms are disrupting the ways that people and work connect—now and into the future. John serves on the Board of Directors for the World Employment Confederation and as a member of The Conference Board’s Talent Management Advisory Board.
Gyongyver (Gogo) Bethke
Gogo is a successful entrepreneur living a modern twist on the American dream. She came to the U.S. at the age of 21 as an au pair, not knowing a soul and barely speaking English. A self-described “go-getter”, she held a variety of jobs, took two years off to care for a young son battling illness, and then reinvented herself as a real estate powerhouse, placing in the top 5% of realtors nationwide for three consecutive years. Gogo loves her independent workstyle, but parenting a child with a chronic health condition has made her hyper-aware of the need for better benefit options and safety nets for independent workers.
Drew exemplifies the modern worker who refuses to “settle.” Though still early in his career, he has already shifted from a traditional job at a Fortune 10 company, to a creative side hustle, to president of a start-up. In 2017 he left a successful engineering career to pursue his passion in the emerging $100 billion drone market. His role at Rotor Riot LLC—which includes operations management, product development, marketing, and worldwide distribution—enables him to do work he loves while educating and inspiring others in his field.