In episode 155, Coffey talks with Tony Buffum about the evolving freelance workforce and its impact on the labor market. They discuss the growth of the freelance workforce; differences between gig jobs and freelance work; the increasing preference for freelance work among younger generations; the use of platforms like Upwork for accessing diverse talent; the benefits of hiring fractional executives through freelance platforms; and the role of freelancing for retirees and experienced professionals.

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Tony Buffum

Tony Buffum

Tony Buffum is VP of HR Client Strategy at Upwork. As a key member of the senior-level executive client strategy team, Buffum is responsible for accelerating growth of current and prospective Upwork enterprise clients, helping them solve HR challenges related to finance, procurement and talent transformation. Buffum is an accomplished HR professional with more than two decades of experience leading global HR teams as well as driving transformational change in company culture, organizational design, performance management, and employee integration and engagement. He joins Upwork following a series of noteworthy leadership positions including chief human resources officer (CHRO) at FLIR Systems, VP of global human resources at STANLEY Security, VP of human resources at Stanley Black & Decker and others. Alongside his role at Upwork, he serves as Chairperson of PEI Human Capital Forum and is the HR Venture Advisor at SemperVirens, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in technology transforming healthcare work and financial wellness. Buffum graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations.


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