Expert Speakers in Every Category on COVID-19’s Impact
Due to the current times of uncertainty, organizations are looking for speakers to share the most up-to-date information about the impact of coronavirus on their industry, business, and health at large.
Here are some experts who discuss the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 in every category – not only in person, but also virtually or via a conference call.
- Speakers on the Economic Impact
- Speakers on the Geopolitical Impact
- Speakers on the Business Impact
- Speakers on the Political Impact
- Speakers on the Health Impact
- Speakers on the Future Trends Impact
- Speakers on Crisis Management
Doug Holtz-Eakin, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office; Economic and Fiscal Policy Expert: One of the nation's top economists, Doug Holtz-Eakin breaks down complicated economic and policy issues with humor and energy. A distinguished economic advisor, he shares his insider views on the economic policies coming out of the pandemic, including the impact of interest rate cuts, supply chain strain, and his opinion of the payroll tax cuts. He advises the need to focus first on managing the health crisis by investing in virus testing and state medical funds to get people healthy as quickly as possible so they can participate in the economy.
- IN THE NEWS: Holtz-Eakin offers his insight on NPR’s Planet Money podcast.
- IN THE NEWS: Holtz-Eakin shares his thoughts on the best solution to curb the economic crisis.
Marci Rossell, Expert Economic Forecaster, Former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-Host of Squawk Box: Dr. Marci Rossell separates fact from fiction on the potential impact businesses can expect from coronavirus. She analyzes past events (think SARS and MERS epidemics) to predict the economic effects, such as postponed spending and a decreased value of retirement savings. But according to Marci, “it’s important to keep in mind that all these effects are temporary, a matter of weeks perhaps.” She highlights that this outbreak is symptomatic of a larger trend — that businesses today face a variety of seismic surprises — and shares her expert insights on how business can plan for unforeseen events today and in the future.
Benn Steil, Director of International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations: A leading expert in monetary policy, financial markets, and economic and diplomatic history, Benn Steil blends history and economics to advise on the measures that need to be taken to keep the economy on track as coronavirus spreads. Looking at precedents from other major geopolitical events, he discusses additional steps beyond rate cuts we may see from the Federal Reserve in order to help the economy weather the pandemic storm.
Lisa Monaco, Former United States Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor and Member of Joe Biden’s Public Health Advisory Committee: Having served at the highest levels in national security and member of Biden's newly formed Public Health Advisory Committee, Lisa Monaco draws on her experience as former Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama to help audiences understand how to lead through challenging times and prepare for the impacts of the sudden disruptions of COVID-19. She discusses why the U.S. must make pandemic disease a national security priority and the resources necessary to combat the global threat to stability and security.
- IN THE NEWS: Monaco named one of six expert board members on Biden’s new Public Health Advisory Committee.
Michael Morell, Former Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA: Michael Morell walks audiences through the implications of the pandemic on national security — which range from financial and political instability in nations key to the United States all the way to the strategic balance of power between China and the United States. He will also address why we as a country and a people so often fail to heed the warnings of experts, from 9/11 to the current coronavirus pandemic, and how this crisis may be the wakeup call we need to be a society that more effectively deals with its problems.
Ian Bremmer, International Affairs Expert & President of Eurasia Group: A thought leader on political issues and foreign affairs, Ian Bremmer shares how geopolitics will determine how the pandemic proceeds. He demonstrates how the epidemiological crisis is exposing the world's divisions and how global response will continue to be impacted by the relationships between the world’s largest powers. Bremmer also assesses the evolution of the United States' response to COVID-19, and the critical need for the administration to recognize, focus, and communicate transparently in order to ensure resilience of American health.
Jim Donald, Chairman of Albertson’s, Former CEO of Starbucks, & Former CEO of Extended Stay Hotels: Called a "Turnaround King" for helping struggling companies find their footing, Jim draws on his experiences leading through crisis as the former CEO of many large, multinational companies to discuss how best to operate in uncertain business environments. He shares the structure that he is using to consult with CEO’s globally during this pandemic, along with best practices for leading from home, effectively communicate, and emerge from this crisis stronger than ever before.
General Stanley McChrystal and Chris Fussell, Leaders at the McChrystal Group. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Stan and Chris apply lessons-learned from their time in the military to provide the major steps business leaders should take to establish high-functioning teams in times of uncertainty, including establishing a high-functioning remote work platform. They outline how to create a highly effective remote work model, optimize communications, and take a disciplined approach to decision-making. Stan and Chris outline considerations for today’s leaders to adjust their thinking and their footing immediately, in order to allow for the possibility to build and maintain a culture of trust, candor, and performance in a distributed workforce. Read the full five-part series Practical Advice For Leading Through COVID-19 here.
- IN THE NEWS: McChrystal and Fussell discuss what fighting Al Qaeda taught them about fighting coronavirus for The New York Times.
- IN THE NEWS: McChrystal and Fussell share their leadership insights on CNN.
Erik Peterson, Partner & Managing Director of A.T. Kerney’s Global Business Policy Council. For the past 10 years, from his perch as director of one of the world’s foremost for-profit think tanks working closely with CEOs worldwide, Erik Peterson has been an eyewitness to successive waves of tumultuous change affecting the private sector. He focuses on how the fundamental nature of business will change from COVID-19, including the transformational impact on the role of technology, policy, supply chain management, technology, and workforce development and retention. He shares his passionate belief that leaders endowed with a strategic mindset, and the wherewithal to bring their vision to fruition, will have a remarkable competitive advantage when the current crisis is behind us.
Ron Brownstein, CNN Senior Political Analyst, Senior Editor for The Atlantic, and Contributing Editor for National Journal: Called "one of America's best political journalists" by The Economist, Ron Brownstein discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated all of our partisan, racial, economic, and geographic divides. He also explores what a post-pandemic world will look like, and how how many of these changes will be driven by millions of private decisions, by employers, employees and workers, while others will require public consensus – and how this crucible has shown just how difficult that is to achieve in our divided society.
Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Axios Co-Founders: Jim and Mike relay the most-up-to-date information to your audience, offering live virtual briefings on the latest updates in the political climate, the road to the White House, and the issues shaping our world in the new age of coronavirus. The creators behind the hit docuseries Axios on HBO, Mike and Jim are on the front lines of what’s happening now in the worlds of politics, tech, business, and media, interviewing big names like President Trump, Elon Musk, and Joe Biden. With high-energy, candor, and humorous anecdotes, they bring these insider insights into their talks – evaluating the current political landscape for those who need to be ‘in-the-know’ about the important issues of the day.
David Wasserman, US House Editor for the Cook Political Report: As the turbulence of the presidential primaries have given way to self-quarantines, social distancing, and even postponements, the nation's political leadership is being put to the test at a critical phase of the 2020 election. Wasserman addresses the critical question of: What impact will the global pandemic have on the race? Drawing on extensive research on demographic and cultural trends, he highlights the 6 states that will decide President Trumps’ fate, the four structural obstacles Joe Biden needs to overcome to win, and where 2020's top House and Senate races are headed.
Dr. Celine Gounder, Infectious Disease Specialist, Epidemiologist, and CNN Medical Analyst: As COVID-19 transitions from regional epidemics to a full-on pandemic Dr. Celine Gounder discusses the things we can do to prepare for the spread of illnesses like coronavirus – practical ways to care for ourselves, our families, and our communities. One of the world’s leading infectious disease and public health experts, Dr. Celine Gounder draws on her experience working on global epidemics like Ebola and HIV to share these strategies and help audiences understand the latest science and the bigger context. She brings diverse angles—from history and anthropology to politics and economics—depth, and texture to the conversation that you won’t get elsewhere.
Jon Cohen, Senior Correspondent for Science and Infectious Disease Expert: A widely-published writer and author on scientific topics, Jon Cohen specializes in biomedicine and is well-known for his coverage of epidemics (HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, Ebola, influenza), immunology, vaccines, and global health. He provides an in-depth look at where the virus came from, how China responded, and how the spread of the disease revealed the weaknesses in the country after country. He also explores the intersection of disease, politics, economics, and human rights at large.
Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Expert on Decision-Making and How People Think: Currently on the front lines of pandemic and working in a San Francisco emergency room, Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal speaks from first-hand experience on the latest in the global health crisis. An expert diagnostician who works through medical mysteries at rapid speed, Dhaliwal shares the current technological developments and challenges facing the healthcare industry today and how the medical community is preparing for the weeks to come.
Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Renowned Psychiatrist, Mental Health Advocate, and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University: With a career dedicated to the study and treatment of mental illness, Dr. Lieberman highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact our lives at global scale – providing audiences with strategies to cope and plan for what’s next. Sharing mechanisms to reset, reframe, and reimagine the future, audiences will leave his talks prepared to lead themselves, their organization, and their industry into a healthy future.
Poppy Crum, Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution, Stanford University Adjunct Professor, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Neuroscientist, and Technologist: Poppy discusses the transformative role consumer technology paired with AI can play from our homes in supporting our health diagnostics and remote medicine. How the ubiquity of sensors in our environments, in our consumer devices, and on our bodies as wearable technologies, all paired with AI, is becoming one of the most powerful indicators of our mental and physical wellness – gathering and learning the signatures of the biological digital footprints we share from our breath, heart rate, vocal patterns, and more. By using the same devices we use to listen to music or watch a movie, Poppy will share how we can be part of improving our own safety, the safety of the frontline healthcare workers, and increase our own quality of care. She also predicts how these technologies will become an intimate partner in helping us come back together with a new sense of freedom in our own personal wellness and confidence to re-establish social safety in how we work and play.
Mitch Joel, Technology and Innovation Expert and Best-Selling Author: Mitch Joel has been at the forefront on online communications since the first commercialized modems and web browsers were invented. He is known as a “digital visionary” and a successful entrepreneur who has used online communications to build businesses, grow communities, increase sales, define new models of leadership and empower teams to be more productive. He offers a variety of virtual talks to discuss the new ways of doing business in a COVID-19 era and prepare organization for the trends of the future, including: how to be successful in a remote work environment, preparing your business for innovation and disruption, developing and adapting your content marketing strategy to create a communication center of excellence, and the current and future potential of artificial intelligence for your business.
Michael Steep, Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities: Disruptive technology is growing at an exponential rate, but few people know how to transform disruption into opportunity. Drawing on decades of experience driving innovation and leading operations at companies including Apple and Microsoft, Mike Steep shares strategies on how to leverage emerging technology into bottom line business opportunities and how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the future trends category.
Greg Williams, Editor-in-Chief at Wired magazine: Greg Williams is an authority on technology trends and the ways they impact business and society. As editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine, Greg meets the innovators, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and creatives who are changing the world and writes on a variety of subjects, including innovation, technology, business, creativity, and ideas. Greg's unique position puts him in the primary spot to focus on the impact of coronavirus in the technology sector.
Christopher Voss, Former FBI Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator and CEO of Black Swan Group: Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. Chris has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high stakes negotiations as an FBI agent to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world. Chris helps companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems between senior management and employees.
Judy Smith, Crisis Management Expert: Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington DC and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad.
Whether you are looking for keynote remarks, virtual content, or a conference call, these speakers share the latest on how COVD-19 will impact our lives and our businesses along with expert insights on how we can prepare.
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