• Remote Access Enabled - Rescueduled from 25 Sept 2020
  • Virtual Presentation
  • COVID-19 + The Economy

Coping with the pandemic is often presented as a zero-sum game — as a choice between public health and the economy. We can shut the economy down to slow the spread, but what does this mean for workers who lose their jobs and businesses that go bankrupt? Is this a false trade-off? Will we quickly rebound from the economy’s contraction, or will the effects go on for years? How will the pandemic change business, commerce and consumption in the medium and long term?  What does this experience mean for international trade and globalism?

We will bring together business leaders, academics and community leaders to envision how to rebuild a more robust and equitable economy that is more resilient to future shocks.

Keynote SpeakerWilliam S. Demchak — Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group


  • Esther L. Bush — President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Rayid Ghani — Distinguished Career Professor, Machine Learning Department and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harry D. Moseley — Global Chief Information Officer, Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
  • Tamara K. Nopper — Sociologist and Fellow at Data for Progress and Affiliate of The Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies, New York University
  • Shubham Singhal) (Tepper'99) — Healthcare Global Leader and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
  • Chris Sleet — H.J. Heinz Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

3-4 p.m. ET
Networking Hour

Following this week's panel discussion, connect with conference panelists and colleagues from within CMU and beyond in our virtual networking space. Participants will be assigned to Zoom breakout rooms with a moderator who will help motivate and guide conversations.


This session was originally scheduled for Friday, September 25 at 1 p.m. ET but was postponed due to unforeseen network outages across the country that impacted many of our registrants.