Business Forward welcomed Cameron Kerry, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation and former acting Secretary of Commerce, for a briefing on the state of consumer privacy reform. He discussed the surge in data collection, new data uses, key players in Congress, and what a bipartisan deal might look like.
President Trump’s focus on the wall has divided the country and derailed bipartisan legislation on infrastructure. In reality, there are better and cheaper ways to protect the U.S. and those dollars would be better spent fixing America’s roads, bridges, rail, and waterways. Featured guests include Ohio business leader Kevin Burch, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, Michigan business leader Pat Gillespie, and former Deputy Secretary of Transportation and WSP President John D. Porcari.
Under President Trump, “America First” means “America Alone” – this is bad for business. Featured guests include Michigan business leader Cornelius Harris, founder of Alter Ego Management and Jake Sullivan, Distinguished Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.
Women remain overrepresented in low-paying jobs and underrepresented in high-paying jobs. By simply helping women match men’s labor force participation, America could grow its economy by $1 trillion. Featured guests include Colorado business leader Denise Burgess, President and CEO of Burgess Services and Betsey Stevenson, Professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Automation creates and destroys jobs simultaneously, changing the future of work. We can't go back. We must reskill. School reform must prepare our students for the skills and qualities tomorrow’s employers will need. Featured guests include Michigan business leader Michael Guthrie, founding design principal of inFORM Studio and Alastair Fitzpayne, Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute.
On Wednesday, January 22, Business Forward Foundation welcomed Ivan Frishberg, director of impact policy for Amalgamated Bank, and Gregg Gelzinis, senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, for a briefing on sustainable banking. They discussed new commitments from leading banks to disclose their climate change risk and the carbon emissions they finance; the impact this new disclosure could have on renewable energy investment; and, how new regulations could speed this process.
On Wednesday, January 15, Business Forward Foundation welcomed former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal for a briefing on the facts and legal theories behind the impeachment of President Trump, as well as other threats to rule of law in the U.S.
By favoring types of income that only the richest Americans earn, President Trump's tax cuts skipped the middle class by design. Now, he wants to cut health care and social security by $1.7 trillion to pay for it. Featured guests include Tennessee business leader Stephen Prince, Owner of National Business Products and David Kamin, Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.
By protecting coal plants and cutting funding for solar and wind R&D, President Trump is fighting market forces beyond his control. The U.S. should be leading on energy, but we are at risk of falling behind. Featured guests include Pennsylvania business leader Kjerstin Klein, Owner of Willi’s Ski Shop, Inc. and Kristina Costa, Climate and Energy Policy Adviser.
President Trump argues that America is being overwhelmed by immigrants. The truth? Many communities are aging, shrinking, and losing their young talent to larger cities, creating a negative cycle that hurts local jobs, property values, and investment. Immigrants can break this cycle. Featured guests include Wisconsin business leader Ryan Clancy, Owner of Bounce Milwaukee and Marshall Fitz, Managing Director of Immigration at the Emerson Collective.