The global economy and its citizens are confronting dual shocks: the deadly COVID-19 virus which has shuttered nations and exposed the disproportionate disparities in health and access to health care – all while researchers race for a vaccine. The second shock are the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the tragic death of George Floyd whose death by four police officers in Minneapolis set off global protests against policebrutality and a reckoning on race throughout all facets of society.
The unprecedented pandemic and protests comes as the U.S. celebrates the centennial anniversary of a woman’s right to vote and the nation prepares for the 2020 presidential election. At the same time Europe faces the harsh realities of a rise in fascism while the UK prepares for its final countdown to Brexit.
LL COOL J
Hip-Hop Icon, Actor, and Philanthropist
CEO & Founder, Rock The Bells
Professor of Black Studies
Birmingham City University
Delta Air Lines
VP Operations and Customer Growth
Google Cloud EMEA
Vice President, Women’s National Basketball Players Association; Professional Basketball Player, Seattle Storm
Michael R. Bloomberg
Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies
Ursula M. Burns
Former Xerox Chairman & CEO
Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton
67th United States Secretary of State
Disability Specialist and Public Speaker
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Chairman and CEO
James L. Dohr Professor of Law
Principal, Black Futures Lab & Co-Creator, #BlackLivesMatter
Peter T. Grauer
Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Co-Host, ABC’s “The View”
The Carlyle Group
Multiplatinum Artist and Activist
Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Glenn C. Loury
Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Economics