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The Post-COVID City

The CEO of United Airlines, the President of Microsoft, the Governor of Tokyo, and other civic and industry leaders from around the world discuss the resilience of cities and how they may revive their social and economic vitality.
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The pandemic has altered one of the essential purposes of cities: as places of gathering, interaction, and exchange. As cities recover, how can they revive their social fabric, from community life to the office to arts and culture? What policies, strategies, and innovations can rebuild urban life on a more equitable and resilient footing?

About the Speakers
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Headshot of Ivo H. Daalder
Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.
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Sherry Dobbin
Partner, Futurecity
Sherry Dobbin, FRSA is partner at Futurecity, a London-based global placemaking agency and chair of Urban Art Forum, UK. She has worked across all artforms for thirty-five years, led cultural organizations, and curated for public realm in four continents. Her work as founding director of Times Square Arts and Midnight Moment is chronicled in the new Routledge Placemaking Handbook.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
US Business Editor, Financial Times
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is the US business editor of the Financial Times, leading its coverage of US business in an age of populism, policy upheavals, and shifting expectations of corporate America. He manages a team of reporters while writing news, analysis, and commentary and helping develop new offerings for the FT’s core audience such as Moral Money, its awards-winning ESG newsletter.
Isabella Casillas Guzman
Administrator, US Small Business Administration
Isabella Casillas Guzman is the 27th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration. She serves as the voice for America’s 30 million small businesses and innovative startups in President Biden’s Cabinet. Most recently, she served as director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.
Mary Kay Henry
International President, Service Employees International Union
Mary Kay Henry is international president of the Service Employees International Union. In 2010, she became the first woman elected to lead the SEIU. Under her leadership, SEIU has won major victories to improve the jobs of healthcare, property services, and public sector workers across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Leslie Kern
Director, Women’s & Gender Studies, Mount Allison University
Leslie Kern is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University. She’s the author of Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World.
Scott Kirby
CEO, United Airlines
Scott Kirby is CEO of United Airlines. Previously, he served as the company’s president from 2016 to 2020 and played a pivotal role in enabling United’s cultural transformation and executing the company’s strategic growth plan. Kirby is an industry veteran with a three-decade-long career in significant leadership roles within the airline industry.
Yuriko Koike
Governor, Tokyo
Yuriko Koike is the Governor of Tokyo. Re-elected for a second term in 2020, she’s Tokyo’s first female governor. Koike has previously served as a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and has held several cabinet positions, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense.
Lori Lightfoot
Mayor, Chicago
Lori Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. She’s the first Black woman to serve as Chicago's Mayor and has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding equity and inclusion across the city. Most recently, Mayor Lightfoot served as a senior equity partner at Mayer Brown, president of the Chicago Police Board and chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.
Carlos Moreno
Mayor of Paris’ Special Envoy for Smart Cities
Professor Carlos Moreno is special envoy for smart cities for the Mayor of Paris and scientific director at the Paris IAE – Panthéon Sorbonne University. Renowned for his “Smart City” concept (2010), Moreno in 2016 pioneered the “15-Minute City,” which has influenced urban transformations worldwide. In 2019, Moreno received the Foresight Medal by the French Academy of Architecture.
Justine Simons
Deputy Mayor, Culture and the Creative Industries, London
Justine Simons, OBE is London’s deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries. She is also founder and chair of the World Cities Culture Forum, a major global initiative involving 30 cities worldwide. Justine was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s New Year honors list for Services to Culture in London.
Brad Smith
President, Microsoft
Brad Smith is Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others.
US Managing Editor, Financial Times
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Peter Spiegel is currently the US managing editor of the Financial Times. Prior to that, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.
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