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May 12, 2020, 11:22 a.m. EDT

Virtual Town Hall Summit Convenes Global Business Leaders to Discuss Solutions for Returning to Work Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

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May 12, 2020 (3BL Media via COMTEX) -- SOURCE: Moody's Corporation

May 12, 2020 /3BL Media/ - As states in the U.S, and cities around the world begin to reopen and corporations are rushing to redefine operations, a group of global business leaders in industries ranging from finance to law to tech will gather for a virtual town hall in mid-May to discuss a path forward.

The keys to sustaining corporate revenue in the age of Covid-19 will lie in employers' ability to be agile, forward-looking and people-focused - all while maintaining the sound operational discipline that is required for survival and sustainability. Determining where and how staff will be working in the new normal is one of the biggest challenge's businesses face, and something they'll have to resolve amid employee concerns, widespread confusion and an onslaught of new and often pivotal information each day.

On Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14, 2020, India Gary-Martin, longtime global executive turned leadership expert and c-suite coach will convene a virtual global town hall summit with 16 leaders from three continents. Martin similarly hosted and produced the Centenary Summit ( www.centenarysummit.com ) in South Africa in 2018. Like the previous summit, The Town Hall Summit creates a space for global leaders to engage in dialogue about the multitude of environmental factors that challenge operations during uncertain times. In four one-hour sessions over two days, participants will discuss the impact of the first 60 days of the pandemic and how to address the future. The sessions will include Leading in the New Normal, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Being a Founder During Crisis, and Purpose Driven Leadership. The content for the sessions will be shaped in part by insights and analysis gleaned from the latest published research and Corporate Social Responsibility report of Moody's Corporation, global communications firm Edelman's Trust Barometer and by Treasury Today, a leading source of cash and liquidity research.

"Now is the time for corporations to step up and for leadership to emerge in new and exciting ways. It's much easier to lead when we are operating in business-as-usual environments, but disruptions like the Covid-19 pandemic pose a test that separates the wheat from the chaff." Gary-Martin says.

The Town Hall Summit is free to participants on a first-come first-served basis and will also be broadcast on YouTube Live. Register at www.thetownhallsummit.com

Leading in the New Normal - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:00AM EST

Business leaders discuss the challenge and opportunities around running significant business while transitioning to the new normal and shed light on the difficult decisions that leaders are having to make.

Panelists:
Kimberly A. Blackwell, CEO, PMM Agency (USA)
Colin Coleman, Former CEO, Goldman Sachs Sub Saharan Africa, Lecturer and Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University (South Africa)
Betsy Miller, Partner and Co-Chair Public Client Practice Group, Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll (USA)
Shaka Rasheed, Managing Director and General Manager, Microsoft Capital Markets (USA)

"Leading through uncertainty forces us to dance on the edge of what is expected of us and change those expectations. It is an adaptive challenge, which demands more of leaders - we must build organizational capacity not only to react, but to evolve." Said Betsy Miller, Co-Chair of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll's Public Client practice.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:15AM EST

Industry leading experts will explore what the current environment means for entrepreneurs and the gaps they need to fill that weren't as visible during normal operating times.

Panelists:
Dr. Mave Houston, Head of UX Research, Disney Streaming Services (USA)
Colin Iles, Founder, Innovation Catalysts (South Africa)
Grace Mellis, Chair, Hyrecar and Advisor, Techstars (USA)
Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Refinitiv Business Accelerator (USA)

"There is no going back to the norms of work or school. We can only go forward. In that forward lies the amazing opportunity to reimagine business, the way we live and work, and solutions for global challenges." said, Sneha Shah, Managing Director of Refinitiv's recently launched Business Accelerator.

Being a Founder CEO During Crisis - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:00AM EST

Founder CEOs discuss the experience of rapidly shifting teams to remote work, what they would have done to prepare if they could turn back the clock and strategies for survival and growth in the current environment.

"I see a huge amount of opportunity. Many businesses haven't faced up to the hard thinking about digitally transforming their organizations and services. Now there's no avoiding it. I have a lot of work in Government in the UK and see it now working at light speed to make decisions and deploy services. A massive sea change for sure." Said Mike O'Brien, CEO and Founder of OpenCast Software in Newcastle, England.

Panelists:
Lisa Coker, CEO Infinite Management Solutions (USA)
Farida Gibbs, CEO Gibbs Hybrid (UK),
Mike O'Brien, CEO Opencast Software (UK)
Reggie Stevens, CEO Iris Solutions (USA)

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