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Democracy’s Unlikely Defenders? Exploring the intersection between business and politics

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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In the past few months, business leaders have spoken out for protecting voter participation in Georgia, Michigan and other states across the country. They see a strong democratic foundation as imperative to a thriving society and dynamic economy, and are beginning to take action. Led by a group of prominent Black executives, over 500 business leaders signed a statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation” that would make it harder for people to vote. 

 

These actions have raised fundamental questions business leaders must answer. What should businesses' role in politics be? What are the risks of business as usual? Going forward, can business leaders align on common standards to guide collective action?

Join the Harvard community and several of the business leaders engaged on these issues for a lively discussion. This session will include:  Wendy Weiser, Brennan Center, brief introductory overview of the issues followed by a panel discussion, panelists include:

  • Shellye Archambeau, CEO, Silicon Valley Leader, Board Member for Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies and Okta Inc  
  • Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO and Co-Founder, Leadership Now Project (HBS MBA 2001)
  • Richard Edelman, President & CEO, Edelman (HBS MBA 1978)
  • Brian T. Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America 

 
Moderated by:  Rebecca M. Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School

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