Forbes – by Robert Reiss
On February 25, 2021 50 top CEOs convened as the seminal confluence of Transformative CEOs collaborating to solve today’s most pressing issues. This was the first two-hour virtual meeting of its type and the “Power 50” included leaders from: Siemens, AARP, Kaiser Permanente, The Carlyle Group, Newell Brands, Verizon, Steinway, UNICEF, Newmark, Panera Bread, Grace Farms Foundation, Northwell Health, Babson, Bank of America, UPS, Universal Health Services, Dale Carnegie, United Way, Rite Aid, AT&T, Navy Federal, Newman’s Own Foundation, Edward Jones, Topgolf …
Here are quotes from the Workgroup Leaders and key participants along with the problems they brainstormed.
Retail: Elaina Shekhter, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Strategy, EPAM, a global transformation leader at the intersection of consulting and engineering, discussed her group’s thinking, “For the retail industry, the CEOs in our group approach COVID as multi-dimensional disruption – humanitarian, health and financial. In response, retailers need to consider all three dimensions, but put the health and safety of their employees and customers first. It’s more important than ever to invest in technology (one example in our group was creating virtual furniture galleries) and build strategic partnerships (such as enabling curbside pickup and delivery options) all while cultivating a culture of respect and driving local impact.”
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