The Path Forward Series
The world as we know it has changed. In this series, we feature the big ideas and the bright minds that are charting the way. As individuals, governments and businesses grapple with the pandemic that has encircled the globe and strategize on how to reopen safely, we will talk to leaders and change makers across industries on how they see the path forward.
With more than 80 percent of travel at a near standstill, airlines are adapting to a new reality. As some push for a return to business as usual, Delta Air Lines has continued to block middle seats, cap plane capacity and ban passengers who refuse to wear masks. CEO Ed Bastian will joined Washington Post columnist David Ignatius on Monday, Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET to discuss the airline’s commitment to safety despite economic uncertainty, its program for ongoing, company-wide testing and what travel will look like in the future.
As the world emerges from the coronavirus lockdown, the European Union is navigating the economic effects and charting the recovery. Christine Lagarde, the first woman to serve as president of the European Central Bank, joined Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to talk about leading the euro zone’s monetary policy and how the new shape of the post-COVID-19 global economy will affect job security, public health and safety and deglobalization.
The restaurant industry is struggling to survive as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is a member of President Trump’s Economic Council for Restaurants. He will join Washington Post food anchor Mary Beth Albright to discuss economic and safety policies aimed at reviving and sustaining the restaurant industry. Albright will also speak with chef and TV host Marcus Samuelsson about the effect of the pandemic on restaurants and explain how the nation’s social justice movement is impacting the industry. Join Washington Post Live on Friday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
As critics cite the failings in the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials and government leaders are looking at where the national supply chain failed and what can be done today to better prepare for the crises of tomorrow. Siemens USA president and CEO Barbara Humpton joined Washington Post Live on Wednesday, July 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET to share her thoughts with Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers about how to modernize the defense industrial base to ensure that the national emergency response is versatile and nimble enough to meet the unexpected crises of the future.
The U.S. economy is just beginning to recover. With millions of Americans displaced from work in the ongoing pandemic, businesses and employees are fighting to stay afloat. How will the Federal Reserve help the recovery to benefit Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum? Mary C. Daly, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, joined Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long to discuss how to rebuild an economy that works for all Americans.
William J. Flynn is the new president and CEO of Amtrak, taking over the country’s passenger railroad service in the middle of a pandemic. Amtrak had its best year ever in 2019 only to experience a 95 percent drop in ridership these past few months. Despite reducing service and taking substantial steps to shrink operating costs, Amtrak is seeking supplemental funding from Congress in order to be viable next year and beyond. Will new safety measures and a fleet of high speed trains lure riders back when the country reopens?
As 2020 shapes up to be a year of world-altering events, YouTube and other social media platforms have been essential tools for the public to entertain themselves, find crucial information about COVID-19, view footage of protests, and refine their beliefs heading into a consequential presidential election. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki joined Washington Post Silicon Valley correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin to discuss the platform’s surging usage during the pandemic, efforts to combat misinformation and the increased scrutiny that comes with being a primary source of information on the internet.
With over 40 million Americans out of work, a global pandemic and widespread civil unrest, the role of technology in shaping our society and its future is of the utmost importance. Brad Smith, Microsoft president and co-author of the bestseller, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age,” joined Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to discuss how we can harness innovation to promote inclusive economic recovery, stop the spread of disease and support social justice.
As the business community charts its path to recovery, CEOs and workers are considering how to safely reopen and what the future of work will look like. Known for his break-the-mold leadership and cutting-edge philanthropy, Salesforce chair and CEO Marc Benioff joined Washington Post Live on Wednesday, June 10 at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss how COVID-19 has altered the working world as we know it and what disruptions to look for next.
Restaurants are struggling to stay open while millions of Americans are seeking help from food banks as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) have a solution. They joined Washington Post Live to discuss joint efforts on food relief and national service legislation during this critical time.Restaurateur and "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio also examined the impact of the pandemic on restaurants and explain how the industry needs to adapt in order to survive.
COVID-19 has caused economic disruption and devastation for millions of people around the globe. As countries are reeling from catastrophic job losses and financial uncertainty, international leaders are working to protect the most vulnerable. Washington Post Live features International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva on how the Fund is responding to the global pandemic.
The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has disrupted business and the economy worldwide. The Washington Post Live brought together former British prime minister Gordon Brown and former U.S. treasury secretary Lawrence H. Summers to discuss the impact of this pandemic on the global economy.
Air travel is down 95 percent from a year ago, and major airlines are busy blocking middle seats and adopting new measures to make travelers feel at ease. JetBlue was the first airline to require passengers to wear face masks. CEO Robin Hayes joined Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers on May 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the airline industry and the precautions airlines are taking to keep passengers safe.
Land O’Lakes president and CEO Beth Ford joined Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart on May 27 to discuss the challenges in farming, food production and distribution during the coronavirus pandemic.
Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa interviewed Larry Kudlow, White House chief economic adviser and director of the National Economic Council, followed by a one-on-one interview with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius and Ray Dalio, co-chief investment officer and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates. As COVID-19 continues to grip the U.S. and the globe, Kudlow and Dalio discussed the roadmap to recovery, how long it will take, and the policies needed to drive the turnaround and will also give their assessments on economic recovery efforts and the leading drivers to accelerate global prosperity.
The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has upended the hospitality industry. How is it adapting to recover destinations and livelihoods in the midst of this unprecedented crisis?Hilton president and CEO Chris Nassetta joined Washington Post Live to discuss the coronavirus and its impact on the travel and tourism industry.
Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, joined Washington Post Live to discuss business, the economy and the coronavirus pandemic.
Washington Post Live hosted Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker on Wednesday, May 13 for back-to-back interviews at 11:00 a.m. ET.
The U.S. economy has been thrown into a tailspin by the coronavirus. That volatility was evident in the stock market in March, when Nasdaq Composite lost over 10 percent before a comeback in April. Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq, joined The Washington Post Live on Thursday, May 7 at 1:15 p.m. for a one-on-one conversation with The Post’s Jonathan Capehart. We heard an assessment about where the markets are headed and the path forward for the U.S. economy.
Jane Rosenthal, film producer and Tribeca Enterprises CEO, joined Washington Post Live to kick off The Path Forward, a new series featuring live interviews with industry leaders charting a course through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.