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Experts on how businesses are now engaging and listening to their employees

Hubert Joly, Martin Whittaker and Rashad Robinson join Washington Post Live on Friday, Sept. 9. (Video: Washington Post Live)

Join Washington Post Live for a special series that explores how the labor market is responding to dramatic disruptions brought on by inflation, automation, gigification and the pandemic On Friday, Sept. 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET, part three of the series examines how businesses are engaging their employees and what companies can learn by listening to them, featuring Hubert Joly, former chair and CEO of Best Buy, Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, and Martin Whittaker, CEO of Just Capital.

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“Americans across the political spectrum or across economic, race, geographic boundaries believe that companies really should be investing in their workers, paying a fair, livable wage, and the relationship I would say between company and worker has fundamentally changed.” – Martin Whittaker (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The impact that companies can have on their employees. It’s not just sort of in terms of pay equity, it’s not just in terms of the sort of ways in which these companies show up in terms of opportunities for employees in their day-to-day lives, it’s their impact on these employees when they’re outside of the offices.” – Rashad Robinson (Video: Washington Post Live)
“In our polling, Republicans and Democrats are agreed on, A. what a just company looks like, B. that workers are the most important stakeholder in that equation and that C. matters of equity, pay equity in the workplace, in particular are common ground… We need areas that unite us in this country right now and this is one.” – Martin Whittaker (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Purpose and humanity, this focus on unleashing human magic, that is the antidote to this ‘quiet quitting’ and to this longstanding pandemic of disengagement, which is not just the last few months, it’s been years right? And so it’s the opportunity to reconnect with our coworkers at a very human level.” – Hubert Joly (Video: Washington Post Live)
“There’s so many lessons but maybe another one was to learn to lead with other of our body parts I was trained when I was at business school, McKinsey, my early years as an executive, to lead with my left brain, and I had my cut off from the rest of my body for many years. As a leader, I know now that I lead of course with my head but also with my heart, my soul, my guts, my ears, my eyes.” – Hubert Joly (Video: Washington Post Live)

Hubert Joly

Former Chair & CEO, Best Buy

Author, “The Heart of Business”

Martin Whittaker

CEO, Just Capital

Rashad Robinson

President, Color of Change

In partnership with Ford Foundation

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Democratic Capitalism through Shared Employee Ownership

In a segment presented by the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, speaks with Pete Stavros, founder of Ownership Works on their innovative model to help public and private companies deliver shared ownership opportunities to their workers, with a goal of building over $20 billion in wealth for working people and their families.

Pete Stavros

Founder, Ownership Works

Co-Head, US Private Equity, KKR

Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation