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Many of us have questions about what to expect as the economy reopens after COVID-19. Each week on The Reopening, co-hosts Andrew Schwartz and Scott Miller speak with a leader from the world of business and finance about the future of a sector they know best. Inside every enterprise is a story of revival and re-invention waiting to be told. The Reopening is the place to hear that story from people leading the way.

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EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson on the Future of Education Technology
In this week’s episode, Andrew and Scott speak with Tom Davidson, Founder and CEO of the education technology platform, EVERFI. Tom describes his company’s unique approach to online curriculum for K-12, university, and business settings. We discuss how EVERFI delivers life skill training where it’s most needed, as well as how the company leverages its unique partnerships with professional sports leagues. Through EVERFI, Tom creatively engages corporate leaders in the mission of social change through education.
Dec 08, 2020
Lyft Co-Founder John Zimmer on the Future of Mobility
In this episode, Andrew and Scott speak with John Zimmer, co-founder and President of Lyft, the on-demand transportation company. John describes Lyft’s response to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and shares his vision for the future of mobility. The conversation covers John’s views on continuous innovation as well as the enduring value of hospitality. 
Oct 27, 2020
David Fishof and Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass
In this episode, Andrew and Scott speak with music producer and sports agent David Fishof. In 1997, David launched the “Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp,” a place where people could experience the life of a rock star, with rock stars. When COVID-19 put a damper on large gatherings, David re-imagined the camp as “Masterclass,” which now delivers the rock experience through streaming. David talks with us about technology, social connection, and the creative power of music. Reading Notes: Rock’N’Roll Fantasy Camp Announces New 2020 Masterclass Season David Fishof remarks that Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is growing its new online sessions, which are some of their most engaging courses yet.   This Entrepreneur Makes Dreams Come True: David Fishof, Founder of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp David Fishof shares his inspirations and goals for Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy camp and how he was able to create a successful business.
Sep 29, 2020
Daniel Yergin on "The New Map"
This episode’s guest is Pulitzer Prize-winning author and global energy expert Daniel Yergin.  Daniel is vice-chairman of the research firm IHS Markit and has served on the Secretary of Energy’s advisory board under the last four presidential administrations.  Daniel talks with Andrew and Scott about his latest book, The New Map, and the way technology revolutions in energy are influencing geopolitics, security, climate, and health.
Sep 16, 2020
UNICEF’s Henrietta Fore on Supporting Children and Families Worldwide
In this week’s episode, Andrew and Scott speak with Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF. The pandemic has upended the lives of children and families as health systems buckle, borders close, and schools and businesses shutter. Henrietta describes the many ways UNICEF is working to keep children around the world healthy, learning, and safe. Reading Notes: Child malnutrition and Covid-19: the time to act is now Henrietta Fore outlines five urgent actions needed from governments, the private sector, and the UN alike to protect children's right to nutrition in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.   Joint Call to Action: Reimagining the World We Need Henrietta Fore and John W.H. Denton of the International Chamber of Commerce issue a joint call for public and private sectors to work together in combatting Covid-19 and in creating a better, fairer, healthier and more prosperous world in the pandemic’s aftermath. 
Sep 08, 2020
Legendary Concert Producer Peter Shapiro on the Future of Live Music
In this episode, Andrew and Scott speak to legendary concert producer Peter Shapiro. Among other pursuits, Peter is the Founder of Dayglo Ventures, owner of the Brooklyn Bowl, Publisher of Relix magazine, and Chairman of the non-profit, HeadCount. We talk with Peter about the unique challenges the pandemic created for live music performance, the future of streaming technology, and the creative power of music. Reading Notes: How a Top Promoter Is Envisioning a Future for Live Music Peter Shapiro, the veteran promoter responsible for reuniting the Grateful Dead, ponders the future of live music during an uncertain time. Pandemic leaves independent music promoters struggling to stay afloat The Covid-19 pandemic has been disastrous for independent music entrepreneurs. What challenges are they facing and how have they adapted?
Sep 01, 2020
J.P. Morgan’s Joyce Chang: “De-Globalization is a Policy Choice.”
Joyce Chang, Chair, Global Research for J.P. Morgan, joins Scott for this episode. Joyce is a member of the Management Committee of J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank and is ranked by American Banker as one of the most powerful women in finance. She offers insights on the tectonic shifts in world markets, strained relations between the U.S. and China, and the economic consequences of populism. Reading Notes: How the Pandemic Will Change Financial Markets Forever Four months into lockdown, Joyce Chang gives an update on the markets and predicts what’s next for investors in a changed financial landscape. Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in Finance: Joyce Chang Read more about Joyce Chang, one of Wall Street’s best-known analysts.
Aug 25, 2020
Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on Post-Covid Security Challenges
In this episode, Andrew and Scott speak with Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. Secretary Chertoff is now senior counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and Chairman of the Chertoff Group, a cybersecurity consultancy. He shares his views on the post-Covid world, including how changed patterns of work may place new demands on infrastructure and cybersecurity. We also discuss disaster preparedness, election security, and countering disinformation. Reading Notes: When do we dial back the coronavirus red alert? Michael Chertoff writes that the costs of an extended lock down are real and substantial, and fall disproportionately on less privileged members of our society. Will your 2020 vote actually get counted? Michael Chertoff argues that election security is a national challenge, and not one that a single spending bill can fix. 
Aug 18, 2020
Nasdaq’s Adena Friedman: “Capital is Part of the Cure.”
This week’s guest is Adena Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq. One of Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women of 2019,” Ms. Friedman is a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a board member of FCLTGlobal, a non-profit organization that researches tools to encourage long-term thinking in business and investing. In this episode, she talks about the central role of capital markets in economic recovery, the power of technology, and how companies that do the right thing deliver superior returns. Reading Notes: Adena T. Friedman | Nasdaq A biography of Nasdaq’s President and CEO of 3.5 years, highlighting her career achievements and education. Why abandoning globalization would be a ‘shame,’ according to Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman In an interview with CNBC, Friedman discusses Nasdaq’s pandemic plan, adjusting to remote work, and why giving up on globalization would cause negative consequences.
Aug 11, 2020
Rep. Seth Moulton: “Our Response to Covid Will Affect Both National Security and Economic Security”
U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, a Democrat who represents Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District, joins Andrew and Scott for this week’s podcast. A former Marine Corps officer, Mr. Moulton has served in Congress since 2015 and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Vice Chair of the Budget Committee. The Congressman offers his distinctive perspective on the health, economic, and security challenges his constituents and the nation as a whole are facing. Reading Notes: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton Next Generation. Leadership. Service. Opportunity. Website of Seth Moulton, Congressman representing Massachusetts’s 6th district.   Seth Moulton wants to flip the Senate. He also flipped on a campaign finance pledge. Although Congressman Seth Moulton had told his supporters that he would not be accepting money from PACs, this has since changed. However, it is all in support of achieving his goal of flipping the senate.
Aug 04, 2020
Home Depot Founder Ken Langone: “Don’t Sell America Short!”
This week, Andrew and Scott’s guest is Ken Langone, Chairman of Invemed Associates and a Trustee of CSIS. Ken is a true American success story who now focuses his efforts on philanthropy, including New York University’s Langone Health. We talk with Ken about the power of education and hear his views on the country’s prospects and promise. Reading Notes:  CNBC's full interview with Ken Langone Kenneth G. Langone discusses the heroism on the front lines and his thoughts that the media is inciting differences instead of sharing positive outcomes of the pandemic.   Philanthropy Magazine – Interview with Ken Langone Philanthropy Magazine interviews Kenneth G. Langone about his life, philanthropy, and how to be a successful board member.
Jul 28, 2020
Chubb Insurance CEO Evan Greenberg on Global Economic Recovery
This week’s guest is Evan Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chubb Limited and Chubb Group. Evan is a CSIS Trustee, Chairman Emeritus of the U.S.-China Business Council, and serves by presidential appointment to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. In a wide-ranging conversation, Evan describes the post-COVID state of the world economy and the near-term challenges faced by national governments. Evan also outlines how leaders in business and government can work together to accelerate growth and overcome the tendency to turn inward instead of cooperating with trading partners. Reading Notes: Chubb CEO on insuring in a pandemic: ‘It’s unlike any other catastrophe’ In an interview with CNBC, Greenberg discusses the importance of cooperation between public and private entities in the midst of a pandemic, the need for payouts, and the unprecedented nature of this crisis.   Chubb is “leaning into” reinsurance firming: CEO Greenberg “Chubb [is] upsizing on their reinsurance underwriting portfolios to capitalise on improved and more risk-adequate rates.”  
Jul 21, 2020
Former EPA Administrator Bill Reilly on the Post-Covid Renewal of American Cities
This week, Andrew and Scott talk to William Reilly, former President of the World Wildlife Fund and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator during the George H.W. Bush administration. Bill contemplates how the Covid-19-induced increase in remote work will reshape American cities facing lower demand for office space, transit, and in-person conferencing. Bill also expresses optimism about making progress toward climate goals as we quickly adapt to new technologies. Reading Notes: Earth Day at 50: Reflections from William Reilly The week of the anniversary of Earth Day, Bill Reilly joined the Columbia Energy Exchange Podcast to discuss the importance of the environment for voters. He also discusses that while many people do not necessarily find climate change to be false, they are against the ideas of changing their lives and the policies that would come with that.   William K. Reilly accepts the 2020 Climate Pioneer Award On March 5, 2020, Bill Reilly was awarded the 2020 Climate Pioneer Award at the Climate Leadership Conference.  
Jul 14, 2020
Chicago Community Trust CEO Helene Gayle on Closing Gaps
This week’s guest is Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, a private foundation with more than a century of service to the city of Chicago, and CSIS Trustee. From 2006 through 2015, Dr. Gayle was President and CEO of the venerable anti-poverty organization, CARE USA. Helene talks with Andrew and Scott about the COVID-19 pandemic and her organization’s response. They also discuss the Trust’s research on racial disparities in wealth, education, and health outcomes in Chicago. Helene closes by sharing her vision for equity, opportunity, and shared prosperity.
Jul 07, 2020
Wes Moore, Robin Hood Foundation CEO on Ending Poverty and Systemic Racism in America
In this episode, Robin Hood Foundation CEO Wes Moore, author of the new book “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of An American City” discusses how changes in public policy must occur for poverty and racial inequality to end in America. Reading Notes:  “The Most Powerful Thing We Have Is Our Voice”: A Conversation On Race, Justice, And Social Change With Wes Moore A conversation between Wes Moore and Dan Porterfield of Forbes. They discuss Moore’s newest book, structural racism and police violence, and his role in one of the leading anti-poverty organizations.   Wes Moore: On a Mission to Fight America’s Growing Poverty Crisis Wes Moore is a guest on the “You Decide with Errol Louis” podcast. They the pandemic’s effect on the growing hunger crisis and racial wealth gap, among other topical subjects.
Jul 02, 2020
United Airlines Executive Chairman Oscar Munoz on the Future of Air Travel
Oscar Munoz, Executive Chairman of United Airlines, is our guest this week. Oscar talks about managing through the Covid-19 crisis in an industry that was first to feel the effects--and among the last to recover. We discuss the importance of passengers feeling safe as well as being safe, and how the power of human contact and in-person interaction will ultimately be the driving force in the industry’s recovery. The podcast closes with Oscar’s unique insights on social change and personal leadership, underscoring the fact that we all can help make things better. Reading Notes: Oscar Munoz Moves to New Role as Executive Chairman of United Airlines - Oscar Munoz retired as United CEO and became Executive Chairman in May of 2020. Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis - The International Civil Aviation Organization has come up with new guidelines for air travel due to the impact of COVID-19. Read the full report here. Readout from the Vice President’s Meeting with Airline Executives - The White House, June 26, 2020.
Jun 30, 2020
Carlyle Group Co-Chief Executive Officer Kewsong Lee on the Power of Leadership
In this episode, Andrew and Scott speak with Kewsong Lee, Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Carlyle Group. Kewsong is Chairman of Carlyle’s Executive Group and a member of the Board of Directors. He is the President of the Board of the Lincoln Center Theater, a member of the Business Roundtable, a director of the Board of the U.S.-China Business Council, Vice Chair of the US Chamber of Commerce’s China Center Advisory Board and a member of the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York. Kewsong discusses the global economic outlook and geopolitical issues, how leaders are adapting and re-imagining business for the new environment, the challenge of building and sustaining a strong corporate culture, and the implications of consumer and corporate behavioral changes.
Jun 23, 2020
Accenture CEO Julie Sweet: “Decade of Shared Success”
Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer of Accenture, joins the podcast this week. Julie talks about innovation and managing change in partnership with her clients. She also discusses the need for speed in firms large and small, the role of automation and artificial intelligence, and her personal commitment to shared success. Reading Notes: What If Working From Home Goes on … Forever? - Accenture’s chief technology officer discusses the increased volume of audio and video calls since moving remote in the New York Times. Accenture CEO Julie Sweet - how we're dealing with Coronavirus and how it's impacting our clients needs - A discussion with CEO Julie Sweet on the five steps that Accenture is taking in dealing with Coronavirus. Accenture’s commitment to action - CEO Julie Sweet’s letter to Accenture on their actions to fight racism locally and globally.
Jun 16, 2020
Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga on Technology’s Role in Recovery
Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga joins the podcast to discuss his company’s unique perspective of the changing economy here and abroad. Ajay shares his views on financial inclusion, consumer trust, and technology’s role in growth and recovery.
Jun 09, 2020
Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian on Reimagining Hotels
In this episode, Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, joins Andrew and Scott to discuss how the hospitality business will be reimagined and revitalized as guests return with new expectations. Mark shares his optimism about the joys of travel, his belief in the future of the hotel industry, and his insights on leadership during tough times.
Jun 02, 2020
Leon Cooperman: “Capitalism Will Be Changed Forever”
Billionaire investor Leon “Lee” Cooperman, chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors, joins the podcast to discuss the future of the stock market, investing, capitalism, the U.S. economy, future of work, and decoupling with China.
May 26, 2020
Former Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on U.S. Reinvention
In our inaugural episode, former Boeing Chairman, President and CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. joins CSIS’ Andrew Schwartz and Scott Miller to discuss how America will work through the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it will transform our industries, institutions and the global economy.
May 21, 2020