2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit

Virtual Event

2021 Agenda

Global Inclusive Growth Summit

Virtual Event

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    Opening Plenary

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    Plenary 1: People, Planet and Prosperity: Creating Growth that Sustains

    In 2021, as extreme weather events wreak havoc in every corner of the world, the effects of climate change have never been more devastating or far reaching. The urgency to act is rising, and we must rethink the roles of responsibilities of business, government, and civil society. Can we create a more inclusive economy that enables both growth and a healthy planet? We’ll discuss how we can meet this imperative to ensure a future for generations to come – one that’s socially and ecologically.

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    Innovations for Inclusion

    Discover groundbreaking tools for advancing inclusive and sustainable growth.

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    Plenary 2: The Global Agenda for Financial Security

    The past decade has seen huge progress in financial inclusion, driven by new technologies and groundbreaking public and private efforts focused on increasing access. But challenges remain to make financial services inclusive, useful, and valuable to all people, particularly historically excluded and vulnerable populations. New technologies and tools are rapidly changing the way we engage with financial services, from digital currencies to algorithm-based lending, to tap-and-go payments. At the same time, the economic impact of COVID-19 and the global response have demonstrated the importance of financial inclusion as well as the perils for those excluded from the system. Join global leaders from government, industry, and the civil sector to envision financial systems that leverage technology and inclusion by design to bring every citizen of the world long-term financial security and drive inclusive growth.

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    Interactive Deep Dives

    • Realizing the Potential of Digitization for Small Businesses

      Digitization is transforming commerce, and the COVID pandemic has accelerated this trend. Small firms are critical to employment in virtually every nation, particularly in emerging economies. Technology and digitization have the potential to increase the productivity of small firms by providing them with access to information and markets, increasing access to financial services, and helping them to formalize. But small firms also face greater barriers than large firms in using technology, which can make it even more challenging for them to compete. While the pandemic accelerated the use of technology by and in support of small firms, it was the smallest firms and those owned by women, racial and ethnic minorities that were least likely to use or be reached by digital tools and services. What needs to happen from a policy, practice and product perspective to enable the small firm sector to realize the potential of digitization for all small firms?

      Moderator
      • Joyce Klein

        Joyce Klein

        Director of the Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination, Aspen Institute

      Speakers
    • Making Change From the Inside: Corporate Intrapreneurs

      Growing public concern about widening inequality is accompanied by increasing attention on the role of the business sector in both causing and closing this gap. While traditional corporate philanthropy or community engagement is important, the most impactful change that business can bring is in how it designs and delivers products, services and practices which can reduce inequality at scale. This session will feature stories of three Aspen Institute First Movers Fellows who had the vision, courage, and capacity to accelerate practices that align their own companies’ business goals with economic mobility.

      Moderator
      • Judy Samuelson

        Judy Samuelson

        Executive Director of the Business and Society Program, Aspen Institute

      Speakers
      • Suzanne Ackerman-Berman

        Suzanne Ackerman-Berman

        Executive Director, Pick n Pay

      • Neal Kemkar

        Neal Kemkar

        Executive Counsel, General Electric

      • Reymundo Ocanas

        Reymundo Ocanas

        Executive Vice President and Director of Communications and Responsible Business, BBVA

    • Behind the Buzz: Digital Assets and the Crypto Conundrum

      The boom of cryptocurrency has generated buzz around its potential as a tool for inclusive economic growth – but also drives concern over its potential risks to consumer protection and the planet. What aspects of cryptocurrency can support inclusive growth, and what can harm it? How must the private and public sector collectively navigate the potentials and pitfalls of digital currencies? Is it possible to prioritize inclusive growth in their application? Hear from experts in this interactive deep dive, which presents nuances to the question: can crypto save the world?

      Moderator
      • Jesse McWaters

        Jesse McWaters

        Global Head of Regulatory Advocacy, Mastercard

      Speakers
      • Raj Dhamodharan

        Raj Dhamodharan

        Executive Vice President of Blockchain, Digital Asset Products and Digital Partnerships, Mastercard

      • Sheila Warren

        Sheila Warren

        Data, Technology, and Policy Global Executive, World Economic Forum

    • Building Financial Security for Families & Workers After COVID

      This discussion will center on the role of public policy and employers in supporting the Summit’s theme of “Rebuilding for All.” The conversation will focus on the newly expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the impact that policy is having on financial security at the household level, on workers, and on the economy. Other policies, both at the federal and corporate level, that impact household financial security and are currently being publicly debated will also be discussed, this may include caregiving, and paid sick and medical leave, as examples.

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      Moderator
      Speakers
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    Innovations for Inclusion

    Discover groundbreaking tools for advancing inclusive and sustainable growth.

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    Plenary 3: TechTonic Shifts: Putting Technology to Work for the Common Good

    The pandemic accelerated the global transition into the digital age, ushering in many tech solutions for the betterment of society. As we emerge from the crisis, we must evaluate how well these advancements have worked — and who benefited. Whether addressing mental health or contact tracing, remote learning or financial security, technology must be inclusive by design, not merely by default. Hear from some of the architects behind the people-centric technologies that changed the world and continue to enhance our lives.

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    Closing Plenary

2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit

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