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CIO Roundtable: How CIOs Are Navigating the Digital Imperative
In partnership with Salesforce
Wednesday October 21, 11: 00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Acosta CIO Sharon Hart and Dropbox CIO Sylvie Veilleux will join this roundtable as discussion leaders. The conversation will cover the opportunities and challenges CIOs are facing during this critical, transformational time for business. Click here to register.

Previous Conversations

The Return to Campus & COVID-19: Why a Chief Health Officer is Critical
Presented in Partnership with IBM Watson Health
Thursday, October 15

As college students returned to campuses across the country in August and September, so too did the coronavirus—leading to quarantines and, in some cases, a return to remote learning. While chief health officer (CHO) is not a role that has traditionally existed within universities, the COVID-19 pandemic is leading many to argue that it should be. This discussion will explore these higher-learning challenges with health leaders from colleges and universities as well as public health experts. Speakers will include Dr. William Kassler, Deputy Chief Health Officer, IBM; Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean, School of Public Health, Boston University; and Dr. Preeti Malani, Chief Health Officer, University of Michigan.

How the Pandemic is Revealing the Power of A.I.
In partnership with Accenture
Wednesday,September 23, 2020

As companies and governments race to adjust to a world transformed by COVID-19, human-A.I. collaboration is playing an increasingly critical role. How can A.I. help accelerate business recovery and community re-openings? How can A.I. adoption during the crisis help organizations and society create dynamic, lasting models that lead to long-term success? Featuring: Tatsiana Maskelevich, Director of Data Science, StitchFix; Dr. Joelle Pinau, Co-managing Director, Facebook A.I. Research; Associate Professor, Computer Science, McGill University; Sanjeev Vohra, Global Lead, Accenture Applied Intelligence; and moderated by Brian O'Keefe, Editorial Director, FORTUNE Brainstorm A.I.; Deputy Editor, FORTUNE.

The Rise of the CHO: Why Employee and Customer Health is Central to Public Health
In partnership with IBM Watson Health
Thursday, 9/17

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, businesses continue to struggle with how and when to reopen safely. Chief among these concerns: ensuring their employees and customers stay healthy. Enter the Chief Health Officer. These leaders are becoming an indispensable source of science and trust, infusing public health expertise into the C-suite and helping businesses make critical decisions about workplace and customer safety, reopening, employee resilience, and mental well-being. In this discussion with leading CHOs and public health advocates, we’ll dive into how companies can sustain and drive their business by ensuring the best health for their workers, customers, and communities.
Clifton Leaf, Editor of FORTUNE will moderate this discussion with Dr. Kyu Rhee, Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM; Dr. Marleece Barber, Chief Medical Officer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Dr. Troy Brennan, EVP and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health; Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer, Disney; and John Quelch, Dean, University of Miami. 

Business Resiliency: Emerging from Crisis
In partnership with Intel
September 16, 2020

The current pandemic has forced every company to become more resilient and hastened the digital acceleration of business—affecting everything from how your employees work to how customers communicate and consume products. Hear from and interact with experts including: Annie Chang, Vice President, Creative Technologies, Universal Pictures; Dan Maslowski, Global Head of Distributed Engineered Systems and Storage, Citi; Rachel Mushahwar, Vice President, Sales, Marketing, and Communications Group; General Manager, Enterprise, Government and Next-Wave Cloud Sales, Intel; and Ali Rayl, Vice President, Customer Experience, Slack.

Climate, Health & Equity: An Urgent Call to Action
Hosted by Biogen
Wednesday, September 16

As economies and communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we're reminded daily of the danger of going back to business as usual, and how essential it is to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable world.
Whether it’s COVID-19, the stunning, unprecedented wildfires across California and the Pacific Northwest, or more insidious public health threats like urban air pollution, the resulting damage limits economic potential and exacerbates existing inequities. As we reset—now is the opportunity to seize the moment, rise to the challenge, and prioritize the health of our planet and our communities, with a new mindset and a collective vision for a better future.
Alan Murray, Chief Executive Officer, FORTUNE, will moderate this discussion with Michel Vounatsos, CEO, Biogen; Jane Burston, Executive Director, Clean Air Fund; and Surili Patel, Director, Center for Climate, Health and Equity, American Public Health Association. 

Above the fold: Meet Microsoft’s new Surface Duo
Thursday, September 10

Fortune Senior Writer and Brainstorm Tech co-chair Aaron Pressman presented the new Microsoft Surface Duo, the company’s first new phone in over four years. He showed what's great and not so great about the device’s unusual two-screen folding design and customized Android software; he also took questions about the device.

FORTUNE Purpose: Reengaging your Workforce
In partnership with McKinsey & Company
September 9

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla joined us to kick off this conversation. Albert, of course, leads Pfizer in its purpose: breakthroughs that change patients' lives, with a focus on driving the scientific and commercial innovation needed to have a transformational impact on human health. With the race for COVID-19 vaccine furiously apace, the timing to hear from him could not be better.

Fortune MPW CHRO Professional Council: Redefining the Workplace
In partnership with HP
August 26

We are living through multiple crises, and all will have profound and lasting impacts on how, where, and why we work. Together, we will explore how companies are harnessing the current challenges, building a path toward a better and stronger future. Fortune Features Editor and MPW Summit Co-chair Kristen Bellstrom moderated the conversation, featuring Tracy Keogh, Chief Human Resources Officer, HP; Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture; Mala Singh, Chief People Officer, Electronic Arts; and Grace Zuncic, Chief People and Culture Officer, Chobani. Click here for a full summary of our conversation.

The Hospital’s Role in Community Health and Equity
Presented in partnership with IBM Watson Health
August 13

The hospital plays a pivotal role in improving the health of a community.
To deliver high-quality, patient-centered care central to their missions, hospitals must improve the way they measure their progress toward better community health and more equitable care. Their relationships with stakeholders in public health and primary care will be critical for success in their efforts to improve health equity. Speakers included Dr. Kyu Rhee, Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM; Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health, Johns Hopkins; Barbie Robinson, Department of Health Services Director, Sonoma County; Dr. Rachel Thornton, Associate Director for Policy, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity; and Dr. John Westfall, Director, Robert Graham Center. Click here for a full summary of our conversation.

Confronting the Four COVID Curves
Presented in partnership with IBM Watson Health
July 30

We’ve all heard the clarion call: “Flatten the curve!” But to fully address the historic crisis of COVID-19, we must do more than contain the number of new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. We must also address three other related challenges: the rise of untreated chronic disease, the growing “pandemic” of mental illness, and the clear inequities inherent in our health care system. To flatten these four rising curves, we’ll have to think beyond the four walls of the hospital and reimagine the delivery of health care—and health preservation—in the U.S. to its very core. Confirmed participants included Dr. Kyu Rhee, Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM; Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association; and Adrienne Kennedy, Board of Directors, NAMI Central Texas. Click here for a full summary.

MPW Paying It Forward: U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Isra Hirsi
July 28

This interactive session brought together multiple generations of women—Fortune Most Powerful Women community members and their guests—to share insights about paths to leadership, best advice, and intel on what Gen Z is really thinking! We were joined by  U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her teenage daughter Isra Hirsi. Click here to read a coverage on

Brainstorm Tech Community Conversation: Startups & Inclusion; eSports & Gaming
July 14

Some of the world's greatest companies were forged in the fires of a recession. If history repeats, these challenging times will again produce greatness. We discussed the current economic environment for tech startups and what it means when equity and inclusion lead the priority list, joined by Andrew Wilson, CEO, Electronic Arts; Jewel Burks Solomon, Head of Google for Startups, U.S. Click here to view coverage on

Build Back Better: Leading With Purpose
Presented by Mckinsey & Company
June 30

How can companies embed purpose and ESG strategies into their organizations moving forward, with particular emphasis on the social dimensions of ESG, from closing inequality gaps to investing in employee health and financial wellness? For this discussion, we were joined by Bruce Simpson, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Liz Hilton Segal, Managing Partner, North America, McKinsey & Company; Dan Schulman, CEO, Paypal; and Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy

Brainstorm Health Conversation: Reinventing the Hospital 
Presented by IBM Watson Health
June 30 

We discussed the ranking of the top hospitals nationwide, as determined by Fortune and IBM Watson Health. We shared thoughts on how work in health equity will help build more resilient health care systems, what makes a strong and efficient health care organization, and how hospitals should be reimagined so that they're prepared for the challenges to come. We were joined by Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association; David Entwistle, President and CEO, Stanford Health Care; Alonzo Lewis, President, St. Joseph Mercy; Dr. Aletha Maybank, Chief Health Equity Officer and GVP, American Medical Association; and Dr. Kyu Rhee, Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM. Click here to read coverage on and click here to read a full wrap-up.

FORTUNE presents The Future of Work        
Presented by DOMO
June 25

As people around the world plan their return to work, companies and institutions must stay focused on reactivating their workforces safely and productively. Gathering, visualizing, and using data to make informed decisions will be the difference between companies that define the new normal and those that fall behind. We were joined by Josh James, CEO, DOMO; Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman, Constellation Research; Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management, Wharton School of Business and Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture. Click here to read coverage on and click here to read a full wrap-up.

FORTUNE BOLD: Equity and Opportunity   
Presented by McKinsey & Company
June 25 

It’s never been clearer that diversity and inclusion are no longer optional for companies. But what steps can companies take now to create more opportunity and fairness for the black Americans, women, and other underrepresented groups within their own ranks? This invitation-only, solutions-oriented discussion tackled how companies can make real progress on diversity and inclusion with Lareina Yee, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, McKinsey & Company and John Rogers, Chairman, Ariel Investments

Brainstorm Tech Community Conversation:
Innovation in Crisis
June 24

This year, every business leader has confronted new realities: a vastly different operating environment, an unclear economic outlook, and shifting societal concerns that have erupted into major unrest. We discussed the leadership challenges, pivots, and opportunities for helping companies deal with the uncertainty that is in front of us all with Jen Tejeda, CEO, PagerDuty and Jim McKelvey, Co-founder, Square. Click here to read coverage on

CEO Initiative Leadership Call
Presented by Deloitte
June 22  

CEOI members gathered for our CEO Initiative Midyear Review, an open conversation about how they will navigate the rest of 2020 and plan for 2021.

Brainstorm Health Conversation: Reimagining Employee Wellbeing
Presented by Salesforce
June 18

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and the deep exposure of societal inequalities in America have left many workers feeling helpless and disconnected from their friends, families, and colleagues. This is a moment for employers to step up and lead by accelerating existing strategies and imagining new approaches that prioritize employee comprehensive health and wellbeing. We were joined by Arianna Huffington, Brainstorm Health Co-Chair and CEO of Thrive Global; Donna Morris, EVP and Chief People Officer, Walmart; Jody Kohner, SVP of Employee Engagement, Salesforce; and Rhonda Morris, VP and CHRO, Chevron. Click here to read coverage on and click here for a full wrap-up.

MPW Conversation with Ginni Rometty
June 18

IBM executive Chairman Ginni Rometty  joined us for a wide ranging talk delving into IBM’s response to the pandemic and the racial injustices which have been brought to the forefront in recent weeks, and how to better prepare the workforce of the future in light of these crises. Click here to read coverage on

Brainstorm Finance Conversation: Banking While Black
June 17

We explored the legacy of discrimination in finance, and examine with renewed urgency what financial companies—banks, fintechs, and startups—are doing now to increase access and inclusion of underbanked and underserved communities. We were joined by Kevin Cohee, Chairman and CEO, OneUnited Bank; Everett Sands, Chief Executive Officer, Lendistry; Jennifer Tescher, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Health Network and Ryan Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Cadre.

MPW Conversation: Leading Through Crisis with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo
Presented by Salesforce
June 11

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo turned around her political fortunes, becoming one of the nation’s most popular governors because of her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. She joined us to discuss  the hard calls she had to make as she seeks to protect small businesses while maintaining public health. Click here to read coverage on

Brainstorm Health Conversation: The COVID-19 Ripple Effect on the U.S. Healthcare System  
Presented by Komodo Health
June 10     

A discussion on how the pandemic is impacting the entire U.S. health system–preventative and chronic condition care, telehealth, everyday doctor visits and elective procedures–and how data is informing and impacting the decisions medical personnel make about patient care. We were joined by Dr. Arif Nathoo, CEO & Co-Founder, Komodo Health; Dr. Steven Corwin, President & CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian; and Dr. Vivian Lee, President of Health Platforms, Verily Life Sciences . Click here to read coverage on, and click here for a full wrap-up of the session.

CEO Initiative Leadership Call: Asia Reopens – What the World is Learning
Presented by Salesforce
June 9

As cities and businesses continue to reopen across Asia, the Fortune CEO Initiative presented a unique opportunity to hear from four of the leading CEOs across the region to discuss how they’re managing their organizations and getting their teams back to work amid the COVID-19 crisis. We were joined by Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group; Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China; Anthony Tan, CEO and co-founder of Grab; and Hiroshi Mikitani, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Rakuten. Click here to read coverage on

MPW Conversation: Special Program on Allyship & Racism
June 3

It is incumbent upon the business community to play a role and show support during this time. Sadly, while this racial crisis isn't new, this is the moment we can all act as leaders to come together and push for change. We were joined by Dr. Erin Thomas, Vice President, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Upwork; Kelly Grier, U.S. Chair and Americas Managing Partner, EY; Mia Birdsong, Activist, Facilitator, Writer, Author; Fran Katsoudas, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Cisco; Arisha Michelle Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns at Color Of Change; Crystal Ashby, CEO, The Executive Leadership Council; and Insha Rahman, Director of Strategy & New Initiatives, Vera Institute of Justice. Click here to read coverage on

Build Back Better: Leading With Purpose
Presented by McKinsey & Company
June 2

This CEO-only conversation explored the rapidly evolving definition of the purpose-centric company, featuring Emmanuel Faber, CEO, Danone; Bruce Simpson, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; and Liz Hilton Segal, Managing Partner, North America, McKinsey & Company. Click here for a full recap of the conversation.

Brainstorm Finance Conversation: How the Pandemic is Changing Money
May 28

Amid the pandemic, consumers and companies are relying on fintech apps and payments technology that didn’t even exist in the last recession. We were joined by Robinhood COO Gretchen Howard, Square Financial Capital Lead Jackie Reses, and Payments at Google Business Operations Officer Julia Sunderland to explore how they’re coping with this paradigm shift in digital finance.           

FORTUNE BOLD - Innovation Solutions: How leaders can execute diversity & inclusion strategies during a crisis 
Presented by Mckinsey & Company
May 28

This invitation-only conversation among peers focused on steps business leaders and diversity practitioners can take to help their companies realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion during the COVID crisis. We were joined by Bob Swan, CEO, Intel and Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner of U.K. and Ireland, McKinsey & Company. Click here for a full wrap-up of the conversation.

MPW Conversation With Beth Ford
May 19

Land O’ Lakes is a $14 billion farmer-owned cooperative that touches about half of the harvested acres in the U.S. The conversation with CEO Beth Ford focused on leading through crisis, and the impact of COVID-19 on rural America, jobs, and the food system. Click here for coverage on

CEO Initiative: Conversation with Jim Hackett
May 12

We heard from Ford CEO Jim Hackett about how the legendary automaker is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, followed by a focused discussion with Jim and IDEO COO Iain Roberts, who shared an inside look at how Ford has spent the past 3–4 years realigning its business. This realignment, and the emphasis on design thinking throughout the organization, is what allowed Ford to pivot from manufacturing automobiles and trucks to producing 2.4 million face shields in just over two weeks, in support of the immediate needs of the COVID-19 crisis.

FORTUNE BOLD - Keeping Inclusion Core: Why Diversity Strategies are Essential During Crisis
Presented by Mckinsey & Company
May 7

This discussion explored why diversity & inclusion remain a critical business strategy in the current age of pandemic and recession. We were joined by Margaret Keane, CEO, Synchrony; and Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company. Click here for a full wrap-up of the conversation,

CEO Initiative: Conversation with Marc Benioff
Presented by Salesforce
May 7

Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Salesforce and founding CEOI member, has been a leading voice on how we get back to work, and why this crisis presents us with a unique opportunity to accelerate the efforts in re-defining stakeholder capitalism. He joined us as we discussed the most pressing question on everyone's mind: Exactly how do we re-open the economy and what does that look like? Click here to read coverage on

MPW Conversation With Mayor London Breed
April 29

San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined us to share lessons she learned while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and shareed ideas about how we can all lead through the current crisis. Click here to read coverage on

Brainstorm Tech Community Conversation: Egon Durban
April 23

Egon Durban, the co-CEO of Silver Lake, joined us for an open discussion. Click here to read coverage on

CEO Initiative: COVID-19 Leadership Update with Scott Gottlieb and Dr. Seth Berkley
April 21

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Gavi CEO Dr. Seth Berkley joined CEOI members for an open form focusing on the following themes: Exploring ideas about how we safely and smartly get back to work; Highlighting innovative products and services developed during this crisis; and Managing stakeholder pressures.

MPW Conversation with Julie Gerberding
April 9

Julie Gerberding, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck and former Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined us to discuss where we are in the COVID-19 crisis, where we’re headed, and how the MPW community can help. Click here to read coverage on

CEO Initiative: COVID-19 Leadership Update
March 31

Members joined for a guided discussion on shared ideas and leadership approaches through the Coronavirus crisis.     

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