The Post-COVID City

June 10, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:40 p.m. CDT

The pandemic has tested the resilience of cities. How we work, play, and exchange ideas will forever reflect this experience. Cities that embrace new thinking and innovations will overcome the challenges and thrive. What solutions, policies, and strategies can advance the social and economic vitality of the post-COVID city?

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4:00 - 4:10 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Lori Lightfoot, Mayor, Chicago 

Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

4:10 - 4:30 p.m.

Rethinking Neighborhoods and Public Space 

Leslie Kern, Author, Feminist City 

Carlos Moreno, Paris Mayor’s Special Envoy for Smart Cities 

Moderator: Claire Bushey, Chicago Correspondent, Financial Times 

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Building a Resilient Workforce 

Isabella Casillas Guzman, Administrator, US Small Business Administration  

Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union 

Brad Smith, President, Microsoft 

Moderator: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times 

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Travel and Culture: Connecting People and Places 

Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines 

Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, London 

Moderator: Sherry Dobbin, Partner, Futurecity 

5:30 - 5:35 p.m.

Spotlight: Time to Act - Tokyo’s Sustainable Recovery 

Yuriko Koike, Governor, Tokyo 

5:35 - 5:40 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs






Chicago Correspondent, Financial Times


Claire Bushey is the Chicago correspondent for the Financial Times. She writes about major companies in the Midwest and contributed to the FT's coverage of the recent US presidential election and protests over racial justice, including covering the trial of Derek Chauvin. Previously, she was a reporter for Crain's Chicago Business.

Twitter: @claire_bushey




President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.

Twitter: @IvoHDaalder


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Partner, Futurecity 


Sherry Dobbin, FRSA is partner at Futurecity, a London-based global placemaking agency and chair of Urban Art Forum, UK. She has worked across all artforms for thirty-five years, led cultural organizations, and curated for public realm in four continents. Her work as founding director of Times Square Arts and Midnight Moment is chronicled in the new Routledge Placemaking Handbook. .

Twitter: @sherryrdobbin; @futurecityblog


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US Business Editor, Financial Times

New York City

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is the US business editor of the Financial Times, leading its coverage of US business in an age of populism, policy upheavals, and shifting expectations of corporate America. He manages a team of reporters while writing news, analysis, and commentary and helping develop new offerings for the FT’s core audience such as Moral Money, its awards-winning ESG newsletter.

Twitter: @Edgecliffe


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Administrator, US Small Business Administration

Washington, DC 

Isabella Casillas Guzman is the 27th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration. She serves as the voice for America’s 30 million small businesses and innovative startups in President Biden’s Cabinet. Most recently, she served as director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.  


Twitter: @SBAIsabel; @SBAgov


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International President, Service Employees International Union 

San Francisco

Mary Kay Henry is international president of the Service Employees International Union. In 2010, she became the first woman elected to lead the SEIU. Under her leadership, SEIU has won major victories to improve the jobs of healthcare, property services, and public sector workers across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  

Twitter: @MaryKayHenry; @SEIU 


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Director, Women’s & Gender Studies, Mount Allison University

Sackville, New Brunswick

Leslie Kern is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University. She’s the author of Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World.  

Twitter: @LellyK


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CEO, United Airlines


Scott Kirby is CEO of United Airlines. Previously, he served as the company’s president from 2016 to 2020 and played a pivotal role in enabling United’s cultural transformation and executing the company’s strategic growth plan. Kirby is an industry veteran with a three-decade-long career in significant leadership roles within the airline industry.

Twitter: @united 


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Governor, Tokyo


Yuriko Koike is the Governor of Tokyo. Re-elected for a second term in 2020, she’s Tokyo’s first female governor. Koike has previously served as a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and has held several cabinet positions, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense.

Twitter: @ecoyuri; @Tokyo_gov


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Mayor, Chicago  


Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. She’s the first Black woman to serve as Chicago's Mayor and has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding equity and inclusion across the city. Most recently, Mayor Lightfoot served as a senior equity partner at Mayer Brown, president of the Chicago Police Board and chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.

Twitter: @chicagosmayor




Mayor of Paris’ Special Envoy for Smart Cities  


Professor Carlos Moreno is special envoy for smart cities for the Mayor of Paris and scientific director at the Paris IAE – Panthéon Sorbonne University. Renowned for his “Smart City” concept (2010), Moreno in 2016 pioneered the “15-Minute City,” which has influenced urban transformations worldwide. In 2019, Moreno received the Foresight Medal by the French Academy of Architecture. 

Twitter: @CarlosMorenoFR 


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Deputy Mayor, Culture and the Creative Industries, London 


Justine Simons, OBE is London’s deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries. She is also founder and chair of the World Cities Culture Forum, a major global initiative involving 30 cities worldwide. Justine was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s New Year honors list for Services to Culture in London.


Twitter: @justinesimons1; @wccforum




President, Microsoft 

Redmond, WA

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others. 

Twitter: @BradSmi; @Microsoft




US Managing Editor, Financial Times

New York City

Peter Spiegel is currently the US managing editor of the Financial Times. Prior to that, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Twitter: @SpiegelPeter


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