From the innovative strategies to keep customers and employees engaged, to the dos and don'ts of branding and messaging in these times, to the logistics of re-opening in a post coronavirus world, these HWA speakers are associated with some of the most successful businesses in the world, and offer substantive, actionable, and creative virtual presentations on these topics.

 

INDRA NOOYI: Former Chairman + CEO of PepsiCo

Nooyi was selected by Connecticut governor Ned Lamont as co-chair of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Board, a delegation formed amid the coronavirus to help the state devise an appropriate and thoughtful plan for reopening that considers both public health outcomes and economic and social costs.

In her engaging, actionable, and informative remarks, Nooyi shares lessons learned from being on the front lines of managing the pandemic and its impact, and examining issues such as how best to allow commerce to begin without jeopardizing public health and well-being. She also draws on her experience leading PepsiCo through a decade of tremendous growth, disruption, and change, offering audiences first-hand, authentic, and empowering guidance on how to successfully lead in uncertain, critical, and rapidly-evolving times. 

 

GARY COHN: Former Director of the National Economic Council; President + COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16)

Cohn provides business leaders with the insight and clarity needed for this new reality, appearing regularly on every major network with recent analysis on NPR, CNBC, CBS, MSNBC, and more. At virtual engagements, Cohn provides business leaders with the insight and clarity needed for this new reality, offering insights into the stimulus package, implications for the gig economy, and the economic decision-making of the current administration. As President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Cohn was at the helm of one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world, and in his time in office, he managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 

BOZOMA SAINT JOHN: Trailblazing brand marketing executive; Chief Marketing Officer, Netflix; Former Chief Brand Officer at Uber; Former Marketing Executive for Apple Music, iTunes, and PepsiCo

Boz partners with CEOs, CMOs, and those in senior leadership as part of a weekly discussion on communicating with clarity in the age of COVID-19 – how to reopen, regain trust, and reemerge as business leaders in every industry. She addresses questions such as: What are the narratives and communication that our audiences and consumers want from businesses now? How can leadership deliver in an authentic way to draw on the loyalty of existing consumers while also gaining new customers? How do we communicate with our employees that despite these extraordinary times we're all working toward a common purpose?  In Boz’s new podcast with co-host Katie Couric, Back to Biz with Katie and Boz, the two dive into how every industry is adjusting to – and innovating in – this new reality we’re all experiencing. In a virtual conversation for Harvard Business Review she discussed how the pandemic will change career paths.

 

TOM BOSSERT: Former Homeland Security + Counterterrorism Advisor; National Security Analyst, ABC

Just months after being appointed Homeland Security Advisor under President Trump, Bossert delivered a keynote at the 2017 Aspen Security Forum titled "The Next Pandemic" where he laid out his plans to improve the U.S. bio-defense strategy and predicted the next devastating pandemic. Now, Bossert has become a go-to advisor for business leaders, including Disney’s Chairman Bob Iger, on their reopening plans. He’s helped Disney navigate their relationship with government officials, re-think safety measures at their parks and properties, and helped shape how they communicate with their employees, customers, shareholders about their efforts. Along with Disney, Bossert has been advising dozens of Fortune 500 companies, several of the nation’s largest university systems, and countless government entities and officials on how to think about reopening, what to expect, and how to move forward in a way that works for everyone. He tailors his remarks to each audience, providing actionable next steps.

 

ALEXIS OHANIAN: Co-Founder, Reddit, 6th largest website in the world; Co-Founder, Initialized Capital, early stage venture capital firm

Ohanian offers actionable, tangible advice on best practices for businesses and brands amid the coronavirus. A co-founder and managing partner at Initialized Capital, Ohanian and his firm advise a wide range of top startups, including Instacart, Patreon, Opendoor, and Coinbase, and Ohanian has hands-on experience helping these companies communicate with customers and the public during this crisis. He's been sought-out for virtual conversations for TechCruch on what the next 12-24 months look like for startups and on "Building and Investing in the Modern Digital World," His insights into how to survive as a business amid coronavirus made headlines in TechCrunch, and his advice on how to handle communications and brand initiatives with savvy, sensitivity, and authenticity during this challenging time made headlines in Fast Company. In a powerful gesture, Ohanian recently announced he was stepping down from his role as a member of Reddit's board of directors, and encouraged the company to replace him with a Black candidate.

 

MOHAMED EL-ERIAN: Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz; CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (2007-2014)

Renowned as one of the world's most widely followed economists, El-Erian has been a leading voice amid the coronavirus epidemic on the economic and geopolitical implications of the new normal. Named to Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" for four consecutive years, a Bloomberg Opinion and Financial Times columnist, and a fixture on financial news outlets, recently El-Erian has engaged in compelling virtual engagements including at Wharton on “Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty", for Nile University on the world during and after COVID-19and virtual interviews for countless leading outlets including CNBCFOX Business, and Bloomberg TV. 

 

ALEXA VON TOBEL: Founder & CEO, LearnVest.com; Founder & Managing Partner, Inspired Capital

Having started a financial planning company, LearnVest, in 2008 during the Great Recession (and sold it for a reported $375 million), Alexa von Tobe​l knows firsthand how to lead an organization through difficult times. She provides actionable and empowering advice on business innovation amid challenging times, and how to harness the best of entrepreneurism to thrive amid a recession. She's been sought-out for a virtual conversation with Inc. on "Starting Up During a Turndown," another on "How to manage your money in 2020" and a virtual live Q+A on everything fintech. She penned an article for Inc. on connecting with customers amid the coronavirus, "What I learned from being a 'recession entrepreneur," and another on "How to execute a successful PR campaign." Currently a Founder and Managing Partner at Inspired Capital, a woman-led early-stage venture firm, Von Tobel is bucking the status quo to partner with forward-looking, effective, socially responsible entrepreneurs who will shape the future. At virtual engagements she discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent financial upheaval on launching and scaling a business and sheds light on why it's important to stay close to your customers during these challenging times and how to leverage what you learn from them in order to survive.

 

JONATHAN NEMAN + NICHOLAS JAMMET: Co-Founders + Co-CEOs of Sweetgreen

Jammet and Neman have been making headlines for Sweetgreen's forward-looking and purpose-driven response to the pandemic and they provide practical insight into how businesses can be creative, resilient, and successfully incorporate new technology and reach costumers amid the coronavirus. From launching a native delivery app and making operational adjustments, to launching the Sweetgreen Impact Outpost Fund, which feeds front-line medical personnel working in hospitals, it's easy to see why Jammet and Neman have been named to Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Inc’s “30 Under 30,” Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and more. Sought-out for NPR's popular "How I Built This" podcast, Jammet and Neman discussed how they launched Sweetgreen with a sole location, and successfully scaled it to over 100 locations nationwide, and how the company is using new technology to re-imagine the fast-casual model, even as it faces unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus crisis. Jammet was also sought-out for Inc.'s "How I Did It" to discuss moving away from tradition and betting big on tech, and Neman for an interview on Cheddar to discuss Sweetgreen's new impact initiative.