Upcoming Conference Sessions

Conference Session 4, Education

1-3 p.m. ET
Conference Session 4: Education Keynote and Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker
Craig Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Panelists
Vandana (Ana) Mangal, Ph.D. (HNZ 1991, 1994)Faculty Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles and Higher Ed Innovation Consultant
Amy OganThomas and Lydia Moran Assistant Professor of Learning Science, Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
LaTrenda Leonard SherrillCommunity Innovator and Consultant
Michael D. SmithJ. Erik Jonsson Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, Heinz College and Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
William E. Strickland, Jr. (H 2001)Founder and Executive Chairman, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

In a society that has been remade during the pandemic, education stands out as profoundly disrupted. We can see the role education plays, not just in supporting the learning of our youth, but also in supporting the ability of parents and caregivers to work. We have been forced to rethink education — to adapt lessons and other experiences to remote learning. We have had to confront the crucial role technology now plays, and how lack of access leaves some students severely disadvantaged. We have seen that some experiences — lab work, sports, art and music — are nearly impossible to replicate online. And finally, the reliance of our institutes of higher education on international students — which in typical years benefits all parties — has proven to be a significant weakness once the borders closed.

Join us as we assemble educators with expertise spanning all levels of instruction to discuss what lessons COVID-19 has taught us and what this means for education and our children.

3-4 p.m. ET
Networking Hour


Following this week's panel discussion, connect with conference panelists and colleagues from within CMU and beyond in our virtual networking space. Participants will be assigned to Zoom breakout rooms with a moderator who will help motivate and guide conversations.

Conference Session 3, The Economy

Due to some unforeseen network outages across the country that impacted many of our registrants, the INTERSECT@CMU sessions scheduled for Friday September 25 at 1 p.m. ET were postponed.  A new date and time will be shared with all registrants via email.

Conference Session 3: Economy Keynote and Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker
William S. DemchakChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group

Panelists
Esther L. BushPresident and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Rayid GhaniDistinguished Career Professor, Machine Learning Department and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Tamara K. NopperSociologist and Fellow at Data for Progress and Affiliate of The Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies, New York University
Shubham Singhal (TPR 1999)Healthcare Global Leader and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
Chris SleetH.J. Heinz Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Eric S. Yuan, Founder and CEO, Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Coping with the pandemic is often presented as a zero-sum game — as a choice between public health and the economy. We can shut the economy down to slow the spread, but what does this mean for workers who lose their jobs and businesses that go bankrupt? Is this a false trade-off? Will we quickly rebound from the economy’s contraction, or will the effects go on for years? How will the pandemic change business, commerce and consumption in the medium and long term?  What does this experience mean for international trade and globalism?

We will bring together business leaders, academics and community leaders to envision how to rebuild a more robust and equitable economy that is more resilient to future shocks.

Networking Hour

Following this week's panel discussion, connect with conference panelists and colleagues from within CMU and beyond in our virtual networking space. Participants will be assigned to Zoom breakout rooms with a moderator who will help motivate and guide conversations.

Past Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference Event and Student-Led Programming

5-6 p.m. ET
A Conversation on the Data Revolution and the Future of Health Care
Speakers: 
Glen de Vries (S 1994), co-CEO of Medidata and author of The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond and Rebecca Doerge, Glen de Vries Dean, Mellon College of Science

Glen de Vries, CMU alumnus and co-founder and co-CEO of Medidata, joins Rebecca Doerge, Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science, to discuss his recent book, The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond. His book, set to release on Amazon later this month, focuses on how the data revolution is transforming biotech and health care in the wake of today’s global pandemic.

Join this discussion for a preview of this must-read roadmap for success to changing health care for the better.


7-8:15 p.m. ET
Back to Better: Community, Equity and Health*
Speaker: Stephen Ritz, Educator, Author, Urban Farmer, Alyssa Lyon (HNZ 2017), Sustainable Communities Director, Green Building Alliance and Jenna Cramer, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance.

Stephen Ritz believes that the unrest caused by COVID-19 is symptomatic of three larger viruses: racism, greed and corruption. It has given us an x-ray view into society, where we have seen what our priorities are, and what they are not. In this session, together with Jenna Cramer and Alyssa Lyon of Pittsburgh's Green Building Alliance, we will explore the thread between crises, community, equity and health.

* Indicates student-led programming that is presented as a part of STUDENTSECT@CMU. Open to all conference attendees.

Student-Led Programming and Conference Session 1, Health

10-11:15 a.m. ET
Reimagining Capitalism in the Wake of COVID-19*
Speakers: 
Sir Ronald Cohen, Pioneering Philanthropist, Venture Capitalist, Private Equity Investor and Social Innovator and Laurence Ales, Associate Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

This event will explore the unsettled relationship between COVID-19 and Capitalism as we know it. Together with Sir Ronald Cohen – known as the "father of social impact investing" – we will dive into what Capitalism might look like in a more equitable world. How has COVID-19 exacerbated existing economic inequalities? What are immediate steps we can take to create a new world economy? How can we use the pandemic as an opportunity to reimagine Capitalism?


11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ET
ARTivism: Mobilizing for Change*
Speakers: Emmai Alaquiva, Emmy Award-winning Director, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and Tanisha Long, Activist, Founder of Black Lives Matter Pittsburgh and Southwest PA

COVID-19 has pulled back the curtain on the deep racial fissures that exist throughout the United States today. Together with Pittsburgh BLM leader Tanisha Long and Emmy Award-winning Director Emmai Alaquiva, we will explore the intersection between Art, Black Lives Matter, and the many faces of activism that inspire change.


1-3 p.m. ET
Conference Session 1: Health Keynote and Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Ph.D., Chair, Department of the History of Science, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University 

Panelists 
Amesh Adalja,  M.D., FIDSA (TPR 1995), Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security
Diego Chaves-Gnecco M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine; Director and Founder, SALUD PARA NIÑOS
Nicolette Louissaint (S 2006, E 2006), Executive Director, Healthcare Ready
Po-Shen Loh, Professor of Mathematics, Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Candace Skibba, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University; Affiliated Faculty in Medical Humanities, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh

COVID-19 raises questions about health care at every level. At the individual level, how might the pandemic affect the balance between personal privacy and public health? At the community level, how have the virus’s disparate effects on different communities exposed deeper societal issues related to health care, health status and inequity? And at the provider level, how has the pandemic changed the practice of medicine?

Conversation among practitioners, academics and community leaders will assess how our health care system is coping with the pandemic and how we can prepare for future public health emergencies.

* Indicates student-led programming that is presented as a part of STUDENTSECT@CMU. Open to all conference attendees.

Future-thon

10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET
Questioning the Quo: A Future-thon
This event is open only to students — both undergraduate and graduate level are encouraged to participate.

Join us for Questioning the Quo: A Future-thon, a one-day, multidisciplinary challenge as we Question the Quo in a post-COVID world. Student teams will put on their design-thinking caps to complete a systems-level and solutions-focused exercise focused on how we — as individuals and a collective — can use COVID 19 as an opportunity to build a better tomorrow. Participants may sign up in groups as large as four, or take the chance to be teamed up with other students from across campus!

Future-thon Presentations and Award Ceremony

10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
Questioning the Quo: A Future-thon, Winning Presentations and Award Ceremony

View the winning submissions

Conference Session 2, Sustainability

12:30-2:30 p.m. ET
Conference Session 2: Sustainability Keynote and Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker 
Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences

Panelists
Neil DonahueThomas Lord Professor, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering and Public Policy; Director, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Terry IrwinProfessor, School of Design and Director, Transition Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Sabine Marx (DC 1996, 2002)Risk Communications Expert, Communications Strategist, Brevity & Wit
Sarah E. Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University and Head of Heinz College in Washington, DC
C. Arden Pope, III, Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics, Brigham Young University

As COVID-19 reshapes our economy, it presents opportunities for us to rethink how we view sustainability. For instance, as businesses shifted toward remote work, air quality has notably improved. But will these be temporary effects, or will we take advantage of this forced reset to reengineer our society? And, if we hope to make improvements, how can they be integrated across communities? Can we devise local solutions to improve sustainability and equity globally? 

Scientists, academics and community leaders will consider how we can integrate sustainability into our society and how that could affect our resistance to future pandemics and environmental risks.