10th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference Day 1

During Day 1 of the Building Resilience conference, leaders from government, nonprofits, and private industry spoke about how to build a resilient future that drives opportunity, prosperity, security, and advancement for all.


Air Date: July 27, 2021

Moderator: Marc DeCourcey, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Featured Guests: Anthony D. Wilbon, Dean, Howard University School of Business, Melody Jackson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ureeka, Ewuraesi Thompson, Marketing Operations Manager, Shopify, Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Christine Wilson, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Brooks Nelson, Former Senior Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Kristin Lord, President and CEO, IREX

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND, convened to host the 10th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference.

COVID-19 has impacted every community, but recovery has not been the same. The pandemic has exposed deep-rooted vulnerabilities and shown why we as a society need to work together to increase our resilience and elevate the equity of every individual. Now is the opportunity to strengthen partnerships. Together, we can shape a resilient future that drives opportunity, prosperity, security, and advancement for all.

Discussions at the conference addressed the collaboration required among private, public, and nonprofit sectors to help mitigate the effects of all disasters. These included how to build resilience against all hazards while looking ahead to future emergencies and how we can be better prepared through greater collaboration across sectors.

Day 1 included the following topics:

  • Lessons from private-public partnerships developed in response to a year of disasters, crises, and the pandemic.
  • Insights on the broadening range of frequency and types of disasters we are confronted with and how we define resilience going forward.
  • How companies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges during the last year.
  • Remarks from senior administration officials on new initiatives and the way forward.
  • How private and public sectors are addressing issues of equity in disaster response and recovery.