The new Biden Administration comes into office facing a multitude of unprecedented challenges, top among them – the most serious economic crisis in recent history and a divided nation. Join us for a discussion on the anticipated top priorities of the new Biden Administration and how it proposes to face the current challenges from the pandemic, get this country back to work safely, and keep America competitive.

Dr. Lori Esposito Murray is President of the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board. Murray brings to CED extensive experience at the highest echelons of domestic and international policy. She most recently served as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR). Prior to her role at CFR, she held the distinguished national security chair at the US Naval Academy. She also is president emeritus of the World Affairs Councils of America, the largest non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to educating and engaging the US public on global issues.

Murray’s work in government crosses political parties and extends to both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Her multiple roles have included serving as special advisor to President Clinton on the Chemical Weapons Convention and as the assistant director for multilateral affairs at the State Department’s US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Prior to that, Murray worked as executive director of the Department of Defense’s Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military and Related Issues. She also headed the congressionally mandated US-China Security and Economic Review Commission, and was a consultant to President George W. Bush’s Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Intelligence Capabilities.

Murray worked for almost a decade as national security advisor to Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS), a senior Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Her responsibilities included the full spectrum of US national security: foreign policy, defense, intelligence, and trade issues.  Earlier in her career, Murray served as the professional associate to the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on International Security and Arms Control.

Dr. Murray received her BA from Yale University and her PhD from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Sherika Ekpo will engage, educate and empower you with valuable insights and best practices that can help you make a positive impact in your organization!

Sherika joined Google in 2019 as the Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lead for Artificial Intelligence and Research. In this role, Sherika implements inclusion initiatives for over 4,000 employees in the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. At Google, Sherika collaborates with the senior leadership team to implement culture, talent, and product inclusion strategies that leverage diversity and inclusion globally. As such, Sherika infuses her expertise with her passion to build senior leadership awareness, commitment, and accountability needed to shift organizational culture and keep pace with rapid change.

Apart from her role at Google, the business and culture strategist is the CEO of Sherika Ekpo Enterprises (SEE). SEE is a consulting company that provides subject-matter expertise on DEI strategy development and executive coaching on inclusive leadership competencies.

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