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COVID-19 Business Forum

The Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact. These presentations with local experts and business leaders are being conducted via teleconference. Click the links below to watch previous forum presentations or register for an upcoming event. 

Managing COVID-19 Cases in the Workplace

A panel discusses how employers can respond to confirmed or suspected employee COVID-19 cases, utilize digital data management tools, and consider key legal considerations for case management.

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PARTNERSHIP WEEK: Annual Meeting and Meet the Chair Fireside Chat

The Greater Houston Partnership's 2021 Annual Meeting features incoming chair Amy Chronis, Houston Managing Partner, Deloitte as she discusses Houston’s opportunity to strengthen our position as a global city by building a strong, diverse 21st century economy focused on technology and innovation. Bob Harvey, Partnership President and CEO, will dive deeper into key elements of the Partnership’s strategic initiatives designed to build a strong 21st century economy, offer Houstonians a great quality of life and ensure opportunity for all.  Outgoing chair Bobby Tudor, Chairman, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC will also offer a look back at the organization’s 2020 accomplishments and work to position Houston as the leader of the global energy transition.  In addition to dynamic presentations discussing the Partnership's strategic priorities, Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans, will present the Partnership's prestigious Robert C. McNair Civic Leadership Award, which recognizes a highly successful business leader who has also made outstanding civic and philanthropic contributions – advancing Houston as a leading global city with a great quality of life and opportunity for all. Meet the Chair Live Fireside Chat Immediately following the conclusion of Annual Meeting, Partnership leaders will continue the conversation with a live fireside chat between chair, Amy Chronis, and president and CEO, Bob Harvey. All Annual Meeting registrants will have access to this live broadcast. This special fireside conversation will dive deeper into the Partnership's strategic plan and how business leaders can engage in the organization's work. Have questions about the Partnership's efforts? Pre-submit your questions for Bob and Amy to Partnership Week Annual Meeting kicks off Partnership Week, a multi-day opportunity to learn more about the Partnership’s work and how members can get involved in our efforts to make Houston even greater. For information on Partnership Week activities, click here.

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Partnership Week continues with panel discussions featuring business leaders around topics critical to Houston's growth.  Senior Partnership staff, board and industry leaders will engage in conversations around the Partnership's strategic priorities that support the advancement of Houston as a great global city. Panel discussions include:  11:10 a.m. - Race Equity. Leading through Action Courtney Johnson Rose, CEO, George E. Johnson Development Inc. Alex López Negrete, President and CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications Steve Stephens, President and CEO, Amegy Bank Moderator: LaTanya Flix, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 11:55 a.m. - Building a Strong Diverse Economy George Gonzalez, Partner, Haynes & Boone Sandy Guitar, Managing Director, HX Venture Fund David Leebron, President, Rice University Moderator: Susan Davenport, Chief Economic Development Officer, Greater Houston Partnership 12:45 p.m. - Energy Transition: Houston's Evolution Uwem Ukpong, Executive Vice President, Regions, Alliances & Enterprise Sales, Baker Hughes Jonathan Cox, Managing Director & Global Co-Head of Oil & Gas Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan  Emily Reichert, Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs  Moderator: Bobby Tudor, Chairman, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC 1:35 p.m. - Digital Transformation. Houston's New Frontier Peter Beard, Senior Vice President, Regional Workforce Development, Greater Houston Partnership Werner Schaefer, VP, Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager, Network and Comm Sales, Intel Moderator: Amy Chronis, 2021 Partnership Chair, Houston Managing Partner, Deloitte Please check back for further details and confirmed speakers. Have questions about these topics and the Partnership's work? We encourage participants to pre-submit questions to our panelists by emailing  Partnership Week This event is a part of Partnership Week, a multi-day opportunity to learn more about the Partnership’s work and how members can get involved in our efforts to make Houston even greater. For more information about Partnership Week activities, click here. 

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Keeping Houston Moving Safely: Mobility and Public Transit During COVID-19

METRO Chair Carrin Patman provided an update on the transit agency’s operations as the economy reopens.

A Guide to Reopening Your Business with Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. James McDeavitt, VP & Dean of Clinical Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine, shared guidance on returning to the workplace safely, specific industry considerations for reopening, and steps your business should take to protect employees and customers.

Layoffs & Furloughs: What Employers Need to Know

Representatives from Workforce Solutions reviewed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and resources available to Houston-area employers facing COVID-19 related workforce disruptions.

Making Sense of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Insperity and Workforce Solutions representatives answer questions on how to effectively implement Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and provide guidance on potential scenarios employers might face.

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