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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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Aerospace & Aviation


This full-day conference on September 1 explores how the newly instituted United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will impact energy, tech, aerospace, exports and global trade with insights from business leaders. This event will feature a keynote address from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Additional speakers include:  Kevin Brady, U.S. Representative, Texas 8th Congressional District Mark Wesley Menezes, United States Under Secretary of Energy  Stan Chapman, Chairman TC Pipelines, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Natural Gas Pipelines Alicia Kerber, Consul General, Consulate General of Mexico Rachel McCormick, Consul General, Consulate of Canada Kimberly Reed, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States Bobby Tudor, Chairman and CEO, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.  Mike Gold, Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, NASA Carlos Noriega Romero, Chief Executive Officer, Bancomext Amy Chronis, Managing Partner, Deloitte Graciela Márquez Colín, Secretary of Economy, Government of Mexico  Major General Rodolfo Rodriguez Quezada, President, FAMEX Steve Clarke, Division Vice President, Jacobs Engineering  George Y. Gonzalez, Partner, Hayes and Boone and Chair of International Advisory Committee These expert panels will address the political, economic and business implications behind the new agreement including:  The State of USMCA’s Entry into Force Energy Integration for North American Energy Dominance The Future of Innovation in the Americas From Nose to Tail to Space: North American Aerospace Ingenuity Mitigating Risk: Tools to Drive North American Exports

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19th Amendment Centennial Celebration

Join us to celebrate the Women's Suffrage Centennial on August 18 - the same day the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified 100 years ago - granting American women the right to vote.   Nancy Sims, government relations specialist and adjunct professor at the University of Houston, will examine the HERstory leading up to the ratification and the state of women's rights in 2020. We'll also hear from MaryJane Mudd and Tiko Reynolds-Hausman from the League of Women Voters of Houston, also celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. They will also discuss how women’s suffrage, particularly for women of color, did not end with the 19th Amendment and how voter suppression continued to exist historically and into the present day.    Additional program participants include:  Amy Chronis, Partnership Vice Chair, Managing Partner, Deloitte Darcie Durham, Chair, Executive Women's Partnership and Chief Impact Officer, The Awty International School  Pamela Lovett, Vice Chair, Executive Women's Partnership and SVP, Business Development and Community Affairs, Comerica Bank Allies and women's employee resource groups (ERGs) are encouraged to attend. Join the conversation and share how you are celebrating #SuffrageAt100 using #AGreaterHou The Partnership's online registration system is undergoing maintenance but will be back up and running soon. To secure your seat today, complete and return our registration form, which can be accessed by clicking the 'Register' button. *In light of COVID-19, this event will be simulcast online. All registrants will receive instructions on accessing the broadcast via email on the event date. Please be sure to add to your approved senders list to ensure you receive information regarding the event.

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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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