The economic impact of COVID-19 has been devastating to the entire Chicago region, from individual households to neighborhoods to the business community. Yes, there is reason to believe the economy will eventually recover, as we have from past recessions. The question is, how? In past recoveries, we know that those most deeply affected by structural racism and entrenched segregation in our city and suburbs were still left behind.
On January 19, 2021, from 9-10 a.m., the Executives’ Club of Chicago will host Together We Rise: Why We All Win with an Equitable Recovery, a panel discussion to explore the region’s path forward to a just and equitable economic recovery. The conversation will be moderated by Helene Gayle, President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, and feature Gloria Castillo, Director of Together We Rise, a multi-faceted initiative that will provide funding, encourage changes to business practices, and pursue policy reforms to ensure the region comes back from the impacts of COVID-19 better on the other side. Panelists will include David Doig, President of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Martin H. Nesbitt, Co-CEO of The Vistria Group and Anne Vela-Wagner, Executive Director of The Mars Wrigley Foundation.