Aspen Ideas RE$ET Begins Today Focused on Inclusive Growth, Climate, & America’s Role in the World

February 22, 2021

Speakers include Rep. James Clyburn, playwright Anna Deveare Smith, UCL Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Sen. Tina Smith, and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah

Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute

Aspen, CO & Washington, DC, February 22, 2021Aspen Ideas: RE$ET begins today at 4pm EST and continues through Tuesday, February 23rd. The two days of online programming, hosted with media partner Bloomberg Economics, will give voice to the bold ideas with positive and long-term consequences for the American economy. The free participatory event features leading policymakers, economists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and voices from main streets across the USA with the three principal themes of RESET: Inclusive Growth, RESET: Climate, and RESET: U.S. Role in the World.

Register for RE$ET and view the full agenda at:

RE$ET is co-hosted by Joanna Smith-Ramani, Managing Director of the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program and Scarlet Fu, Chief Markets Correspondent, Bloomberg News. Bloomberg editors and journalists will serve as moderators and thought partners. Programming and ideas from the event will be shared on the Bloomberg Terminal and through Bloomberg’s digital channels.

Programming features plenary sessions incorporating speaker discussions, shared stories and interviews featuring communities across the U.S., research and data visualizations, and interactive sessions for participants to engage with each other. The three key “Resetting” themes will explore equity and inclusion in our financial systems, the future of the economy in a climate challenged world, and how the United States can regain its international standing.

Programming on Monday, February 22 includes:

  • 4pm EST: Resetting for Equity and Inclusion plenary featuring a panel on shifting capital to drive inclusive economic growth with Bill Bynum, CEO, Hope Credit Union Enterprise Corporation, Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, and Robert Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Vista Equity Partners; and a conversation on legislation to bridge the digital divide with House Majority Whip James Clyburn and Naomi Nix, Bloomberg.
  • 5pm EST: Reset the Net for American Workers breakout with Karan Chopra, Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work, Jamie Kalamarides, President, Prudential Group Insurance and Lananh Nguyen, Bloomberg.
  • 6pm EST: Spotlight on the Creative Economy breakout with Nataki Garrett, Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jeremy O. Harris, playwright, Kate Levin, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts, Anna Deveare Smith, Playwright, and Jason Farago, critic at large for the New York Times.

Programming on Tuesday, February 23 includes:

  • 12pm EST: Resetting for Sustainability plenary featuring a discussion on climate policy with Senator Tina Smith and Bloomberg Green’s Aaron Rutkoff; a session on White House priorities with White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Bloomberg’s Leslie Kaufman; and TPG Co-CEO Jim Coulter addresses the reset for business and climate with Bloomberg’s Ed Hammond.
  • 1pm EST: Hope Within Context: Mythbusters Workshop on Getting to Net Zero workshop with Andrew Jones, Founder of Climate Interactive, deploying his firm’s smart simulator to explore system-wide solutions to climate change.
  • 2pm EST: A Mission-Oriented Approach to Stakeholder Capitalism breakout with UCL Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Stephanie Flanders, head of Bloomberg Economics.
  • 3pm EST: Resetting U.S.’s Role in the Global Economy plenary featuring a panel with Nicholas Burns, Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group, Meghan O’Sullivan, Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait; a conversation on the U.S. role in reducing global income inequality with Dr. Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation and Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute.
  • 4pm EST: A National Agenda for Financial Inclusion breakout with Michael Froman, Vice Chairman, Mastercard; Former US Trade Representative; Professor Adrienne Harris, Gates Foundation Senior Research Fellow and Former White House Advisor; Andrea Jung, Grameen America CEO; and Stephanie Flanders, head of Bloomberg Economics.
  • 4pm EST: A Marshall Plan for Moms breakout with Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code; Betsey Stevenson, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan; and Peggy Collins, Bloomberg.
  • 5pm EST: Building An Inclusive Recovery for the Long Term breakout with Jean Case, Chairman, National Geographic Society & CEO, Case Foundation; Peggy Alford, EVP, Global Sales, PayPal; and Jenny Surane, Bloomberg.

Editor’s Note: Members of the press are invited to register here. If you have questions about Aspen Ideas: RE$ET or would like to use footage from this event, please contact Jon Purves: Join the conversation on Twitter by following @aspenideas and using #AspenIdeasRESET.

Aspen Ideas: RE$ET is generously supported by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, PayPal, and Prudential. The event comes from the team behind the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute’s signature summer event that usually take place annually in Aspen, CO. This event is the first in a series of virtual programming planned throughout 2021. Aspen Ideas: Health will take place April 27-29, followed a virtual Aspen Ideas Festival from June 27-30 and another as yet unannounced event in the fall. There is also the possibility for a live event to take place later in the year, should circumstances allow.


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