Resource Spotlight: Connections Roundtables

Jan 9, 2023 | RoundTable Connections


We launched our Roundtable series in March 2020 in response to the worldwide COVID pandemic. We gathered our clients and partners around the virtual table to look at our collective new reality, and to support each other as humans, not just as business associates. Over the past few years, we have continued to meet monthly for our Connections Roundtable series, where we discuss a variety of current, trending topics with key industry insiders.

Here’s everything you need to know about our past seasons and episodes, and links to watch the episode and/or read the summary blog post.

Season 1: Responding to a Worldwide Pandemic

In our first year of Connections Roundtable sessions, we sat down with industry leaders to talk about a wide variety of issues surrounding the COVID pandemic and resulting quarantine, the 2020 presidential election in the US, and business issues like inclusion and diversity, female leadership in business, working from home, and business travel. 

Ep 101. COVID-19 Client Partner Virtual Roundtable (Watch

Ep 102. Remote Working: How’s it Going? (Watch

Ep 103. Impact of COVID Pandemic on Employment and the Workforce (Watch

Ep 104. Female Leadership in Business and Government in the Pandemic (Watch

Ep 105. COVID-19 Recovery or Redefinition or Reimagination? (Watch

Ep 106. An International View on the Pandemic with Global Data (Watch

Ep 107. How Business is Responding as Americans Struggle to Pay Bills (Watch

Ep 108. Our Divided Reality (Watch

Ep 109. Creative Response to Consumers’ Changing Needs (with Pinterest’s Head of Insights) (Watch

Ep 110. Impact of COVID-19 on the Workplace and Workplace Safety (Watch

Ep 111. Impact on Consumer Financial Planning, Fraud, and Spending (Watch

Ep 112. WTOP News Reporters on Politics and Media (Watch

Ep 113. CEO Panel on the Future of Research and Tribalism vs. Unity (Watch

Ep 114. How the Pandemic Affected Market Research (with Microsoft’s Director of Brand and Strategy Research) (Watch

Ep 115. Top Political Consultants Analyze 2020 Presidential Campaign Platforms (Read / Watch

Ep 116. The Future of In-Person Business Events (Read / Watch

Ep 117. D.C. News Insiders Forecast 2020 Presidential Election (Read / Watch

Ep 118. Ten Key Takeaways from 2020 Presidential Election (Read

Ep 119. The Truth About the COVID-19 Vaccines from Industry Insiders (Read / Watch

Ep 120. Why Inclusion is More Important Than Diversity (Read / Watch

Ep 121. Facing 2021 When Hindsight is 2020 (Watch

Season 2: Recovery + Reconnecting in the New Normal

In 2021, we examined how we can progress and innovate in the new normal. We covered industry topics related to education, entertainment, health, and technology. We also discussed concepts around human connection and the lasting effects of the 2020 quarantine. How can we collaborate and get creative? How can we serve in our communities? How can we get outside of ourselves? 

Ep 201. Journey to New Horizons: How Businesses Can Take the Lead (Read / Watch

Ep 202. Creativity in Times of Crisis (with Genius Steals) (Read / Watch

Ep 203. Addressing Exposed Gaps in Higher Education, Skills Training, and Job Demand (Read / Watch

Ep 204. Surfing the Stream: Engaging Consumers Online Today (Read / Watch

Ep 205. Are You Ready? The Return of Business Travel and Meetings (Read / Watch

Ep 206. From Healthcare to Healthy Living (Read / Watch

Ep 207. Doing Well by Doing Good (Read / Watch

Ep 208. Getting at the Heart of American Self-Interest (Watch

Ep 209. Technology: Friend or Foe? (Read / Watch

Ep 210. Living in 5G (Watch

Ep 211. Foresight 2022 (Read / Watch

Season 3: Connections Through Transition

2022 was a year of great change, starting with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ripple effects that it had worldwide. Our sessions in season 3 focused on how human connections can help us through these transitions. Topics for this year included issues related to communicating in a saturated media market where truth is relative, global trade and energy impacts from the war in Europe, new innovations in travel, transportation, and sustainable fuel sources, as well as an insider’s look at the 2-year delayed Expo 2020 in Dubai. 

Ep 301. Doing Business in a Post-Truth World (Read / Watch

Ep 302. Domino Effect: European War Impact on US Business Strategy (Read / Watch

Ep 303. 2022 Year of Big Travel (Read / Watch

Ep 304. To Office or Not to Office? The New Normal in the Workplace (Read / Watch

Ep 305. Global Connections: An Insider’s Look at Expo 2020 Dubai (Read / Watch

Ep 306. Sustainability in Transportation (Read / Watch

Ep 307. Transforming the Customer Experience (Read / Watch

Ep 308. Exploring the Midterm Landscape (Read / Watch

Ep 309. Price Transparency in Healthcare (Read / Watch

Ep 310. The New Marketing Reality: Paid Attention (with Faris Yakob of Genius Steals) (Read / Watch

Ep 311. Lessons Learned: Connections Through Transition (Read / Watch

Season 4: Champion the Human

We believe in people and the power of choice. In life’s ever changing marketplace, we will always champion the human. Our sessions in season 4 focused on how important it is to keep the human and individual choice at the center of everything we do. Topics for this year included issues related to the gold rush of AI assisted tools and platforms, finding common ground on sensitive and often divisive issues, as well as challenging our perceptions of Black America and seeking for ways to change and improve our diversity experiences. 

Ep 401. Human Centricity in AI (Read / Watch

Ep 402. Behavioral Economics Applied to Digital Health (Read / Watch

Ep 403. Just How Interactive Can Streaming Content Become? (Read / Watch

Ep 404. Finding Common Ground on Energy Policy + Climate Change (Read / Watch

Ep 405. Practical AI Use Cases in Marketing (Read / Watch

Ep 406. Championing the Human: Rethinking Perceptions of Black America (Read / Watch

Ep 407. Transforming Trust in Modern Financial Planning (Read / Watch)

Ep 408. Breaking Barriers: The Roadmap to Unity in Our Community (Read / Watch)

Ep 409. The Unseen Toll of Caregiving (Read / Watch)

Ep 410. From Chaos to Clarity: Aligning AI + Humans Needs in Tomorrow’s Workplace (Read / Watch)

Ep 411. Transformative Journeys: How We Changed in 2023 (Watch)

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