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 118. Ten Key Takeaways from 2020 Presidential Election (Read)
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 208. Getting at the Heart of American Self-Interest (Watch)
Ep 210. Living in 5G (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.
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.