On June 21, 2021 top CEOs convened to brainstorm ideas on building a stronger world as we start to emerge from the pandemic, in a Transformative CEO Summit entitled, “Opening up the World”. The topics discussed included: Connected Workforce, Digital Transformation, Reinventing Healthcare and Financial Services.
Here are insights from the opening keynotes:
Judy Marks, President, and CEO, Otis Worldwide Corporation — The Future of Cities: Whatever the post pandemic world looks like, cities will emerge more vibrant and prosperous than ever. The UN forecasts that between now and 2050, the portion of people living in urban areas will grow from about 50% to 70%. The pandemic has given us the opportunity to reimagine cities for an even better future. Now, by harnessing the power of smart connected technologies, we have the chance to create cities that are safer, greener, faster, more equitable and more people friendly than ever before. Imagine a future with a universal mobility app that integrates with your calendar, summons your elevator, tracks commuter train and metro schedules, calls the car service or perhaps even an air taxi and turns on the light in your home and office moments before you arrive. I believe mobility itself can become an on-demand service.”
Tony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International — The Marriott Story And How the Travel Industry will Change: “Our summer of transformation clearly begins with the ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19. This past year has been the toughest in our 94-year history and that says a lot. I believe the continued broad distribution of vaccines, more and more companies returning to the office will drive demand into our largest regions. Travel is undeniably resilient and as grateful as I am for the technology that has helped us navigate this pandemic, I’m ready to be back in person, in our headquarters, on the road visiting our hotels and our associates around the world and I suspect you feel the same way.”
Nadja West, Lt. General (ret), 44th Surgeon General United States Army — How America can Become a Harmonious Society: “I believe the first step in becoming a harmonious society is that we realize that we are actually part of a whole of something, and the need to realize this was addressed almost 2,000 years ago by Saint Paul when he wrote a letter to the Corinthians where he advised bickering factions at the time that they were all part of one body and I think his words on the topic of how to be more harmonious resonate today when he reminds us, and I quote, ‘The eye cannot say to the hand I don’t need you, and the head cannot say to the feet I don’t need you’. On the contrary, those parts of the body that seemed to be the weaker are indispensable. God has put the body together so that there should be no division in the body but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, then every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, then every part rejoices with it.”
Deepak Chopra MD, FACP — How CEOs Create Harmony and Stay Present: “Right now as I look at the future, I think five areas need to be reinvented immediately, and all the CEOs, please listen. The first is energy, the second is information technologies, the third is food, the fourth is transportation, and the fifth is the creation of new materials … We can collectively envision the future with the new emerging technologies but also reframing of what it means to be human and what it means to be a CEO. I encourage you all to look and listen very deeply to emotionally bond with all your friends and family and your business colleagues to expand your awareness.”
Here are the CEO workgroup ideas: