Alumni event

US Election Digestion 2020

The 2020 US elections are arguably the most contentious in recent history in the face of a historic public health crisis, Black Lives Matter protests, political polarization and violence, and an uncertain international order. At the core of it are two different approaches to the Presidency. All of us are impacted by this election. What will the outcome mean for the next four years?

On November 4, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (CET) / 12:00 - 1:30 (EST), the Hertie School Alumni Chapters in DC and New York are hosting a joint discussion to debrief the US elections. The event will kick-off with voices of Alumni from around the world before diving into a panel discussion that will look into both domestic and international aspects of the results. The panel will conclude with a conversation about the healthiest ways to cope with the election results and the impact they may bring to our lives.

Panel Speakers:

Prof. Mark Hallerberg, PhD, is Deputy President, Dean of Research and Faculty and Professor of Public Management and Political Economy at the Hertie School. His research focuses on fiscal governance, tax competition, financial crises, and European Union politics. He has advised, among others, Ernst and Young Poland, the European Central Bank, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. He received his PhD from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1995.

Terry Hurlbutt serves as Vice President and Executive Editor for ABC News Digital. In this integral role, she oversees the editorial operations of ABC News’ digital brands – ABC News, FiveThirtyEight and GMA Digital. Hurlbutt previously worked at Google and YouTube, where she co-led North America partnerships for the launch of YouTube Kids, led the lifestyle vertical for the first wave of YouTube Originals, and managed strategy for media partnerships across Google. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her MBA from UCLA.

Welby Leaman is Senior Director for Global Government Affairs at Walmart, where he leads geopolitical strategic foresight for Walmart's international business and supports institutional relations across Walmart's footprint in Latin America, Canada, and Africa. Previously, as Trade Counsel to the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, Leaman managed House passage of the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement, coordinated with USTR on numerous chapters of TPP and TTIP, and drafted the digital trade section of Congress' delegation of trade negotiating authority to USTR. At the U.S. National Security Council, he coordinated reform of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). At the U.S. Treasury Department, he was lead U.S. negotiator of several trade agreements' financial services chapters and led issuance of CFIUS regulations. UN Development Program also placed him for several years into the Peruvian government. Leaman chairs the board of the Nazareth Project, serves on advisory councils for the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program, and INCAE business school; was a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow in Brazil; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a B.S. from Messiah College and J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jodie Geddes is an international speaker on restorative justice, author, and advocate for racial healing and justice. A Jamaica, West Indies native by way of Brooklyn, NY, Jodie uses her story as a catalyst for creating new narratives about the black experience and the possibilities for healing. She currently serves as the Co-Manager for CTTT and Healing Circles Manager at RJOY (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth). Jodie is also the co-author of the Little Book of Racial Healing.

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