Pandemic Response Webinars

President Raphael Bostic and other Atlanta Fed experts are hosting and participating in webinars intended to help the public understand the Fed’s response to the pandemic.


May 19, 2021

Ask Us Anything: Labor Policy Reform for a Cohesive Workforce Development Sector - May 19, 2021

Join the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity on May 19 for this conversational webinar at 1:30 p.m. (ET). The event will address changes to the workforce development system that are needed to support workers in a new economy. Our guest speakers are Chike Aguh, chief innovation officer at the U.S. Department of Labor; Maria Flynn, president and chief executive officer at Jobs for the Future (JFF); Larry Good, president and CEO of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce; and Earl Buford, president and CEO at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Discover how improvements in labor policy can transform workforce development investments from a scattered set of approaches to a cohesive system that will create relevant programs to support lifelong learning and career pathways. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

May 13, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Household Financial Well-Being in the Southeast - May 13, 2021

Join the Atlanta Fed on May 13 at 1 p.m. (ET) for a discussion unpacking what we mean by household financial well-being and how it is crucial to an inclusive and resilient recovery for the whole economy. Attendees will leave this webinar with a definition of household financial well-being and how it affects economic resilience during shocks like COVID-19. Panelists will discuss systems-level strategies to improve household financial well-being across the region. The webinar will be moderated by Julie Siwicki, Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development adviser, who will be joined by national and regional experts. The Atlanta Fed is hosting the event.

Mar 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Businesses of Color: Toward an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - March 25, 2021

Join the Atlanta and Kansas City Feds on March 25 at 11 a.m. (ET) for an overview of the findings from the Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide. The purpose of this guide is to help support the recovery of small businesses of color by providing readers with a range of ideas in the areas of small business credit and capital, education and training, policy recommendations, and community support. The webinar will feature guide authors Dell Gines, senior Community Development adviser at the Kansas City Fed, and Janelle Williams, Community and Economic Development senior adviser at the Atlanta Fed. The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City are hosting the event.

Mar 03, 2021

Ask Us Anything: Infrastructure Job Programs Creating Career Opportunities for People of Color, Women, and Youth - March 3, 2021

This webinar discussed the impact of the federal government's Build Back Better plan on career opportunities for people of color, women, and youth through infrastructure job programs. Our guest speakers were Mary Alice McCarthy, director of the Center on Education and Skills for New America; Kisha Bird, director of Youth Policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); and Brad Markell, executive director of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute. Carl Van Horn, distinguished professor of public policy at Rutgers University and director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, moderated the panel.

Feb 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Business Credit Survey: Findings, Implications, and Opportunities for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - February 25, 2021

The Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development team presented findings from the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey: 2021 Report on Employer Firms, particularly the impact of COVID-19 on these businesses.

Jan 14, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Supporting Small Businesses for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - January 14, 2021

Speakers from organizations that support small businesses and entrepreneurship discussed the challenges these businesses are facing during the pandemic. For instance, many small businesses of color were unable to tap government programs like the Paycheck Protection Program because they lacked an existing relationship with a bank. Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic moderated the discussion.

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