Democratic National Convention Committee
August 11, 2020

Virtual Policy Roundtables

Join the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee, in partnership with Business Forward, for a series of thought-provoking Policy Round Tables!

Throughout the duration of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and Business Forward are organizing a series of virtual, hour-long round table briefings with senior campaign advisors, elected officials, business leaders, philanthropists, community organizers, and state and local officials. Inspired by the needs of communities across the country, these briefings will examine the critical challenges America faces, including our country’s response to the severe hardships amplified by the COVID-19 crisis.

With a network of more than 100,000 local business leaders, Business Forward works to connect business leaders across the country to Washington decision-makers to discuss how to create jobs and accelerate our economy.

Below, please find the Policy Round Table schedule and RSVP form, where you can sign up to attend as many round tables as you would like. Details on how to watch these discussions will be shared in the coming days. Please note that if you sign up for a meeting, you will receive invites to all of the meetings throughout the week.

Monday, August 17

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Protecting the Integrity of the Election
To ensure safe, secure, and fair elections, efforts are being taken to educate and mobilize voters, while combating voter suppression. Join this briefing to hear from leaders on the front lines of protecting the integrity of the election.
1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Investing in a Sustainable Future
Investing in a sustainable future for America has proven to yield financial returns. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) movement about how sustainable practices are moving both society and the economy forward
4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Ensuring High Quality Health Care and a Strong Caring Economy
To protect and strengthen our current healthcare system, efforts and being taken to provide access to quality health care for every American, while ensuring that our caregivers receive the respect and dignity they deserve. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the fight to strengthen our healthcare system.

Tuesday, August 18

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Building A Modern Sustainable Infrastructure
To achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide in the next 30 years, efforts are being taken to build a more sustainable and resilient infrastructure now. Join this briefing to hear from job-creating companies that are working to  develop a clean energy future.
1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Respecting Rule of Law and Protecting an Independent Judiciary
Join this briefing to hear from state attorneys general and leading advocates who have been leading those efforts to ensure partisan politics do not influence judicial conduct or judgment.
4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Securing Retirement for Working Americans
As almost two-thirds of working Americans have almost no retirement account access, our country is in the midst of a retirement income crisis. Join this briefing to hear from leading experts on their efforts to address the pension crisis and protect Social Security for working Americans.

Wednesday, August 19

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Closing the Homework Gap During COVID-19 and Beyond
Our schools have long struggled to provide low-income students with the tools they need to compete, including affordable laptops, broadband access, digital literacy (for students, parents, and teachers), and curriculum that prepares them for the future of work. Experts call this the “homework gap,” and COVID-19 has amplified the  crisis to a dangerous level. Join this briefing to hear from leading experts who are solving one of the greatest educational challenges of our time.
1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Ending Gun Violence in America
Ending gun violence requires a national and comprehensive response that involves advocates, educators, legislators, gun violence victims, and more. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the gun violence prevention movement who are working to combat this crisis for all communities.
4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Creating Jobs and Investment in the Heartland
To create jobs and investment in the heartland, efforts are being taken to invest in innovation infrastructure by delivering broadband access to resource-lacking communities, helping workers get to and from new jobs, and drawing venture capital that is increasingly concentrated on the East and West Coasts. Join this briefing to hear from leading job creators who are turning these efforts into a reality for rural communities.

Thursday, August 20

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Advancing Racial Equity Across the American Economy
To advance racial equity, efforts are being taken to close the racial wealth gap, expand affordable housing, reform our police and criminal justice system, and invest in educational opportunities for all children. Join this briefing to hear from leaders who are taking action to urgently address these challenges.
4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Meeting the Climate Crisis Challenge
To address our climate crisis emergency, experts are pushing government leaders to take bold measures that invest now in a clean energy revolution, while creating good jobs and addressing environmental justice. Join this briefing to hear from leaders who are working to address the grave threat of the climate crisis.