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Fighting Low Road Economic Development

Dania Rajendra
Director of Athena

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Ron Kim
NY State Assembly Member

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THE AGENDA

Beyond the talks we will feature many events that will give you an opportunity to network.

9:30 AM

Introductions

Rusty Weaver, ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Director of Research
Alex Colvin, Dean ILR School at Cornell University

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Building Institutions for Racial Equity and Social Justice

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Fighting Low Road Economic Development

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Supporting Worker-Owned and Worker-Controlled Enterprises

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THE VENUE

All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.

THE SPONSORS

Thank you to all our partners that made this day possible. They deserve a grand aplause! 

All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.

In the current era of intense political polarization, there is little common ground among legislators on how to fix issues related to economic inequality. One possible exception to this observation lies in the realm of corporate giveaways and targeted economic development subsidies. In just the past few years, researchers, advocates, and policymakers across political and ideological spectrums have made cases and introduced legislation calling on governments at all levels to stop spending public dollars to lure “Low Road” corporations into their jurisdictions. While some argue that targeted economic development subsidies should be eliminated altogether, others note that subsidies should only go to “High Road” firms that commit to creating quality jobs that pay family-sustaining wages, offer generous benefits, and are available to local residents – especially residents from marginalized population subgroups. In this session, an expert and organizer in the fight against Amazon engages in a discussion with a New York State Assembly Member, who is actively attempting to transform statewide economic development law and is one of the leading voices for economic democracy in New York State government.

10:45 - 11:30 AM ET

Building Institutions for Racial Equity and Social Justice

Crystal Peoples-Stokes
NY State Assembly Majority Leader

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Dr. Courtney McCluney
Assistant Professor, ILR School

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Between the disparate and devastating impacts of COVID-19 and snowballing cases of police violence against unarmed persons of color, people throughout the United States and across the globe are mobilizing for racial and social justice in larger numbers than at any point since the 1960s. These mass mobilizations are increasing public attention to structural and institutional sources of persistent forms of inequalities. The result is a growing demand for new or substantially transformed institutions that can proactively identify and begin to eliminate inequality in society. In this session, participants will hear a conversation between experts on opportunities for meeting these demands in New York State, from empowering marginalized voices in workplaces to building a new office for racial equity and social justice in New York State.

9:30 -10:30 AM ET

LEADING THROUGH CRISIS

Analyze the challenges of sports leagues returning to play during Covid-19.

Eric Fisher '98

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Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp

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Sean Sansiveri '05
NFL Players Association

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Jeffrion Aubry ‘99
NBA

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Jon Daniels ‘99
Texas Rangers

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The professional sports industry has long provided fans a reprieve from the challenges of the world around us. However, in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, the industry was forced to shut down at a time when we needed it the most. This panel focuses on the innumerable challenges faced by professional sports leagues in attempting a safe return to competition, the collaboration by players and leagues that was necessary to overcome those challenges, the lessons learned in managing through the worst crisis the sports industry has ever faced, and the future of professional sports in the age of Covid-19. 

WEDS OCTOBER 14 6PM ET

FUTURE OF MARKETING

See how sports sponsorships are evolving across teams, brands and agencies.

Andrew Cohen '94
Visa

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Jason Pearl '91
San Francisco Giants

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In this panel, we’ll hear from senior leaders from the team, brand and agency perspective as we explore the future of partnerships between marketers and properties. We will look at how teams have sought to continue to provide value to their sponsors despite empty or near empty venues and how this has spurred new ways to engage fans. We’ll also discuss how this seismic shift in the sports landscape will lead to new platforms, technologies and assets that will allow brands to meet myriad objectives through partnerships. 

THURS OCTOBER 15 6PM ET

BREAKING INTO THE BIZ

Learn how to bridge your Cornell degree into the business of sports and media.

Elizabeth Berman '97
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

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Riele Short ‘19
Peacock TV

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Harrison Marcus '20
NFL

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Robert Pannullo '17 
MLB Players Association

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This session features a spectrum of recent Cornell grads sharing their unique stories about how they landed a job in the sports and entertainment industries. Panelists will share valuable insights and advice on networking, internships, and experiences that propelled them into their professional careers. While every career journey is different, this discussion will surface common themes behind successful Cornellians entering sports and entertainment, including hustle, creativity and perseverance. Get the inside scoop on bridging Cornell to career in this lively conversation on breaking into the business! 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16 6PM ET

Emeka Ojukwu '19
Creative Artists Agency

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Supporting Worker-Owned and Worker-Controlled Enterprises

Sean M. Ryan
NY State Senator

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Jonathan Johnsen
Creighton, Johnsen & Giroux

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David Rivera
Buffalo Common Council Member

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Andrew Delmonte
Director of Cooperation Buffalo

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Increasing examples of the positive feedbacks between worker ownership, democratic worker control of workplaces, and wealth-building – especially for low-income workers and workers of color – are leading many cities from across the world to support cooperative development as a strategy for fighting economic inequality. In this session, local and state lawmakers from Western New York who have passed initiatives to promote worker ownership engage in conversation with an expert cooperative developer and an attorney with vast experience helping new worker cooperatives establish themselves as legal entities. The discussion explores the benefits of worker ownership and control, the unique challenges involved in creating worker-owned, worker-controlled firms, and potential public policies and mechanisms for bringing democratic economic enterprises to scale at local, state, and national levels.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET

Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab’s first annual High Road Policy Summit convenes stakeholders from government, community-based organizations, labor, academia, and the private sector to explore concrete policies and strategies for an equitable vibrant economy. Recent innovative policy proposals in the areas of racial equity, economic development, and worker ownership and control will be discussed in panels with elected officials and expert advocates. This inaugural summit will be held virtually and is open to the public.

Join us for moderated discussions among distinguished panels of speakers who are working to make a fair and just economy for all New Yorkers.

MODERATOR

MODERATOR

Tim McGhee '84
MSP Sports & Entertainment

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Jennifer Keene '95
Octagon

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HIGH 
ROAD 
POLICY 

SUMMIT

Friday, May 14 

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Building Institutions for Racial Equity and Social Justice

Frantz Cayo '95
BET Experience

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Jamal Henderson '03
The SpringHill Company

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Nicole Smart '15
Smart EDI Solutions, LLC

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George Wilson II '08
NBA G League

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Between the disparate and devastating impacts of COVID-19 and snowballing cases of police violence against unarmed persons of color, people throughout the United States and across the globe are mobilizing for racial and social justice in larger numbers than at any point since the 1960s. These mass mobilizations are increasing public attention to structural and institutional sources of persistent forms of inequalities. The result is a growing demand for new or substantially transformed institutions that can proactively identify and begin to eliminate inequality in society. In this session, participants will hear a conversation between experts on opportunities for meeting these demands in New York State, from empowering marginalized voices in workplaces to building a new office for racial equity and social justice in New York State.

9:30 -10:30 am ET

CAREERS IN STREAMING

Explore the unique career journeys of Cornellians shaping the era of streaming video services.

Jordan Berman '95
OFC

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Meredith Gertler '98
HBO

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Bharath Jayaraman '09
Netflix

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Rob Landau '91 JD '94
NBCUniversal Media, LLC

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The biggest story in entertainment is the explosion of streaming video services bringing movies, series, news, and sports to any device in your home or hand. This panel will introduce an array of alumni working in the digital video space and surface the fascinating academic and professional paths they’ve pursued along the way. Learn what it takes to work in this exciting area where the future of media is coming together right before our eyes!

TUES OCTOBER 13 6PM ET

MODERATOR

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Cathy Creighton, Director of Cornell in Buffalo

Creating an Equitable Economy 
and a Democratic Community

Co-Sponsors

Accessibility Statement: 
This event will be captioned using automatic machine captioning. If you would like to request live human captioning, please send your request to Kristin Ksiazek.