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Friday Fireside Chat - Rita McGrath & Peter Georgescu
In his book "Capitalists, Arise! End Economic Inequality, Grow the Middle Class, Heal the Nation" Peter Georgescu begs for capitalists to change a system he maintains is committing "slow suicide." Georgescu arrived in the United States a penniless refugee from Romania and rose to become the CEO of legendary advertising company Young & Rubicam. But today, he argues, stories like his would be well-nigh impossible. Georgescu's remedies for fixing capitalism are not only practical, but make the point that capitalists can only do well in a society that is likewise strong and healthy. As the crisis we face now is leading to questions about every aspect of our economy and democracy, this is an essential conversation.

Jul 24, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Peter Georgescu
Author @Capitalists Arise! End Economic Inequality, Grow the Middle Class, Heal the Nation
Peter Georgescu went from a Soviet-style labor camp in Romania, to first-class education at Exeter, Princeton, and Stanford, and continued on to Young & Rubicam where he rose through the ranks to become Chairman and CEO. Peter is an author and speaker, devoted to income equality and opportunity for all Americans. His remarkable experiences of hardship and oppression, combined with his business career, give him a unique perspective on the challenges facing our society.
Rita McGrath
Professor @Columbia Business School
Rita McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and is one of the most regularly published authors in the Harvard Business Review. She is consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50. Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). Follow Rita on Twitter rgmcgrath. For more information, visit RitaMcGrath.com.