“The Coronavirus: Impact On Business & The U.S. Response” with Fred Hochberg and Kay Koplovitz

On April 14th 2020, The Common Good hosted an important COVID-19 economic briefing and Q&A with former Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank Fred Hochberg and Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Networks and Founder and Chairman of Springboard Enterprises.

About Fred Hochberg:

Mr. Hochberg is a leading world expert on business, trade, and the economy. Under his leadership, the Ex-Im Bank supported more than 1.4 million American jobs and financed exports with a value exceeding $240 billion, while generating $3.8 billion in surplus revenue for U.S. taxpayers and reducing internal costs by nearly 30 percent.

Mr. Hochberg also spearheaded the Small Business Administration. Hochberg knows business: he served as an executive for the extremely successful catalog company, Lillian Vernon Corp., founded by his mother.  He recently published a book on trade entitled, “Trade is Not a Four Letter Word.”

About Kay Koplovitz:

Kay Koplovitz is an extraordinary business leader having founded USA Networks and Springboard Enterprises. USA would eventually become the number one ranking cable network in primetime viewership for 13 consecutive years and made Koplovitz the first woman ever to head a television network. Springboard is a non-profit organization fostering venture capital investments in women-led high growth companies and raised over $10.3 billion and created over 10,000 jobs since its inception.

Sidney Blumenthal is an acclaimed journalist and author of many books including A Self-Made Man, Wrestling with His Angel and All the Powers of Earth, the first three volumes in his five-volume biography series The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln that the New York Times book review has called “Magisterial…A vividly written, wide-ranging and often surprising account of the president-to-be.” He is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post and Washington editor and writer for The New Yorker. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign. He was the executive producer of the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2007.

John Avlon is senior political analyst and anchor at CNN. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast between 2013 and 2018, during which time the site’s traffic more than doubled to over one million readers a day while winning 17 journalism awards. He is the author of the books Independent Nation, Wingnuts, and Washington’s Farewell as well as co-editor of the acclaimed Deadline Artists journalism anthologies. Avlon served as chief speechwriter to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for best online column in 2012. He lives with his wife Margaret Hoover, the author of American Individualism, host of PBS’s Firing Line and a CNN contributor, and their two children in New York. He is now working on a book about Lincoln.

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