The New Future of Work: Future of Cities

Monday, November 23, 2020
10–11 a.m. Pacific
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

As new remote work options decouple employees from their employers’ physical locations, what becomes of city centers across the country? Does the divide between urban and rural communities narrow or widen? What will happen to onsite essential workers and small businesses?

On November 23, we invite you to join SF Fed President Mary C. Daly in conversation with Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Magic Johnson Enterprises) and Enrico Moretti (UC Berkeley). We will explore how changes brought on by COVID-19 are affecting our cities and what that means for the people who live and work there.

Register to submit your questions before the event. After the event, the video will be available on-demand.

This is the second event in a series of discussions on the new future of work.

About our speakers

Mary C. Daly

Mary C. Daly is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and helps set American monetary policy as a Federal Open Market Committee participant. Since taking office in 2018, she has committed to making the SF Fed a more community-engaged bank that is transparent and responsive to the people it serves.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. Still a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson made history in 2012 when he became co-owner of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also co-owns the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club, and eSports franchise Team Liquid. He continues to expand his influence through his many businesses that include: EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, and SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company. The Lansing native is constantly evolving and remaining relevant in a dynamic digital age by broadening his scope into infrastructure and technology. Through a newly formed fund, Johnson is investing millions of dollars on infrastructure improvement in the United States. He is also one of the leading investors in a number of minority-owned technology companies.

Enrico Moretti

Enrico Moretti is the Michael Peevey and Donald Vial Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge) and a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn). Professor Moretti’s research covers the fields of labor economics and urban economics. He has received several awards and honors, including the Society of Labor Economists’ Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions to labor economics, the Carlo Alberto Medal, the IZA Young Labor Economist Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. His book, The New Geography of Jobs, has been translated in eight languages and was awarded the William Bowen Prize.


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