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  • US Chamber of Commerce Newsletter 2021/02/12

     
     
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Political Affairs & Federation Relations
     
    Dear John:
    Thank you to everyone who joined today's federation call with member chambers and trade associations featuring U.S. Chamber president and newly appointed CEO Suzanne Clark. If you weren't able to join the conference call, audio recordings of all weekly calls—including today's and those from the weeks prior—will be made available here.
    The next call will be held Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Please click here to register now, and keep reading below for timely updates, reminders, and event invitations from the U.S. Chamber.
     
     
    ICYMI: Suzanne Clark Announced Next U.S. Chamber CEO 
    This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that Suzanne Clark will become the organization's next CEO effective Thursday, March 11, 2021, the date of the organization’s next Board of Directors meeting.  As you may recall, current CEO Tom Donohue announced his retirement plans nearly two years ago, and the executive committee of the Board of Directors began a multiyear succession process.  
    Please join us in congratulating Suzanne as she takes on the reigns to lead the U.S. Chamber, strengthen the organization for the future, and carry forward its important mission on behalf of our members worldwide.  We are also grateful to Tom Donohue for his strong and tireless leadership on behalf of the business community over his 24 years with the organization.  He has been an iconic leader and we are fortunate that he will continue to serve the U.S. Chamber in an advisory capacity.  To learn more about the U.S. Chamber's leadership announcement, please click here.
     
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    Suzanne also spoke to her vision as she prepares to take on the reigns to lead the U.S. Chamber and carry forward its important mission on behalf of the business community in her latest Above the Fold article —titled An Enduring Mission and a Vision for the Future—this week.
     
    Click Here to Read the Article
     
     
     
    NEW! U.S. Chamber COVID Vaccines Digital Resources Center
    Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a comprehensive new digital resource center to ensure the business community has the information, tools, and templates it needs to navigate this critical phase of the pandemic response and get back to business.
    The COVID Vaccines Digital Resources Center includes FAQs, state-specific guidance and information, employer vaccine communication and strategy guidance, reliable safety and efficacy information, and more. Click here to access the resources center.
     
    Click Here to Access the Resources Center
     
     
    We encourage you to share these resources with your members and networks on social media, websites, and other channels using the hashtags #Vaccine, #RallyForRecovery, and #COVID19 and the sample social copy and social media graphics in the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center Toolkit.
     
    Click Here to View the Toolkit
     
     
    COVID-19 Vaccines & the Law Member Briefing:
    Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a member-exclusive briefing on the legal issues around COVID-19 vaccines with insights from UC Hastings College of Law professor Dorit Reiss, and Gibson Dunn partner Jason Schwartz. If you were unable to join the briefing, or would like to watch it again, please click here to view the recording.
     
    Click Here to View the Recording
     
     
     
    Common Grounds: The New U.S. Chamber Virtual Event Series Brewing Up Bipartisanship
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced a new virtual event series—titled Common Grounds—to spotlight and encourage bipartisan cooperation and constructive governing. Hosted in partnership with Compass Coffee, a fast-growing, proudly Washington D.C.-based coffee roaster founded by two Marines, Common Grounds will convene one Republican leader and one Democratic leader to explore important issues or challenges facing the business community and the nation. These conversations will identify opportunities for consensus on timely issues, examine and explain legitimate policy differences, and pursue pathways to compromise and meaningful solutions.
    Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Common Grounds conversation with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Over a cup of coffee, we’ll talk about opportunities for consensus, legitimate policy differences, and pathways to compromise, with a focus on bipartisan solutions to one of the business community’s top priorities: transportation and infrastructure investment.
    Click here to learn more and to register now.
     
    Click Here to Learn More and to Register Now
     
     
     
    Reminder: U.S. Chamber Initiatives, Coalitions, and Sign-On Letters
    As we've previously shared, the U.S. Chamber has recently launched two initiatives: the Build by the Fourth of July initiative to help move the needle on infrastructure reform, and the Natural Gas. Natural Advantage. (NGNA). initiative to showcase the benefits natural gas provides to our economy, environment and national security.
    Please be sure to review the following action items, involvement opportunities, and resources available to support both of these initiatives.
    Build by the Fourth of July
    • Click here to join the coalition if you haven't done so already. (To check if your organization has already joined the coalition, please click here.)
    • Click here to contact your Members of Congress by sending a template letter highlighting the critical infrastructure projects in your local community.
    • DEADLINE EXTENDED! Click here to contact your Members of Congress by *signing the broad coalition letter prior to the deadline Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
    • *Please note that if you joined the coalition, your organization will automatically be added to the listed of signatories.
    • Click here to contact your Members of Congress on social media by using the U.S. Chamber's advocacy tool to build and send a custom tweet.
    • Click here to promote the initiative to your members and networks by sharing the Build by the Fourth of July Social Media Toolkit.
     
    Click Here to Learn More
     
     
    Natural Gas. Natural Advantage. (NGNA)
    • Click here to sign your organization onto the Natural Gas. Natural Advantage. campaign. Please note that to be included in the initial rollout and kickoff calls, you must sign on prior to the deadline on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
    • Click here to promote the initiative to your members and networks by sharing the Natural Gas. Natural Advantage. Content Toolkit.
     
    Click Here to Learn More
     
     
     
    Upcoming Calls, Webinars, and Conferences
    Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines (Equality of Opportunity Initiative Event)
    Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET for the virtual Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines event examining how minority communities are disproportionately adversely impacted by infectious disease outbreaks and how the business community can work with leaders in communities of color to address vaccine hesitancy.
    Prior to the event, U.S. Chamber senior vice president of Strategic Alliances and Outreach Rick Wade sat down with Genentech vice president and chief diversity officer Beeler Highsmith and Syneos Health chief scientific officer Nick Kenny to discuss how promoting access to health resources—including clinical trials, therapeutics, and vaccines—will help to address the health gap in underrepresented communities. Click here to watch the discussion. To register for the event, please click here.
     
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    Wednesday, February 17, 2021: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Path Forward Program: COVID-19 Variants: What You Need To Know
    Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET for the next Path Forward broadcast—a dialogue led by U.S. Chamber president Suzanne Clark on helping America prepare to restart the economy and get millions of people back to work.
    During this installment of Path Forward, Suzanne will sit down with COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium director Sharon Peacock to discuss the variants of COVID-19 that have emerged from the U.K., South Africa, and Brazil, how widely these new variants have spread, why they're causing concern, what we need to do to track and sequence them, and how these variants may affect existing therapies, vaccines, and tests.
    Click here to learn more and to register now.
    The recordings of previous programs will be available on Facebook, YouTube, and uschamberfoundation.org.
     
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    Monday, February 22, 2021: Equality of Opportunity Dialogue: Fostering Diversity in Government Affairs (Equality of Opportunity Initiative Event)
    Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Government Relations Group on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET for Equality of Opportunity Dialogue: Fostering Diversity in Government Affairs.
    This conversation on diversifying government affairs staffs with industry leaders  will explore the skill sets, relationships and experience needed to address the major components of a successful government relations strategy. We will also discuss what tools are available for building a more diverse pipeline, and what can be done to bridge the current gap.
    Click here to learn more and to register now.
     
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    Monday, February 22, 2021: Equality of Opportunity in Action: Diversity in Business and Law (Equality of Opportunity Initiative Event)
    Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET for the virtual Equality of Opportunity in Action: Diversity in Business and Law event exploring the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) mission and strategies for building diversity in the field of corporate law, and how we are working to connect these goals with the next generation of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
    Featured speakers will include U.S. Chamber senior vice president for strategic alliances and outreach Rick Wade, ILR president Harold Kim, Howard University Law School dean Danielle Holley-Walker, former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, and Shell Oil Company Global Litigation general counsel Kimberly Phillips.
    Click here to learn more and to register now.
     
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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET: Common Grounds: Spotlight on Infrastructure and Transportation
    Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Common Grounds conversation with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
    Over a cup of coffee, we’ll talk about opportunities for consensus, legitimate policy differences, and pathways to compromise, with a focus on bipartisan solutions to one of the business community’s top priorities: transportation and infrastructure investment.
    Click here to learn more and to register now.
     
    Click Here to Register Now
     
     
    Friday, February 26, 2021: U.S. Chamber Federation Call with Member Chambers and Trade Associations
    Please join us on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. ET for our next call with chamber and trade association members of the U.S. Chamber. Click here to register now.
    If you weren't able to join previous conference calls, or would like to listen again, please click here to find audio recordings of all weekly calls.
     
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    Friday, March 5, 2021: 11th Annual International Women’s Day Forum
    Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the virtual 11th Annual International Women's Day program highlighting how the private sector, working with cross-sector partners, can narrow gender gaps in every aspect of society, redefine leadership, reconstruct workplaces, and drive equality of opportunity for women and girls as we navigate our recovery from the pandemic and beyond.
    Featured speakers will include U.S. Chamber president Suzanne Clark, McKinsey Global Institute partner Dr. Mekala Krishnan, Qualcomm vice president and chief diversity officer Vicki Mealer-Burke, TheBoardList founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, IFundWomen founder and CEO Karen Cahn, and many more.
    ​​​​​​​Click here to learn more and to register now.
     
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    Guides and Resources from the U.S. Chamber
    The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you and your members the information you need during these uncertain times. We encourage you to continue utilizing and sharing the following items as you see fit:
     
     
    Thank you.

    Sara Armstrong
    Vice President
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
     
     
     
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