Diversity Reboot Summit

Why Our Economic Recovery Must Include Care Workers - A Fireside Chat with Ai-jen Poo

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Why Our Economic Recovery Must Include Care Workers - A Fireside Chat with Ai-jen Poo

Did you know that nearly 2.5 million people in the US do some form of domestic work and that the vast majority of these workers are women? From nannies to eldercare workers, this pandemic has made it clear just how important these individuals are. So, what are we doing to support them? We sit down with Ai-jen Poo, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance to discuss exactly why our economic recovery must include women. Ai-jen Poo is a 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Award winner, the Director of Caring Across Generations, Co-Founder of SuperMajority and author of the celebrated book, "The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America".

Meet The Speakers

Ai-jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo
Co-Founder & Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a non-profit organization working to bring quality work, dignity and fairness to the growing numbers of workers who care and clean in our homes, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. Her widely acclaimed book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America helps Americans make meaning of the need and opportunity in the elder boom -- to improve access to care for all families while ensuring a strong care workforce for the future. Ai-jen Poo is also a leading voice in the women’s movement. In 2019 along with Ceclie Richards and Alicia Garza, Ai-jen co-founded SuperMajority, a new home for women's activism, training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community who will fight for gender equity together. She has been recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and she has been the recipient of countless awards, including a 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Award. Ai-jen served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, currently serves as a trustee of the Ford Foundation and a member of the Democratic National Committee. She has a BA from Columbia University and honorary doctorates from Smith College, the New School, and the City University of New York.
Heather Long
Heather Long
Economics Correspondent, The Washington Post

Heather Long is an economics correspondent. Before joining The Washington Post, she was a senior economics reporter at CNN and a columnist and deputy editor at the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Long started her career at an investment firm in London. She earned her master's degrees from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.