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Planning Your Post Pandemic Comeback

Amplifying Black Excellence

It is no secret that the pandemic was unprecedented and difficult for many. While we've heard the phrase "we're all in the same boat," the truth is, some had yachts, some had sailboats, some were trying their best to hold onto their flotation devices. For this Keynote discussion, join Erica Cobb, TV Host of “Daily Blast Live”, Social Commentator, Podcaster, and Speaker as she is interviewed by PowerToFly co-founder, Katherine Zaleski for a thoughtful, insightful discussion about how to plan your post-pandemic comeback leveraging the resources that are available to you. Listen, learn, and ask questions in real time as Erica and Katharine unpack the challenges faced by the Black community during the pandemic, and how the post-pandemic era can transform a setback into a comeback.

Erica Cobb

Sanmaya Mohanty

Erica Cobb is a seasoned television host and social commentator who is currently a co- host on Tegna’s “Daily Blast Live” (“DBL”), the only national daytime talk show airing live in all time zones. Erica also hosts her own weekly podcast called “Comeback with Erica Cobb”, which airs on all major social platforms and lives at where Erica’s motto is “everyone is deserving of the comeback they are willing to earn.”

Prior to “DBL,” Erica was a morning radio personality, a host for the Denver Nuggets and lifestyle contributor to various media platforms. Erica started her media career in her hometown of Chicago, radio then took her to California and Colorado. She’s been an on-air talent for WBBM-FM in Chicago, KALC-FM in Denver and KZZO-FM in Sacramento.

She was also a football pregame contributor for WFLD Chicago, in-arena host for the Denver Nuggets, entertainment expert at KUSA TV in Denver, and the music guru on KOVR Sacramento.

Erica’s social justice and entertainment commentary has introduced more than 58 million unique viewers to “Daily Blast Live” on social media. It’s earned her nods from celebrities like Gabrielle Union, guest co- hosting spots on podcasts like rapper T.I.’s “Expeditiously” and made Erica a highly requested moderator for panels on a variety of hot social topics. In November of 2020, Erica was honored as a “Trailblazer in News & Journalism” by Black Women in Media; an honoree class which included: Tamron Hall, MC Lyte and Egypt Sherrod.

Erica’s on-camera resume expands to include commercial print modeling, appearing in ads and signage for clients such as Ebony, Complete Woman Magazine, Galyans, Jack Daniels and McDonalds. Erica holds a B.A. in Communications Studies from DePaul University.

Katharine Zaleski

Bridget Finkeldey

I'm the Co-Founder and President of PowerToFly, the largest platform companies use to engage women in tech, digital, sales and marketing. I love working with Fortune 50 enterprises to fast-growing startups that are adapting to be more inclusive and diverse. At PowerToFly, we've honed two distinct work streams to build diverse pipelines of underrepresented women in tech, sales, digital and marketing that are creating measurable results for talent acquisition leaders to show their C suites. From events that garner lead lists of mid to senior women in tech to media campaigns for sales roles, we're unlocking how to build truly diverse hiring pipelines. Thanks to the methods we've pioneered at PowerToFly, I was also named as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business.

I frequently write and contribute to The New York Times, Quartz, Business Insider, Fortune and Forbes on how companies can solve their diversity hiring challenges. I also blog frequently at Before I decided to cofound PowerToFly to tackle gender disparity, I was in media, where I started my career as the sixth employee of the Huffington Post. I left in November 2009 to take a role at The Washington Post as Executive Producer and Head of Digital News Products. Before co-founding PowerToFly, I was the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis.

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