Forecast 2021: Pledging minds + money to solve societal issues

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Roy Weathers talks about the CEO Action for Racial Equity, a fellowship initiative lobbying for policy change to support social justice.

In our Forecast 2021 podcast series, we’re focused on preparing you for the year ahead by offering insights to help you better understand and manage some of the opportunities and challenges that your company might face—think policy, technology, and other big picture topics. In this episode, host Heather Horn sits down with Roy Weathers, Vice Chair of Societal Engagement and Policy Solutions at PwC and CEO of CEO Action for Racial Equity, to talk about the business movement that has prompted hundreds of companies to bring their heads, hearts, and wallets to the table to better understand and solve societal challenges on race, equity, and social justice.

Topics include:

  • 1:10 - CEO Action for Racial Equity. The corporate voice on social change has been soft— until now. We begin with an overview of the CEO Action pledge.
  • 9:08 - Increase your cultural dexterity. Roy and Heather look at what it takes to lead a diverse workforce and create a culture of belonging.
  • 19:20 - The challenges. Heather and Roy discuss the amount of attention and effort needed to make a difference and keep the momentum for societal change going.
  • 23:24 - Get involved. The best way to get involved is to start through your own organization. Roy shares the key areas—public safety, economic empowerment, heath, and education—where companies should get engaged.
  • 28:30 - Optimistic outlook. The sizable commitment from the corporate community marks a pivotal shift in policy and societal engagement. We close with Roy’s thoughts on why this is a dynamic time for change.

Want to learn more? Head to to learn how you can get involved, spread the word, and continue the mission of change.

About our guest

Roy Weathers currently serves as Vice Chair of Societal Engagement and Policy Solutions, and is a member of PwC's US Leadership Team. He is also the CEO of CEO Action for Racial Equity; in this role, he is responsible for helping advance policies that support social justice in our country.


About our host

Heather Horn is PwC's National office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

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US Strategic Thought Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US

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