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Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling Encourages Private Sector to Take Action to Address Racial Disparities in Employment, Housing and H

13 July, 2020

Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health, discusses how the outcomes of the pandemic have shifted the public’s perspective on race and equality.


In a conversation with Dr. Lori Esposito Murray, President of the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board, Dowling talks about the responsibility of business leaders amidst today’s tumultuous political environment: to be at the forefront of the conversation on racial inequality and to ensure their organization is creating employment opportunities for low-income, minority communities.


As it relates to financial dislocation and unemployment, Dowling states, “We will be suffering the results of COVID-19 for another decade. To the extent that you can, expand your employment opportunities in those [low-income, minority] communities because employment is the core, fundamental premise on which good, sound communities are built.”


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Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling
President & CEO
Northwell Health

Michael Dowling is one of health care’s most influential voices, taking a stand on societal issues such as gun violence and immigration that many health system CEOs shy away from. As president and CEO of Northwell Health, he leads a clinical, academic and research enterprise with a workforc...Full Bio

Dr. Lori Esposito Murray

Dr. Lori Esposito Murray
Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board

Dr. Lori Esposito Murray is President of The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED), and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining CFR, she held the distinguished national security chair at the U.S. Naval Academy sponsored by the Clas...Full Bio








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