Sustainability & The Environment

Challenges and Opportunities in Climate Diplomacy with John Kerry

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At the 2022 Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, countries came together with a focus on “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future.” Major state leaders of North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean were in attendance, including former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry, the first appointed U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, joined the USC Center for Public Diplomacy for a special discussion on the challenges and opportunities in climate change, diplomacy and efforts in the context of the Summit of the Americas.

The panel was moderated by Willow Bay, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, along with recent USC graduate and writer Montana Denton.

Who Will Benefit

– Those hoping to understand how the Russia-Ukraine crisis is affecting U.S. climate change efforts
– Students who want to identify environmental technology opportunities to build climate tools and solutions
– Those looking for insights on the major successes from the Ninth Summit of the Americas

About Our Featured Faculty

Willow Bay was appointed dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and holder of the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication in July 2017. A veteran broadcast journalist and a leader in digital communication, Bay was previously the director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism (2014–17). Bay came to USC Annenberg from her post as senior editor and then senior strategic adviser of The Huffington Post, where she managed editorial content and growth initiatives for the pioneering on-line news site. In addition, she was a special correspondent for Bloomberg TV and host of Women to Watch, a primetime program that profiled the next generation of women leaders in various industries.

Her prominent broadcast experience includes reporting and anchoring for ABC News’ Good Morning America/Sunday and serving as a correspondent for Good Morning America and World News Weekend. The first woman to co-anchor CNN’s flagship daily financial news program Moneyline News Hour, Bay also anchored Business Unusual and Pinnacle. At NBC, she co-hosted NBA Inside Stuff, the NBA’s weekly magazine show, and served as a correspondent for the Today Show morning program. Bay is the author of Talking to Your Kids in Tough Times: How to Answer Your Child’s Questions about the World We Live In (Warner Books, 2003). She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.