Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Leadership During an American Crisis

When COVID-19 besieged the United States, New York State emerged as the global “ground zero” for a deadly contagion that threatened the lives and livelihoods of millions. Quickly, Governor Andrew Cuomo provided the leadership to address the threat, becoming a standard-bearer of the organized response the country desperately needed. With infection rates spiking and more people dying every day, the systems and functions necessary to combat the pandemic in New York—and America—did not exist. So Cuomo undertook the impossible. He unified people to rise to the challenge and was relentless in his pursuit of scientific facts and data. He quelled fear while implementing an extraordinary plan for flattening the curve of infection.

In his new book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, Gov. Cuomo tells the riveting story of how he took charge in the fight against COVID-19, offering hard-won lessons in leadership and his vision for the path forward as the country continues to face the deadly pandemic. Taking readers beyond his candid daily briefings, Gov. Cuomo’s new book provides a dramatic, day-by-day account of the catastrophe as it unfolded, providing an inside look at an unprecedented historical moment. In his own voice, Gov. Cuomo chronicles the ingenuity and sacrifice required of so many to fight the pandemic, sharing the decision-making that shaped his policy as well as his frank accounting and assessment of his interactions with the federal government, the White House, and other state and local political and health officials.

Please join us for an intimate discussion on Gov. Cuomo’s view of what real leadership requires: clear communication, compassion for others, and a commitment to truth-telling—no matter how frightening the facts may be. It is a program you don’t want to miss as the country continues to face a challenging fight against COVID-19.

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Andrew Cuomo

Governor of New York; Author, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic; Twitter @NYGovCuomo

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In Conversation with Scott Z. Burns

Director, Producer, Playwright, and Screenwriter of Contagion