2009 Annual Dinner
he 2009 CED Annual Meeting was held in New York City on October 20 and 21. Over 300 business and policy leaders attended the October 20th Gala Awards Dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. CED annually recognizes business leaders and companies for their contributions to public policy and the long-term health of the American economy and society.
On October 21st, CED hosted a breakfast discussion at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City that featured David Wessel, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of "In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic." To an audience of roughly 60 members of the business and policy community, Wessel gave an insider's view of the biggest ongoing financial story of our time. He discussed Bernanke's rise to becoming the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, his reaction to the financial crisis, what he knew (and when) and provided insight into Bernanke's thoughts as he worked to prevent economic calamity. The event concluded with a question and answer period and a book signing.
Later that afternoon, CED hosted a Luncheon Discussion at the Waldorf-Astoria. The forum brought together approximately 75 business leaders, policy makers, journalists, and business school students for an in-depth look at America's view of business in a post-financial crisis landscape, and what history can teach us moving forward. The two-part discussion featured David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of "On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense" who spoke about American corporate culture, Americans reaction to the financial crisis and Obama handling of health care and the economy. The second speaker, Lord Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick and author of an award-winning three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes and "Keynes: The Return of the Master," discussed the life of John Maynard Keynes and the lessons from his example that Americans can draw on as they move forward into an uncertain financial future. The event concluded with a period for audience questions.
Charles E.M. Kolb, CED President
Dan Rose, Chairman of Rose Associates, Inc.
2009 Award Recipients