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2018 Spring Policy Conference

CED's 2018 Spring Policy Conference took place on March 27, 2018 at The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event convened national thought leaders from the business, policy and academic sectors. Attendees heard insights on issues at the forefront of U.S. economic, educational and political priorities.


Registration Opens (Ballroom Foyer)


Luncheon: How Can Employers Find the Workers They Need in the 21st Century?

In the current marketplace where workers change jobs frequently and increasingly freelance, the search for sustainable talent can be a challenge. Employers and the educational institutions that prepare the workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow are faced with a complex paradigm. Expert panelists will discuss key issues related to national labor market trends and examine training strategies including apprenticeship programs that can help produce a talent pipeline necessary to ensure our collective economic success.

Program Speakers:

Chris Gabrieli, Co-Founder & CEO, Empower Schools (Moderator)

Nancy Danahy, Vice President of People Acquisition, Madison Square Garden

Allen Morrison, CEO & Director General, Thunderbird
School of Global Management

Mike Petters, President & CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries


Economic Briefing: The Data & Trends that Matter Most

Today’s global economy is complex and constantly evolving. Using our unique forecasting, data and research, experts from business and The Conference Board will give insightful macro-analysis that will provide the perspective you need on trends impacting companies and their employees.

Program Speakers:

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA

Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, Former U.S. Trade Representative

Bart van Ark, Executive Vice President, Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer, The Conference Board


Regulation Done Right: Finding the Balance

The topic of regulation evokes extreme reactions from different constituencies -- from those who see it as a top impediment to economic growth, to others who believe it is the only safeguard against all manner of exploitation. This session will examine the facts on regulation, looking fairly at both what government has done right and wrong. Experts will also discuss how business can communicate with policymakers to weed out inefficiency without being perceived as a threat to public wellbeing.

Program Speakers:

Hollis Hart, Former President, International Franchise Management, Citi (Moderator)

Claudia H. Allen, Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Michael Archbold, Former CEO, GNC Holdings

Gregory Goff, Chairman, President & CEO, Andeavor

Patricia McKay, Partner, Templeton & Company


Are Today’s Shareholder Activists Undermining Corporations’ Long-Term Business Strategies?

America’s corporations continue to face stiff pressure from activist investors seeking higher short-term returns. These shareholder activists are using bolder and more creative tactics. Are the strategies of activists undermining corporations’ long-term strategies designed to benefit multiple stakeholders, and not just investors with short-term horizons? Hear from those on the front lines of recent proxy fights.

Program Speakers:

Martha McGarry, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Moderator)

William Anderson, Senior Managing Director, Evercore

Matthew Mallow, Vice Chairman, BlackRock

Sarah Teslik, Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

William Ultan, Managing Director - Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali


The Problem of Partisan Gerrymandering

The health and vitality of our democracy depends on a fair and equitable electoral process, robust competition, an engaged electorate that is offered meaningful choices and broad voter participation. The most recent round of redistricting demonstrated that partisan gerrymandering is practiced by both major parties and has become more common, more effective and more extreme. Join our experts to hear solutions for achieving fair, sensible solutions and prospects for reform in the year ahead.

Program Speakers:

Jean Card, Principal, Jean Card Ink (Moderator)

J. Gerald Hebert, Senior Director, Redistricting, The Campaign Legal Center

Nathan Rosenberg, Founding Partner - California, Insigniam

Jane Sherburne, Principal, Sherburne PLLC

Thank You to our Conference Partners!

Joseph Kasputys, Economic Ventures

The Willard InterContinental Hotel -- Washington, D.C.

Event Start Time
March 27, 2018, 12:00 PM

Event End Time
March 27, 2018, 5:00 PM


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