2018 Spring Policy Conference

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

Past Conference Highlights


Registration Opens (Peacock Alley)


Keeping Up with Changing Workforce Needs: Ideas for the 21st Century

A workforce on the move -- where employees change jobs more frequently or function as freelancers -- can be a challenge for companies in search of the talent they need, and for the educational and training institutions that prepare workers for the jobs of today. Expert panelists will discuss top issues related to changes in employment and the labor force in the 21st Century.

Program Speakers Thus Far:

Chris Gabrieli, Co-Founder & CEO, Empower Schools

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 Speaker Thus Far:

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 Speaker Thus Far:

Gregory Goff, Chairman, President & CEO, Andeavor


Economics of the Retail Industry

It is estimated that about 10 percent of the U.S. labor force works in the retail trade -- an industry that is declining as a result of many factors including automation and online shopping. Whatever the causes, this trend should worry policymakers concerned about the wealth of U.S. employment and the nation’s economy. Experts in this session will discuss how the decline of retail will affect America's workforce and overall economic growth.


Another Election Year: What Will 2018 Bring?

More than one year since the inauguration of President Trump, Republicans in Congress are under pressure to prove they should stay in the majority. Our experts will take a look at what might happen next -- in policy and politics -- in this mid-term election year.

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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