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CED Podcasts

July 06, 2018

Helping Skilled Workers Reenter the Workforce

What needs to be done to improve the workforce? One place to start is with getting skilled workers back into the labor market. Monica Herk, Vice President of Education Research, sits down with Mike Petro to help explain the issue.

May 29, 2018

Early Learning and The Louisiana Story

Early learning is critical to the United States economy and Louisiana has addressed the challenges of education in a unique way. Host Mike Petro sits down with Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children; Louise Stoney, a national early learning and financing expert; and Sonjia Joseph, Executive Director at Clara's Little Lamb Preschool Academy in New Orleans, to find out what other states can do to make a difference in early childhood education.

To learn more about the Louisiana School Readiness Tax Credit, read CED’s policy brief, “Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Early Education Workforce Investment Credit,” as well as the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children’s report, “Giving Credit Where It’s Due.” Additionally, check out our Child Care in State Economies page to learn about the economic impact of the child care industry across the country.

May 12, 2018

How Does the National Debt Affect You?

The national debt is predicted to reach $1 trillion by 2020, but what does that mean for you? Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Committee for Economic Development (CED) sits down with Caroline Ferguson, researcher at CED, to discuss what the looming national debt means and how it will affect future generations. Read a primer on the debt here, and CED’s latest policy brief on lowering the national debt here.

April 25, 2018

Apprenticeships are Back in Business

Education is changing and apprenticeships could be an essential part of our future workforce. Steve Odland, President and CEO of the CED sits down with Mike Petters, President and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, to talk about apprenticeship programs as a training strategy and CED’s recent paper with Nestle on the topic.  

April 06, 2018

Are High School Students Prepared to Enter the Workforce?

What are employers looking for in high school graduates? Chris Gabrieli, Chair of the Board of Higher Education for Massachusetts and a leader in K-12 education innovation and reform, sits down with CED's Cindy Cisneros to talk about workforce readiness for high school students and CED’s new report supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on the topic. 

March 30, 2018

How Can Companies Improve Their Diversity & Inclusion Practices?

As part of CED's Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership podcast series, Nicole Blythe, National Managing Partner of People Experience at Grant Thornton, sits down with Mike Petro to discuss Grant Thornton’s recent report entitled “Women in Business,” and how Grant Thornton is helping to increase gender diversity from within the company.

March 09, 2018

Why We Need Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership

As part of CED's Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership podcast series, Evelyn Orr, Vice President & COO of Korn Ferry Institute, sits down with Mike Petro to share her personal experience as a female executive and to discuss Korn Ferry's "Women CEOs Speak" study.

February 26, 2018

Charting a Path Forward for Charter Schools

Monica Herk, CED’s Vice President of Education Research, sits down with Mike Petro to talk about charter schools—what they are, how they came to be, and how we can make them better—in conjunction with CED’s latest report, Charting the Path Forward for Charter Schools.

February 12, 2018

The 21st Century CEO

What does it take to be a CEO in the modern world? Ron Marshall, CEO of Claire's, joins Joe Minarik to provide an inside look at today's corporations in the face of globalization and public scrutiny.

January 29, 2018

Moving West Virginia Forward

Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University, sits down with Joe Minarik to discuss the West Virginia Forward plan. The Plan collaborates with the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Marshall College to enhance the state’s economic development efforts. West Virginia Forward uses McKinsey and Company's data to develop recommendations that identify potential avenues for job growth and economic stability. Dr. Gee explains how this program will help the state and how it can be applied broadly.

January 16, 2018

The Power of More Immigration

Chairman of the Strategic Investment Group and CED Trustee, Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, joins Joe Minarik to discuss raising immigration levels. Will increased immigration solve the problem of a stagnant workforce, place downward pressure on native-born workers, or grow our economy? Join Hilda and Joe to find out the answers to these questions and more.

December 22, 2017

Will the Economy Continue to Prosper in 2018?

Mike Monahan, COO and Executive Vice President of Pitney Bowes, sits down with Joe Minarik to discuss topics pertaining to the 2018 economic outlook including the unemployment rate, stock market, interest rate, and the highly debated tax plan.

December 11, 2017

What to Expect from Policy in 2018

What will happen to health care, tax reform, and immigration in 2018? And will the Republicans maintain their majorities in both the House and Senate? Hear Bob Walker, Executive Chairman of Wexler | Walker and former congressman, as he sits down with host Mike Petro in this timely podcast.

November 14, 2017

How Can We Strengthen the Higher Education Act?

With all that's going on in Congress, it might be easy to forget about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Why is the HEA essential to Americans and how can we strengthen it?

October 24, 2017

Tackling Poverty in America

It seems that America has made a lot of progress in the battle against poverty. Is this true and what more can we do to address the problem? Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, joins Steve Odland, President and CEO of CED, to answer this question and more.

October 16, 2017

Government Regulation: Striking the Right Balance

Host Steve Odland, President and CEO of CED, sits down with Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at CED. In this discussion, Joe explains how the U.S. can better regulate in order to reap the full economic benefits of regulation. 

October 09, 2017

What Makes Health Care So Expensive?

Host Mike Petro sits down with Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at CED. In this interview, Joe analyzes the rising cost of health care in America, and what steps policymakers can take to make health care access and quality affordable.

September 21, 2017

Does Free Trade Help or Hurt Americans?

Host Mike Petro sits down with Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at CED. In this timely interview, Joe discusses how the U.S. can engage in global trade to keep its role as a competitive world leader, while simultaneously helping American workers for whom trade hasn't been as beneficial. 

July 25, 2017

How Was Campaign Finance Affected After Citizens United?

Host Mike Petro sits down with Dr. Anthony Corrado, Professor of Government at Colby College. Anthony discusses surprising new data on who is engaging in election spending in the wake of the landmark Citizens United decision, and he addresses trends in campaign finance as we approach the 2018 midterm elections.

July 04, 2017

What’s Next for the Space Industry?

Host Steve Odland sits down with Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Chairman of The Aerospace Corporation and a CED Member. In this riveting interview, Barbara discusses both the challenges and opportunities around the space industry, along with trade and education policy.  

June 16, 2017

Why Immigration Packs an Economic Punch

Host Mike Petro sits down with Diane Lim, Principal Economist at The Conference Board. Diane discusses the shortfalls of the current U.S. immigration system, and what steps policymakers must take to leverage the immense economic potential of immigration reform. 

May 30, 2017

Dan Rose’s Impact on Education and Society

Making Capitalism Sustainable pays tribute to one of the longest standing members of CED, Dan Rose. He shares his insights about how education reform can bring more opportunity to more people, especially the underserved. 

May 21, 2017

A Better Path for Higher Education

Host Monica Herk sits down with Scott Pulsipher, the President of Western Governors University and a Member of CED. Scott discusses the state of the U.S. higher education system and innovations that his university is at the forefront of developing and enacting. 

May 08, 2017

Delivering Value in Higher Education

Host Joe Minarik sits down with Carl Camden, the President and CEO of Kelly Services and a Member of CED. Carl discusses the state of the U.S. workforce and higher education system, along with what steps policy and business leaders must take for education to deliver more value to more people. 

April 25, 2017

The State and Direction of Digital Transformation

Host Joe Minarik is joined by Bas Burger, a Member of CED and President of BT Americas. They discuss the ever-changing world of technology, along with how companies can take advantage of it and protect themselves from new threats.

April 09, 2017

How Can We Solve the National Debt?

Host Joe Minarik talks the national debt with Pete Selleck, the Chairman and President of Michelin North America and a Member of CED. Pete discusses the current and future economic consequences of the national debt. Moreover, to help foster prosperity for current and subsequent generations, he lays out a set of comprehensive, feasible solutions.

April 02, 2017

What to Expect on Infrastructure

Host Steve Odland talks infrastructure policy with Rick Geddes, Professor at Cornell University. What has the new Administration promised, what can you expect, and how will it affect you?

March 12, 2017

What Really Is the Border Adjustment Tax?

Congress has floated the idea of the U.S. having a border adjustment tax. What is it and what would it mean for you? Joe Minarik takes you through the proposal, distilling fact from fiction and laying out its unintended consequences.

January 09, 2017

The First 100 Days: Regulation

What role will regulation play in the new administration's first 100 days? Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at CED, joins host Mike Petro to discuss.

January 06, 2017

The First 100 Days: Taxation

What role will tax reform play in the new administration's first 100 days? Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at CED, joins host Mike Petro to discuss.

December 18, 2016

The First 100 Days: Trade

What role will trade play in the new administration's first 100 days? Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at CED, joins host Steve Odland to discuss.

December 12, 2016

The First 100 Days: Health Care Reform

What role will health care reform play in the new administration's first 100 days? Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at CED, joins host Steve Odland to discuss.

November 18, 2016

What’s the Future of Higher Education?

Dr. Bob Mendenhall, former president of Western Governors University (WGU) and CED Member, joins Monica Herk to discuss the future of higher education and how WGU is making it a reality.

November 04, 2016

How to Revive Bipartisanship

CED Members and former Congressmen Bob Walker (Republican) and Ron Klein (Democrat) join Steve Odland to discuss reviving something that Washington, D.C. sorely lacks: bipartisanship. 

October 28, 2016

Why is Free Trade Essential?

Barbara Franklin, former United States Secretary of Commerce and CED Member, joins Steve Odland to explain the economic benefits of free trade, along with the challenges and opportunities around advancing it. 

October 21, 2016

Why Use Evidence to Make Policy?

Dr. Bob Hahn, Director of Economics at the Smith School at the University of Oxford, discusses evidence-based policymaking's potential to revolutionize government and the private sector, why it has been overlooked, and in what sectors it is already underway.

October 14, 2016

How Corporations Address America’s Biggest Challenges

Joe Kasputys, CEO of Economic Ventures, discusses the evolving role of U.S. corporations, how they are now balancing profit goals and social concerns, and how their commitments play into the larger issue of making capitalism sustainable. 

October 07, 2016

Why STEM Education is All the Rage

Monica Herk weighs in on the growing demand for STEM jobs, how our educational system is preparing students for these jobs, and steps students can take to see if these occupations spark their interest. 

September 30, 2016

What Is Campaign Finance Doing to our Elections?

Tony Corrado joins Steve Odland for a discussion on the consequences of the current U.S. campaign finance system, steps that can be taken to reform it, along with some new surprising data on which constituencies are giving generously and which are largely holding back.

September 16, 2016

Immigration: Setting the Record Straight

Join Monica Herk and Diane Lim as they discuss the truth about what immigration does and does not do for America's jobs, unemployment rate and overall economy.

September 09, 2016

Economic Inequality: 2016’s Lightning Rod

David Langstaff, President of Argotyche, joins CED in studio to discuss one of the most polarizing issues facing the country: economic inequality. David weighs in on what’s exacerbating the gap, solutions to help close it, and the consequences that could unfold if the status quo remains.

September 02, 2016

Labor Day Lowdown On the August Jobs Report

CED economist Diane Lim lays out the key takeaways from the August jobs report. Moreover, she explains the major economic shifts and activities taking place that the monthly report does not capture. 

August 30, 2016

Unraveling the Science of Early Brain Development

When you look at brain development in general, you see this huge growth in the early period. 70% of (adult) size by 1 year of age and 95% by age 5…the architecture of the brain is being built and it’s strongly influenced by experience.

You’ve got businesses all over the country demanding a labor force that’s sophisticated, talented, creative, inventive, and hard working…where are they going to get that workforce? The way to start is in the beginning.

Real role is for cooperation between business leaders, government leaders, and scientists…that hasn’t been fully exercised yet.

One principle that comes from the brain science that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise is this notion that the brain…it codes how humans want to interact.

Featuring Dr. Patricia Kuhl 
University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences

August 26, 2016

Taking the Cronyism Out of Capitalism

Bernard Bailey, the Chairman and CEO of Authentix, discusses the negative effects of crony capitalism and what we, as a nation, must do to combat them.

August 12, 2016

The Overlooked Elections this November

In over 30 states, citizens this November won’t just vote for who should helm the Oval Office. They’ll also cast their ballots for state and local judges. But does the election process – and all the fanfare that can come with it – safeguard judges from political influence so they can decide cases in a fair manner? Campaign finance guru Dr. Tony Corrado weighs in.

August 05, 2016

Why Gender-Diverse Boards Make America More Competitive

Today women earn more degrees than men and comprise half the workforce, yet they hold only one in five Fortune 1000 board seats. As business leader Henrietta H. Fore explains, for companies to maintain competitive in today’s global economy, they must harness all available talent, especially for decision-making at the highest echelons of companies.  

August 01, 2016

The Path Forward for Health Care Reform

Nearly every year, health care take an increasing bite out of Americans’ wallets. As economist Joe Minarik details, its high price tag largely results from a system that’s filled with inefficiencies. The chief remedy? More competition. Patients nationwide could then access quality care and experience the peace of mind that comes with it.

July 22, 2016

How Do We Address America’s Mountain of Debt?

Today, the national debt clocks in at nearly $14 trillion. Left unaddressed, it will spare no one, harming the American Dream for the young while weakening retirement programs for the elderly. As a former Chief Economist under the Clinton administration, CED’s Joe Minarik brings his fiscal expertise to this podcast, discussing the current state of the debt, the challenges that lay ahead, and solutions.   

July 15, 2016

Understanding Your Paystub’s Relationship to Uncle Sam

Which government programs are your paycheck’s withholdings going toward? CED’s Diane Lim sits down with host Mike Petro to discuss the past, present and future of these programs, and what steps policymakers can take to put them on a sound trajectory. 

July 08, 2016

Why Early Education Packs an Economic Punch

Larry Jensen, President & CEO of real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, weighs in on the myriad economic benefits of early education, for both kids and society at large. He also discusses the progress his city of Memphis has made, and how business leaders and policymakers across the country can follow suit. 

July 01, 2016

The Role of Philanthropy in Early Learning

…remember that many of CED’s Members are incredibly influential—business people are incredibly influential—they don’t often use that influence in the public policy arena or…think about early childhood, but when they do, they can make an enormous difference.

When I was thinking about what I might do…to make the world a better place…I fell in love with [early childhood education] because it fits with the way I think in business…there’s an awful lot you can do when you start early to build something great.

When investing in and course correcting early in the life of at risk kids…you’re really improving the child’s life and their family’s lives.

So little money is focused in the early childhood arena, which is a tremendously unfortunate fact…we could spend a lot less in K-12 on remediation if we spent just a little more in early childhood education.

Many parents don’t know that even when the child is sitting in their bassinette…that it’s important to talk to their child…that whole endeavor is all about brain development…and the more we can prepare parents for that effort, the better off we all are.

Featuring J.B. Pritzker
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Pritzker Group

See J.B. Pritzker’s A Funder’s Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five for more information.

July 01, 2016

Being a CEO in Today’s Global Economy

Committee for Economic Development CEO Steve Odland sits down with host Mike Petro to weigh in on the life of the modern CEO. As former CEO of Office Depot and AutoZone, he brings a wealth of experience to the topic. Steve discusses challenges that include guiding a company for long-term success amid short-term pressures, and both the challenges and opportunities brought by globalization.

June 24, 2016

Series Premiere: Introduction to CED

On the premiere of Making Capitalism Sustainable, former Brookings Institution President Bruce MacLaury takes listeners on a tour of the Committee for Economic Development. Bruce discusses CED’s founding, which harkens back to the Second World War, and how seven decades later, the organization continues developing nonpartisan solutions to the biggest economic and educational challenges facing the nation – especially ones that will face our next President and Congress.

June 06, 2016

How Business is Improving Access and Quality

For a bank, while we are not in a position to evaluate educational theory – we do know something about return on investment…and this line of research (on early education), was something we could relate to.

We were making financial contributions to a wide variety of interests, and then Jim Rohr (former Chairman and CEO) asked: could we make a difference if we focused our philanthropy on one item?

There can never be too much engagement on this issue.

Featuring Tom Lamb
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
PNC Financial Services Group

May 24, 2016

Insights from Research About a Strong Educational Start for Children

Children are born with all the neurons that they need in life, but they don’t have the synaptic connections that determine what type of person they’ll be, or what kind of life they’ll have…the experiences that children have before they go to formal schooling are critical because it’s the fastest period of brain growth.

I discovered that less than 40% of kids went to school to learn, so I began thinking: how can we change that to create life-long learners?

Children are born learning and you can’t stop them for learning – it’s a survival skill. And yet, I was finding through a series of studies of older children that too many kids were dropping out of school, and dropping out of learning as well…that fire in their eyes was being extinguished. I wanted to figure out how we could keep that fire burning.

Child care, like all politics, is local.

Featuring Ellen Galinsky
President and Co-Founder
Families and Work Institute

April 10, 2016

The Importance of Investing in Early Learning

The single best investment that a community can make in economic development is in early intervention with at-risk youth, including pre-school education.

You can compare brains from a child that has been properly stimulated and supported against one that has been neglected and abused, and one is actually twice the size of the other at an early age.

Featuring Mike Chesser
Former Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Great Plains Energy, Inc.

April 01, 2016

Developing the Talent Pipeline in the Workforce

“The U.S. K-12 system has been tested. We know there’s more to do in technical skills, but while we’re doing that, the K-12 system should not ignore the critical thinking, teamwork, etc. that are the soft skills.”

“While most of the newspaper focus is around ‘hard skills’ (STEM), the softer skills (communication, teamwork) are equally and in some ways more important.”

“I am very excited about the work that CED is doing in this space around education and particularly the focus on financial literacy and financial education, nothing can be more important.”

“At the end of the day, the most important thing that business leaders can provide is our own human capital as we help to educate others.”

Featuring Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
President and CEO

January 29, 2016

The Role of Educators

“We have a long way to go in addressing the need for excellent curricular alignment of the standards. Without the curricula, professional development is essentially unfocused.”

“We could take all the time we want without good curricula and [implementation of the core standards] wouldn’t happen. We have to have a dedication to a substantial development effort.”

Featuring Susan Fuhrman
The Teachers College
Columbia University

January 11, 2016

How These Standards Further Equity of Opportunity

“These gaps, as long as they exist are not good for America…we’re going to continue to have many individuals not being able to take advantage of what this country offers and not being able to give back to this country what they could give back.”

“[Business leaders] telling the story of what a good education does for the economy from the business perspective is so important because they have an authentic voice and are listened to at all levels…they know what they need…and they know when they’re not getting it.”

“Education and how well educated a person is…touches health, level in the workforce, and what kind of house they’re going to live in…it is the key to having a good life.”

Featuring Delia Pompa
Senior Fellow for Education Policy
Migration Policy Institute

December 15, 2015

The Importance and Challenges of Education Reform

“We need to remained concerned…about the fact that young Americans have lagged behind young people from other nations… and while there are signs of progress…we can’t be complacent about the results.”

“Teacher quality is the single most important variable in K-12 education.”

Featuring Mitch Daniels
Former Governor
State of Indiana;
Current President
Purdue University

December 01, 2015

The Role of Assessments in Education from a Business Perspective

“That’s what’s really at risk; quality of life and the ability of the United States to compete on a global stage.”

“It’s not just about sending out the standards to teachers…It’s about providing support for teachers… that means high quality, sustained professional development that is grounded in data.”

“At the end of the day…we need tests because…they paint a picture of an individual child’s strengths and weaknesses…of where we can help the child improve.”

Featuring Dane Linn
Vice President
The Business Roundtable

November 16, 2015

The Impact of Education on Workplace Success

“The strength of the next generation is going to define how our businesses compete, how our communities look, and the strength of our cities…what the business community needs to do is be engaged…to ensure new ways that every child has the opportunity for a productive life.”

“Recognizing that educating our children for opportunity is probably our single most important responsibility. And failure to do that really has enormous costs for individuals, for families, and our economy.”

“We want our young people put in the best position to have productive lives, and I think that in some cases we are failing.”

Featuring George Barrett
Chairman and CEO
Cardinal Health

October 20, 2015

The Role of STEM and Education, and its Economic Impact

“STEM education…extends beyond the content knowledge to include the development of really critical life and workforce skills.”

“We have a real risk of being out-innovated…that really puts in jeopardy the financial well-being of the world’s largest economy.”

“We’ve got to take a hard look…and understand where the United States sits vis-a-vis the rest of the industrialized world when it comes to STEM preparedness.”

Featuring Matthew Randazzo
National Math and Science Initiative

October 15, 2015

The Role of Educational Data

“Data really is much more than a single test score…the more information [teachers and parents] have…the better personalized learning there is…the challenge right now is how we use this to make sure every child in the country succeeds.”

“We have a whole lot we can learn not just from corporate America, but also any organization that has that culture that values data for continuous improvement.”

“One of the greatest things that the business community can do is to help build the capacity of local leadership.”

Featuring Aimee Guidera
The Data Quality Campaign