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2016 Spring Policy Conference

CED's 2016 Spring Policy Conference took place on April 13-14 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington D.C. The two-day event convened national thought leaders from the business, policy, and academic sectors. Attendees heard insights on issues at the forefront of U.S. economic and educational priorities, with luncheons on both days and a breakfast forum on the second day.


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Luncheon: Equality of Opportunity: Why Business Should Care

The panel will discuss the current set of challenges facing American Capitalism—from income inequality to cronyism—and how the system must evolve if it is to remain viable and vibrant for the long term. The discussion will stem from an upcoming CED report on income inequality that is scheduled to be released in early 2016.

Keynote Remarks:

  • Sarah Bloom Raskin, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury

Program Speakers:

  • Lenny Mendonca, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company (moderator)
  • George Barrett, Chairman and CEO, Cardinal Health
  • Sandra Black, Member, White House Council of Economic Advisers
  • Janis Bowdler, Senior Program Director, Corporate Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
  • Anu Madgavkar, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute


Implications of Investing in High-Quality Early Learning

High-quality early education programs are vital to future economic growth and developing a highly skilled workforce. Support and investments at the national, state, and local levels for early education programs must continue to be a top priority despite the recent slowdown in the economy. Our discussion will engage business leaders and national experts to address the economic and educational implications of early learning.

Program Speakers:

  • Lisa Klein, Executive Director, Alliance for Early Success (moderator)
  • Jeffrey Dunn, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop
  • Larry Jensen, CEO, Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors
  • Tom Lamb, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keynote Remarks:

  • The Honorable Glenn Thompson, United States Representative (R-PA)


Expanding Connectivity: The Importance of Internet Access

In today’s global economy, businesses are relying more and more on the internet for access to foreign customers who would otherwise be out of reach. CED is interested in examining the critical importance of U.S. leadership in ensuring the internet remains accessible to companies and individuals across the world.

Keynote Remarks:

  • Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Program Speakers:

  • Donna Harris, Co-CEO, 1776 (moderator)
  • Benjamin Bartlett, Manager, Global Policy Development, Facebook
  • Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Director, Center for the Economics of the Internet, Hudson Institute
  • Hibah Hussain, Public Policy Analyst, Google
  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute


Immigration Trends and the Future of the U.S. Workforce

Immigration into the U.S. has profound effects on our economy by affecting the size of our overall population; the size and quality of the U.S. labor force; geographic patterns of economic development; and consumer demand. This panel will look beyond the typically stylized and aggregate view of the economics of immigration to focus on new research and recent business experiences which highlight the effects of immigration, and immigration policies, on labor markets at the geographic, industry, and occupational levels.

Program Speakers:

  • Dane Stangler, Vice President, Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (moderator)
  • Michael Fix, President, Migration Policy Institute
  • Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Founder and Chairman, Strategic Investment Group
  • Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer
    Technology Association
  • Jon Spector, President and CEO, The Conference Board


Cocktail Reception


Leadership in the Nation’s Interest Award Dinner

  • Introducer: Christopher M. Connor, Executive Chairman, The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Honoree: Richard J. Kramer, Chairman, CEO and President, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


Registration and Breakfast Served

Keynote Remarks:

  • The Honorable Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Energy Policies and Practices

Access to affordable energy has enabled U.S. growth and prosperity for decades, but as our economy continues to expand, our energy sources must be sustainable as well as affordable. How can the U.S. harness technological advances in energy production while balancing environmental needs and improving the bottom line of many businesses? The answer lies in promoting energy efficient policies and practices that do more with less. CED will convene leaders from industry and government to discuss the shortterm and long-term opportunities in the future of energy policy and sustainability.

Keynote Remarks:

  • The Honorable Tom Reed, United States Representative

Program Speakers:

  • Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy (moderator)
  • Cari Boyce, VP of Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Strategy, Duke Energy
  • Michael Chesser, retired Chairman and CEO, Great Plains Energy
  • Ron Lumbra, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Robert Mosbacher, Jr., Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company


Corporate Short-Termism: U.S. Stewardship for Long-Term Value Creation

How can public company CEOs and boards effectively manage long-term objectives in the face of intensifying pressures to increase stock price performance over the short term? How is short-termism defined? What are the internal and external factors influencing and/or driving shortterm behavior? What role does hedge fund activism play? What are the macro-economic effects of short-term corporate behavior? What approaches/countermeasures are being explored/implemented for orienting companies toward a long-term view?

Program Speakers:

  • Alan Murray, Editor, Fortune Magazine (moderator)
  • Neri Bukspan, Partner, EY
  • Lydia Beebe, former Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, Chevron
  • Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors
  • Andrew Palmer, Chief Investment Officer, Maryland State Pension and Retirement System


Examining the 2016 Elections

The 2016 elections are upon us. What is the most likely outcome of the presidential race? What policy changes are likely based on the outcome of the elections? Will the Republicans hold the Congress? Will one party “run the table,” or will we have more years of divided government?

Program Speakers:

  • Michelle Cottle, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic (moderator) 
  • Jonathan Allen, Head of Community & Content, Sidewire
  • Jeanne Cummings, Political Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Cheri Jacobus, President, Capitol Strategies PR
  • The Honorable Bob Walker, Executive Chairman,
    Wexler | Walker


Luncheon: Business and Higher-Education Partnerships: Skilling the Workforce

Postsecondary credential attainment remains a vital component of a healthy and growing domestic workforce. But after decades as the international leader, the United States has fallen behind in equipping its students with the essential skills and competencies necessary for 21st century jobs. What opportunities exist for businesses and higher education institutions to collaborate and ensure our nation’s future economic prosperity?

Keynote Remarks:

  • Betty Vandenbosch, President, Kaplan University

Program Speakers:

  • Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program, New
  • Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector,
    Amazon Web Services
  • Tom McInerney, President and CEO, Genworth Financial
  • Tom Murray, Director of Education Programs, Snap-On
  • Kathleen Powell, President-Elect, National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • Betty Vandenbosch, President, Kaplan University

The Leadership in the Nation's Interest Award

Richard J. Kramer

Rich Kramer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will be presented with the 2016 Leadership in the Nation's Interest Award for leading his company with the utmost integrity and purpose and championing public policies for the common good.

Learn more about Mr. Kramer and what makes him an exemplary business leader here.

Introduced by Christopher M. Connor

Introducing Richard Kramer will be Christopher M. Connor, the Executive Chairman of the Sherwin-Williams Company. Connor joined the Sherwin-Williams Company in 1983 and became the CEO in October 1999. He was appointed the chairman in April 2000, and was the president from July 2005 to October 2006.


2016 Spring Policy Conference
April 13-14, 2016
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Dress for the CED Spring Policy Conference is business attire.

Thank You to Our Conference Partners

  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Kaplan, Inc.
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • McKinsey & Company
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • EY
  • Facebook
  • John Carroll University 
  • State Street Global Advisors
  • ARRIS Group
  • Duke Energy
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • The Wessel Group

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