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2017 Fall Policy Conference

CED's 2017 Fall Policy Conference took place on November 15, 2017 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.


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Keynote: Reimagining Higher Education for the 21st Century

Program Speaker:

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-05)


Leadership in the Nation's Interest Award Luncheon

The Leadership in the Nation's Interest Award is presented annually to business leaders who lead their companies with the utmost integrity and purpose and champion public policies for the common good.

Honoree: Laura Karet, President and CEO, Giant Eagle, Inc.


Pathways to Quality Early Learning: Why Does It Matter?

All children benefit from high-quality child care and early childhood education opportunities, and low-income children benefit more. The earliest years are critical for developing cognitive and social skills in children, making them more likely to graduate high school, stay away from crime, attend college and achieve higher lifetime earnings. Hear from business leaders and national experts about how a focus on increasing the skills and training of caretakers and providers in the early learning workforce and other strategies can improve the quality of learning to ensure all children have a strong educational start in life.

Program Speakers:

Jeffrey Dunn, President & CEO, Sesame Workshop

Larry Jensen, President & CEO, Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors

Deborah Phillips, Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University


The New Administration & Congress: One Year Later

It’s been a full one year since the election of President Trump and a fully-Republican-controlled House and Senate. Halfway to mid-term elections, hear our panel of experts discuss what progress has been made on both a policy and political front.

Program Speakers:

Michelle Cottle, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic (Moderator)

John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC

Robert Walker, Executive Chairman, Wexler | Walker


Reimagining Higher Education for the 21st Century

Postsecondary education stands at the brink of a radical transformation as a result of the collision of multiple trends: disruption to the traditional postsecondary model; technological innovations such as online courses; the growth of “non-traditional” students as Americans reskill and “upskill” throughout their lives; and public demands to make college accessible and affordable as tuition and student loan balances keep climbing. Participants will explore how to build a 21st Century postsecondary education system that meets America’s needs today and in the future. How can the pending reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) contribute?

Program Speakers:

Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University (Moderator)

E. Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University

Amy Laitinen, Director of Higher Education, New America

Matthew Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies


Conference Keynote

Program Speaker:

Senator Daniel S. Sullivan (R-AK)


Women in the Economy: Pipeline through the Glass Ceiling

How do we fix the corporate leadership gender gap? Emerging research continues to suggest that gender-balanced leadership improves company performance. This panel will explore the latest research and highlight best practices along with specific steps companies can take to increase gender diversity in the c-suite.


Debra Perry, Co-Chair, Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership Subcommittee

Program Speakers:

Jane Stevenson, Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services, Korn Ferry (Moderator)

Alicia Boler Davis, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Labor Relations, General Motors

Roz Brooks, Managing Director, PwC

Evelyn Orr, Vice President & COO, Korn Ferry Institute


Creative Destruction: Technology, Long-term Growth and the Workforce

Prosperity requires productivity improvement through new technology; productivity improvement threatens existing business models, jobs and the values of worker skills. Participants will discuss how we can achieve prosperity for all with the rapid integration of technology into our economy.


Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05)

Program Speakers:

Monica Herk, Vice President of Education Research, Committee for Economic Development (Moderator)

Martin Baily, Senior Fellow - Economic Studies, Center on Regulation and Markets, The Brookings Institution

Carl Camden, President & CEO (Ret.), Kelly Services, Inc.

Patricia Gottesman, Independent Director, WWE


Cocktail Reception

Thank You to Our Conference Partners!

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

Event Start Time
November 15, 2017, 12:00 PM

Event End Time
November 15, 2017, 6:30 PM

Learn more about CED's 2017 Leadership in the Nation's Interest Award Honoree, Laura Karet, here.


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