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2018 Fall Policy Conference

CED's 2018 Fall Policy Conference will take place on November 14, 2018 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Convening 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.


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Luncheon – Renewing & Regulating Energy

Every aspect of energy, from extraction to delivery to consumption, changes by the moment. Beyond the constant development of knowledge that applies in every industry, pressure from geopolitical and environmental concerns have driven change in energy at an even more dizzying pace. Our experts will illuminate how the industry has changed and where it is going.

Session Speakers

Deborah Byers, U.S. Energy Market Segment Leader, EY (Moderator)

John Berger, CEO, Sunnova Energy

Michael Chesser, Chairman & CEO, Great Plains Energy (Ret.)

Mike Hopkins, CEO, Ice Energy


Raising the Bar: Improving Public Education in America

American 15-year-olds score around the middle in reading and science and a bit below average in math, when compared to other developed countries. Our performance has remained unchanged since 2006. In a global economy where average isn’t good enough, what can the U.S. do to raise the bar? In the 35 years of education reform since A Nation at Risk was published in 1983, what do we know about how to improve student achievement? This session will examine a variety of school improvement strategies.

Session Speakers

Chris Gabrieli, Co-Founder & CEO, Empower Schools

Shanika Hope, Digital Content Strategist & Research Lead, Amazon

Jo Kirchner, CEO, Primrose Schools


Fiscal Health Keynote

Session Speaker

Michael Peterson, President & CEO, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation


Women Reentering the Workforce: Challenges & Solutions

Career breaks, often to assume a primary caregiver role, are a fact of life for many U.S. workers – particularly women. Yet even for skilled professionals, exiting the labor force for a year or more can be highly disruptive to their career trajectory, and many returning workers find themselves in positions that underutilize their skills. At the same time, the business community continues to struggle with a shortage of skilled labor. Experts will discuss the challenges facing professionals returning to work and what employers can do make better use of available talent.

Session Speakers

Patrick Brady, COO, Grant Thornton

Carol Fishman Cohen, Chair & Co-Founder, iRelaunch


Dissecting the 2018 Midterms & Looking Ahead to 2020

With the midterms behind us, and another presidential election just two years away, how will the new Congress work with the White House on the pressing issues of our time? Hear from those who are closest to the action on Capitol Hill.

Session Speakers

Michelle Cottle, Chief Political Editorial Writer, The New York Times (Moderator)

Jeanne Cummings, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

Alan Murray, Chief Content Officer, Time

Robert Walker, Executive Chairman, Wexler | Walker


Cocktail Reception


Leadership in the Nation's Interest Award Dinner


Kathleen Murphy, President, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments


Thomas J. McInerney, President & CEO, Genworth Financial

Thank You To Our Conference Partners!

VH Strategies

Learn more about CED's 2018 Leadership in the Nation's Interest Award Honoree, Thomas McInerney, here.

Read Thomas McInerney's Spotlight here.

Introduced By:

Kathy Murphy, President, Fidelity Personal Investing

Leadership Dinner Sponsorship Form


Willard InterContinental Hotel -- Washington, D.C.

Event Start Time:
November 14, 2018, 12:00 PM

Event End Time:
November 14, 2018, 8:00 PM

Conference Committee:

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., TIAA

Gregory Goff, Andeavor

Hollis Hart, Citi (Ret.)

Robert Kueppers, Deloitte (Ret.)

Bridget Neill, EY

Scott Pulsipher, Western Governors University

Jane Sherburne, Sherburne PLLC

Paula Stern, The Stern Group

Jane Stevenson, Korn Ferry


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