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2018 Fall Policy Conference


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Book Discussion – "Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders"

Today’s college and university leaders face complex problems that test their political acumen as well as their judgment, intellect, empathy and ability to plan and improvise. The authors tell us how today’s higher education institutions can thoughtfully and creatively rise to the challenge.

Session Speakers

Gerald Kauvar, Research Professor of Public Policy & Public Administration, George Washington University

Stephen Trachtenberg, President Emeritus, George Washington University


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.


Ernest Moniz, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy

Jay Worenklein, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Grid Company

Session Speakers

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

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

Joe Draper, Chairman, 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

Heath Morrison, President, McGraw-Hill Education School Group (Moderator)

Chris Gabrieli, Co-Founder & CEO, Empower Schools

Shanika Hope, Digital Content Strategist & Research Lead, Amazon

Jo Kirchner, CEO, Primrose Schools




Our Nation's Fiscal Health

Hear experts examine the trajectory of the national debt and deficit, how it affects citizens and what our policymakers can do to lessen the burden.


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

Session Speakers

Joseph Minarik, Senior Vice President & Director of Research, Committee for Economic Development (Moderator)

W. Bowman Cutter, Senior Fellow & Director, Economic Policy Initiative, The Roosevelt Institute

Joseph Kasputys, CEO, Economic Ventures


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)

Jean Card, Principal, Jean Card Ink

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

Jody Hoffman, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Wexler | Walker

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!

Economic Ventures

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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