Fall Policy Conference: November 13-14, Washington D.C.
CED’s 2014 Fall Policy Conference included over 250 senior business and policy leaders, 39 speakers, members of Congress, administration officials, and media. CED’s expert panelists debated major long-term economic policy issues facing the nation. The forums enabled a nonpartisan forum for discussion among business, policy and civic leaders to consider the future of economic growth. Panel discussions topics included workforce readiness, energy policy, cybersecurity, the political outlook, economic policy, and women’s economic empowerment.
Postsecondary degree attainment has been a major factor in driving America's economic gains over the last 40 years. The U.S. education system is the incubator for an educated citizenry and human capital that encourages innovation, and ultimately, a more prosperous country. This system – so long an engine of economic growth and opportunity – is faltering. An informed and mobilized business community can make an enormous difference in identifying, framing, and supporting critical reform strategies. How can business and policy leaders work together to increase the education attainment of all students with valuable postsecondary degrees and certificates? How can employers and institutions work together to align skills needed and training provided? Speakers included: Bob Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University; Carl Camden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Services, Inc.; John Leutner, Head, Global Learning Corporate HR, Organizational Effectiveness, Xerox Corporation; Linda McMahon, Principal and Former CEO, WWE; and The Honorable Steven Preston, Chief Executive Officer, Livingston International Inc.
Speakers included: David Levin, President and CEO, McGraw-Hill Education; Bill Goodwyn, President & CEO, Discovery Education; Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University; Jon Whitmore, Chief Executive Officer, ACT Inc.; and Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy and Advocacy, The College Board.
Global sovereign nations and private sector computer networks are vulnerable to attack from bad actors seeking to gain trade secrets, new technologies, credit card, and other data. The cost to the US economy may run into the hundreds of billions. With increasing digitization of private data and rising costs of security threats to companies, customers and governments, what is the role of the public and private sectors in protecting electronic data? Can public-private partnerships help to confront cybersecurity threats while protecting citizen privacy? Speakers included: Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security; Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer, Intel Security; Lisa Hook, President and CEO, NeuStar; Member, President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, United States Department of Homeland Security; Dave Mahon, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, CenturyLink; Mary Galligan, Director, Security and Privacy, Deloitte & Touche LLP; General Suzanne M. Vautrinot, Director, Symantec Corporation; Director, ECOLAB; and Admiral David Simpson, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief, Federal Communications Commission.
Access to affordable energy has enabled U.S. growth and prosperity for decades. New technological advances in domestic oil and gas production could add as much as $690 billion a year to GDP, create up to 1.7 million jobs, and create new options for energy exports. How can the U.S. both harness the technological advances in production while balancing environmental needs? What is the role of renewable/clean energy sources? How can the U.S. best position itself as a global leader in energy policy? CED convened leaders from industry and government to discuss the short-term and long-term opportunities and challenges in the future of energy policy, global trade and security. Speakers included: Jacob Worenklein, Former Chairman & CEO, US Power Generating Company; Partner & Co-Head of Global Projects, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Melissa A. Lavinson, Vice President, Federal Affairs, PG&E Corporation; Timothy Goodell, General Counsel, Hess Corporation; Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Berkshire Hathaway Energy; and Sree Ramaswamy, Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute.
The newly elected 114th Congress will face staggering economic challenges: a shallow recovery following a deep economic downturn, still-growing public debt, a new and shaky health care system, outdated national infrastructure, and concern about energy and the environment, to name just a few. Meanwhile, any national consensus on economic policy has eroded. CED’s expert panel debated the competing economic policy visions on taxation, the budget, trade, health care, and energy, as well as some ideas “outside the box.” Speakers included: David Wessel, Senior Fellow and Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, The Brookings Institution; Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress; Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow of Economic Studies and Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution; Founding Director, Congressional Budget Office; Rudolph G. Penner, Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Public Policy; Former Director, Congressional Budget Office; and Bill Hoagland, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center.
CED’s expert panel reviewed the major surprises in the 2014 elections, members of the 114th Congress and the major political obstacles to accomplishing the nation’s policy priorities.
Speakers included: Peter Cook, Chief Washington Correspondent, Washington Bureau, Bloomberg Television; Bret Baier, Chief Political Anchor, Fox News Channel; Michelle Cottle, Washington Reporter, National Journal; Penny Lee, Senior Advisor, Venn Strategies, LLC; and Matt Schlapp, Founder, Cove Strategies; Chairman, American Conservative Union.
Women make up half of the population and the majority of college graduates – a huge economic resource. Yet women occupy only 17 percent of Fortune 500 corporate board seats today, a percentage has changed little in the last decade, women also occupy a minority of corporate leadership positions. This disparity is inconsistent with corporations’ desire to utilize all sources of expertise and insight for deliberations, as one means for a company to compete in the global marketplace. What should be done to increase the number of women in corporate leadership and the boardroom? Speakers included: Mike Petro, Executive Vice President, Committee for Economic Development; Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair, Regulatory and Public Policy, EY; Gail Becker, President of Strategic Partnerships and Founding Chair of Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network, Edelman; Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P.; Founding U.S. Chair, The 30% Club; Barbara J. Krumsiek, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Calvert Investments, Inc.; Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Wal-Mart Foundation; and Anne Lim O’Brien, Vice Chairman, Consumer Markets and CEO & Board of Directors, Heidrick & Struggles.
The policy conference also featured the inaugural Leadership in the Nation's Interest Awards Dinner. This award, established in 2014, recognizes a corporate executive who leads his or her company with integrity and purpose, and champions policies for the common good. CED was pleased to bestow this inaugural award to Daniel A. D’Aniello, Chairman and Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group. Patrick W. Gross, Chairman of the Lovell Group and Co-chair of CED's Policy & Impact Committee, presented the Award. Learn more about Mr. D'Aniello here.
Watch the acceptance speech.
Daniel A. D'Aniello
Pictures from 2014 CED Fall Policy Conference