The Economy After Graduation: What Risks Lie Ahead from the Federal Budget Deficit?
CED partnered with Columbia's Executive MBA program (EMBA), Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Club, and the Columbia Politics and Business Club to host The Economy After Graduation: What Risks Lie Ahead from the Federal Budget Deficit?, a forum discussing the federal budget deficit and its impact on the US economy and the future of the financial services sector. The forum was open to EMBA, traditional MBA and public policy students, and took place during the EMBA program's regularly scheduled Luncheon Speaker Series on Columbia University's campus.
The luncheon highlighted two economic experts, CED's Senior Vice President and Director of Research Joseph Minarik, and keynote speaker and CED Trustee W. Bowman Cutter, Senior Fellow and Director, Economic Policy Initiative, Roosevelt Institute, Managing Partner, Cedars Capital Partners and former Managing Director of Warburg Pincus. The speakers provided insight into the current state of the U.S. economy, and discussed its potential implications for the future of the financial services sector. As the conclusion of his remarks, Mr. Cutter issued a call to action, citing Peter G. Peterson's article "Where are the Business Patriots?" and asking that MBA students at Columbia strive to become Business Statesmen who recognize the importance of national fiscal health and remain engaged on the subject as they move forward in their careers. A question and answer period that allowed students an opportunity to engage with the visiting speakers on the topic of fiscal health closed the program.
The event was hosted as a part of CED's ongoing effort to involve emerging business leaders around the country in an effort to improve the nation's fiscal health, and was made possible by the generous support of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.