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Updated: 3/23/21

All times U.S.-Eastern

Monday, March 22


10:15 AM-10:30 AM Opening Remarks
Manuel Balmaseda, CBE, NABE President; Chief Economist, CEMEX

10:30 AM-11:00 AM A View from the Richmond Fed
Tom Barkin, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Moderator: Diane Swonk, CBE, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton

11:00 AM-11:50 AM Addressing Labor Market Scarring
Byron Auguste, CEO & Co-Founder, Opportunity @ Work
Joseph Fuller, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
Moderator: Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

11:55 AM-12:45 PM Outlook for Trade and Global Cooperation
Chad P. Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Susan Schwab, Strategic Advisor, Mayer Brown
Matthew J. Slaughter, Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth
Moderator: Constance Hunter, CBE, Chief Economist, KPMG


12:50 PM-1:40 PM Small Group Discussions
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Central Bank Digital Currencies
Host: Julia Coronado, Macropolicy Perspectives, LLC

Fed Policy Path
Host: Regina Schleiger, Medley Global Advisors

Future of Work Post COVID
Host: Carolyn Evans, Intel

Housing Policy / Supply
Host: Sam Khater, Freddie Mac / Mark Palim, Fannie Mae

Hosts: Elaine Buckberg, General Motors

Manufacturing Supply Chains in the Post-Pandemic World: Reconfiguration or Reinvention?
Host: Cliff Waldman, New World Economics

Minimum Wage
Host: Yelena Shulyatyeva, Bloomberg

Outlook for Europe
Host: Manuel Balmaseda, CBE, CEMEX (NABE President)

Outlook for State and Local Finances
Host: Jim Diffley, CBE, IHS Markit

Prospects for Inflation
Host: Jay Bryson, Wells Fargo

Tracking Recovery of COVID and Implications for Global Growth
Host: Catherine Mann, Citi

U.S. - China Relationship
Host: Alejandra Grindal, Ned Davis Research 

1:40 PM-2:40 PM Break / Exhibit Hours 

2:40 PM-3:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

A. Decarbonizing the US Power Sector
Cheryl LaFleur
, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Carla J. Peterman, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Moderator: Melissa Lott, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

B. Can Small Business Growth be Unleashed with Better Healthcare Policies?
Don Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, Principal, Public Private Strategies
Moderator: Kat Wolfson, Senior Manager - Federal Health, Duty First Consulting

C. Labor, Immigration and the Workforce
Alex Brill, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for Public Policy
Thea Lee, President, Economic Policy Institute 
Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Moderator: Fred Treyz, CEO, REMI

3:35 PM - 3:40 PM NABE Foundation Update
LaVaughn Henry, CBE, Chair, The NABE Foundation; Banking and Regulatory Policy Analyst, FDIC

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3:40 PM-4:10 PM  Policy and Macroeconomic Outlook for Europe
Peter Praet, former Chief Economist, European Central Bank
Moderator: Catherine Mann, Chief Economist, Citi

4:15 PM-5:00 PM  Infrastructure
Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Shoshana Lew, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation
Leslie Richards, General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority  (SEPTA)
Moderator: Elaine Buckberg, Chief Economist, General Motors


Tuesday, March 23


9:45 AM-10:30 AM Exhibit Hours

10:45 AM-11:00 AM  A View from the Biden Administration
Daleep Singh, Deputy Director, National Economic Council and National Security Adviser
Moderator: Constance Hunter, CBE, Chief Economist, KPMG

11:20 AM-12:10 PM  The Outlook for Fiscal Policy in the Post-Pandemic Economy
Laurence Boone, Chief Economist, OECD
Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Phillip Swagel, Director, Congressional Budget Office
Moderator: Susan Tanaka, Senior Policy Advisor, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

12:10 PM-1:00 PM Concurrent sessions

A. Financial Regulatory Policy Under a Biden Administration
Anat R. Admati, George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Ken Bentsen, President and CEO,  Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Moderator: Ed Kean, Senior Economic Policy Analyst, Observatory Group

B. Policies to Support the Recovery of the Transportation Industry
Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation
Dean Wise, Principal, Dean Wise, LLC
Moderator: Liying Gu, Vice President, Economic Affairs and Research, Airports Council International

C. Cost-Benefit Analysis of COVID-19 Related Restrictions and Implications for Policymaking
Kent Smetters, Boettner Chair Professor,  Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania’
Alex Tabarrok, Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Moderator: Ida Johnsson, Adjunct Professor of Econometrics, University of Southern California

D. One Year Since the U.S. Outbreak: Assessing the State of Workers, Consumers and Policy Responses
Michael Horrigan
, President, W.E. Upjohn Institute
John Leer, Economist, Morning Consult
Nela Richardson, Chief Economist, ADP
Moderator: David E. Altig, NABE Vice President; Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

1:05 PM-1:45 PM Networking Roulette 

1:50 PM-2:40 PM Concurrent sessions   

A. What’s in Store for Mortgage Forbearance and Modifications?
Keith Bickel, SVP, Public Policy Executive, Bank of America
Lynn Fisher, Deputy Director, Division of Research and Statistics, FHFA
Marina Walsh, CMB, Vice President, Industry Analysis, Mortgage Bankers Association
Paul S. Willen, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Moderator: Molly Boesel, Principal Economist, CoreLogic

B. Encouraging New Firm Formation in a Post-COVID Environment
Michael Chow, Research Director, National Venture Capital Association
Ethan Mollick
, Associate Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Chris Wheat, Co-President, JPMorgan Chase Institute
Moderator: Holly Wade, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, NFIB

C. Assessing and Addressing the Digital Divide
Anna Gomez, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Andrew W. Wyckoff, Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
Moderator: Carolyn Evans, Chief Economist, Intel

D. Can US Manufacturing be Revived?
Eric Chewning, Partner, Advanced Industries, McKinsey & Co.
Gregory Daco, Chief U.S. Economist, Oxford Economics
Moderator: Emily Kolinski Morris, CBE, Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company

2:50 PM-3:40 PM  Concurrent Sessions

A. Outlook for Antitrust Policy in the U.S. and Europe
William E. Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law & Policy and Director of Competition Law Center, The George Washington University Law School
Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head, Compass Lexecon Europe
Nancy Rose, Charles P. Kindleberger Professor, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Moderator: Mark Palim, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, Fannie Mae

B. Debt Sustainability in Emerging Markets: What to Do About Liquidity and Solvency Problems?
Suman Bery, nonresident Fellow, Bruegel
Gong Cheng, Senior Economist, Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
Ugo Panizza, Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute Geneva
Moderator: Alicia García Herrero, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific at Natixis

3:45 PM-4:15 PM Keynote: A View from the Federal Reserve Board
Governor Lael Brainard, Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
Moderator: Manuel Balmaseda, CBE, NABE President; Chief Economist, CEMEX

4:20 PM-5:00 PM Wither the Dollar?
James Bullard, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Stephen Yung-Li Jen, CEO and Co-CIO, Eurizon SLJ
Catherine Mann, Chief Economist, Citi
Moderator: Julia Coronado, President and Founder, Macropolicy Perspectives, LLC




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