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Economics - Keynote Speakers

Gene Marks

Gene Marks is an expert on growth, management, and profitability for small and medium-sized businesses. A small business owner himself, Gene is also a weekly columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. He has authored five books on topics that pertain to small and medium-sized businesses, including his most recent title, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash: Simple Lessons from Smart Business People. Gene's engaging and exciting presentations help business owners, executives, and managers to understand the current political, economic, and technological trends that will affect their companies. With straightforward language, humor, and expertise, Gene will provide your audience with strategies and tools that they can use immediately to strengthen business and grow revenue. From budgets to bonus programs and health care reform to social networking, Gene understands the issues that affect small businesses. Let him teach your audience how to triumph in today's climate and turn seeming challenges into profitable opportunities!

Terrance Odean

Terrance Odean is the Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Odean has spent his career studying behavioral finance. As a leading researcher in the field, he focuses on how psychologically motivated decisions affect investor welfare and securities prices. His research has been cited in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, and Businessweek. He is also an associate editor at the Journal of Finance and an associate editor at the Journal of Behavioral Finance.

Vikram Mansharamani

How will global, political, market, technological, societal, and economic forces impact your industry and business? Vikram Mansharamani shows business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate radical uncertainty. Vikram first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He is a contributor to Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour in addition to being LinkedIn’s #1 Voice on Economy and Finance in 2015 and 2016. Vikram believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us- and won’t- if we regularly step away from our own expertise, look at the world through multiple lenses, then connect the dots.

Jeffrey Rosensweig

Jeff Rosensweig is an associate professor of International Business and Finance. He is also Director of the Global Perspectives Program. Jeff specializes in global strategy, global economics, and international finance. Prior to joining Emory in January 1988, he was Senior International Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Jeff has also taught at M.I.T. and in the economics department and the School of Management at Yale University. Jeff’s research into global trends leads to frequent keynote lectures to business and academic audiences. His current research focuses on three main topics. First –business linkages with the emerging global economy. Second — the implications of globally divergent demographic trends for business. Third — factors affecting competition in the global travel and tourism industry. Rosensweig teaches audiences to analyze trends leading to a successful growth strategy for their business. Rather than merely providing predictions and opinions, Professor Rosensweig tailors each presentation with valuable information and insights pertinent to the specific industry and organization.

Katty Kay

As a British journalist in Washington, DC, Katty Kay offers a fresh perspective on the unfolding drama of American politics that only an outsider can provide. Katty is the current lead anchor for BBC World News America and covers topics ranging from global affairs to insights on American politics. She is a keen observer of America’s role in a rapidly changing world. She is also the co-author of two New York Times Bestsellers, The Confidence Code, and Womenomics. The Confidence Code examines the science and art of self-assurance and its role in success. Womenomics urges women to write their own rules for success. Katty’s knowledge and observations provide a perspective that brings audiences to a better understanding of what is happening in the world today and how it can affect businesses.

Jordan Goodman

Americans in all walks of life, at every socioeconomic level, are clamoring to learn how to improve their personal finances in these challenging times: Jordan Goodman can be the answer! He is known as “America’s Money Answers Man” and is a national recognized expert on personal finance. He has been a reporter and writer since 1979 and spent 18 years working at MONEY magazine on the editorial staff serving as a Wall Street correspondent. He appears frequently on The View, Fox News Network, Fox Business Network, CNN, CNBC and CBS Evening News. Jordan is the successful author/co-author of 13 bestselling books including Master Your Debt Fast Profits in Hard Times, Everyone’s Money Book and Master Your Money Type. Jordan’s presentations are educational and audiences will learn how to better manage their personal finances.

Terry Savage

Are you ready to talk about money? Terry Savage is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and markets. Her expertise comes from experience as she started her career as a stockbroker, and became a founding member and first woman trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Terry is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance, including The Savage Truth on Money and The Savage Number. She currently writes a weekly personal finance column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. Terry is also seen frequently as a money expert on CNN and other national television and radio programs, commenting on the financial markets and current economic events. Her innovative ideas about the global economy, investing techniques, and personal finance inspires her audiences to secure their own financial future.

Lawrence Chimerine

Dr. Chimerine is President, Radnor International Consulting Inc. and partner and member of the Investment Committee of Miller Investment Management (formerly Strategic Capital Advisors). The former Chairman, Chief Executive, and Chief Economist of Chase Econometrics and The WEFA Group, Dr. Chimerine has lent his advice and council to an impressive resume of major Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and government agencies for over 25 years. Dr. Chimerine's enthusiastic, no-nonsense style of business analysis and forecasting has attracted the interests of the most powerful business people in the world and has enlightened audiences for more than 25 years. Dr. Chimerine appears regularly on the Lehrer News Hour, Adam Smith’s “Money World”, Wall Street Week, Today, Good Morning America, Crossfire, C-Span, CNBC, This Week, ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and other popular television programs. Custom-tailoring every presentation, he offers facts, not theories; practical advice, not economic jargon. With intelligence and clarity, Dr. Chimerine examines the issues and trends of current and future economic situations and how they will directly affect your organization, industry, or geographic region.

Sung Won Sohn

Dr. Sung Won Sohn is Vice Chairman of multi-national retailer Forever 21 and a Commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles. He also teaches at California State University Channel Islands and serves on numerous corporate boards. Previously, Dr. Sohn served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Prior to his tenure at Hanmi, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer at Wells Fargo Banks and served as a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, where he was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to the Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has received much recognition for his business leadership and economic forecasting. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal named him as the most accurate economist in the United States. In 2012, he remained in the top three. Dr. Sohn has also been named among the most accurate forecasters by Blue Chip Publications and Bloomberg News. He is the author of Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy.

Barry Asmus

Dr. Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. He has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speaking in the United States. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a conference on privatizing Social Security for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China, and Peru, he encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies. Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books, including Crossroads: The Great American Experiment, which was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas and sharp analyses in enthusiastic and energetic presentations.

Jeff Bush

What if the key to understanding our present could be found in a more thorough understanding of our past? Jeff Bush has a unique ability to look at history and then decode what is relevant, interesting and useful. This enables him to provide his audiences with an approachable, multifaceted means to understand the issues that faced our nation then, and today. He is able to simplify complex information and provide practical, usable takeaways that people can implement in their businesses. Jeff does more than 200 presentations yearly to a client base that includes Fortune 500 firms from Wall Street to Main Street and everywhere in between. Jeff has been featured in Investment News and has been an analyst on POTUS Sirius/XM radio. Jeff's dedication, forward thinking, and strategic abilities have resulted in performance records, industry awards, and leadership accolades.

Allen Sinai

Former Chief Global Economist at Lehman Brothers, Allen Sinai is well known as a leading forecaster, educator and gifted communicator about the economy, financial markets, industry and company performance. A consultant to former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton and leaders of other countries, Business Week magazine hailed him as "the top guru and forecaster extraordinaire". Dr. Sinai is currently Chief Global Economist, President and Chief Executive Officer of Decision Economics, Inc., Founder, responsible for the Firm, its forecasts and analyses of the U.S. and international economies and financial markets. He is also Vice Chairman and Chief Global Economist of WEFA Holdings, Inc. Decision Economics, Inc. is a global economic and financial market information and advisory firm with locations in New York, London, Boston and Tokyo, serving financial institutions, corporations, government and individual investors.

Peter Ricchiuti

Peter Ricchiuti is the business school professor you wish you had back in college! His insight and humor regarding the financial markets have twice made him the school’s top professor. Peter started his career with the investment firm of Kidder Peabody and later managed over three billion dollars as the assistant treasurer for the state of Louisiana. In 1993 he founded Tulane University’s highly acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program. Peter hosts a popular weekly business show on National Public Radio called “Out to Lunch” and is the accomplished author of the book “Stocks Under Rocks”. Peter is energetic and entertaining while he educates his audiences.

Frank Cappiello

Managing Director of Montgomery Brothers, Cappiello, LLC, an investment advisor with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York. His background in economics is extensive: formerly the Chief Investment Officer for an insurance holding company as well as Research Director of a major stock brokerage firm and for more than 20 years, he was past President of McCullough, Andrews, & Cappiello, Inc., an investment advisory firm. A recognized authority on investments, Frank Cappiello is best known to television viewers as a regular panelist of the PBS's former television series "Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser" and its successor show: “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street”.

Jeremy Rifkin

As your economic speaker, Jeremy Rifkin shares his knowledge as author of seventeen best-selling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, workforce, society, and environment. His most recent books include The Empathic Civilization and The European Dream. Jeremy also serves as an advisor to the European Union on issues related to the economy, climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. To hear his insight first-hand that thousands of colleges and corporations reference to gives you an opportunity to learn new cutting-edge teachings that could change your business forever.

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, host of “Cash Call with Jean Chatzky” on RLTV, and New York Times best seller for her books Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved and Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day. As if she doesn’t do enough, she is also a respected and vibrant financial speaker! Jean has made it her mission to show people at every age the important life lesson of how to manage their money. She does this by simplifying money matters and increasing financial literacy both now and for the future to her audiences.

Todd Buchholz

Todd Buchholz is an international economist, hedge fund manager, former Harvard lecturer and frequent TV and radio commentator. He has written several bestselling books on the economy, including New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs and Market Shock. Buchholz is a widely sought after keynote speaker addressing a variety of topics, from the U.S. financial markets to geo political debates to economic policies that impact business strategies around the globe. With an incisive wit and entertaining style, Buchholz’s keynote presentations reveal the economic challenges and opportunities faced by our changing society and proposes important strategies for success.

Marci Rossell

It is in Marci Rossell’s nature to electrify and entertain her audiences as an economic speaker. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. She was also the Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies. In Marci’s keynotes she takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people`s lives, families and careers. Her energy and passion for helping people shine through her thought-provoking commentary and create a monumental moment of inspiration for all audience members.

Christopher Geczy

Dr. Geczy has been on the Finance Faculty at Wharton since 1997 and has recently taken on the Academic Directorship of the Wharton Wealth Management Initiative at Wharton Executive Education. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in finance and econometrics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He regularly teaches investment management and co-created the first full course on hedge funds at The Wharton School along with a number of executive education courses and has taught AIMR/CFA-Institute-accredited professional Risk Management courses through the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. Before his studies at Chicago, Chris worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C., in its Division of Research and Statistics. Chris is a Fellow of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and has been the New York Stock Exchange Fellow and the Geewax-Terker Fellow at the Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research at Wharton. He has been the Academic Director of a number of Wharton Executive Education programs including the 2009 Securities Industry Institute in partnership with SIFMA, the Investment Management Consultants Association Endowments and Foundations, Alternative Investments and the advanced Investment Strategist Certificate programs.

Harry Dent

Harry S. Dent, Jr. brings a very lively and common sense approach to help financial advisors and everyday investors understand the fundamental trends and factors that drive the current economy. He offers insight into and predictions for the future effects of Baby Boomer spending, deflation, home foreclosures, and personal and government debt. Dent also addresses the global economy, including China's bubble and the European debt crisis. With every topic, he presents a clear and cohesive picture of the current situation and its implications. A well-known author and developer of The Dent Method--a forecasting approach based on changes in demographic trends--he continues to educate audiences about his predictions for the coming decades. In his newest book, The Great Crash Ahead, he prepares investors for the rollercoaster of the years ahead. Opinionated and stimulating, Dent never fails to stimulate thinking.

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