Programs

Overview Section

We host several programs a year featuring keynote presentations by renowned thought leaders. Every other year, we host the award ceremony for the Truman Medal for Economic Policy, which we co-sponsor with the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, and the Missouri Council on Economic Education.

Upcoming Programs

Recent Programs

November 2021

Tour of Hunt Midwest SubTropolis

The World’s Largest Underground Business Complex.®

Economic Club members will tour SubTropolis. Event specifics will be announced later.

SubTropolis is the world’s largest underground business complex, with over 6.7 million square feet of industrial space and 7.3 million square feet available for future expansion. SubTropolis was created through the mining of a 270-million-year-old limestone deposit. In the mining process, limestone is removed, leaving 25-foot square pillars. The pillars’ even spacing, concrete flooring and 16-foot high, smooth ceilings make build-to-suit facilities time and cost efficient for tenants. The complex is energy efficient, completely dry, brightly lit, with miles of wide, paved streets accessed at street level. Tenants include e-commerce, supply chain, pharmaceutical, animal health, automotive, record storage and food storage businesses.

October 2021

2021 Truman Medal – Club Reception for Roger Ferguson, Jr.

POSTPONED – TBA 2022

President and CEO of TIAA, and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Mr. Ferguson is the ninth recipient of the Truman Medal for Economic Policy, awarded biennially since 2005 to honor individuals with distinguished careers in economic research and policy. Mr. Ferguson was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1997–2006, serving as Vice Chairman from 1999–2006. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Federal Reserve’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed. As Vice Chairman he led or influenced many domestic and international financial regulatory changes that contributed to a safer, more efficient, and modernized financial system, such as payment modernization through electronic clearing and settlement of checks, and improvements in FOMC communications and transparency through the public statement of actions after each meeting. After leaving the Federal Reserve, Mr. Ferguson continued his public service by serving on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and co-chairing the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

 

August 2021

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

President, American Action Forum policy institute

Can people still hope for the American Dream? Is it still attainable?

Mr. Holtz-Eakin will discuss the outlook of American businesses and how proposed Congressional fiscal policies could affect the future of jobs and wealth. Mr. Holtz-Eakin’s career has spanned the areas of public policy, politics, government, and academia. He served as Director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office from 2003-05 and chief economist of President George H. W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. He also was the chief economic policy adviser to Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. He has held positions in several Washington-based, policy-focused organizations including director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the Paul A. Volcker chair in international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.

June 2021

Catherine Mann

Former Chief Economist & G20 Finance Deputy of the OECD, Catherine Mann

Ms. Mann will discuss the outlook and key issues for global trade and policy.

Ms. Mann has been responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to the OECD, Mann was a professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School. She also spent 20+ years in Washington, DC at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and the World Bank. Her written work includes more than 85 scholarly articles and seven books primarily on the topics of US external imbalances, trade, international capital flows and the dollar, and information technology and services trade in global markets.

May 2021

Chris Wright

CEO and Chairman, Liberty Oilfield Services

Mr. Wright will address the state of and prospects for the energy industry.

Mr. Wright has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He was the founder and CEO from 1992–2006 of Pinnacle Technologies, which created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry. Pinnacle’s innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990s. Mr. Wright has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents, authored/co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles, and spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, and Federal and State Judges.

March 2021

David Lam

Director of the Institute for Social Research, Professor in the Department of Economics, and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Lam will explore the demographic factors underlying economic activity at home and abroad.

A leading authority on the demography of the global labor market, Mr. Lam has addressed the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank. He is a Professor in the Department of Economics and a Research Professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He is also Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

January 2021

Esther George

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Ms. George will provide an in-depth perspective on the nation’s economic outlook.

As president and CEO of the Kansas City Fed, Ms. George leads a workforce of nearly 2000 employees located at offices in Kansas City, Omaha, Denver, and Oklahoma City. The Kansas City Fed is responsible for conducting monetary policy, providing financial services to depository institutions, and supervising nearly 1,000 banking organizations in its seven-state region. In 2019, Ms. George served as a voting member on the Federal Reserve’s policymaking body, the Federal Open Market Committee. She also leads the Federal Reserve System’s efforts to modernize the U.S. payments system to enhance the security and speed of transactions across the banking system.

Truman Medal for Economic Policy

In alternate years, the Club also hosts the award ceremony for the Truman Medal for Economic Policy, co-sponsored with the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, and the Missouri Council on Economic Education. The Truman Medal is awarded to an economist who has made extraordinary contributions to the nation’s economic policy.

The 2021 Truman Medal for Economic Policy will be awarded to Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, in a special program on October 7, 2021.

Previous award recipients

  • Alan Greenspan 2005
  • George Shultz 2007
  • Paul Volcker 2009
  • Allan Meltzer 2011
  • Alice Rivlin 2013
  • John Taylor 2015
  • Robert Shiller 2017
  • Janet Yellen 2019

Past Programs

2020

Esther George

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

2020

Esther George

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

2020

Avi Goldfarb

Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare and Professor of Marketing, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto

2020

Amy Walter

National Editor, The Cook Political Report

2020

Thomas Sack and Tim Cowden

Thomas Sack is President and Chief Executive Officer of MRIGlobal. Tim Cowden is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Area Development Council.

2020

Kyle Vogt

Co-Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer, Cruise Automation