Programs

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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

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.

June 2021

Catherine Mann

Managing Director and Global Chief Economist, Citibank

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

As Citibank’s Global Chief Economist, Ms. Mann is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. She previously served as Chief Economist at the OECD, and prior to that 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.

August 2021

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

President, American Action Forum policy institute

Mr. Holtz-Eakin will discuss the outlook and key issues for the U.S. budget deficit and fiscal policy.

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.

October 2021

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

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. 

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.

Recent Programs

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

Ms. George provided 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.

2020

Esther George

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Ms. George provided an update on the economy.

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.

2020

Avi Goldfarb

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

Mr. Goldfarb discussed the economic factors driving the use of artificial intelligence in a widening array of applications.

He is the author, with Ajay Agrawal and Joshua Gans, of the bestselling book Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. Mr. Goldfarb is also Chief Data Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab, Senior Editor at Marketing Science, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research on the economics of technology has been discussed in White House reports, Congressional testimony, European Commission documents, the Economist, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, CBC Radio, National Public Radio, Forbes, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

2020

Amy Walter

National Editor, The Cook Political Report

Ms. Walter reviewed the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment heading into the nation’s 2020 election.

Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, Ms. Walter is National Editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report and frequent on-air analyst. Over the past 20 years, she has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. She appears on the popular “Politics Monday” segment on the PBS NewsHour, hosts WNYC’s nationally-syndicated public radio news program, “The Takeaway Fridays”, and writes a weekly column on cookpolitical.com. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’s Face the Nation, and appears frequently on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier.

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.

Dr. Sack and Mr. Cowden provided a forward-looking view of how COVID-19 may affect and possibly reshape Kansas City Area businesses individually and the business landscape.

Dr. Sack is responsible for all MRIGlobal research operations, generating approximately $100 million annually in contract research in global health, energy, and national security and defense. He manages nearly 500 technical staff, including chemists, biologists, engineers, and microbiologists, working in nine U.S. locations and overseas. He is responsible for MRIGlobal’s partnership in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, which manages more than $450 million in research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mr. Cowden leads the strategic direction and vision for the Kansas City Area Development Council from global positioning for the KC market to KCADC investor and client relationships. The KCADC team drives new corporate attraction in partnership with economic development leadership across the 18-county, two state Kansas City region. They work with a variety of business types reflecting the diverse strengths of the Kansas City region. These include investments focused on advanced manufacturing, corporate headquarters, shared services operations, information technology, logistics/distribution, and animal, bio and life sciences. 

2020

Kyle Vogt

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

Mr. Vogt will describe his experience as an entrepreneur and discuss the application of artificial intelligence in self-driving cars. 

A native of Shawnee, Kansas and a graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Mr. Vogt is the Co-Founder, President, and CTO at Cruise.  Before founding Cruise in 2013, Kyle was a co-founder at Twitch, which Amazon acquired for $1.1 billion. With more than a decade of experience designing and deploying large-scale distributed systems, infrastructure, and complex robots that serve hundreds of millions of users, Kyle now leads Cruise’s world-class engineering organization where he continues to write and review code every day. Kyle studied electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.