2024 Economic Forecast & Business Leadership Summit

February 22, 2024 | 12:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

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The past two years have changed the workforce forever, and Human Resource professionals have been at the forefront in implementing those changes while navigating numerous unknowns about the future of work. Leading HR issues, frequent questions and projections about the new workplace will all be covered at the PA Chamber’s information-packed Spring HR Conference.

Join us virtually where leading HR and insurance experts will host timely and important discussions on the following topics:.

  • Latest HR trends and what the future may hold for HR – including the possibility of decentralized HR departments; HR professionals becoming “championship coaches” to meet employee needs in various settings; supporting employees in hybrid work settings; and more;.
  • Considerations for restructuring employee benefits packages with an eye toward Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs, as well as the need for mental health, substance abuse and drug testing programs and services;
  • Methods for re-imagining your company’s employee benefits programs to enhance your company’s work-life balance;
  • The importance of having good managers, and tips for retaining them;
  • Updates on the latest HR-related laws and regulations at the state and federal level, and more!


Back by popular demand! Learn about the current and future outlook for Pennsylvania and the nation’s economies, and business leadership lessons that will help your company thrive despite today’s challenges, at this valuable half-day event that is being co-hosted by the PA Chamber Foundation and the PA Bankers Association. We invite you to stay at the conclusion of this event to celebrate past PA Chamber President Gene Barr for having earned the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Icon Honors” award for his success and leadership while at the helm of the PA Chamber.


Click here for information and pricing regarding sponsorship opportunities at the 2024 Economic Forecast & Business Leadership Summit. If you have any questions, please contact PA Chamber Events and Engagement Executive Jennifer O’Donnell at jodonnell@pachamber.org or 717.720.5557.


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Time & Place

Thursday, February 22, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel

4650 Lindle Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17110


Click here to book your group rate for 2024 Annual Economic Forecast Summit.
Group rate: $159/night, available until 1/21/24.


tABLE: $2,000


Featured Speakers

Dave DeFazio, Partner at StrategyCorps

Armed with a passion for banking strategy, StrategyCorps partner Dave DeFazio has found great success and satisfaction in exploring the intersection of data, marketing, and technology.

At StrategyCorps, DeFazio leads and manages the company’s direct sales efforts while working directly with financial institutions to design, build, and implement various checking solutions. His extensive financial services experience and continuous research in the field help him ensure that each product and service meets the needs of today’s financial institutions.

Across the industry, DeFazio is a highly sought-after speaker who has shared thought leadership with banking and business professionals on innovations in financial technology, retail banking, mobile banking, customer engagement, product and customer profitability, product design, and bank marketing. His enlightening presentation will guide you through the current “fintech revolution,” and offer valuable insights and actionable strategies to help you navigate changing consumer behaviors in an increasingly mobile-centric world.

DeFazio graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics.

Matthew Knittel, Director at PA Independent Fiscal Office

Formerly employed as a financial economist by the U.S. Department of Treasury and an economist by the Michigan Department of Treasury. Matthew Knittel holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Knittel has taught courses at Johns Hopkins, Temple, and Penn State Universities and published several articles in the National Tax Journal, the NBER, and the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis working paper series.

Rob Engstrom, Chief Political Strategist at the American Bankers Association

Rob Engstrom is Chief Political Strategist at the American Bankers Association. He has been a chief strategist to some of the nation’s leading trade associations and corporations, spearheading strategic advocacy and political engagement operations.

Engstrom is the Founder and CEO of Wolfe Street Partners, a full-service strategic advocacy firm that advises trade associations, corporations, and state and local chambers of commerce. Previously, Engstrom served in various capacities at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he led the group’s national political, grassroots, and election-related activities and was the Chamber’s chief liaison to more than 2,000 state and local chambers and trade associations. He also served as Senior Vice President of Political and State Affairs for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, where he directed all state-level voter education, grassroots, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.

Before that, Engstrom worked for the Republican National Committee and on Speaker Gingrich’s campaign; and was recognized by Campaigns & Elections magazine as one of the “Top 50 Influencers” in the 2014 election. He lives with his wife, Celina, and their two young children in Alexandria, VA.

Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

As Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Neil Bradley is responsible for the organization’s overall advocacy efforts. In addition to managing policy development for the Chamber, Bradley oversees its government affairs activities, political program, and relations with other business organizations.

At the Chamber, Bradley has led the national discussion on hundreds of high-profile policy issues, influencing legislation at the federal, state, and local levels. He frequently appears on broadcast and cable news networks to present the business community’s priorities.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Bradley spent nearly 20 years working in the House of Representatives, including 11 years working for the House Republican leadership, where he oversaw policy formulation and coordinated committee activity in the House. After leaving Capitol Hill, Bradley founded Chartwell Policy Solutions LLC, a research, analysis, and advisory firm focused on public policy issues.

He has been recognized by several publications as among the most influential and effective policy staffers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C. and serves on numerous boards focusing on public policy and free enterprise.  A graduate of Georgetown University, Bradley resides in Chevy Chase, MD, with his wife, Kiki, and their son, Peter.

Russell Mills, Senior Principal and the Senior Regional Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Russell Mills is a Senior Principal and the Senior Regional Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Pittsburgh Branch. He is responsible for managing relationships with regional stakeholders, monitoring the region’s economic environment, and speaking to regional audiences on national and regional economic conditions. Additionally, he participates in briefings that support the Bank president’s role on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). He also manages the Bank’s relationships with the Pittsburgh Branch’s board of directors and business advisory councils in southwest Pennsylvania, northwest Pennsylvania, and northwest Ohio.


Dr. Mills joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 2023. Before taking on his current role, he oversaw the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University, leading a team in economic, community, and workforce development projects across 31 counties in northwestern Ohio. Prior to his time at the center, Dr. Mills was an Associate Professor of Political Science at BGSU and a Policy Analyst at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington D.C.


He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Westminster College, an M.P.A. from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kent State University.

Allison Coccia, Director of Political Engagement, PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Allison Coccia serves as the PA Chamber’s Director of Political Engagement on the Government Affairs team. She helped lead efforts for the recent state tax reform package that included a historic reduction of the corporate net income tax rate, and is responsible for the management of ChamberPAC, and the political arm of the PA Chamber. 

Previously Allison worked for five years as the Director of Government Relations for the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers; served as Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee, National Finance Director and Director of the Young Guns program at the National Republican Congressional Committee for former House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor; executive director for two state political parties, and managed or advised numerous political campaigns from Presidential and Federal through State and Local levels, including eleven Pennsylvania State House races .

Reception – Honoring Gene barr
CPBJ Icon Honors Award Recipient

The PA Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce a reception immediately following the 2024 Economic Forecast and Business Leadership Summit in honor of former PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. The reception will honor Barr for having earned the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Icon Honors” award for his success and leadership while at the helm of the PA Chamber.

We invite all attendees to stay for the reception congratulating Gene, whose development and execution of the annual Economic Forecast and Business Leadership Summit was among his many accomplishments!


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