Sixth Annual Economic Forecast Summit

Sixth Annual Economic Forecast Summit

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey
4650 Lindle Road | Harrisburg, PA 17111
Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 8:15 am to 2:15 pm

Member Price: $195 | Non-Member Price: $195

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Event Description

The Sixth Annual Economic Forecast Summit—every company needs to not only understand today’s financial picture, but have some type of barometer with which to help forecast what may happen on both the national and international economic fronts.  Knowing the trends and probable outcomes helps companies plan for hiring, save for reserves, anticipate new products and services, develop marketing strategies and communicate with customers. 

At the same time, executives and business leaders have stated in a 2016 Deloitte Touche Survey that two of the most pressing issues facing them that must be addressed are the skilled labor/talent gap and cybersecurity. 

Because of the importance of these topics to the growth and success of businesses in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association present a special forum featuring:

  • James Chessen, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, American Bankers Association will present the national economic perspective and its impact on business.
  • David DeLong, Ph.D.,  AgeLab Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Expert in  Workforce Development, Corporate Culture and Knowledge Retention  brings practical solutions for closing ‘skills gaps’ that deter organizational performance.  He will describe how to develop new leaders faster, and create a smarter workforce by building a Millennial-friendly culture, maximizing the value of veteran workers, and managing organizational changes to build tomorrow’s workforce.
  • Chris Valasek, Security Lead, Uber Advanced Technologies Center and Renowned “White Hat” Hacker will provide sobering insights on security problems in various technologies and devices that can lead to compromises from the outside world.  He will share urgent solutions for protecting against imminent cyber-threats, and will explain potential vulnerabilities faced by our increasingly digital, wireless and ‘Internet of Things’ way of life and business.

This event brings together some of the nation’s most respected economic forecasters, workforce management strategists and cyber-security innovators to provide insights that will help executives understand the details of today’s economy and prepare for what is expected in the future.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 3
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 3

Event Venue

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey

Physical Address: 4650 Lindle Road | Harrisburg, PA 17111

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The Sheraton has blocked rooms at a special rate of $149 for conference attendees for the evening of February 14. The cut-off date is January 22, 2018. After that date the rooms may not be available at this price. Call 800.325.3535 or 717.564.5511 to make your overnight room reservations. Advise the booking agent that you are attending the PA Chamber’s Conference and that you get the preferred rate.

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About The Speaker

James Chessen, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of the American Bankers Association. In this capacity, Chessen oversees three departments: Economic Policy and Research which monitors the financial performance and condition of the banking industry and studies legislative and regulatory issues as they pertain to the banking industry; the Benchmarking and Survey Research group that conducts primary
research and publishes comprehensive industry survey reports to meet members’ information needs; and the Center for Payments and Cybersecurity which works to influence policy and educate stakeholders on payments, cybersecurity and emerging technologies that support the delivery of high-quality, secure payments services. Chessen writes on banking issues and he appears regularly in the print and broadcast media. He has also testified before Congress and federal regulatory agencies on economic and banking issues. Prior to joining the ABA in March 1988, Chessen worked as a financial economist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and was an assistant professor of economics at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Chessen has a Ph.D. and an MA in Economics from Virginia Tech and a BA from the University of Puget Sound.

David DeLong, Ph.D. helps leaders implement practical solutions to address critical skill shortages created by major changes in workforce demographics, shifts in generational values and new technologies. President of Smart Workforce Strategies, DeLong is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College where he teaches “Leading & Managing Organizational Change.” He is coauthor of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill), and author of the widely-praised book Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford University Press). His most recent book is Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market. DeLong has spoken for and consulted with organizations such as MetLife, American Council of Life Insurers, the Federal Reserve Bank, Farm Credit System, Microsoft, MasterCard, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ernst & Young and Accenture. His work has been widely cited in the New York Times,Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review Blog,CIO Magazine, US News & World Report and The Boston Globe. He has also been interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.”

Chris Valasek draws from his research and headline-making exposure of serious automotive security flaws as he shares real-world solutions for protecting consumers and companies against cyber attacks. Regarded for his work in the automotive security arena, Valasek is a security lead at Uber’s Advanced Technology Center and chairman of SummerCon, America’s longest running hacker conference. Best known for engineering the remote compromise of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee with his research partner, Dr. Charlie Miller, he has been praised for exposing serious security flaws in automobiles. Valasek is one of the first researchers to discuss automotive security issues in detail — his release of code, data and tools that allowed vehicles to be physically accessed and controlled through the vehicle’s CAN bus garnered worldwide media attention. Highly sought for his sobering insights on security problems in various technologies and devices that can lead to compromises from the outside world, Valasek shares urgent solutions for protecting the public from imminent cyber threats. His thoughts on the world of cybersecurity in general will change your entire view of potential vulnerabilities faced by not only the auto industry, but our increasingly digital, wireless and ‘Internet of Things’ way of life and business.