Annual Economic Forecast and Business Leadership Summit

Annual Economic Forecast and Business Leadership Summit

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey
4650 Lindle Road | Harrisburg, PA 17111
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 8:45 am to 2 pm
( Registration begins at 8:15 am )

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

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Every company needs to not only understand today’s financial picture, but have some type of barometer that looks at the impacts of technology, culture and the labor market with which to help forecast what may happen on the national and international economic fronts, and to help make effective leadership decisions. 

The labor shortage has reached critical levels.  As companies struggle to find and keep top talent, they not only need employees who can be highly productive, but those who are able to “think on their feet” – a high degree of agility and innovation are needed now more than ever. 

At the same time, all of the communication devices employees utilize personally and to succeed in today’s workplace are causing massive distractions.  While employees are responding to customer inquiries 24/7, the lines between personal and work devices have become blurred, challenging employees to stay focused.  

The Annual Economic Forecast and Business Leadership Summit brings together some of the nation’s most respected economic forecasters, and leading experts on keeping your team focused amid the distractions, and the science behind emotional intelligence to instill an agile and innovative workplace culture.  All designed to provide insights that will help executives understand the influences on today’s economy and to be able to plan for the future:

  • Bill Benjamin, Partner, The Institute for Health and Human Potential, will describe the science behind emotional intelligence which can lead to an innovative and agile workforce culture that adapts to change during times of disruption and transformation.
  • Bryan Cutler, Majority Leader, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will present an overview of the economic challenges currently facing Pennsylvania businesses and anticipated economic activity that may be occurring over the next few years.
  • Top national economist Dr. J.D. Foster, Senior Vice President, Economic Policy Division, and Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce will present the national economic perspective and its impact on business.
  • Linda McMahon, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, Member of President Trump’s Cabinet. As an advocate on behalf of 30 million small businesses, Administrator McMahon will provide the national perspective on economic news and smaller businesses.
  • Curt Steinhorst, Founder of Focuswise and bestselling author, will explain how organizations can overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly connected workplace, employees and customers.

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 25. Reservations must be made by February 4, 2019 to reserve at this rate. 

Call 800.325.3535 | 717.564.5511 to make your overnight room reservations, and 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

JD Foster

J.D. Foster, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President of the Economic Policy Division, and the Chief Economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  He explores and explains developments in the U.S. and global economies. He also participates in discussions around the country regarding the economy and economic policy, and supports other functions at the Chamber with economic analysis and guidance.  Prior to joining the Chamber in June 2013, Foster was the Norman B. Ture Senior Fellow in the Economics of Fiscal Policy at The Heritage Foundation, a longstanding nonprofit, Washington, D.C., research organization. Before coming to Heritage in 2007, Foster spent five years as associate director for economic policy (chief economist) at the Office of Management and Budget, the White House.

In 2001, Foster served as economic counsel in the Office of Tax Policy, the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to that, he served as legislative director to Rep. Crane (R-IL), vice chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S.House of Representatives.  From 1993 to 1999, Foster was executive director and chief economist of the Tax Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit research organizations. Before that, he was chief of staff at the White House Council of Economic Advisors under Dr. Michael Boskin. Earlier he served consecutively under Sens. Armstrong (R-CO), Symms (R-ID), and Nickles (R-OK) representing them on the Senate Finance, Budget, and Policy committees.  Foster writes extensively on tax policy and entitlement reform, as well as on matters of monetary policy and international economics. He received a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Colorado, an M.A. in economics from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University.

Bryan Cutler

Serving his seventh term in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Bryan Cutler represents the 100th Legislative District in Lancaster County. In November 2018, Cutler was elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Leader for the 2019-20 Legislative Session, a position he assumed on Dec. 1, 2018. He was originally elected in 2006.  

With his extensive background in health care and the industries that deliver these vital services, Bryan has been a constant advocate for policies to make the state’s health care system more accessible and affordable. He is an outspoken champion for ALS awareness and research, especially its impact on veterans. He also serves as a legislative appointee to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. Bryan’s background in hospitals has also translated into writing laws to make the Commonwealth’s hospitals work more efficiently. His bill to eliminate redundant hospital accreditation procedures for hospitals that already meet all state licensing requirements, was signed into law as Act 60 of 2013. The law has allowed Pennsylvania hospitals to spend more of their time and money serving their patients.

Since coming to Harrisburg, Bryan has battled to ensure only the people eligible for human service assistance receive the help they need, while working to shut the door on fraud and abuse in the system. His leadership on a House welfare reform task force and his tireless activism for changes to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) led to the passage of Act 164 of 2012. This law implements fraud detection and prevention mechanisms through the use of an Income Eligibility Verification System and strengthens fraud reporting measures and whistleblower protections. In an effort to promote greater integrity for those that lobby state government, Bryan drafted legislation to strengthen lobbyist disclosure. The bill became Act 2 of 2018.

Administrator McMahon

Linda McMahon serves as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As a member of President Trump’s cabinet, she advocates on behalf of the 30 million small businesses in America. She leads a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring entrepreneurs have the support and tools they need to start, grow and succeed in business, specifically through access to capital and federal contracting opportunities; counseling and mentorship; and financial assistance following declared disasters.

An entrepreneur and business executive herself, McMahon is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of WWE, based in Stamford, Connecticut. She helped grow WWE from a 13-person regional operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide.

McMahon has been a longtime advocate for women in leadership and business and has been widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives. She stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate and was the Republican nominee to represent the people of Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.

McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University. She and her husband, Vince, have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Bill Benjamin

Bill Benjamin has over 30 years of business experience and has provided his expertise on performance and leadership with diverse groups in many high-pressure environments, including the U.S. Marines, NASA, Intel, Goldman Sachs and even surgeons!  Benjamin is a partner at the Institute for Health & Human Potential, a world leader in developing and delivering brain-science based training programs that help people to manage emotions and lead under pressure. Benjamin contributed to IHHP’s New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, and he is a monthly contributor to CEO Magazine

Benjamin knows first-hand the importance of having to perform under pressure: he is a recovering mathematics major.  He is a former sales and marketing executive in the IT industry and has received direct feedback from his wife and his two daughters that being smart is not enough to succeed at work or at home!  Benjamin was born in Canada, lives in suburban Chicago, and travels the world helping others learn his hard-earned wisdom into the key qualities that will make each of us better leaders – our ability to manage emotions and perform under pressure.

Curt Streinhorst

Curt Steinhorst is Founder of Focuswise and the bestselling author of Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace.  He is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. After years studying the impact of technology on human behavior, Steinhorst founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly connected workplace.

Diagnosed with ADD as a child, Steinhorst knows intimately the challenges companies face to keep the attention of today’s distracted workforce and customer.  He has coached executives, TV personalities, and well-known professional athletes on how to effectively communicate and create focus when they speak to audiences, lead their employees, and engage their customers.  Steinhorst’s unique insight and entertaining speaking style has captured the attention of audiences worldwide.  He speaks more than seventy-five times a year to organizations that include everyone from global leadership associations and nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies.