Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2015)—The Atlantic Summit on the Economy returns to Washington on Thursday, April 23, convening the newsmakers, business leaders, advocates, and academics shaping economic policy and the way the world does business. Now in its fourth year, the daylong program will take place at the Capital Hilton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The day will feature one-on-one headline interviews and panel discussions on a wide spectrum of economic issues including sequestration and its impact on the economy; housing and the future of federal assistance; the past and future role of the Fed; wage inequality and jobs; status of trade negotiations; the energy economy; the state of the housing market and private sector debt; and more.

Speakers include:

  • Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tyler Cowen, Professor, George Mason University
  • Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
  • Veronique De Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Mike Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
  • Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President
  • John Hoeven (R-ND), U.S. Senator
  • Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow
  • John Kasich, Governor, Ohio
  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Senator
  • Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project, Brookings Institution
  • Thomas Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Alice Rivlin, Former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve & Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Sherle Schwenninger, Director, Economic Growth Program and American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
  • Yves Smith, Publisher, Naked Capitalism
  • Lawrence Summers, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Richard Vague, Chairman, Governor’s Woods Foundation
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle Chair, American Enterprise Institute

Conversations will be moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large at The Atlantic; Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic; Matt Thompson, deputy editor at TheAtlantic.com; Jonathan Allen, chief political correspondent at Vox; Margaret Carlson, columnist at Bloomberg View; Nancy Cook, economic and domestic policy correspondent at National Journal; Jonathan Karl, chief white house correspondent at ABC; David Leonhardt, managing editor at The New York Times' The Upshot; Edward Luce, columnist at the Financial Times; Megan McArdle, columnist at Bloomberg; and Steven Rattner, chairman at Willett Advisors.

Koch Industries is a presenting underwriter for the Summit and The Governor’s Woods Foundation is a knowledge underwriter.

A full agenda for the day, subject to change, follows. Press and camera crews interested in attending The Atlantic Summit on the Economy should contact The Atlantic’s Samantha Zeldin (szeldin@theatlantic.com or 202-266-7196).

Program Agenda:

8:15 a.m.     Guest Arrival and Registration

9:00 a.m.    Opening Remarks

  • James Bennet, Editor in Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic

9:05 a.m.    Secular Stagnation & Moving Beyond the Recovery

  • Interviewed by: David Leonhardt, Managing Editor, The Upshot, The New York Times
  • The Honorable Lawrence Summers, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

9:35 a.m.    Housing & The Future of Federal Assistance

  • Interviewed by: Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor, TheAtlantic.com
  • The Honorable Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

9:55 a.m.    Reviewing the American Dream: Private Sector Debt & The U.S. Housing Market

  • Moderated by: Nancy Cook, Economic & Domestic Policy Correspondent, National Journal
  • Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow
  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute

10:20 a.m.    Fiscal Fight: How Sequestration Impacts the Economy

  • Moderated by: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
  • The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President

11:00 a.m.    Coffee & Networking

11:15 a.m.    Powering the Future: The Energy Economy

  • Moderated by: Megan McArdle, Columnist, Bloomberg View
  • Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle Chair, American Enterprise Institute
  • Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project, Brookings Institution

11:35 a.m.    Private Sector Debt: America’s Blind Spot

  • Interviewed by: Jonathan Allen, Chief Political Correspondent, Vox
  • Richard Vague, Chairman, Governor’s Woods Foundation

12:00 p.m.    Taxes and Wage Inequality

  • Interviewed by: Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors
  • The Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

12:25 p.m.    Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m.    Monetary Policy Then & Now: The Role of the Fed    

  • Interviewed by: Edward Luce, Washington Columnist, Financial Times
  • The Honorable Alice Rivlin, Former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve & Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

1:25 p.m.    Congress & The Economy: A View from the Senate

  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • The Honorable John Hoeven (R-ND), U.S. Senate
  • The Honorable Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Senate

2:00 p.m.    On the Clock: Striving for Full Employment

  • Interviewed by: Margaret Carlson, Columnist, Bloomberg View
  • The Honorable Thomas Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

2:30 p.m.    Building an Economic FitBit: How Can We Jumpstart American Growth?

  • Moderated by: Edward Luce, Washington Columnist, Financial Times
  • Tyler Cowen, Professor, George Mason University
  • The Honorable John Delaney (D-MD), Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Yves Smith, Publisher, Naked Capitalism

2:55 p.m.    Unspoken Forces Shaping Our Economy

  • Moderated by: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • Veronique De Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Sherle Schwenninger, Director, Economic Growth Program and American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

3:30 p.m.    View from the States: Building Ohio’s Future

  • Interviewed by: Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News
  • The Honorable John Kasich, Governor, Ohio

4:00 p.m.    Trade, TPA & The Trans-Pacific Partnership

  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • The Honorable Mike Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President

4:25 p.m.    Closing Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

4:30 p.m.    “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” Cocktail Reception, Featuring Signature Drinks

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