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  • Molly Reynolds on the future of Congress

    As the 2020 election season comes to an end and a new Congress approaches, Molly Reynolds, senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the US Senate, joins to discuss potential changes in how Congress conducts its business or asserts its priorities, and how that could shape the next two years in the Executive Branch.

  • Will the November Lockdowns Derail the European Economic Recovery?

    In this podcast Ilaria Maselli and Klaas de Vries discuss some of the insights from Conference Board research on how the European economy is doing. We start with the impact of the November lockdowns on the economy and then discuss two different scenarios for 2021.

  • Gbenga Ajilore on COVID-19 and the impact on rural communities

    While COVID-19 initially struck hardest in American cities, since the end of the summer, more and more rural Americans are dealing with the consequences of the pandemic—including new daily per capita caseloads and death rates that have surpassed those found in more urban areas. Gbenga Ajilore, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, joins to discuss COVID-19’s impacts on rural communities and the barriers that threaten to hamper recovery in some rural areas.

  • Supporting Veteran-owned businesses, employees, and communities – are corporations doing enough to help?

    Paul Washington, Executive Director of the ESG Center at The Conference Board, interviews Ben Biles, CEO and Co-founder, American Veterans Group, and Jeff Cathey, Senior Military Affairs Executive at Bank of America, about the value of supporting veteran-owned businesses and employees, and how Covid-19 and changing demographics may lead to new strategies in private sector.

  • US Labor Market Roundup: October Jobs Report and the Top 10 Pandemic Job Market Trends

    We react to the October jobs report and then discuss the Top 10 Pandemic Job Market Trends. The U.S. economy and labor market are experiencing a very unusual recession. As the fallout from COVID-19 continues, we identify the biggest trends involving the U.S. job market that business leaders should be aware of.

  • Rob Jackson on financial regulation and the future of capital markets

    Former SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson, Co-Director of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance and Director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at the New York University School of Law, joins to discuss transparency, concentration, the perceived political power of business, and the strengths and weaknesses of US financial regulation a decade after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

  • Adapting to the Reimagined Workplace: Human Capital Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Conference Board expects that COVID-19 will have many lasting impacts on the world of work and Human Capital processes. To gauge how organizations are reacting to the changing business environment in the context of their workforces, we conducted an online survey in September 2020 with 330 human capital executives, mostly in large companies—a follow-up on our survey from April 2020. Our findings were published in the report Adapting to the Reimagined Workplace: Human Capital Responses to the

  • US Elections – What Now?

    This podcast was recorded on November 5, before most news organizations called the US presidential election for Joe Biden, and before Biden himself claimed victory. Nick Redman, Director of Analysis, Oxford Analytica, Dana Petersen, Chief Economist, The Conference Board and David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist, J.P. Morgan discuss the choices facing the next administration. The panel did not start from the certainty that Biden would become president.

  • Abigail Wozniak on COVID-19's impact on opportunity and the prospects for inclusive growth

    From public health and worker safety to economic dislocation and financial stability, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit some families and communities much harder than others. With the early economic recovery itself looking increasingly uneven, Abigail Wozniak, Director of the Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, joins to discuss efforts to track the pandemic’s unequal impacts and how COVID-19 may exacerbate existing economic disparities.

  • The Conference Board U.S. Consumer Confidence Index Declines Slightly in October 2020

    The just released Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® declined slightly in October, after increasing sharply in September. While consumers’ assessment of current conditions improved, expectations declined due to the short-term job outlook. Join this podcast with Conference Board Chief Economist Dana Peterson and Lynn Franco, Senior Director of Economic Indicators to understand the story behind the numbers and what our experts foresee for the final months of 2020.

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