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  • Economic Outlook Forum



  • Thursday, February 20 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott

  • Join us for the 2020 Economic Outlook Forum, where we examine global, national and local economic trends and how it relates to the business community. Last year's popular keynote speaker, Rich Karlgaard, Publisher and Futurist, Forbes Media, returns for a talk on “Tech, Trade, Turbulence and the 2020 Elections.”

  • Tech, Trade, Turbulence and the 2020 Elections

    In early 2016, Forbes Publisher and Futurist Rich Karlgaard predicted Donald Trump would win the presidency. Now, Karlgaard dons his political-economic lens once more and provides insight on the 2020 elections – and how it will all likely impact the U.S. economy and markets. In this speech, Karlgaard tackles a number of questions. How strong, really, is the U.S. economy? What will trigger the next recession and when? Is the stock market poised for a crash, and how will we know one is coming? He looks at how far President Trump is willing to take his trade war, and how will China respond. He analyses why technologies such as artificial intelligence are speeding up and punishing businesses unable to keep up. Karlgaard shares financially grounded advice on how your business should deal with AI, the Cloud, IoT, and digital disruption.


    About the speaker
    One of the most influential and respected figures in the technology, economic and business worlds, Rich Karlgaard advises audiences on how to harness an organization’s disruptive spirits to maximize business opportunities in the global marketplace.

    As an expert in artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things Rich is also a regular panelist on one of cable news' most popular business shows, Forbes on FOX. He is a co-founder of Upside magazine, Garage Technology Partners (with Guy Kawasaki) and Silicon Valley’s premier public business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club. For the latter, Karlgaard won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

    Karlgaard’s book on innovation culture, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, rapidly became Amazon’s top seller in the category of Strategy and Competition. Management guru, Tom Peters wrote: “The Soft Edge is brilliantly organized and written—and its peerless message is right on the money for our chaotic times.” Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, wrote: “Rich Karlgaard is a navigator for the rest of us.” The Soft Edge made the lists of top business books of 2014 for Inc., Time.com, Value Walk, 800-CEO-READ, Huffington Post, and Forbes India.

    His 2015 book, Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations, was published in 2015 and has been endorsed by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx.

    In his biweekly Forbes column, Innovation Rules, he provides an honest and incisive assessment on a broad range of emerging issues. Rich brings the same candor and vision to his bespoke and wildly thought-provoking presentations, as he reveals a prospective and comprehensive analysis of the disruptive forces that are reshaping your industry. Rich equips today’s leaders with timely insights that help them adapt to the era of technological and political disruption and thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

    About the event
    The Economic Outlook Forum is an opportunity to learn about global economic trends and examine the local landscape and factors that keep us competitive. From workforce issues to regulation and the outlook for the future, speakers discuss the impact of the national and regional economy as well as local trends.

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