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Join engaging discussions on economics, finance, and public policy.

BEC speakers are selected from the private, public and academic sector.  A sample of more recent speakers includes Janet Yellen, Lawrence Summers, Eric Rosengren, Catherine Mann, Jonathan Gruber, Nicholas Burns, Cathy O’Neil and Seth Klarman. Topics covered differ by month, with a consistent emphasis on relevance. Membership year runs from September to early June. Here are the speakers and topics from the past several years.

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    • 6 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Paul Connolly Center 4th Fl
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    Dr. Deborah Lucas

    Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy.

    Dr. Deborah Lucas’s current research lies at the intersection of finance and policy, with a focus on economically meaningful cost measurement and assessment of government financial activities. Some current projects include developing and applying improved models to measure credit subsidies to state-owned enterprises, evaluating the international fiscal and macroeconomic implications of COVID-19 credit support and forbearance programs, creating a world atlas of government financial institutions, and analyzing the costs and welfare consequences of government financial products such as reverse mortgages.

    Lucas is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Term Professor at the PBC School of Finance at Tsinghua University, and a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee. She serves on an advisory board at the Urban Institute and at the Peterson Institute, and is on the editorial board of the Annual Review of Financial Economics. She is a board member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and P/E Investments, and a consultant for the Congressional Budget Office. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

    Previous appointments include chief economist, and subsequently assistant and associate director at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, member of the Social Security Technical Advisory Panel, senior staff economist for U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and coeditor of the JMCB. An expert on federal credit programs, she has testified before the U.S. Congress on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, student loans, and strategically important financial institutions.

    Lucas received her BA, MA, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

    Please note that for security reasons, you will be asked to present a government issued photo identification to gain entrance into the Federal Reserve Bank. 

    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Paul Connolly Center 4th Fl
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    Dr. Doug Elmendorf

    Dean of and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

    Dr. Doug Elmendorf has been dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School since 2016. He had been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution after serving as the director of the Congressional Budget Office from January 2009 through March 2015. He had previously been a senior fellow at Brookings, assistant director of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board, deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, senior economist at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, and an assistant professor at Harvard University. In those policy roles, Doug worked on budget policy, health care issues, the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy, Social Security, income security programs, financial markets, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, and a range of other topics. He earned his PhD and AM in economics from Harvard University and his AB summa cum laude from Princeton University.

    Please note that for security reasons, you will be asked to present a government issued photo identification to gain entrance into the Federal Reserve Bank. 

    • 3 Apr 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Paul Connolly Center 4th Fl
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    Spencer Glendon

    Founder at Probable Futures

    Spencer is dedicated to making climate science more accessible, useful, and intuitive so that everyone on Earth can build their climate literacy and mindfully prepare for the consequences that climate change is likely to bring.

    Spencer earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he focused on the history of urbanization and industrialization. He has extensive training and experience in finance, history, and languages and has worked and lived in Michigan, Chicago, Germany, Russia, China, and Boston.

    For 18 years, Spencer was a Macroanalyst, Partner, and Director of Investment Research at Wellington Management, a firm with more than $1 trillion in client assets. In that role, he endeavored to understand issues that could affect markets, but that fell outside of the typical silos in finance, such as the modernization of China, the consequences of ubiquitous information and computing, political risk, inequality, and eventually, climate change.

    In 2017, Spencer began collaborating with scientists, business leaders, designers, technologists, and educators to research the effects of climate change and to share those findings publicly. This work helped underpin initiatives such as a first-of-its-kind partnership between Wellington Management and the Woodwell Climate Research Center, as well as McKinsey & Co.’s 2020 Climate Risk and Response report. Inspired by these collaborations, he founded Probable Futures in 2020 to help democratize climate science and build bridges between climate science and many other disciplines.

    In addition to his role at Probable Futures, Spencer serves as a senior fellow at Woodwell Climate and spends time as a pro bono consultant and public speaker across industries and communities. In 2023, Spencer joined Harvard Business School as an Executive Fellow, where he works in collaboration with Michael Toffel and Peter Tufano on research and education around climate risk.

    Spencer lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Lisa, and enjoys cooking, listening to and telling stories, and exploring the natural world.

    Please note that for security reasons, you will be asked to present a government issued photo identification to gain entrance into the Federal Reserve Bank. 

    • 17 Apr 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Paul Connolly Center 4th Fl
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    Dr. David Kelly

    Chief Global Strategist and Head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team,

    J.P. Morgan Asset Management

    Dr. David Kelly, managing director, is the Chief Global Strategist and Head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. With over 25 years of experience, David provides valuable insight and perspective on the economy and markets to the institutional investor and financial advisor global communities. 


    David's research focuses on investment implications of an evolving economic environment. He has written extensively on all aspects of the U.S. economy and his proprietary U.S. economic forecasting model helps shape his views on both the economic landscape and prospective asset class returns. He currently sits on JP Morgan Fund's operating committee. 


    Throughout his career, David has developed a unique ability to explain complex economic and market issues in a language that financial professionals can use to communicate to their clients. He is a keynote speaker at many national investment conferences and a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other financial media outlets. 


    Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Asset Management, David served as Economic Advisor to Putnam Investments. He has also served as a senior strategist/economist at SPP Investment Management, Primark Decision Economics, Lehman Brothers and DRI/McGraw-Hill. 

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    • 1 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Paul Connolly Center 4th Fl

    Details coming Soon


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