The New Republic is pleased to host influential leaders from Washington and Wall Street for an honest examination of our current financial system. Participants will discuss the solutions offered since the collapse, successes and shortcomings to date, and the various rules and roles for key constituencies going forward.
Timed to coincide with the anniversary of last year's significant market failures, and with the release of several key economic indicators, "Inflection Point" will take place on Monday, September 14th, 2009, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, in Washington, D.C.
Confirmed speakers include:
Bill Ackman, CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management
David Faber, CNBC
Niall Ferguson, Author and Professor at Harvard University
U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA)
Gary Gensler, Chairman, U.S. CFTC
Glenn Hutchins, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive, Silver Lake
Christopher Lawrence, Co-Head of Investment Banking, Rothschild
Christina Romer, Chairwoman, Council of Economic Advisers
Eliot Spitzer, Former Governor of New York
James Stewart, Author, Den of Thieves
David Wessel, Washington Deputy Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal, and Author, In Fed We Trust
Additional speakers are in the process of being confirmed.
WORKING AGENDA - SUBJECT TO CHANGE
SESSION #1: One Year Later -- Response to the Crisis
A discussion on the decisions made by individual people and policymakers, both in the run-up to the crisis and during the crisis (interest rates, regulation oversight, moves by the Fed, positions of Paulson and Geithner, the transition between administrations)
SESSION #2: Regulation and Reform
Exploration of the steps to reform and regulate to prevent this kind of crisis in the future, and ways to synchronize reform and regulation across advanced global economies.
SESSION #3: Post Crisis Economy
A discussion around how the economy should or will look as we emerge from the crisis; ways to restore consistent, self-sustaining growth; the role Wall Street should play in the new economy, and how innovation and entrepreneurship might surpass finance and consumption as drivers of growth.
KEYNOTE: Christina Romer