Jul
26
Sun
Learn Public Speaking with the Shilohites Toastmasters Club @ Shiloh Church of God Seventh
Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do you have a fear of speaking in public? 

Have you ever been in a meeting and prayed that the supervisor would NOTcall on you?

If so, the Shilohites Toastmasters Club is the place for you!  We teach people how to overcome anxiety and communicate effectively.

Join one of our upcoming meetings.  We meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday @ 4:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

 

*Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve theircommunication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help people learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.

Aug
23
Sun
Learn Public Speaking with the Shilohites Toastmasters Club @ Shiloh Church of God Seventh
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do you have a fear of speaking in public? 

Have you ever been in a meeting and prayed that the supervisor would NOTcall on you?

If so, the Shilohites Toastmasters Club is the place for you!  We teach people how to overcome anxiety and communicate effectively.

Join one of our upcoming meetings.  We meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday @ 4:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

 

*Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve theircommunication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help people learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.

Nov
17
Thu
34th Annual Monetary Conference: Central Banks and Financial Turmoil @ Cato Institute
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 6:15 pm
Feb
27
Mon
Global Food Safety Conference @ Hilton Americas-Houston
Feb 27 – Mar 2 all-day

“The GFSI Global Food Safety Conference is a unique annual event bringing together over 1,000 leading food safety specialists from over 50 countries to advance Food Safety globally. The Conference provides the opportunity to meet and network with industry peers, share knowledge, benefit from thought-provoking presentations from internationally reputed industry experts and hear innovative ideas to implement in your workplace.”

Apr
17
Mon
Housing Markets and the Fiscal Health of US Central Cities (Urban Institute) @ Urban Institute
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

“Many American central cities are still recovering from sharp revenue declines during the Great Recession, a collapse in housing prices, and an unprecedented surge in mortgage foreclosures. An investigation of central cities’ economic and fiscal resilience in the wake of these shocks is a prerequisite for crafting policies to ensure cities can provide essential public services and to prepare for future shocks to housing markets and local economies. This event will offer insights from two recent research projects funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that explore the links between shocks to urban housing markets and central cities’ finances.

The forum provides an opportunity for policymakers, budget officers, and others interested in cities’ fiscal health to discuss the relationship between housing and city finances and the role of fiscal policies in weathering future housing market fluctuations. The discussion will include presentations from researchers at the Urban Institute, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the City University of New York, as well as respondents from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and municipal budget directors. A list of confirmed speakers can be found here.” from Urban Institute.

Jun
6
Tue
State of the American Workplace Workshop
Jun 6 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

“The workplace is changing: Employee engagement is low, many companies are failing to attract and retain women in the workforce, and millennials want more than just a job to collect a paycheck — they want a purpose in their work. As emerging technologies transform the way we work, 43% of employees are working remotely, and 84% of employees are matrixed to some extent.

By exploring Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report during this interactive workshop, you will improve your company’s ability to respond to the changing workplace. This workshop will help you answer the question, “do employees want what my workplace is selling?”” – by Gallup

Aug
28
Mon
Mobile Payments Conference 2017 @ Swissotel Chicago
Aug 28 – Aug 30 all-day

The Fall 2017 Mobile Payments Conference will be held at the Swissôtel Chicago in Chicago, IL, August 28 – August 30, 2017. There will be a large Retail presence added to the conference this fall. The conference will highlight the many new mobile commerce platforms, services, solutions, and standards that continue to enter this exploding market. If your company is either a Retailer, financial institution, ISO, or a Vendor and are looking at or already participating in mobile commerce, you’ll find invaluable resources at this event!

The Mobile Payments Conference is more than mobile payments, it is an invitation into a growing elite group of professionals who are holding a conversation that never ends. The conference is the pivotal intersection between end users, operations, marketing, finance and technology where we will discuss and answer all of your questions. We will do more than just talk and present products but walk through the experience that helps you personalize the mobile solutions.

Sponsored by Mobile Marketing & Technology Magazine, Mobile Payments Conference attracts an executive level audience from all parts of the mobile commerce ecosystem which includes retailers and bankers. MPC ’17 marks the tenth Mobile Payments Conference that Mobile Marketing & Technology will produce. “Mobilizing Retail is the New Buzz” will be our broad theme for the 2017 Mobile Payments Conference. The conference will feature the industry’s leading experts who will educate attendees about the latest mobile payments and mobile wallet solutions, services, standards and implementation strategies.

Oct
16
Fri
FDIC – 10th Annual Consumer Research Symposium @ Online Event
Oct 16 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
FDIC - 10th Annual Consumer Research Symposium @ Online Event

The FDIC Consumer Research Symposium is intended to facilitate a discussion of recent research in consumer finance between financial regulators, academics, and the private sector.

Oct
30
Fri
Webinar – Debugging Antitrust: Does the Consumer Welfare Standard still work in the online era?
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In the 1970s, antitrust law was a miasma of nebulous social and economic rulings. Companies rarely knew with certainty beforehand whether a merger or acquisition would run afoul of federal enforcement. Then came Judge Robert Bork.

Beginning with his book, The Antitrust Paradox, he articulated and defended a clear, objective standard that would become the guiding doctrine in U.S. antitrust enforcement. Bork argued that the highest focus of antitrust enforcement actions and rulings should be the effects on the consumer, rather than the myriad and less quantifiable effects on other corporate actors. Rather than looking at the size and structure of the market as an end, antitrust policy became focused almost entirely on the question “What makes consumers better off?”- commonly known as the Consumer Welfare Standard.

But today, with the rise of trillion-dollar corporations, “Big Tech,” and a growing concern that companies are no longer acting in the consumer interest, a 1970’s style of antitrust fever has begun returning to Washington.

Even with the U.S. the most politically divided it has been in modern history, leadership in both parties are calling for stricter antitrust enforcement actions. Republican President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has just sued Google, alleging that the company’s famous search engine is a monopoly. Meanwhile, the House Committee on the Judiciary chaired by Democrat Jerrold Nadler has issued a report calling for sweeping changes to reform antitrust law.

So what does this all mean for consumers? Should the Consumer Welfare Standard be discarded? Join Consumers’ Research for a discussion on the pros and cons of the changing antitrust framework with two of the most well-regarded experts on the subject, Joshua Wright, University Professor and Executive Director, Global Antitrust Institute at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and Ashley Baker, Director of Public Policy at Committee for Justice.

Speakers:

Ashley Baker
Director of Public Policy
Committee for Justice

Joshua Wright
University Professor and Executive Director, Global Antitrust Institute
Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Moderator:

Will Hild
Executive Director
Consumers’ Research

About our Speakers:

Ashley Baker

Ashley Baker is the Director of Public Policy at the Committee for Justice. Her focus areas include the Supreme Court, judicial nominations, technology and regulatory policy. Her writing has appeared in Fox News, The Hill, USA Today, RealClearPolitics, The Daily Caller, The American Spectator, and elsewhere. Most recently, Ashley has worked to form a new coalition of groups, the Alliance on Antitrust, which was established to address calls to move away from the consumer welfare standard by weaponizing the law, which would leave consumers and conservatives worse off.  As an expert on the judicial confirmation process, Ms. Baker worked closely on efforts related to the confirmations of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, and has served as a speaker on the topic for RNLA. Most of Ashley’s work is at the intersection of the courts, regulation, and technology. Ashley engages in policy and legal analysis and outreach on legislation and regulations related to these issues by writing op-eds, letters to Congress for committee hearings, and regulatory comments to a broad array of executive agencies including the FTC, NTIA, FCC, EPA, DOL, SEC, and the DOJ Antitrust Division. Ashley is an active member of the Federalist Society, where she serves as an expert on the Regulatory Transparency Project’s working groups on Antitrust and Consumer Protection and Cyber and Privacy.

Joshua Wright

Joshua D. Wright is University Professor and the Executive Director of the Global Antitrust Institute at Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Professor Wright also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics. In 2013, the Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Wright as a member of the FTC. He rejoined Scalia Law School as a full-time faculty member in 2015. Professor Wright is a leading scholar in antitrust law, economics, intellectual property, and consumer protection, and has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, co-authored a leading antitrust casebook, and edited several book volumes. He was awarded the Paul M. Bator Award by the Federalist Society in 2014. Wright previously served the FTC in the Bureau of Competition as its inaugural Scholar-in-Residence. Wright’s return to the FTC as a Commissioner marked his fourth stint at the agency, after having served as an intern in both the Bureau of Economics and Bureau of Competition.

Feb
24
Wed
Webinar – The Persistent Thief: How underestimating inflation is depriving consumers of the American Dream
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are faulty statistics covering up growing problems for the average American consumer? Can consumers trust the US government’s inflation reports? From hedonic adjustment to substitution bias to seasonal adjustment, the Consumer Price Index (the CPI) includes numerous modifications to the underlying price data. Most consumers have probably never even heard of the CPI, much less taken time to consider how its calculated, but they have certainly seen prices go up during their lifetimes. How much they have gone up is the topic of our next conversation.

Enter Oren Cass, Executive Director of American Compass. Last year, Oren published a pivotal report detailing the problems with how we calculate and think about consumer inflation. He argues the CPI does not tell the real story about the rising costs of achieving the American Dream. He recommends we adopt a “Cost of Thriving” index as another important lens for understanding what is happening in the economy.

Join us at noon on February 24 for a discussion with Oren of maybe the single most important number for consumers. We will discuss problems with how inflation is calculated, the reasons consumers should be concerned about these flaws, and what they can do about it.

Speakers:

Oren Cass
Executive Director
American Compass

Moderator:

Will Hild
Executive Director
Consumers Research

About our Speaker:

Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass and author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America (2018). He is a contributing opinion writer for the Financial Times and his work also appears regularly in publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

From 2005 to 2015, Oren worked as a management consultant in Bain & Company’s Boston and Delhi offices. During this period, he also earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was elected vice president and treasurer of the Harvard Law Review and oversaw the journal’s budget and operations. While still in law school, Oren also became Domestic Policy Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, editing and producing the campaign’s “jobs book” and developing its domestic policy strategy, proposals, and research. He joined the Manhattan Institute as a senior fellow in 2015 and became a prolific scholar, publishing more than 15 reports for MI and editing its popular “Issues 2016” and “Issues 2020” series, testifying before seven congressional committees and speaking on dozens of college campuses. He founded American Compass at the start of 2020.