The Atlanta Economics Club meets for a luncheon each month from September through May, typically at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The meetings begin at 11:30am and end at 1:00pm. There is a speaker presentation at each meeting, as well as ample time for networking. Due COVID-19, AEC is hosting all events virtually.

2021 – 2022 Speaker Line Up

AEC presents Succeeding in a Virtual Environment

Who: All undergraduate and graduate students studying at an academic institution in Georgia

What: 1-hr interactive webinar with the Atlanta Economics Club Board

Where: Zoom Webinar

When: August 6th from 5 pm – 6 pm ET

Why: The AEC is committed to building a pipeline of future economic professionals. Towards that end, the AEC Board is hosting a conversation with current students to share insights from their professional journeys and highlight skills needed to succeed in today’s remote workplace. Jael Ortiz, AEC Student Liaison and Honors Student in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, will moderate the discussion with her fellow board members.

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Kenneth Shiver will touch on the US and Georgia economy during the pandemic and provide an overview of how COVID-19 has impacted the utility industry and utility usage.

Kenneth Shiver
Chief Economist
Southern Company

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How is the pandemic changing economic forecasting?

Cox Automotive Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke and Truist Head of US Macro Mike Skordeles will discuss how they are incorporating alternative data into their forecasts.

When: September 9, 2020, noon to 1PM ET

Jonathan Smoke
Chief Economist
Cox Automotive

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Michael Skordeles
Head of US Macro Strategy
SunTrust now Truist

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The impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. labor markets

Dr. Michael Horrigan of UpJohn Institute will share his views on how COVID-19 has impacted U.S. labor markets.

When: October 21, 2020, noon to 1PM ET

Dr. Michael Horrigan
UpJohn Institute for Employment Research

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How is the pandemic impacting freight transportation?

We will be joined by Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griffith Lynch to discuss freight and shipping trends.

When: November 10, 2020, 1PM to 2 PM ET *NOTE special day and time*

Griffith Lynch
Executive Director
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA)

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How is COVID-19 impacting Federal and State Budgets?

Georgia State’s Laura Wheeler and Marc Goldwein of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget will discuss how the pandemic is affecting federal and state budgets.

When: December 16, 2020, noon to 1PM ET

Laura Wheeler
Associate Director at Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF), and Senior Research Associate at the Fiscal Research Center (FRC)
Georgia State University

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Marc Goldwein
Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

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2021 Economic Outlook

Ellen Zentner of Morgan Stanley will provide her outlook for what lies ahead for the U.S. economy.

When: January 20, 2021, noon to 1PM ET

Ellen Zentner
Chief US Economist
Morgan Stanley

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Hotel/Hospitality Panel

Hotel/Hospitality panel with Noble Investment Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mit Shah and Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer of IHG’s Americas region. The panel will be moderated by Debby Cannon, Director of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality, Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

When: February 10, 2021, noon to 1PM ET

Debby Cannon (Moderator)
Director of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality, Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University

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Mit Shah
Founder and chief executive officer,
Noble Investment Group

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Elie Maalouf
Chief Executive Officer,
IHG’s Americas

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Adaptive Logistics: Preparing Supply Chains for a Post-Pandemic World

Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer of UPS, will discuss preparing supply chains for a post-pandemic world, including drone innovation, prepping networks for pandemic deliveries, and the plan for delivering vaccines.

When: March 17, 2021, noon to 1PM ET

Juan Perez
Chief Information and Engineering Officer

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Home Leasing

Dallas Tanner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Invitation Homes, will discuss the rapidly evolving home leasing space.

When: April 21, 2021, noon to 1PM ET

Dallas Tanner
President and Chief Executive Officer
Invitation Homes

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Ever wonder how Atlanta consistently lands major regional, national and international sporting events from the 2021 NBA All-Start Game and Super Bowl LIII to the College Football Playoffs and the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four? Dan Corso, President of the Atlanta Sports Council, will give us a peek behind the curtain, including how important such events are to the economy of Atlanta and Georgia.

When: May 19, 2021, noon to 1PM ET

Dan Corso
Atlanta Sports Council

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