Economist Stockman will speak at SABEW conference in April

Posted By Spring Eselgroth


Noted economist will speak at the 50th anniversary conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in Washington D.C. April 4-6.

David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, will also speak during the spring conference at the Marvin Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Stockman was director of the OMB from January 1981 until August 1985. During his tenure he was a strong proponent of supply-side economics, a macroeconomic philosophy now more commonly referred to as “trickle-down economics.”

After his term as director of the OMB, Stockman went on to a career on Wall Street with the investment bank Salomon Brothers and Blackstone Group, the private equity company.

More speakers and sessions will be announced as they are confirmed.

Stockman will be joined by Janet Yellen, the vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board, who will be the opening keynote speaker April 4.

The Federal Reserve has been in the news for its aggressive use of quantitative easing and other measures to stimulate the flagging economy following the so-called Great Recession. Yellen began a four-year term as vice chair of the Fed board in October 2010; her term as a Fed governor runs through 2024.

Prior to joining the Fed, Yellen was president and CEO of the 12th District Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. She also is former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

The educational event will go over three days – April 4-6, 2013 – and feature keynote speakers from government and business, panel discussions and skills sessions.  It will culminate in a special gala program as SABEW commemorates 50 years as the largest and oldest fraternity of business and financial journalists in the world.

Other speakers include:

·      Robert Tanenbaum, a principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team, the surprise success of the 2012 season.
·      Steve Landefeld, director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
·      Chris Hendricks, vice president of digital media, McClatchy Newspapers.
·      Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks, a provider of data on privately held companies.

More speakers and panelists will be announced soon, along with subjects for an extensive schedule of skills training.

Teaching sessions and social events will be held at GWU’s Marvin Center, in the Foggy Bottom area of the District of Columbia.

Registration is available by clicking here.

Other highlights of SABEW’s 50th weekend:

On Thursday, April 4, the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will conduct a morning-long program on collecting and managing data. The conference will open that afternoon with sessions and an opening reception.

Friday and Saturday will be packed with skills sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions on key issues in business journalism.

Friday evening will feature the Best in Business competition awards in the Marvin Grand Ballroom.

On Saturday night, SABEW will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an inaugural gala program at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.  The evening will include special programs related to SABEW’s storied history and tradition.

Local site coordinator Kevin Hall of McClatchy Newspapers, who will become SABEW president in 2013, and current SABEW President Jill Jorden Spitz are in charge of the program. Assisting is Diana Henriques of The New York Times, as well as past presidents Bernie Kohn, Gail DeGeorge and Jodi Schneider – all now at Bloomberg – as well as Bloomberg’s New York-based Joanna Ossinger.

(For more information about SABEW, please contact Warren Watson, executive director, at, or call (602) 496-5186.)

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