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NPR’s Planet Money Host Added as Economic Forum Registration Opens
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:25 AM

Registration for the 39th annual Economic Forum is now open. Sponsored by Catalyst Corporate, this key industry event will be held Oct. 3-5 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas, Texas.

The recent addition of Adam Davidson, host of National Public Radio’s Planet Money, and Evan Koenig, senior vice president and chief policy advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, round out an impressive line-up of economic and financial industry presenters.

Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life. His work has earned many major broadcast journalism awards. Planet Money helps listeners understand how dramatic economic change is impacting their lives. Planet Money also proves that substantive, intelligent economic reporting can be funny, engaging and accessible to the non-expert.

Davidson’s award-winning documentary on the housing crisis, “The Giant Pool of Money,” which he co-reported and produced with Alex Blumberg, was named one of the top 10 works of journalism of the decade by New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. It was probably the first hour-long radio documentary on mortgage finance ever to be described by multiple media sources as “riveting.”

Before Planet Money, Davidson was an International Business & Economics Correspondent for NPR and a Middle East correspondent for PRI’s Marketplace.

Evan Koenig serves as the Dallas Fed’s principal monetary policy advisor. In that capacity, he accompanies the Bank’s president to Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings, oversees preparations for FOMC and other policy meetings and briefs the Bank’s president and directors on economic developments and monetary policy issues.

Koenig has been active in economic research for more than three decades. His recent efforts have focused on predicting and explaining movements in prices, output and employment and on understanding monetary policy’s role in the economy. His articles have appeared in such respected scholarly journals as The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics and The Journal of Public Economics.

Before joining the Bank’s Research Department in 1988, Koenig taught at the University of Washington. He is a longtime member of the American Economic Association and recipient of the Harold Groves Award from the University of Wisconsin. He served for many years as adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University.

Koenig earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics with honors from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

In addition to Koenig’s presentation, An Outlook on the National Economy, and Davidson's presentation, Share Economy – The New Direction, other presentations include:

Randy Harrington – Big Dilemma: Accessibility vs. Security
Ray Perryman – Energy: Will the Economy Have Enough?
Bill Hampel – Positioning Credit Unions for the New Economy
Jack Uldrich – The Numbers That Matter
Marci Rossell – Now What Do We Do?

The Economic Forum also features a daylong, deep dive of balance sheet strategies and insights provided by experts with Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions. The actionable information will be presented in two tracks, one for executives and one for directors.

Details and registration information for this not-to-be-missed event are available at catalystcorp.org/r/forum.