GIC Global Citizen Award Ceremony & Economic Outlook

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Philadelphia, PA


Register today to attend GIC’s 2020 Global Economic Outlook and networking lunch will be at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Friday, December 13, 2019!

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GIC Global Citizen Award Ceremony & Economic Outlook

The Board of Directors of the Global Interdependence Center is pleased to invite you to join us for our 2019 Global Citizen Award and the induction of our 2019 Members of the College of Central Bankers. The program will include the Global Citizen Award ceremony, followed by remarks from our new members of the College of Central Bankers, as well as a panel session on the economic outlook for 2020 and a networking lunch. We hope you will join us at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Friday, December 13, 2019.


2019 Global Citizen Award Recipient: E. Martin Heldring

This award was established to celebrate those who have demonstrated a commitment to the principles set forth in the Declaration of Interdependence – the Global Interdependence Center’s founding document – and who have been strong advocates of GIC’s efforts to pursue the globalization of our worldwide communities through increased knowledge, understanding and partnership.

With over a decade of service on GIC’s Board of Directors, eight of which serving as Board Treasurer, we are pleased to recognize Martin for his ongoing support, leadership and dedication to the Global Interdependence Center and are delighted to announce him as the recipient of the 2019 Global Citizen Award.

E. Martin Heldring, senior vice president and managing director of TD Bank, N.A, joined GIC’s Board of Directors in 2008. Prior to his current position, he was president and CEO of Harris – Glencoe. Martin studied at the London School of Economics and London University in 1976 and a year later graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in foreign service in international economics. Martin earned the honors of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta and Pi Sigma Theta. After graduation, he joined Harris’ Credit Training Program and from 1978 to 1983 he served in Harris’ Asia/Pacific division as a foreign exchange trader and as Manager of Marketing/Credit. After which, he served in Harris’ large corporate middle market group managing highly leveraged transactions and workout situations until 1987 when he became general manager of Harris Bank International Corporation in New York. In 1991, Martin returned to Asia to serve as General Manager of BMO’s Seoul, Korea Branch. From 1994-7, he led Bank of Montreal’s US Financial Institutions Group. Martin went on to lead a strategy group working with Bancomer, BMO’s Mexican partner until 2002. Afterwards, he managed Harris’ ATM and card related businesses as well as several strategic partnerships for two years. In addition to his undergraduate work, Martin also earned an MBA with a major in finance from University of Chicago (1980) and he went through the executive management program at Northwestern University (1995). Martin’s father, Frederick, founded the Global Interdependence Center in 1976.



10:00 a.m. | Registration

10:30 a.m. | Welcome and Presentation of the Global Citizen Award

10:45 a.m. | Announcement of the 2019 College of Central Bankers

11:00 a.m. | Presentation on Central Bank Independence

  • Charles Plosser, Former President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

11:30 a.m. | Presentation on the Novel Context of Current Policymaking

  • Dennis Lockhart, Former President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

12:00 p.m. | Break

12:15 p.m. | Panel Session on the 2020 Global Economic Outlook

  • Kathleen Stephansen, Senior Economist, Haver Analytics
  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments
  • Don Rissmiller, Founding Partner & Chief Economist, Strategas

1:15 p.m. | Questions and Answers and Concluding Remarks

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Networking Lunch


Ticketing Options

We invite you to support GIC by purchasing a ticket to attend and placing a congratulatory message or company ad* in our tribute booklet. Please find the details on tickets and message pricing below:

Single Tickets:

  • GIC Members: $50
  • Non-Members: $75

Congratulatory Messages/Tribute Book:

  • Full-Page Message: $1000
  • Half-Page Message: $500
  • Quarter-Page Message: $250

*Congratulatory messages and ad creative due November 29.

Event Location

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
10 N Independence Mall W
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Michael Drury

Michael Drury

Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments

Michael Drury is the chief economist for McVean Trading & Investments, LLC. He joined the firm in 1992, after serving for five years as senior economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers and its successor firms. Michael began his career in New York in 1982 as senior economist at A. Gary Shilling and Company. He received his B.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Martin Heldring

Martin Heldring

Senior Vice President and Managing Director, TD Bank

E. Martin Heldring, senior vice president and managing director of TD Bank, N.A, joined GIC’s board of directors in 2008. Prior to his current position, he was president and CEO of Harris – Glencoe.

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Dennis P. Lockhart

Dennis P. Lockhart

Former President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dennis Lockhart’s career includes time in the private sector, academia, and government. He recently stepped down from the position of president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, Lockhart was responsible for all the Bank’s activities including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he served on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Within the Federal Reserve System, he chaired the Conference of Presidents for his final two years and earlier chaired the Information Technology Oversight Committee.

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Charles I. Plosser, Ph.D.

Charles I. Plosser, Ph.D.

Board Member, FINRA and Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Dr. Charles Plosser was president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, he participated on the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee, which is responsible for conducting our nation's monetary policy. He currently serves on the FINRA Board of Governors.

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Donald Rissmiller

Donald Rissmiller

Founding Partner of Strategas

Donald Rissmiller is a founding partner of Strategas and has been the firm's chief economist since 2006, directing its macroeconomic research effort. He oversees Strategas' high-frequency econometric forecasting and thematic economic research. Mr. Rissmiller's research has been consistently recognized by Institutional Investor magazine in their annual survey: he was ranked best up and coming economist in 2008, and was third in their 2009 All-America Independent Research Team survey. He is frequently quoted in the financial press.

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Kathleen Stephansen

Kathleen Stephansen

Senior Economist, Haver Analytics

Kathleen Stephansen is an Independent Trustee for the AXA-Equitable Trusts, a Senior Economist for Haver Analytics and a Senior Economic Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group Henderson Institute Center for Macroeconomics. She is the former Chief Economist of Huawei Technologies, Chief Economist of the American International Group (AIG) and AIG Asset Management’s Senior Strategist and Global Head of Sovereign Research.

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