The Roles of Higher Education in Competitiveness and Global Productivity: Session I

VIDEO October 15, 2018

Speaker / Author

Donald Rissmiller

Founding Partner of Strategas

Mr. Rissmiller is a founding Partner of Strategas and has directed the Firm's macroeconomic research efforts since 2006. He oversees Strategas' thematic research as well as high-frequency econometric forecasting.

Prior to co-founding Strategas in 2006, Mr. Rissmiller was an Economist and Managing Director at International Strategy & Investment (ISI) Group. Before joining ISI, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, focusing on the analysis of U.S. macroeconomic data and price/wage forecasting models. He is frequently quoted in the financial press. ... Read More

Peter A. Gold, Esq.

Principal, TheGoldGroup LLC

Peter A. Gold, Esquire is the founder and president of TheGoldGroup, LLC ( www.thegoldgrp.com). The consultancy brings businesses, colleges and universities, governments and not-for-profits together to create value, seize new opportunities, leverage assets, and reduce exposure to the risks created by today’s global economy principally through identifying “high value” initiatives and stakeholders in new institutes, centers of excellence and other initiatives. TheGoldGroup, LLC assists its clients to obtain their individual objectives better, quicker and in a more cost effective and efficient manner. Representative projects for clients located in Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Geneva, Switzerland include creating a road map ... Read More

Patrick T. Harker

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation's monetary policy. Before taking office at the Philadelphia Fed, Harker served as the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering. Before joining the University of Delaware in 2007, Harker was dean and ... Read More

Mark Squilla

Member of the City Council of Philadelphia

Mark Squilla represents City Council’s First District, a diverse and growing area that stretches along the Delaware River from his native South Philadelphia across Center City, Chinatown, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond. First elected in 2011, Councilman Squilla’s life in public service began nearly two decades earlier, when he brought his Whitman neighbors together to save their local park, Burke Playground. When the City gave the space to the community’s oversight, Mark coordinated the efforts that resulted in a complete, neighborhood-led renovation. The Park’s enhanced lighting, paving and new equipment increased Burke’s profile and use as a safe haven for area ... Read More

Catherine L. Mann, Ph.D.

Global Chief Economist, Citibank

Dr. Catherine L. Mann is the Global Chief Economist at Citibank since February 2018 where she is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to this position, she was Chief Economist at the OECD, where she also was Director of the Economics Department and was Finance Deputy to the G20 (2014-2017). Prior to the OECD, she held the Barbara '54 and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where she also directed the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance ... Read More

Rob Sentz

Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi

Rob Sentz is the chief innovation officer at Emsi, where he leads in furthering Emsi’s vision through new and updated products for higher education, economic development, workforce planning, and talent acquisition. Rob manages Emsi’s team of writers and designers in producing monthly research papers, newsletters, blog posts, and other materials on a broad range of economic and labor market topics. Under his leadership, Emsi data became regularly featured by national news outlets. Mr. Sentz has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s SPS and is a Forbes contributor.  ... Read More

Anthony Abbatiello

Global Head of Consulting, Russell Reynolds Associates

Anthony Abbatiello leads the firm’s global Leadership & Succession business. He brings more than 20 years of leadership management consulting to advise clients in all industries, working as a trusted advisor to drive organizational optimization and build high-performance executive teams. Anthony partners with C-suite and senior management to tailor leadership assessments and solutions to meet changing client needs, guiding organizations through times of transition and digital transformation. He is based in New York. Anthony joined Russell Reynolds Associates from Deloitte, where he was a senior Partner responsible for the Digital Human Capital business, as well as the Global Lead of Deloitte ... Read More

Vibhas Madan, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, LeBow College of Business at Drexel University

Vibhas Madan, Ph.D., professor of economics, was appointed interim dean of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in November 2019. He joined the Dean’s Office in July 2018 as senior associate dean for academic programs. Prior to that, he served as the head of the Economics Department and then as the founding director of the School of Economics, which was launched as a new school within the College in 2013. His research focuses on international trade theory with an emphasis on trade policy and multinational firms. His work has been published in many academic journals, including Canadian Journal of Economics, International ... Read More