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Economic Club of Indiana 2012-2013 Speaker Series

August 22, 2012 Leave a comment
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Convention Center is the site of the Economic Club’s monthly forum series. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Lori Plummer
WFYI Public Television

It’s considered one of Indy’s premier series of power lunches, and for good reason. The Economic Club of Indiana is proud to announce its 2012-2013 Season, which includes such illustrious speakers as the Chair of the Federal Reserve, two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, a former NBA veteran & Pacers standout, and the former U.S. Secretary of Education.

For more than four decades, The Indiana Economic Club of Indiana has served as one of the nation’s leading forums for the discussion of relevant public policy issues. The Club’s 2012-2013 Season kicks off Friday, September 14, with a luncheon presentation from Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education and executive vice president of the National Chamber Foundation. In her role as Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009, Spellings oversaw an agency with nearly a $70 billion budget and more than 10,000 employees and contractors.  As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she led the implementation of the “No Child Left Behind Act” — an historic national initiative to provide enhanced accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public school students.

On Monday, October 1, The Club welcomes Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve to its series of luncheon forums. As Chairman of the Federal Reserve under both the Bush and Obama administrations, Bernanke developed and implemented economic and monetary policy during the largest and longest economic downturn since the Great Depression, the effects of which continue. He earned a BA in economics from Harvard University, and a doctorate of philosophy economics from MIT. He chaired the Department of Economics at Princeton University from 1996 to 2002. Bernanke served as chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors before being named Chairman of the Federal Reserve in 2006.

The Economic Club of Indiana’s 2012-2013 Season roster features presentations by some of the nation’s leading public policy and education experts, including Margaret Spellings, former Secretary of Education and executive vice president, National Chamber Foundation (Sept. 14, 2012); Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Oct. 1, 2012); James B. Stewart, journalist & professor of Economic Journalism, Columbia University (Nov. 12, 2012); Frank Lutz, political consultant, pollster & strategist (Dec. 11, 2012); Marshall Goldsmith, professor of Executive Business, Dartmouth College (Jan. 8, 2013);  Glenn Hubbard, dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Business (Feb. 22, 2013);  Eugene Robinson, journalist and political analyst, MSNBC & Meet the Press; Jalen Rose, ESPN/ABC Analyst, former NBA Pacers Player and founder, The Jalen Rose Charitable Trust/Operation Graduation; and Alma Powell, co-chair, America’s Promise.

The Club’s monthly luncheon forums begin at noon, and take place at the Indiana Convention Center (100 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis 46225). For ticket information, visit Editor’s note: See event listings for this forum series on

In partnership with WFYI Public Media — Indiana’s flagship NPR and PBS member station — the Club’s presentations are recorded by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio for broadcast on the first Monday of each month. The programs also are available as an audio podcast on the station’s website —  Production and broadcast of The Economic Club of Indiana’s presentations on WFYI Public Radio is supported in part by ProLiance Energy.

About the Economic Club of Indiana

Established in 1974, The Economic Club of Indiana seeks to provide a forum for thoughtful public policy and economic issues through a series of luncheon events featuring some of the nation’s most preeminent speakers. For more information on The Economic Club of Indiana, visit the organization’s website:, “like us” on Facebook or follow along on Twitter (@EconomicClubIN).