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Pre-Conference Session

10:30 am Graduate Student Consortium (by invitation)

3:30 pm  Congressional Briefing

A presentation of timely material for Capitol Hill and other government agency staff will be held on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Limited space available.  For additional information and registration, click here.



8:00 am Registration

9-10:40 am Paper Session I
(Five simultaneous tracks of 3 papers per session. For paper titles, click here.)

11:05-12:45 pm Panels 

12:45-2:15 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Introduction: Rebecca Arbogast, Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Comcast

Speaker: Johnathan M. Holifield

Johnathan M. Holifield is co-founder of ScaleUp Partners, the nation’s leading consultancy blending economic inclusion and competitiveness to improve the productivity of underserved Americans in today’s Innovation Economy, The firm has provided services to a select group of national economic development and education organizations and institutions, local and state governments and numerous membership associations. 

Mr. Holifield is also a national speaker and author of the book, “Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans.” 

Johnathan holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, and  Master of Education and J.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati.
2:15 pm Panels 

4:10 pm Paper Session II

5:50 pm Reception and Poster Session (click for poster listing)

6:45 pm Dinner and Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, FTC

Prior to joining the Commission, McSweeny served as Chief Counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. She joined the Antitrust Division after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President from January 2009 until February 2012, advising President Obama and Vice President Biden on policy in a variety of areas, including health care, innovation, intellectual property, energy, education, women’s rights, criminal justice and domestic violence.

McSweeny’s government service also includes her work as Senator Joe Biden’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director in the U.S. Senate, where she managed domestic and economic policy development and legislative initiatives, and as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on issues such as criminal justice, innovation, women's rights, domestic violence, judicial nominations and immigration and civil rights. She also worked as an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

McSweeny is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law School.

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

8:00 am Continental Breakfast

9-10:40 am Paper Session I

11:10-12:50 pm Paper Session II

(Five simultaneous tracks of 3 papers per session. For paper titles, click here.)

12:50-2:00 pm Lunch and Student Paper Awards

2:00-3:30 pm Paper Session III

4:00-5:40 pm Paper Session IV

(Five simultaneous tracks. For paper titles, click here.)

5:40 pm Reception