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Borders vs. Barriers: Navigating Uncertainty in the US Business Environment

Fri. October 12, 2018
08:00 am - 10:30 am

!SUNY Global Center
New York, NY 10022

The future of the US political and policy environment has the potential to create barriers to the flow of people, goods, capital, and ideas that companies have relied upon to generate growth. Increasing concerns about global shifts in power, economic volatility, and policy changes raise the question as to how companies approach the difficult ask of integrating this uncertainty into business planning and how they can prepare for a variety of future scenarios.

Recently the EY Geostrategic Business Group released “Borders vs Barriers” – a whitepaper examining three future geopolitical scenarios (Isolationism, Internationalism, and Atlanticism).

Our discussion will revisit these scenarios in the context of the last several months to help business leaders understand the current environment, where it may be headed, and how they can maintain resilience and thrive in this uncertain time.

Despite today’s volatile world of jittery stock markets and geopolitical fears, CFOs are still bullish on the US economy. That’s one of our findings from a survey of 500 CFOs from around the world. This news may be surprising to some, given the daily headlines about tariffs, immigration, trade agreements and shifting global dynamics.

So why are these CFO's so optimistic? Unemployment levels are near record lows, the US Federal Reserve is raising interest rates, and tax reform is expected to drive growth and fuel the economic engine. The panel will explore the reasons driving optimism today, and what the future might bring.

The Borders vs. Barriers  will assesses four risks facing  businesses — public policy, supply chain, investment behavior and reputation — and how those risks evolve in each scenario.

* Meredith M. Broadbent, Commissioner, United States International Trade Commission
* Morgan Ortagus, Senior Advisor - Geostrategic Business Group, EY [moderator]
* Kevin Kajiwara, Co-President, Teneo Intelligence
* Jon ShamesGlobal Leader - Geostrategic Business Group, EY

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Registration and Networking
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Program

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