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Todd Buchholz is an international economist, hedge fund manager, former Harvard lecturer and frequent TV and radio commentator. He has written several bestselling books on the economy, including New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs and Market Shock. Buchholz is a widely sought keynote speaker addressing a variety of topics, from the U.S. financial markets to geo political debates to economic policies that impact business strategies around the globe. With an incisive wit and entertaining style, Buchholz’s keynote presentations reveal the economic challenges and opportunities faced by our changing society and propose important strategies for success.

Is the Economy Headed Higher — or Off a Cliff?

The go-go days of the 1990s turned into the go-sideways days of the 2000’s. What’s next? How will China’s erratic growth shake up business? Will commodity inflation unhinge the economy again? Can the Fed keep the economy recovering in the post-Bernanke era?  Will Congress try yet another “stimulus?” Todd Buchholz, who led the White House Energy Strategy, will help you figure out whether OPEC will tighten energy supplies again or whether a revolution in natural gas will reinvigorate U.S. factories. Learn how the “scissors economy” opens up new business and investment opportunities. Today might be the very best—or the very worst—time to finance a loan. By “connecting the dots” of the world economy, Todd Buchholz will help you develop a timely vision for the economy and the stock market.

How To Compete in A Global Economy

Never before have businesses felt such excruciating pressure to compete. While enjoying superlow interest rates and riding a roller coaster stock market, firms have struggled to raise prices, even when their costs go up. China poses a threat but also an opportunity for new sales. Loyal customers seem ready to jump to a competitor. How can your company or industry survive and thrive? What will Congress do to help or hurt your industry in the coming year? Keynote speaker and former Harvard scholar Todd Buchholz teaches how to anticipate the new trends that open up fresh opportunities for manufacturing, service and technology companies.

Washington, DC 2014 — What’s at Stake?

In this keynote speech, former White House adviser Todd Buchholz takes you inside the hottest debates in Washington.  Who’s pushing the buttons on economic policy and industry regulation in the final years of President Obama?   Can President Obama do anything to reshape the economic and business landscape while facing up to a GOP-controlled House?  Will the government continue to shudder with threats of shutdowns and debt ceilings?  Will the Fed push forward with QE3 in the post-Bernanke era?   What’s at stake for the economy, the financial markets and geopolitics, amid foreign policy crises in Syria and Iran?  Todd Buchholz will help you figure out whether the shenanigans in Washington make life easier or tougher for your company.

Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race

Todd Buchholz, author of the classic New Ideas from Dead Economists and New Ideas from Dead CEOs, reveals why we need competition to keep us going and going strong. Weaving in everything from neuroeconomics to evolutionary biology to renaissance art to General Motors, Buchholz will convince you that the race to compete has not only made us taller and smarter, it’s what we love and need. In this provocative keynote presentation, Buchholz explains why laid-back firms get entangled in their own red tape and why contented CEOs end up driving their employees to bankruptcy court. While Buchholz argues that businesses need internal competition, he shows how to inspire creative competition, rather than a shark-infested culture. This is a cutting edge presentation that defies and shreds conventional wisdom.

New Ideas from Dead CEOs

Todd Buchholz brings to life history’s greatest CEOs—from Steve Jobs to Ray Kroc to Akio Morita, Estée Lauder to Tom Watson Sr.—and shows how their lives, leadership and lessons can inform and inspire us in today’s chaotic marketplace. How did Sam Walton help create the “scissors economy” and go from being the owner of a single dime store to the CEO of Wal-Mart? How did Estée Lauder, a working-class woman from Queens, convince the shoppers at Saks to buy her cosmetics? How did the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 eventually lead to A.P. Giannini’s success as America’s greatest banker? In this speech, Buchholz answers these questions and shows today’s business managers how to deploy their entrepreneurial secrets to benefit their companies in today’s hyper-competitive global economy. He uses his experience as a White House economist, Harvard scholar, and Wall Street professional to show investors what kinds of CEOs to invest with and what kinds of companies to steer away from. In addition, Todd lays out a forecast for the economy and the financial markets. Audiences come away from this keynote presentation with a fresh understanding of the competitive pressures we face today, and a road map to finding success.

China: The Threat and the Opportunity

Everyone knows China offers one billion potential customers. But China also provides one billion workers eager to compete with American workers. The Chinese Communist Party has shed its communist ideology, but it still struggles to keep its people under control. By showing audiences how to anticipate China’s next moves, this original keynote speech presentation by Todd Buchholz will help you take advantage of the incredible business opportunities ahead while avoiding the landmines.

The Hope and Danger Behind World Politics

Since September 11, 2001, the world has changed, looking even more dangerous than during the Cold War era when the Soviet Union aimed missiles at the U.S. In just a few weeks during the winter of 2011, the map of the Middle East turned upside down, reposing dictators and replacing them with…who knows? Todd Buchholz takes his audience on a world tour to gauge the “hot spots” that threaten us. At the same time, though, we must appreciate the successes: the countries that have turned from dictatorships to democracies; the economies that have dumped communism for capitalism. Recently, The New York Times editorial page called on Buchholz to make sense of the terrorism threat. As a former “point man” for the White House during the Gulf War, Todd Buchholz shows his audience how to handle the risks while keeping hope alive in this expansive keynote speech presentation.

 

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