2023 Government Affairs Conference

Connor Lokar spoke at the 2022 Government Affairs Conference, and presented an economic forecast that was entertaining and surprisingly comprehensible. You won't want to miss his 2023 update. 

Few young economists present their insights with the authority, accuracy, and humor that Connor Lokar brings to the stage. From the intimate executive retreat to the standing-room-only keynote, he delivers with charm and candor, rousing and enlightening all who attend his talks. As a millennial, Connor brings a new perspective to the world of economics, delivering ITR’s industry-leading accuracy to current C-suite executives while forging connections with the next generation of business leaders. 

Connor specializes in construction but consults and presents to businesses across all industries, helping them grow revenue and remain profitable through an everchanging business cycle.

Greta Peisch is the General Counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Ms. Peisch has served as Senior International Trade Counsel on the Senate Finance Committee for Chairman Wyden since 2015. Previously, she served in USTR’s Office of the General Counsel, including as Chief Counsel for Negotiations, Legislation and Administrative Law. Before that, she clerked for Judge Douglas P. Woodlock in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and practiced law at Covington and Burling LLP. She earned her JD from Yale Law School and AB from Dartmouth College.

Anjana Radhakrishnan is the Associate Director, Workforce Insights and Research at the Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. Anjana works on a diverse suite of analytical projects, including development of content that captures key insights from the programmatic efforts of the Manufacturing Institute as well as planning and implementation of primary research studies through the Center for Manufacturing Research.

As a social sciences researcher, Anjana has honed her skills in a wide range of fields including economics, public health, marketing, sociology, and medical education. Prior to joining the Manufacturing Institute, Anjana served as a Research Associate for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors where she managed research projects from proposal through dissemination.

Keith Smith serves as chief administrative officer of The Manufacturing Institute (MI) and senior vice president at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States, managing the team that works closely with the NAM’s official state partners—the State Associations Group, the Allied Associations Group and industry association affiliates in the Council of Manufacturing Associations. In his role at the MI, Mr. Smith works alongside the president to develop and implement an organizational growth plan and to help achieve the strategic vision of the organization.

Previously as senior vice president of NAM public affairs and mobilization, Mr. Smith helped to transform the NAM’s advocacy team and directed the association’s public affairs, member engagement, grassroots and political mobilization programs. He helped lead the association’s issue advocacy campaigns as well as the NAM’s national grassroots advocacy network. Mr. Smith was also responsible for the teams that run the NAM’s Board of Directors’ initiatives and executive office operations.

Carolina Ferrerosa Young, PhD is Economic Policy Advisor for the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).