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Dr. Bill Conerly connects the dots between the economy and business decisions. He has the unique combination of a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and over 30 years’ experience helping companies adapt to changing economic conditions. He has worked in economics and corporate planning at two Fortune 500 corporations and at a major bank, where he was senior vice president. He is currently a consultant helping companies deal with changing economic conditions.

The National Speakers Association has recognized Dr. Conerly as a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), their highest earned designation. One newspaper said, “The engaging executive became known for the quick wit he displayed at numerous speaking engagements.”

Dr. Conerly is an on-line contributor to Forbes.com and the author of Businomics, a book about economics for business leaders. He has been interviewed on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN and local television and radio stations across the country. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and USA Today.


Bill Conerly Speaker Videos Back to top

Bill Conerly: Business Cycles in the Economy


Bill Conerly: Europe's Recession and American Business


Bill Conerly: Humorous Excerpts



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


The Economic Outlook
This presentation is focused on the current issues of greatest concern to business managers and owners. Key issues include:

  • The economic outlook for the nation and key industries.
  • Financial markets: the outlook for interest rates and the stock market.
  • The regional or industry outlook, based upon the interests of the particular audience.

    This presentation is always laced with commentary on current events and anecdotes about current business challenges, such as maintaining financial flexibility in a recession, getting ready for the recovery, facing foreign competition. Specific content varies with the economy and the audience.

    What are the big changes coming in the next decade? Demographics, globalization, finance and technology are covered with a focus on what businesses should do today to prepare for tomorrow.

    Business Planning in Uncertain Times
    Caterpillar’s business was hit terribly hard by the last recession, but the corporation came out of the downturn smelling more like a rose than a big yellow machine. The key, according to Fortune magazine, was economic contingency planning.

    A business leader cannot manage the economy nor the many other external factors that impact the firm, but leaders can manage the business’s plans. With good plans, a company can thrive in the fat years and use the lean years to gain market share from careless competitors. This workshop will help business leaders learn how to do that. The goal will be for all participants to be able to help their companies survive harsh events when they occur, as well as take advantage of good fortune when it arises.

    The Next Decade: What Businesses Should Do TODAY to Prepare for Tomorrow
    Bill Conerly is an expert on what business leaders should to right now to create a more profitable business future. Bill looks at the big changes we can expect in the next decade – demographics, globalization, finance, and technology – avoiding speculation as much as possible. Instead, he relies on business history, current trends and comprehensive research to make his forecasts.

    At every step he connects future scenarios with action plans that leaders should put in place now. Specifics are adjusted for the particular audience, and often include how to prepare for the coming demographic time bomb, how to use advances in data capture and storage to set more profitable prices; how to use new social networking tools to improve employee productivity and increase customer loyalty.

    The Small Business Financial Crisis
    How the mortgage crisis is affecting the availability of credit--and what small and medium business can do about it to ensure that they can meet their borrowing needs. Along the way we′ll explain how globalization is changing the world of finance, how securitization is impacting all business borrowers, with a clear emphasis on action steps that should be started today.

    Freedom and Prosperity: The Case for Optimism
    In this substantive yet inspiring presentation, Bill Conerly explains the mechanism for economic growth around the world. He draws upon sources ranging from professional economists to commentators such as Francis Fukuyama (The End of History) and Thomas Friedman (The Lexus and the Olive Tree), weaving in Nike and Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo. He connects economic freedom and political freedom with economic performance, leading to a surprising burst of optimism for the fate of the world in the coming hundred years.

    What We′ve Learned About Investments from Bear Stearns, Enron, Tech and the Housing Bubble
    This timely presentation presents academic lessons in common-sense language. Bill usually targets an audience of bright people with no particular expertise in finance. He explains what went wrong with many people′s investment plans, and how to set it right for the long run.

    Motivational Speaker
    People use this label in different ways, so here′s the data: Bill always has strong content, emphasizing actionable ideas that corporate executives and small business owners can implement immediately. His short-term economic forecast is sometimes optimistic, sometimes pessimistic, but he always expresses his long-run vision of a world growing in prosperity and freedom.



  • Bill Conerly Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Bill did a great job. We look forward to a continuing relationship."
    John Hamburger, Franchise Times

    "You are a master at your craft and a favorite of our audience."
    Jim Parker, UBS Financial Services

    "During the course of his nine-year stint with First Interstate, the engaging executive became known for the quick wit he displayed at numerous speaking engagements."
    The Business Journal

    "It can be difficult to find economists who provide good substantive information who are also entertaining and engaging. I received many enthusiastic comments about Dr. Conerly from members and others in the audience."
    Molly Steckel, Idaho Telecom Alliance

    "As the highest rated speaker on our program, your remarks about the economy and its relationship to the financial services industry were relevant, timely and insightful. One of your greatest strengths is your ability to talk economics in an easy listening style. Participants appeared to be “taking it all in” without having to decipher what you were saying."
    Becky Tongish, Kansas Bankers Association

    "Bill Conerly is one of the most interesting and engaging speakers I have ever heard. The fact that he is a very funny man is a bonus."
    James A. Kronenberg, Oregon Medical Association


    Select Clients Include:

    ACEC
    Ag First
    American Forest Resources Council
    Arizona Bankers Association
    Associated General Contractors
    Bank Holding Company Association
    Bank of America
    Bank of the West
    Banner Bank
    Boeing
    Bonar Plastics
    Book Manufacturers Institute
    Cascade Policy Institute
    CBIZ-Nation Smith
    Chicago Title
    Commercial Finance Association
    Community National Bank
    Council of State Governments
    Credit Suisse
    Credit Union Executives Society Annuel Convention
    Economic Roundtable
    Farmers & Merchants Bank
    Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
    Franchise Times
    Goldwater Institute
    Interplast Group
    Iowa Bankers Association
    Kansas Association of Counties
    Kansas Bankers Association
    Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel
    Key Bank
    Legend Homes
    Liberty Northwest
    Montana Independent Bankers
    Moss Adams
    Nike
    Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
    Oregon Medical Association
    Pacific Northwest Bank
    Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators Association
    SERA
    South Dakota Banker Association
    Viking Bank
    Washington Contract Loggers Association
    Washington Forest Protection Association
    Washington Trucking Association
    Wells Fargo Bank
    Women′s Food Service Forum
    Wood Products Credit Union




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    "Bill did a great job. We look forward to a continuing relationship."
    John Hamburger, Franchise Times

    "You are a master at your craft and a favorite of our audience."
    Jim Parker, UBS Financial Services

    "During the course of his nine-year stint with First Interstate, the engaging executive became known for the quick wit he displayed at numerous speaking engagements."
    The Business Journal

    "It can be difficult to find economists who provide good substantive information who are also entertaining and engaging. I received many enthusiastic comments about Dr. Conerly from members and others in the audience."
    Molly Steckel, Idaho Telecom Alliance

    "As the highest rated speaker on our program, your remarks about the economy and its relationship to the financial services industry were relevant, timely and insightful. One of your greatest strengths is your ability to talk economics in an easy listening style. Participants appeared to be “taking it all in” without having to decipher what you were saying."
    Becky Tongish, Kansas Bankers Association

    "Bill Conerly is one of the most interesting and engaging speakers I have ever heard. The fact that he is a very funny man is a bonus."
    James A. Kronenberg, Oregon Medical Association


    Select Clients Include:

    ACEC
    Ag First
    American Forest Resources Council
    Arizona Bankers Association
    Associated General Contractors
    Bank Holding Company Association
    Bank of America
    Bank of the West
    Banner Bank
    Boeing
    Bonar Plastics
    Book Manufacturers Institute
    Cascade Policy Institute
    CBIZ-Nation Smith
    Chicago Title
    Commercial Finance Association
    Community National Bank
    Council of State Governments
    Credit Suisse
    Credit Union Executives Society Annuel Convention
    Economic Roundtable
    Farmers & Merchants Bank
    Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
    Franchise Times
    Goldwater Institute
    Interplast Group
    Iowa Bankers Association
    Kansas Association of Counties
    Kansas Bankers Association
    Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel
    Key Bank
    Legend Homes
    Liberty Northwest
    Montana Independent Bankers
    Moss Adams
    Nike
    Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
    Oregon Medical Association
    Pacific Northwest Bank
    Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators Association
    SERA
    South Dakota Banker Association
    Viking Bank
    Washington Contract Loggers Association
    Washington Forest Protection Association
    Washington Trucking Association
    Wells Fargo Bank
    Women′s Food Service Forum
    Wood Products Credit Union


    businomics


    Businomics From The Headlines To Your Bottom Line: How to Profit in Any Economic Cycle In today's 24/7 marketplace, news about the economy dominates the front page of every newspaper and every broadcast. However, many executives and business owners don't understand what the headlines mean to their company or industry.

    Businomics shows readers how they can profit and protect their businesses during any economic cycle. Moreover, it teaches readers how to develop early warning systems for economic problems and how to understand how local, regional, and foreign business cycles could affect their bottomline. Businomics helps any business executive or owner understand how their business fits into the economic scheme. Unlike textbooks or college courses which teach abstract equations, theory, and economic policy, Businomics makes economics painless—and gives managers and business owners everything they need to know to understand how the economy affects their enterprise and investments.


    The Economic Outlook
    This presentation is focused on the current issues of greatest concern to business managers and owners. Key issues include:

  • The economic outlook for the nation and key industries.
  • Financial markets: the outlook for interest rates and the stock market.
  • The regional or industry outlook, based upon the interests of the particular audience.

    This presentation is always laced with commentary on current events and anecdotes about current business challenges, such as maintaining financial flexibility in a recession, getting ready for the recovery, facing foreign competition. Specific content varies with the economy and the audience.

    What are the big changes coming in the next decade? Demographics, globalization, finance and technology are covered with a focus on what businesses should do today to prepare for tomorrow.

    Business Planning in Uncertain Times
    Caterpillar’s business was hit terribly hard by the last recession, but the corporation came out of the downturn smelling more like a rose than a big yellow machine. The key, according to Fortune magazine, was economic contingency planning.

    A business leader cannot manage the economy nor the many other external factors that impact the firm, but leaders can manage the business’s plans. With good plans, a company can thrive in the fat years and use the lean years to gain market share from careless competitors. This workshop will help business leaders learn how to do that. The goal will be for all participants to be able to help their companies survive harsh events when they occur, as well as take advantage of good fortune when it arises.

    The Next Decade: What Businesses Should Do TODAY to Prepare for Tomorrow
    Bill Conerly is an expert on what business leaders should to right now to create a more profitable business future. Bill looks at the big changes we can expect in the next decade – demographics, globalization, finance, and technology – avoiding speculation as much as possible. Instead, he relies on business history, current trends and comprehensive research to make his forecasts.

    At every step he connects future scenarios with action plans that leaders should put in place now. Specifics are adjusted for the particular audience, and often include how to prepare for the coming demographic time bomb, how to use advances in data capture and storage to set more profitable prices; how to use new social networking tools to improve employee productivity and increase customer loyalty.

    The Small Business Financial Crisis
    How the mortgage crisis is affecting the availability of credit--and what small and medium business can do about it to ensure that they can meet their borrowing needs. Along the way we′ll explain how globalization is changing the world of finance, how securitization is impacting all business borrowers, with a clear emphasis on action steps that should be started today.

    Freedom and Prosperity: The Case for Optimism
    In this substantive yet inspiring presentation, Bill Conerly explains the mechanism for economic growth around the world. He draws upon sources ranging from professional economists to commentators such as Francis Fukuyama (The End of History) and Thomas Friedman (The Lexus and the Olive Tree), weaving in Nike and Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo. He connects economic freedom and political freedom with economic performance, leading to a surprising burst of optimism for the fate of the world in the coming hundred years.

    What We′ve Learned About Investments from Bear Stearns, Enron, Tech and the Housing Bubble
    This timely presentation presents academic lessons in common-sense language. Bill usually targets an audience of bright people with no particular expertise in finance. He explains what went wrong with many people′s investment plans, and how to set it right for the long run.

    Motivational Speaker
    People use this label in different ways, so here′s the data: Bill always has strong content, emphasizing actionable ideas that corporate executives and small business owners can implement immediately. His short-term economic forecast is sometimes optimistic, sometimes pessimistic, but he always expresses his long-run vision of a world growing in prosperity and freedom.


  • Bill Conerly: Business Cycles in the Economy


    Bill Conerly: Europe's Recession and American Business


    Bill Conerly: Humorous Excerpts