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Financial Authors Keynote CSG Conference
Matt Miller, William Cohan Explain Economic Mess and Lessons Learned

Jack Penchoff, CSG Director of Communications
A former Wall Street banker and a leading political and business journalist are the keynote speakers who will address hundreds of state leaders attending The Council of State Governments Spring Conference May 16-18 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Matt Miller, a Fortune magazine columnist, public radio host and author of the book, “The Tyranny of Dead Ideas,” will deliver a breakfast keynote address Monday, May 18, and moderate the discussion of a panel of governors who will talk about the impact of the ailing economy on state budgets.
William D. Cohan, who spent 17 years on Wall Street and has just published “House of Cards,” a book about the fall of one of his former employers, Bear Stearns, and the collapse of Wall Street, will be the breakfast keynote speaker Sunday, May 17.
Miller and Cohan are among the dozens of experts and thought leaders who will engage state officials from all three branches of government in discussions on the issues that most affect their constituents.
In workshops on such topics as education, health care reform, the economic stimulus and energy, attendees and speakers will share best practices on coping in a struggling economy.
Miller and Cohan bring extensive backgrounds that will help foster discussion at the conference.
Miller’s first book, “The 2% Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love,” received positive reviews from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In “The Tyranny of Dead Ideas,” Miller says our nation’s leaders are in the grip of a set of dead ideas about how a modern economy should work.
Miller is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and, in addition to his monthly column in Fortune, he is a contributor to The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. He hosts public radio’s week-in-review program, “Left, Right & Center.”
Cohan combines a deep knowledge of the investment banking world with the storytelling skills of an award-winning journalist. In “House of Cards,” he lays out in detail how the current financial crisis began with the collapses of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.
In his 17 years on Wall Street, he held executive positions with Lazard Frères, Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan Chase. He left his position as managing director at JPMorgan Chase to write the best selling book, “The Last Tycoons.” He writes regularly for The Daily Beast, Fortune, ArtNews and The Financial Times. He has also contributed to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

 

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