The 56th Annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum
December 7-11, 2020
Colorado Business Economic Outlook & Forum
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The 56th-annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook was held virtually on December 7, 2020.
The publication provides professionals across nearly every industry in the state with a forecast of Colorado’s economy by sector. Each December, the Center presents its forecast for the following year during its annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum.
This economic forecast was developed in partnership with 125 private and public leaders across Colorado.
This year also includes additional sessions hosted from Tuesday - Friday.
Event details and recordings from each session are available below.
This event is free and open to the Colorado business community, but registration is required.
Virtual Events Details
Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum Monday, December 7 | 12:00-1:30 (MT)
Richard WobbekindAssociate Dean of Business & Gov’t Relations,
Leeds School of Business
Kelly BroughPresident and CEO,
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
The Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder provides professionals across nearly every industry in the state with a forecast of Colorado’s economy by sector. This 56th annual forecast was developed in partnership with 125 private and public leaders across Colorado.
CU Real Estate Center - Now What? Tuesday, December 8 | 12:00-1:30 (MT)
This lively panel discussion will recap the state of the real estate industry in Colorado with a focus on the sector’s outlook and contribution to the state and local economies.
Shifting uses for land and buildings
Technology disintermediation and disruption
Industry dislocations driven by urban-to-suburban and even rural migration
Real estate as a vector for rebuilding our communities and addressing issues of equity
Mike Kercheval (Moderator) Executive Director, CU Real Estate Center | Paul BooksPresident & Founder, Palisade Partners | Chad BrueCEO & Founder, Brue Baukol Capital Partners| Jessica OstermickDirector, CBRE - Industrial & Logistics | Darren PowderlyCo-Founder,CrowdStreet, Inc.
Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility - The Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Business Wednesday, December 9 | 12:00-1:30 (MT)
We will be discussing how the increased attention to racial justice in 2020 has impacted companies, why increasing DEI is good business, how to make changes to improve DEI in organizations, and why now is the time to make those changes. Panelists include practitioners who are working to create and implement stronger
DEI programs and experts who can speak to research-proven ways to effectively increase performance through uniqueness and belonging.
Diane Solinger (Moderator) People Development Manager, Google | Demesha Hill Managing Director,Janus Henderson Foundation & Head of Diversity and Community Relations, Janus Henderson Investors | Ellen Balaguer, Chair Leeds Advisory Board | Stefanie K. JohnsonAssociate Professor, Leeds School of Business| Ryan BacaAssociate Principal, Appficiency
Deming Center for Entrepreneurship - How Entrepreneurial Innovation & Disruption Will Move Us Forward Thursday, December 10 | 12:00-1:30 (MT)
What a challenging time for entrepreneurs throughout our state. How have entrepreneurs adapted? What opportunities have arisen over the past few months? Is now a good time to start a new venture and if so, how have funding opportunities changed? Have policies such as PPP been effective? We’ll discuss these questions as well as share overall insights into how our entrepreneurial ecosystem has adapted to these challenges and what opportunities have been created.
Erick Mueller (Moderator) Executive Director, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship | Adrian TuckCEO, Uplight | Delaney KeatingExecutive Director, Startup Colorado | Jeff YorkAssociate Professor, Leeds School of Business
Burridge Center for Finance - The Fed, The Market, The Disconnect Friday, December 11 | 12:00-1:30 (MT)
Unparalleled market movements, government stimulus and Federal Reserve actions leave us with a recovering stock market, record unemployment and an uncertain future. We cannot predict what 2021 will bring; our panelists will discuss how the events of 2020 impacted financial markets, and some things we might see in the months to come.
Dave Gross (Moderator) Senior Instructor and Assoc. Chair of Finance Division, Leeds School of Business | Ed Van WesepAssociate Professor and Finance PhD Program Director, Leeds School of Business| Nancy DavisFounder and Managing Partner, Quadratic Capital Management| Gibson SmithFounder, Smith Capital Investors