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Speakers Bureau

As part of the Chicago Fed’s outreach and education efforts, some Bank economists, researchers and subject matter experts may be available for speeches to public, professional and civic groups. Topics include:

  • Role of the Federal Reserve
  • Agricultural outlook
  • Regional and national economic outlooks
  • State and local government issues
  • Economic and community development
  • Manufacturing trends, particularly in the automotive sector

How Do I Schedule a Speaker?

Speaking engagements may be requested by completing the Speakers Bureau Request form.

Speaking requests will be evaluated based on Federal Reserve blackout date schedule (see below), speaker availability, the forum and subject matter. The audience must have at least 50 people. Please submit requests at least 60 days but no more than 6 months before your event to allow sufficient time for preparation.

Business School Speakers' Series

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Outreach Program is offering an informational speaker program that is specifically tailored towards students in MBA programs. Speakers are provided free of charge to nonprofit educational institutions within Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. To reserve a speaker, please complete the Speakers Bureau Request form.

Note: For event name, please indicate Business School Speaker Series.

How Much Will It Cost?

This is a free service. However, Chicago Fed speakers are provided only for events within the Seventh Federal Reserve District, which includes Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. If you are outside the Seventh District, please see the link at right to determine which other Federal Reserve District might be able to assist you.

Who Is Available to Speak?

The Chicago Fed Speakers Bureau evaluates speaker requests according to the forum, subject matter, and the availability of our speakers. Our employees can speak to non-profit professional, business and civic groups but are prohibited from speaking to political organizations, at political gatherings or at fundraising events. Please note that there is limited availability of our speakers and they are not available during Federal Reserve blackout periods (see below).

FOMC Blackout Periods

Federal Reserve staff, including those at the Chicago Fed, generally do not speak publicly between a week prior to the Saturday preceding a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and the Thursday following that meeting. This time is referred to as the FOMC blackout period. Blackout periods for 2019 and 2020 are detailed, below.

Note: Speakers are not available during the following Federal Reserve blackout periods.

2019          2020   
January 19-31           January 18-30
March 9-21           March 7-19 
April 20-May 2           April 18-30
June 8-20           May 31-June 11 
July 20-August 1           July 18-30  
September 7-19           September 5-17
October 19-31           October 24-November 6
November 30-December 12           December 5-17


Federal Reserve policy prohibits our employees from speaking to political organizations, at political gatherings or at fundraising events. Please note that we are not accepting requests for speaking engagements for groups sponsored by investment or financial firms. Other restrictions may apply.


Chicago Fed policy prohibits Bank officers and employees from accepting gifts, honoraria or compensation. We kindly ask that you do not purchase or present any gift or memento that our speakers would be required to decline or return.

Contact Us
Marisa O'Donnell
In the Federal Reserve System

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, USA. Tel. (312) 322-5322

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