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Speakers Bureau

On a limited basis, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago provides speakers on topics including the purposes and functions of the Federal Reserve System, banking issues, and regional and national economic conditions. Bank employees can speak to non-profit professional, business and civic groups of 40 or more. Some examples include civic or trade associations.

How Do I Schedule a Speaker?

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

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. 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 are detailed below.

       January 19-31   
       March 9-21   
       April 20-May 2   
       June 8-20   
       July 20-August 1   
       September 7-19   
       October 19-31   
       November 30-December 12   


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.

Subject Matter Experts

William Strauss


William Strauss

Senior Economist and Economic Advisor

Bill analyzes the performance of the manufacturing sector, including the steel and auto industries, as well as the Midwest and national economy. He is the spokesperson for the monthly release of the Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index (CFMMI).

David Oppedahl


David Oppedahl

Business Economist

David follows the agricultural sector and monitors agribusiness conditions. Every three months, he conducts a survey of agricutural land values and credit conditions in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa and reports the results in the Chicago Fed's quarterly AgLetter.

Rick Mattoon

Energy, Higher Education and State and Local Public Finance

Rick Mattoon

Senior Economist and Economic Advisor

Rick is an expert on a wide variety of infrastructure issues that face the Midwest regional economy.

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Ellen Rissman

Labor Markets

Ellen Rissman

Economist and Senior Policy Specialist

Ellen analyzes labor economics such as self-employment and entrepreneurship, and cyclical movements in employment.

Maude Toussaint-Comeau

Alternative Financial Services

Maude Toussaint-Comeau

Senior Business Economist

Maude analyzes the use of formal and informal financial markets by minority groups and the use of alternative financial services, such as check-cashing outlets and payday loan companies. She has also conducted a line of research on immigrant utilization of financial services; labor market adjustment of immigrants; immigrant impact on natives; homeownership attainment of immigrants; and immigrant self-employment and business ethnic networks.

Jeremiah P. Boyle

Community Reinvestment

Jeremiah P. Boyle

Managing Director of Community and Economic Development

Jere is managing director of community and economic development in the community development and policy studies division. His areas of expertise include community reinvestment, consumer protection, concentrated poverty and small business and minority business development

Thomas Klier

Auto Industry

Thomas Klier

Senior Economist

Thomas analyzes the structure and geography of the automobile industry, with special emphasis on the auto supplier sector. He also studies other regional economic development issues such as what motivates location decisions of headquarters.

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Kathryn Moran
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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