Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the third-annual Washington Ideas Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear - and meet - the most prominent thinkers of our time.
This October 5 and 6, the Forum will once again bring the best and brightest to the table for debate, conversation, and idea-sharing.
Larry Kudlow is host of CNBC's primetime "The Kudlow Report" and the co-host of CNBC's "The Call." He is also the host of The Larry Kudlow Show, which broadcasts on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm on WABC Radio and is syndicated nationally by Citadel Media.
He is also the founder and CEO of Kudlow and Company, LLC, an economic research and consulting firm. Mr. Kudlow is a familiar face in Washington and on Wall Street -- a renowned free market, supply-side economist armed with knowledge, vision, and integrity acquired over a storied career spanning three decades.
He offers a tremendous wealth of insight and expertise to help investors better navigate tomorrow's evolving economic and political terrain.
Brian T. Moynihan is the chief executive officer of Bank of America. He was elected to his role by the board of directors on December 16, 2009, and took office on January 1, 2010. Moynihan also is a member of the Bank of America board of directors.
Moynihan leads one of the world's largest financial institutions. Bank of America serves consumers, businesses of all sizes and institutional investors with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 58 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,800 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users.
Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves corporate, institutional and individual clients through operations in more than 40 countries.
Under Moynihan's leadership, Bank of America is building on its leadership position in community development, philanthropy and environmental initiatives. The company is working toward achieving three major public goals: a 10-year, $1.5 trillion community lending and investing goal; a 10-year, $2 billion philanthropic giving goal; and a 10-year, $20 billion goal for lending to and investing in environmental initiatives.
Moynihan has led Bank of America's Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, a group of senior executives from across lines of business, since 2007. His direct support of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the bank has been instrumental in creating an inclusive work environment that is consistently recognized by third parties as one of the best in corporate America. The bank continues to gain recognition as a top employer by Working Mother, Black Enterprise, DiversityInc, G.I. Jobs, Hispanic Business and LATINA Style magazines; scored a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for policies beneficial to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender associates; and was named an 'adoption friendly workplace' by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Moynihan joined Bank of America in 2004 following the company's merger with FleetBoston Financial. In 2010, he was elected a trustee of the Corporation of Brown University.
Brian Moynihan, president and CEO of Bank of America, defends the five-dollar monthly debit card fee Bank of America recently proposed. "The reduction and interchange fees were part of Dodd-Frank (Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act)," says Moynihan. "In retail banking, the ability to be profitable has changed."