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TCU's Annual Investment Strategies Conference is March 19, 2020

“The Next Decade: Survive or Thrive? Making Sense of a Disrupted World” features Jacob J. Lew, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury 2013-17, interviewed by Michael McKee, international economics and policy correspondent for Bloomberg.

December 18, 2019

By Elaine Cole

Jacob Lew, Jim Bianco, Seth Carpenter and Meredith SumpterThe annual TCU Investment Strategies Conference, a sell-out year after year, gives professionals and TCU students insights into financial markets from the best in the business.

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew is the keynote for the 2020 event, held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., on the TCU campus. Other featured speakers include Jim Bianco, Seth Carpenter and Meredith Sumpter.

Jacob J. Lew, as the most senior economic official in the U.S. government, helped shape policies that drove the longest economic recovery in American history. He oversaw all aspects of international and domestic fiscal policy, including issues related to financial regulation, global sanctions regimes, tax policy, debt management and trade. He brings insights and an insider’s knowledge of the people and policies affecting the direction of the global economy, and presents an engaging view of how complex financial and geopolitical forces are shaping our economy, both domestically and overseas. He has served as White House Chief of Staff, Director of Office Management and Budget, Secretary of the Treasury, and senior executive for Citigroup and COO of New York University.

Lew will be interviewed on stage by Michael McKee, international economics and policy correspondent for Bloomberg TV and Radio.

Jim Bianco, president and macro strategist at Bianco Research LLC, brings a unique perspective on the global economy and financial markets unencumbered by the biases of traditional Wall Street research. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business, and is often featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Grants Interest Rate Observer, and MarketWatch. Bianco has built a reputation for objective, incisive commentary that challenges consensus thinking.

Seth Carpenter, U.S. chief economist for UBS, brings insights from his long career in the public sector, including his time with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was nominated by President Obama to be assistant secretary for financial markets after being deputy assistant secretary for macroeconomic analysis. Previously he worked for 15 years on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He joined as a research economist, rising to the level of deputy director of the division of monetary affairs.

Meredith Sumpter, head of research strategy and operations for Eurasia Group, is an expert on global politics, domestic drivers of the new geopolitics, and 21st century trade, growth and disruption. Her research interests center on the politics of domestic renewal at a time of geopolitical disruption. She has held senior positions in the private and public sectors and has nearly 20 years of experience in policy, analysis, business and management. Her experience spans multiple regions and sectors including information and communications technology; fast-moving consumer goods; health care; banking and finance; and energy and commodities.

TCU’s annual Investment Strategies Conference is presented by the LKCM Center for Financial Studies at the Neeley School of Business and TCU Investment Management.

Registration will open in mid-January 2020 and seating will be limited. For additional information, visit