Event Details

Thursday, January 27, 2022
Italian Community Center
Registration & Networking – 7:00 AM
Breakfast & Program – 7:30 AM
Q&A Session – 9:30 AM

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Economic Trends

The 2022 Economic Trends Event, presented by BizTimes Media, offered attendees an in-depth look at the Wisconsin and U.S. economy. Michael Knetter, Ph.D., economist and president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, discussed his views on how the Federal Reserve will manage inflation and the impact of remote and hybrid work on the labor force. Jonas Prising, chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, discussed the challenges of a tight labor market, how technology is shaping what skills are in demand and the outlook for wages in 2022 during a Q&A with BizTimes associate editor Arthur Thomas. Sandi Siegel, president of freight forwarder and customs broker M.E. Dey & Co., detailed the chaos taking place in supply chains, encouraging business leaders to pay close attention to details as they seek to move cargo. Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic, shared advice for improving cybersecurity and highlighted emerging trends in the world of technology. The event concluded with a Q&A featuring Knetter and Dave Anderson, senior vice president – managing director, head of commercial banking, southeastern Wisconsin at BMO Harris Bank.

Read coverage and see photos from the event: Industry experts share predictions for 2022 at Economic Trends Event.

Is 2022 The Year of the Great Reallocation?

Inflation. Supply chain issues. Labor force challenges. The lingering COVID-19 pandemic. These and other factors are leading to major economic shifts and reallocations in supply and demand.

With so much in flux, what lies ahead for the economy in 2022? Will the Fed raise interest rates? Will consumer spending keep up as prices rise? What’s coming down the road for tax policy and government spending?

Economist Michael Knetter Ph.D. and leading industry experts will provide their perspectives and answers to these questions and more at the 21st annual Economic Trends breakfast on January 27, 2022.

Featured Speakers:
  • Michael Knetter Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Foundation [1]
  • Tina Chang, CEO, SysLogic [2]
  • Jonas Prising, Chairman/CEO, ManpowerGroup [3]
  • Sandi Siegel, President. M.E. Dey & Co. [4]

Breakout Sessions to Follow Presentations

The Southeastern Wisconsin Economy: A Closer Look

Join  Mike Knetter and Dave Anderson as they discuss the economic outlook for  manufacturing, food and beverage, logistics, transportation and  construction in southeast Wisconsin. Mike Knetter will share  perspectives about fiscal, monetary and trade policies that may shape  the larger trends in these industries.


  • Dave Anderson, Senior Vice President – Managing Director, Head of Commercial Banking, Southeastern Wisconsin, BMO Harris Bank
  • Michael Knetter Ph.D., Economist, President & CEO, University of Wisconsin Foundation

Economic Trends

The annual Economic Trends Event, presented by BizTimes Milwaukee, hosts a vibrant discussion between prominent Wisconsin business leaders, state representatives, and industry experts on the state of the economy. This annual event includes a macroeconomic outlook on the economy from Michael Knetter, Ph.D., economist and president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Economic Trends caters to all business leaders, providing insight into the economic outlook through analysis of industry trends and current economic indicators. Selected panelists bring perspectives from their industry while providing forecasts about the year ahead in business. This event has been annually attended by business leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin and for many has become the first significant business function of the calendar year.

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