FedListens 2023: Transitioning to the Post-Pandemic Economy FedListens 2023: Transitioning to the Post-Pandemic Economy

May 31, 2023
8:50 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

On May 31, 2023, from 8:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will hold a half-day, in-person conference as part of the Federal Reserve’s Fed Listens series on “Transitioning to the Post-pandemic Economy.” This event will feature a diverse set of leaders from a cross-section of the New England economy who will discuss their experiences about challenges and opportunities following the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A chief goal of this conference is to better understand how the pandemic experience has reshaped the economy and the workforce. The discussion will focus on transitions in the labor market, the housing market, and state and local government fiscal health. Panel sessions on each topic are planned to prime active discussion with invited guests. Susan M. Collins, president and CEO of the Boston Fed, and Michelle W. Bowman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors will join the conversation.

The in-person portion of this event is invitation-only. The public is invited to listen to the conference on livestream starting here at 8:50 AM on May 31, 2023.

In-person guests and the viewing public are encouraged to review brief, high-level overview material that profiles the Boston Fed’s understanding of how labor markets, housing markets, and state and local public finance have changed and are changing based on the pandemic experience: Briefing Material. We invite you to share your perspective on these changes by completing the following survey here.

Questions? BosFedListens@bos.frb.org


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

8:30 a.m.

Registration opens, light refreshments offered

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Susan M. Collins
President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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Governor Michelle W. Bowman

Federal Reserve Board of Governors

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9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Panel I: Labor Market Transitions: Recruiting, and Retention


Maureen Alphonse-Charles
Managing Director and Senior Vice President
Talent, Diversity and Equity at Diversified Search Group

Mary Nash
Vice President, Talent Development
Beth Israel Lahey Health

Matt Schlobohm
Executive Director

Jeysi Zuniga
Founder & CEO
Synergy Contracting


Mary A. Burke
Senior Economist and Policy Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.


10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Panel II: Housing Market Transitions: Affordability, Transportation, Recruiting, and Economic Growth


Rebecca Hatfield
President & CEO
Avesta Housing

Carolyn Isabelle
Director of Workforce Development & Planning
Dartmouth Health

Melissa Kaplan-Macey
Vice President, State Programs & Connecticut Director
Regional Planning Association (CT Office)

Patrick Lee
Trinity Financial


Prabal Chakrabarti
Executive Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Panel III: State and Local Government Fiscal Health Transitions


Daryle Dudzinski
Deputy Commissioner
Connecticut Department of Labor

Ted Brady
Executive Director
Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Paul Dion
Pandemic Recovery Office
Rhode Island Department of Administration

Doug Howgate
Massachusetts Taxpayers Association 


Jeffrey P. Thompson
Vice President and Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

12:20 p.m.

Closing remarks:

Susan M. Collins
President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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12:25 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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