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Todd Buchholz California
Todd Buchholz

Acclaimed author, former White House economic policy director and economist Todd Buchholz connects the dots between local and global markets, the politics that define business environments, and the people who drive it all.

In his keynote speeches, Buchholz draws on years of research into financial topics ranging from housing finance to fast-food lawsuits to the influence of competition on our lives as working members of society (Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race). His work in historical economics (New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs) brings to light past influences and trends that affect today's economic landscapes. From Here to Economy is a trusted guide to economic literacy, simply and clearly explained. In Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office, through "compelling and fast-reading narratives" (Booklist), Buchholz examines the great ideas, and some of the failures, of several CEOs and entrepreneurs whose businesses grew to become household names. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and are used for teaching at universities worldwide. In his latest book, The Price of Prosperity: Why Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them, Todd argues that without a sense of common purpose and shared identity, nations can collapse.

Buchholz is an experienced and dedicated keynote speaker and media personality who is noted for his sharp wit, candid demeanor, and well-researched arguments on a broad variety of topics.

Todd Buchholz is routinely called upon to provide perspective on the headlines and trends that affect the financial markets. He has appeared as commentator on a wide variety of television and radio programs, including ABC News, PBS, NPR, and CBS. He hosted his on CNBC special, "Open Exchange with Todd Buchholz." In 2012, Buchholz sat in the hot seat on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." He has jousted with James Carville and Ben Stein, and he has sat in debate with economists Lester Thurow and Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics.


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  • Prosperity Ahead - Or Not? - As President Donald Trump promises to reshape policy from taxation to healthcare to foreign affairs, governments and companies must grapple with crucial questions: Can the new President's tax cuts prod the economy to recover, despite worldwide worries over Brexit and trade disputes ? Will the Fed keep its independence? How can the president repeal Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, while fostering a new era of deregulation? Will the U.S. build up bigger and bigger debts without tackling entitlements? What's at stake for the economy, the financial markets and geopolitics, amid foreign policy crises in Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and China? Todd Buchholz has delivered keynotes at the White House, Treasury Department, UK Parliament and stock exchanges from Mexico City to Tokyo to Abu Dhabi. His just-released book The Price of Prosperity ranked #1 on Amazon for government and received rave reviews from advisors to Donald Trump as well as from Hillary Clinton. By "connecting the dots" of the world economy, Todd will inspire you and help you develop a timely vision for the economy, the financial markets, and the dramatic impact of the presidential election.

  • How To Compete in A Global Economy - Never before have businesses felt such excruciating pressure to compete. The go-go days of the 1990s turned into the go-sideways days of the 2000's. What's next? While enjoying superlow interest rates and riding a roller coaster stock market, firms have struggled to raise prices, even when their costs go up. China poses a threat but also an opportunity for new sales. Loyal customers seem ready to jump to a competitor. How can your company or industry survive and thrive? Can the Fed keep the economy recovering in the Janet Yellen era? Will Congress try yet another "stimulus?" Todd Buchholz, who led the White House Energy Strategy, will help you figure out whether OPEC and Russia can tighten energy supplies again or whether a revolution in natural gas will reinvigorate U.S. factories. Learn how the "scissors economy" opens up new business and investment opportunities. Today might be the very best-or the very worst-time to finance a loan. By "connecting the dots" of the world economy, Todd teaches how to anticipate the new trends that open up fresh opportunities for manufacturing, service and technology companies.

  • The Price of Prosperity: How to Renew Rich Nations - What's wrong with America and the modern economy? When rich nations begin to shatter, "everyone has a comfy bed-but fewer people have a reason to get out of it." Todd Buchholz's new book The Price of Prosperity is earning rave reviews from leading minds on the Democratic and the Republican side of the aisle, from Larry Summers and Alan Blinder to Larry Kudlow. In this entertaining speech Todd explains the 5 factors that can undermine rich countries, and he puts forth bold solutions to address the eroding work ethic, rising debt loads, and the challenge of patriotism in a multicultural country. Todd takes audiences on a fascinating historical tour, from ancient Sparta to the Habsburg Monarchy to the fall of the Ottomans to identify how rich nations get in trouble, and how they can get out. Here's what the Wall Street Journal reviewer said about Todd's approach: "Mr. Buchholz was economic adviser to George H.W. Bush. He has run a hedge fund. He teaches and writes books and is popular with TV talk-show hosts. His book reflects that range of talents in that it has the tone of a provocative and entertaining dinner speech, studded with factoids and witticisms…The result is entertaining and informative…Mr. Buchholz has raised his warning flags in a charming way." Audiences will come away enlightened, motivated, and uplifted.

  • Behavioral Economics Can Work For You - Business leaders and policymakers take heed - your social, cognitive, and emotional biases (and those of your consumers) will affect your finances. Todd Buchholz examines how generational differences, habitual cognitive decisions, and work relationships all operate together to inform market decisions and public choices. Todd takes a sweeping view of the nature of competition in business, arguing for the vitality, growth, and progress it inspires in us. Drawing on biography, he also looks into the lives of influential entrepreneurs to explain how little ideas were turned into big successes that overhauled the way business is done, providing immediately actionable takeaways. As talented journalists such as Malcolm Gladwell and David Brooks delve into the fields of behavioral economics and behavioral finance, Todd's analytical work offers a deeper understanding particularly suited for business people and policymakers who need to apply psychological principles to everyday life

  • Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race - Todd Buchholz, author of the classic New Ideas from Dead Economists and New Ideas from Dead CEOs, reveals why we need competition to keep us going and going strong. Weaving in everything from neuroeconomics to evolutionary biology to renaissance art to General Motors, Buchholz will convince you that the race to compete has not only made us taller and smarter, it's what we love and need. In this provocative keynote presentation, Buchholz explains why laid-back firms get entangled in their own red tape and why contented CEOs end up driving their employees to bankruptcy court. While Buchholz argues that businesses need internal competition, he shows how to inspire creative competition, rather than a shark-infested culture. This is a cutting edge presentation that defies and shreds conventional wisdom.

  • New Ideas from Dead CEOs - Todd Buchholz brings to life history's greatest CEOs-from Steve Jobs to Ray Kroc to Akio Morita, Estée Lauder to Tom Watson Sr.-and shows how their lives, leadership and lessons can inform and inspire us in today's chaotic marketplace. How did Sam Walton help create the "scissors economy" and go from being the owner of a single dime store to the CEO of Wal-Mart? How did Estée Lauder, a working-class woman from Queens, convince the shoppers at Saks to buy her cosmetics? How did the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 eventually lead to A.P. Giannini's success as America's greatest banker? In this speech, Buchholz answers these questions and shows today's business managers how to deploy their entrepreneurial secrets to benefit their companies in today's hyper-competitive global economy. He uses his experience as a White House economist, Harvard scholar, and Wall Street professional to show investors what kinds of CEOs to invest with and what kinds of companies to steer away from. In addition, Todd lays out a forecast for the economy and the financial markets. Audiences come away from this keynote presentation with a fresh understanding of the competitive pressures we face today, and a road map to finding success.

  • China: The Threat and the Opportunity - Everyone knows China offers one billion potential customers. But China also provides one billion workers eager to compete with American workers. The Chinese Communist party has shed its communist ideology, but it still struggles to keep its people under control. By showing audiences how to anticipate China's next moves, Todd Buchholz will help you take advantage of the incredible business opportunities ahead, while avoiding the landmines.

  • The Hope and Danger Behind World Politics - Since September 11, 2001, the world has changed, looking even more dangerous than during the Cold War era when the Soviet Union aimed missiles at the U.S. In just a few weeks during the winter of 2011, the map of the Middle East turned upside down, reposing dictators and replacing them with…who knows? Todd Buchholz takes his audience on a world tour to gauge the "hot spots" that threaten us. At the same time, though, we must appreciate the successes: the countries that have turned from dictatorships to democracies; the economies that have dumped communism for capitalism. Recently, The New York Times editorial page called on Buchholz to make sense of the terrorism threat. As a former "point man" for the White House during the Gulf War, Todd Buchholz shows his audience how to handle the risks while keeping hope alive in this expansive keynote speech presentation.
The Price of Prosperity Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race New Ideas from Dead CEOs The Castro Gene New Ideas from Dead Economists
The Price of Prosperity: Why Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race New Ideas from Dead CEOs: Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office The Castro Gene New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought

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