Over 500 people attended the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago's annual Management Conference, held in Chicago on Aug. 1-2. This year’s conference, entitled Decisions for Today. Direction for Tomorrow, focused on leadership in thought and action. Speakers included business leader Josh Linker, economist Kevin Warsh, mountain climber Alison Levine, and former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Prior to the conference, Warsh, a former member of the Board of Governors, noted that while the Federal Reserve System receives external pressures from elected officials, the need for an independent Fed is critical to the health of the nation’s (and the world’s) economic system. FHLB hosted key trade associations to discuss critical issues such as GSE reform, the democratization of data, CDFIs, and state legislative efforts. WBA reported on the dynamics of banking in Wisconsin and the impact of split government. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is a key partner for WBA and Wisconsin’s banking industry.