Explore the Heartland’s future in the aftermath of COVID-19


Tammy Edwards - Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Tammy Edwards leads the Community Engagement & Inclusion Division for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She is a member of the Bank’s Management Committee, which is responsible for the Kansas City Fed’s strategic planning and policy direction. Ms. Edwards also serves as the Bank’s Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.


Jamie Metzl - Futurist and author of Hacking Darwin

Jamie Metzl is a leading technology and healthcare futurist and geopolitical expert, a science fiction novelist, a faculty member of Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine, and a member of the Human Genome Project-write consortium.

He is the author of the recent bestseller: Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity


Simon Johnson - Professor, MIT and co-author of Jump-Starting America

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is also head of the Global Economics and Management group and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee.

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Ross DeVol - President and CEO, Heartland Forward

Ross DeVol is President and CEO, Heartland Forward. Heartland Forward’s goal is to promote regional innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster job creation, wage gains and economic growth for the American Heartland.

Fred Teng

Fred Teng - President of the America China Public Affairs Institute

Fred Teng is President of the America China Public Affairs Institute. He also serves as the Senior U.S. Representative of the China-United States Exchange Foundation; an Executive Council Member of the Center for China and Globalization; a visiting Professor of the Sichuan University. He is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, a Counselor of the EastWest Institute, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and a Centennial Society member of the Economic Club of New York. Most recently, Mr. Teng was elected as an independent board member of USA Badminton, the national governing body for the sport of badminton in the United States.


Amos Smith - Global Business and Foreign Affairs Executive

Amos L. Smith is a global business and foreign affairs executive from the United States, specializing in international trade and government relations. He is the President of Walton International in Nashville, TN and the founder of TRUMAN. 
Amos additionally serves as the Chairman of the Finance Committee with the U.S. Heartland China Association. 

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