Join us in person

Thursday, June 2 @ 7 - 10 am

Hilton Vancouver
301 West 6th Street, Vancouver, WA

It’s been 35 years since The Columbian hosted the first Economic Forecast event. In the past decade, local and regional experts have presented to nearly 600 business and community leaders making this one of the largest economic events in the Vancouver-Portland market.

This year, our theme is ACCELERATE. Living and working through a world-wide pandemic, businesses of all categories and sizes have been forced to pivot, think differently, and move quickly. We are excited to welcome a diverse group of perspectives to the stage for a riveting conversation on the current economic climate, but more importantly, how things are accelerating into the coming 3-5 years.

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Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate

Matthew Gardner

Keynote, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 28 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew also sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.

Esther Liu, President/Principal at LSW Architects

Esther Liu

Panelist, President at LSW Architects

Esther Liu has been a Principal at LSW since 2018, bringing nearly three decades of experience in urban architecture to the firm, where she heads up mixed-use and housing projects. Her leadership and people-first mindset have been instrumental in helping LSW and its growing team thrive through the challenges presented during 2020. LSW Architects is a firm dedicated to building active, inspired communities through innovative design solutions and ideas. Founded in 1955, the firm's extensive experience covers new construction, renovation, feasibility studies, and master planning for private and public projects in the educational, recreational, multi-family housing, and office sectors.

Callie Christensen, Co-CEO at Slumberkins

Callie Christensen

Panelist, Co-CEO at Slumberkins

Callie Christensen is a co-founder of Slumberkins, a leading educational children’s brand working to empower parents to teach positive social-emotional life skills to children at home. Slumberkins are easily implemented into everyday family routines to support social-emotional learning, providing digestible therapeutic techniques for parents to use, and normalize conversations about big feelings. The brand has experienced enormous growth in two years through their presence on social media, and an appearance on Shark Tank in 2017 and is now co-producing a live action puppet television series with the Jim Henson Company.

Scott Bailey, Regional Economist at Washington State Employment Security Department

Scott Bailey

Panelist, Regional Economist at Washington State Employment Security Department

For over 30 years, Scott Bailey has served as the Regional Economist for the Employment Security Department’s Labor Market & Economic Analysis Branch covering Southwest Washington. Scott is the local source of labor market information for the region, tracking unemployment, industry trends, the occupational outlook, and wages and income. He has done extensive research on wages and the impact of the minimum wage in the state. Scott is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference. He has lived in Portland his entire life, and currently serves on the School Board for Portland Public Schools.

Will Campbell, Moderator

Will Campbell

Moderator, Innovation Editor at The Columbian

Will Campbell writes and reports business stories for The Columbian. Since age 14, he’s been spending time in the newsroom telling stories about Clark County citizens through video and written articles. Will formerly reported on crime and public safety at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He is also the fourth generation owner of The Columbian, along with his brothers Ben and Ross.


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