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2023 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Amy Webb

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Future Today Institute

Amy Webb “Quantitative futurist” Amy Webb pioneered a data-driven foresight methodology that is now used by hundreds of organizations worldwide. These models help businesses spot industry disruptions early enough to create new revenue or mitigate risk. Webb also advises leaders of government, military and central banks on risk and opportunity. Her quantitative approach to foresight was built using her academic experience in economics and game theory. Books she has authored include The Genesis Machine, The Big Nine, The Signals Are Talking and Data, A Love Story.


Sean P. Roche

Former Associate Deputy Director, Directorate of Digital Innovation, Central Intelligence Agency

Sean Roche Sean Roche has more than 30 years of experience in dealing with thorny issues on behalf of the CIA, Department of Defense and other federal organizations. He served as the second-in-command of the CIA’s Directorate of Digital Innovation, its first new directorate in more than 50 years. The directorate was created to accelerate the integration of advanced digital capabilities across all the CIA’s mission areas and is responsible for a wide range of espionage missions, including cyber intelligence, open source collection, secure global communications, worldwide mission information systems, data curation and data science. Roche successfully built the directorate’s annual budget to more than $3 billion while overhauling legacy personnel systems and practices to create the CIA’s first digital workforce. Note: participants are free to use the information discussed but may not reveal the identity nor affiliation of the speaker(s) or any other participant.


Federal Reserve Hosts

Austan Goolsbee

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Austan Goolsbee leads the Chicago Fed, which conducts research and monitors local economic conditions to support formulation of monetary policy, supervises and regulates banking organizations, and provides financial services to banks and similar institutions, as well as to the U.S. government. He also serves on the Federal Open Market Committee – the Federal Reserve System’s monetary policymaking body. Goolsbee was the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 1995 to 2023; a member and then, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 through 2011; and served on the President’s cabinet.


Ellen Bromagen

First Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Ellen Bromagen oversees the operational and financial performance of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is vice chair of the bank’s executive committee and a member of its loan committee. She joined the bank in 1990 and has held a variety of payments managerial, financial planning and corporate accounting positions during her career. Before assuming her current role in 2015, Bromagen was executive vice president and product manager of the customer relations and support office, which managed the nationwide FedLine® Solutions electronic payments and information delivery network before the formation of Federal Reserve Financial Services in 2021.


Mark Gould

Chief Payments Executive, Federal Reserve Financial Services

Throughout his career, Mark Gould has provided Federal Reserve executive leadership at the intersection of payments, technology, strategy and operations. Since 2021, Gould has been responsible for the Federal Reserve’s full portfolio of cash, retail and wholesale payment services across the United States, working to deliver a fully integrated suite of payment services and unified customer experience for financial institutions nationwide. Gould’s Federal Reserve career began in the retail payments division of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, where he served as the chief operating officer and first vice president from 2014 to 2021.


Shonda Clay (emcee)

Executive Vice President, Chief of Product and Relationship Management, Federal Reserve Financial Services

Shonda Clay leads integrated product development for the Federal Reserve’s portfolio of payment products, as well as its engagement and communications with financial institutions and the payments industry. In addition to leading Federal Reserve Financial Services (FRFS) customer relations, customer experience, marketing communications, research and payments improvement initiatives, Clay also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s executive committee. She joined the Federal Reserve in the 1980s and championed the Federal Reserve’s work that led to the Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System (Off-site) white paper in 2015 and the Federal Reserve’s subsequent payments improvement initiatives.


Loretta J. Mester

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Loretta Mester participates in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees more than 1,000 employees in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh who conduct economic research, supervise banking institutions and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government. She serves as a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Before taking on her current role at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 2014, Mester was executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in 1985 as an economist.


Panel Session Speakers

Panel: Global Payments

Panel: Instant Payments in the U.S.

Panel: Innovation

Panel: Digital Currency

Panel: Security & Risk Management

Innovation Insights from Leaders in the Room

Getting Onto Instant Payments Today

Activating Request to Pay Today