Bill Conerly, CSP


Dr. Bill Conerly connects the dots between the economy and business decisions. He has the unique combination of a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and over 30 years’ experience helping companies adapt to changing economic conditions. He has worked in economics and corporate planning at two Fortune 500 corporations and at a major bank, where he was senior vice president. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Companies have used Dr. Conerly’s expertise to help with decisions regarding capital expenditures, inventory levels, expansion into new markets, pricing, business models and financial structure.

Bill Conerly has spoken to over 1300 business audiences in four countries and 31 states. He was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association.

Dr. Conerly is an on-line contributor to and the author of The Flexible Stance: Thriving in a Boom/Bust Economy (2016) as well as Businomics (2007). He had been interviewed on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN and CNBC.  He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and USA Today.

Speaking Topics

Business in an Uncertain Economy: The Best Strategies for Profitability in an Ever-changing World

Dr. Bill Conerly provides business leaders with the tools that they need to manage in an uncertain economy. He first presents the economic outlook with an emphasis on the risks that lie ahead. He then offers business leaders specific methods for dealing with this uncertainty. This unique presentation builds on Dr. Conerly’s expertise in economics as well as his many years of experience helping businesses navigate uncharted economic waters.

 The Economic Outlook: New Opportunities and Risks in the Evolving Business Cycle

Dr. Bill Conerly presents his evaluation of the current state of the economy and his forecast for the next two years. He drills down to the sectors most relevant to the audience members, allowing them to see how their own business environment will change. Using common-sense language and real-world examples, he presents what business leaders need to know to thrive in the coming years. This presentation is tailored to the industry or region of the audience and always includes his well-known sense of humor.

 Business Planning in an Uncertain Economy (works well as half-day seminar)

The external environment of a business is hard to predict: what will the economy do, how will technology change, what impact will new laws have on business? The solution is not to give up on planning, but to incorporate a flexible stance in the company’s strategic and operational plans. Dr. Bill Conerly helps participants draw upon their own expertise and experience to learn the keys to developing plans that will enhance growth while also protecting companies against downside risks. This half-day program works with small groups or with large audiences so long as the seating arrangement allows discussion within six-person groups.

 The Next Decade: What Businesses Should Do TODAY to Prepare for Tomorrow

Dr. Bill Conerly is an expert on what business leaders should do right now to create a more profitable business future.  Bill looks at the big changes we can expect in the next decade – demographics, globalization, finance, and technology – avoiding speculation as much as possible.  Instead, he relies on business history, current trends and comprehensive research to make his forecasts.  At every step he connects future scenarios with action plans that leaders should put in place now.  Specifics are adjusted for the particular audience.

 America’s Energy Future: Old Lessons Re-Learned

Dr. Bill Conerly predicted 2014’s oil price drop a year and a half before it happened—receiving scornful comments at the time. He now presents his framework for looking at energy markets and his latest forecast, and he will tell diesel and gasoline users whether to convert to natural gas. Dr. Conerly began his career with a Fortune 500 user of oil, then shifted to a Fortune 500 producer of coal, oil and gas. He later turned his attention to helping business leaders in many different industries understand the impacts of the changing economy. He always speaks with his well-known sense of humor.

 Freedom and Prosperity: The Case for Optimism

In this substantive and inspiring keynote, Bill explains the mechanism for economic growth around the world.  Drawing insights from Nobel economists, historians and modern commentators, Bill connects economic and political freedom with economic performance. He ends with a surprising burst of optimism about the fate of the world over the coming decades. He illustrates it all using a few statistics and many stories.

Travels from: Portland OR