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Watch EOC 2023 Keynote Speaker Bill Ackman

The Woodlands Economic Outlook Conference is a conference for high-profile business leaders to gain insight and knowledge on the trajectory of our economy – and ways to prepare for the growth to come. Global, national and local speakers address attendees on the economy, trends and growth.

Keynote Speaker

Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman is the CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser founded in 2003. Mr. Ackman is Chairman of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE:HHC) and a member of the board of Universal Music Group N.V. (NA:UMG).

He serves as a member of the Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Ackman is co-trustee of the Pershing Square Foundation, a family foundation, that supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations tackling important social issues and delivering scalable and sustainable impact across the globe.

National Economic Update

U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw

U.S. Congressman Texas’ Second Congressional District and U.S. Navy Seal Veteran

Featured Speaker

Joel Kotkin

Urban Studies Author and internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends

Community Update

Gil P. Staley

President & CEO The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

CEO Panel Speaker

Deborah Wild

President & CEO, Cellipont Bioservices

CEO Panel Speaker

Jamie Castle

President & CEO, Obagi Cosmeceuticals

CEO Panel Speaker

Robert S. Barnwell, IV

CEO, Centric Infrastructure Group


Bob Charlet

President and Publisher, Houston Business Journal

CEO Panel Moderator

Charles Blain

President of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute and published author in Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Forbes, The Houston Chronicle, The Hill