Bestselling author and University of Utah Impact Scholar Dr. Arthur C. Brooks will keynote the 2023 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit, the Salt Lake Chamber announced today.

Dr. Brooks is a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School and was recently named an Impact Scholar at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, where he will spend 3-4 days each semester participating in guest lectures, roundtable discussions with state and local officials, and consult with university and community leaders.

“Arthur Brooks is an exciting addition to the Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “His expertise is of the utmost importance as we navigate a political landscape that is too often driven by extremes and full of contempt. We look forward to hearing how true prosperity comes when we find common ground through different perspectives.”

As a professor, Brooks teaches courses on leadership and happiness. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic, where he writes the popular “How to Build a Life” column. Brooks is the author of 12 books, including the 2022 #1 New York Times bestseller “Love your Enemies: How Decent People can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.” He speaks all around the world about love and happiness, giving more than 150 speeches and lectures per year in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In 2009, Brooks became the president of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, one of the world’s most influential think tanks, which he led for a decade. During this period, he was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s “50 World’s Greatest Leaders” and was awarded seven honorary doctorates.

“The University of Utah is pleased to have Dr. Brooks share his valuable insights for building bridges, mending relationships, and solving the problem of polarization in American politics with Utah’s business and political leaders,” said University of Utah President Taylor Randall. “We look forward to this and many more opportunities for Dr. Brooks to engage with our community, campus, and state.”

The Salt Lake Chamber and Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute will host the Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit on January 12, 2023, at the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The Summit is the state’s premier economic forecasting and public policy event attended by policy and academic thought leaders from across the state. It presents an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to gain insights on the future of Utah’s economy and the business community’s policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

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