William R. Emmons, lead economist at the Center for Household Financial Stability, will be the featured speaker for The Southern Business Journal's Business Leaders Breakfast on Thursday, March 1, at John A. Logan College.

Emmons' topic will be "The Economic Outlook for Southern Illinois and the Nation.”

Emmonds is an assistant vice president and economist at the St. Louis Fed, where his areas of focus include household balance sheets and their relationship to the broader economy. He also speaks and writes frequently on banking, financial markets, financial regulation, housing, the economy and other topics, and has been highlighted in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and American Banker, and he has appeared on PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg News and other national programs.

Emmons received a Ph.D. in finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The breakfast will be from 7 to 9 a.m., and will cost $15 per person.

To register, go to thesouthern.com/breakfast or call 618-351-5065 or 618-351-5002. The registration deadline is Feb. 19.

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