Named Lectures and General Session Speakers 2018 

Sarah Newcomb, Morningstar

Colston Warne Lecture 2018

Dr. Sarah Newcomb is an expert in the psychology of financial decision-making. As a behavioral economist at Morningstar, Inc. she works to integrate behavioral science into financial management applications. Dr. Newcomb holds a PhD in behavioral economics, a master's degree in financial economics, and a master's certification in personal financial planning. Through speaking, writing, and product development, she aims to translate the findings from scholarly research into practical and useful tools for everyone. Her first book, published in 2016, is Loaded: Money, Psychology, and How to Get Ahead without Leaving Your Values Behind.



Travis Plunkett, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Esther Peterson Policy Forum

Travis Plunkett oversees Pew’s family economic security portfolio, a series of projects that apply a rigorous, analytical approach to the study of Americans’ financial wherewithal and the economic challenges they face today. That work includes the safety and transparency of checking accounts and small-dollar loans and the prospects for economic mobility. As the head of this portfolio, Plunkett leads a staff of experts that conducts policy-relevant research on ways to stabilize and strengthen families’ finances in a constrained fiscal climate. He guides the direction of Pew’s work to better understand how families can buffer themselves against financial shocks and increase their economic security.  Prior to joining Pew, Plunkett directed federal legislative and regulatory affairs for the Consumer Federation of America. In that role, he was instrumental in the enactment of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act in 2009 and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010. Plunkett previously served as the New York State Legislative Representative for the AARP. He also served in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. Plunkett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver.

Putting Our Research to Work - Closing Session Panelists

Michael Price

Michael Price is a Professor at the University of Alabama in the department of Economics, Finance and Legal Studies. He was previously an Associate Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also works with a group at the University of Chicago to help economic students conduct research that helps organizations and policymakers make evidence-based decisions - and how to use available data as well as field experiments. His research interests include experimental and behavioral economics, the economics of charity, environmental economics and industrial organization. Specifically, his research focuses on the use of experimental methods and, in particular, the use of field experiments to address both positive and normative questions in economic science. Price’s work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, International Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State University Price was an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Ronald Paul Hill

Ronald Paul Hill, Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Maryland, holds the Visiting Lindner-Gambal Professorship of Business Ethics, George Washington University School of Business. He is the new editor of the ACCI journal, the Journal of Consumer Affairs. He has authored over 200 journal articles, books, chapters, and conference papers on topics that include impoverished consumer behavior, marketing ethics, corporate social responsibility, human development, and public policy. Outlets for this research are Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Business and Society, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Harvard Business Review, and Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. His term as Editor of the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing extended from July 2006 until June 2012. His recent awards include: 2012 Williams-Qualls-Spratlen Multicultural Mentoring Award of Excellence, 2012 Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 2010 Pollay Prize for Excellence in the Study of Marketing in the Public Interest, 2013 AMA Marketing and Society Special Interest Group Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013 Alan N. Nash Distinguished Doctoral Graduate Award, and VSB 2104 McDonough Family Faculty Award for Research Excellence. His 2014 article won the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing Thomas Kinnear Award in 2016, his 2015 Journal of Consumer Affairs article won the best paper award in 2016, and his 2015 Journal of Macromarketing article won the Slater Award in 2016.

David C. Kim

David C. Kim is Associate Editor of Social Science Journals at Wiley, specializing in partnerships with associations, societies and learned organizations. Wiley is the publisher of the ACCI Journal, the Journal of Consumer Affairs. Wiley has many services for authors to help with discoverability. In this closing general session, he will highlight some resources and best practices, and then offer a more in-depth, 90-minute post-conference workshop tomorrow morning, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Registration for the post-conference is complimentary. Read more about this workshop HERE. To add this workshop to your registration, please email admin@consumerinterests.org and include "add post-conference" in the subject line.