Neil Irwin is the Chief economic correspondent at Axios, and formerly served as a senior economic correspondent at the New York Times. He is the author of How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers and The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, a bestselling account of the world's central bankers' battle to subdue the global financial crisis.

Exclusively represented by BrightSight Speakers bureau, Irwin wrote for The Upshot, the Times's site for analytical reporting on politics, economics, and everyday life. There and now at Axios, he applies economic logic to help explain and understand the world around us. He has written on topics as varied as the global economy and financial markets, trends in sports fandom, and the rise and fall of food fads.

Previously, Irwin was a columnist at the Washington Post and economics editor of Wonkblog, the Post's site for analytical journalism. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Post's beat reporter covering the Federal Reserve and the economy. He has often appeared on television analyzing economic topics, including on the PBS Newshour, CNBC, and MSNBC.

The Alchemists, published in 2013 by the Penguin Press and now available in paperback, was a New York Times Bestseller and was short-listed for the Goldman Sachs-Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. It appeared on best-books-of-the-year lists from the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR.

Irwin was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University, from which he has an M.B.A. His undergraduate studies were at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.

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Future of Work

Irwin explains how the shifting economic forces of the 2020s will remake the world of work. From demographic shifts that mean less supply of labor to the rise of remote work that demands a re-shuffling of employees and employers, his talk will show how every organization and every manager can be positioned to thrive as the economic ground beneath our feet shifts.

The Economic Outlook

Irwin offers an incisive, up-to-the-minute analysis of the forces shaping the U.S. and global economies and financial markets, and what they mean for investors or anyone else trying to navigate the modern economy. Irwin combines sophisticated analysis with clear, comprehensible narrative to make sense of the complexities of macroeconomics and markets, leaving attendees with a better sense of what the future holds.


How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers

In an era of remarkable economic change, how should you navigate your career to increase your chances of landing not only on your feet, but ahead of those around you?

The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire

Neil Irwin’s The Alchemists is a gripping account of the most intense exercise in economic crisis management we’ve ever seen.

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