Speakers

Stephanie Bloomingdale

STEPHANIE BLOOMINGDALE -- Elected the first women President for the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Bloomingdale has over 20 years experience in labor as an organizer, negotiator, trainer, and activist. Stephanie served as Secretray-Treasurer of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO since 2010. Bloomingdale previously served as the Director of Public Policy for the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, AFT, where she had a key role in strengthening the voices of nurses and healthcare workers throughout Wisconsin. In arbitrations and grievance hearings, Stephanie is known as a tough negotiator. In her electoral work, she has a statewide reputation for managing effective voter mobilization campaigns and holding elected officials accountable. 

Over the course of her career, Stephanie has been committed to the ideals of organized labor and the power of collective action to create a strong middle-class. She is dedicated to building grassroots, member-driven campaigns that advocate for social and economic justice for everyone. 

Stephanie was raised by working-class parents who often struggled, but always believed in hard work and education. Stephanie is married to Doug Savage, a member of AFT-Wisconsin, and has two sons, Nicholas and Spencer, who are often seen at rallies, phone banks, and door-to-door canvasses.

Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, based at the Australia Institute.  The Australia Institute is Australia’s most influential progressive think tank; the Centre for Future Work is a new Institute initiative focusing on issues of work, labour markets, income, economic development, skills, and more.  The Centre was founded in May 2016, and Jim is its inaugural Director.

In 2016 Jim relocated to Sydney, Australia from Toronto, where he is one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators.  He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union (formerly the Canadian Auto Workers).  He is also the Harold Innis Industry Professor in Economics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada,and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney.

Jim received his Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York.  He also holds an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Calgary.

Jim is the author of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism (second edition published by Pluto Books in 2015), which has been published in six languages.  Stanford has written, edited or co-edited five other books, and dozens of articles and reports in both peer-reviewed and popular outlets.  Jim maintains an active presence on social media through his Twitter (@jimbostanford) and Facebook (Jimbo Stanford) accounts.

Jim has designed and taught numerous courses on economics for academic and non-academic audiences, including a unique week-long popular education course in economics for trade union members he has delivered in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.  He is recognized for his ability to communicate economic concepts in an accessible and humorous manner.