Keynotes by Fed Chief Alan Greenspan, Comcast's Brian Roberts,
Yahoo's Jerry Yang;
Also: Telecom Magnate Craig McCaw and Lucent CEO Patricia Russo talk tech frontiers; AFL-CIO and US Chamber of Commerce Heads John Sweeney and Thomas Donohue square off re outsourcing of US jobs
CHESTNUT HILL, MA (3-12-04) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan led a roster of prominent economic, business, government and technology leaders participating in The Boston College Finance Conference 2004, an event that has become one of the nation's foremost economic convocations. This year's conference, the fourth BC has hosted, was titled "Wealth and Work in the 21st Century" and took place March 12 before an audience of some 2500 top executives, academics and students in the main arena of BC's Conte Forum.
Organized in conjunction with US Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), an alumnus of the University, and co-sponsored by BC's Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, the event addressed topics ranging from technology and business innovation to the impact of globalization on trade and US jobs.
Fed Chief Alan Greenspan offered one of three keynote speeches during the conference. He also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University at a ceremony preceding his remarks.
Also offering keynote addresses were Jerry Yang, co-founder, chief Yahoo and director of Yahoo! Inc., the pioneering World Wide Web guide that now serves some 237 million users in 25 countries; and Brian L. Roberts, president and CEO of Comcast Corporation, a leading cable and broadband communications provider that recently bid to acquire The Walt Disney Co. The event also included two panel presentations.
The first, "Technological Innovations of Tomorrow," featured Patricia F. Russo, chairman and CEO, Lucent Technologies, one of the largest suppliers of communications hardware, software and services; and telecommunications pioneer Craig O. McCaw, chairman and CEO of the private holding company Eagle River Investments, LLC.
In the second panel, "Globalization: What It Means for Trade and Jobs," John J. Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, the 13 million-member federation of America's labor unions, addressed the controversial issue of overseas outsourcing, among other topics, with Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interests of some 3 million American businesses.
Both panels were moderated by Tyler Mathisen, co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell."
Previous Boston College finance conferences have focused on the "new" economy (2000), the global economy (1996) and financial markets (1994). This year's conference explored the critical national issues that have arisen since the New Economy took center stage at the last BC event.
"Boston College is proud once again to host an event that assembled leading figures in government, business and technology to address some of the most important issues facing our economic future," said Boston College Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre, who has led organizational efforts for each of the conferences over the past decade. "We are grateful as always to Congressman Ed Markey for his help in orchestrating this series of highly distinguished events at his alma mater."