February 19, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 11

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan (above) and Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang (below) are among the invited speakers to the March 12 Boston College finance conference.

BC to Host Fourth Finance Summit

Greenspan, Comcast and Yahoo! heads top the list of keynote speakers

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will join several of the nation's key economic, business and technology leaders on campus March 12 for the Boston College Finance Conference, an event that has become one of the foremost economic convocations in the United States.

This year's conference, the fourth BC has hosted, is titled "Wealth and Work in the 21st Century" and will take place from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Conte Forum.

Organized in conjunction with US Rep. Edward J. Markey '68 JD'71(D-Mass.) and sponsored by BC's Carroll School of Management, the event will include presentations from prominent business leaders, who will address topics ranging from technology and business innovation to globalization and its impact on international trade and US jobs.

Greenspan, who spoke at the 1994 and 2000 BC finance conferences, will offer one of three keynote speeches during the conference. He also will receive an honorary degree from the University at a ceremony preceding his remarks.

Other keynoters will be 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 Corp., a leading cable and broadband communications provider that last week announced it would initiate discussions to acquire The Walt Disney Co.

Two panel discussions will round out the conference slate of events. The first, "Technological Innovations of Tomorrow," features Lucent Technologies Chairman and CEO Patricia F. Russo, who heads one of the largest suppliers of communications hardware, software and services, and telecommunications pioneer Craig O. McCaw, chairman and CEO for Eagle River Investments, LLC.

Speakers for the second panel, "Globalization: What It Means for Trade and Jobs," are AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney, leader of the 13 million-member federation of America's labor unions, and Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interests of some 3 million American businesses.

Previous BC finance conferences have focused on the so-called "New Economy" (2000), the global economy (1996) and financial markets (1994). Along with Greenspan, the events have brought to campus such luminaries as United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, US Treasury secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence H. Summers, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt, White House Council of Economic Advisers chairwoman Laura Tyson and IBM Corp. Chairman and CEO Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

More information on the 2004 conference and speakers, as well as updates on the program, is available at

-Office of Public Affairs

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