'The New Economy"
Boston College set to welcome Greenspan, Summers for conference

By Rosanne Pellegrini
Staff Writer

    Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence H. Summers highlight the list of leading economic experts who will offer their views on the US and global markets at "The Boston College Finance Conference 2000: The New Economy" next Monday, March 6.

    Greenspan and Summers will deliver keynote addresses at the day-long event, which will be held in Conte Forum and is scheduled to be broadcast live on CNBC. An audience of more than 1,000 guests, including Boston College trustees and other prominent business leaders and public officials, is expected to attend.

    Since the financial summit was announced in January, a number of industry leaders have been added to the roster of participants, including IBM Corp. Chairman and CEO Louis V. Gerstner Jr., who will deliver the luncheon address.

    The event, hosted by the Carroll School of Management, is being organized in conjunction with US Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) '68, JD '72, who will serve as honorary conference co-chairman and master of ceremonies. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, conference co-chairman, will deliver welcoming remarks.
 
    "Boston College is pleased to host this conference which will assemble the nation's leaders in economics, finance and technology to share their insights about our economic future," said Fr. Leahy. "I am grateful to all those who helped make this event possible, especially Congressman Ed Markey, without whose assistance we could not have assembled such an impressive group of speakers."

Congressman Edward Markey (D-Mass.), '68, JD '72, the honorary co-chairman for "The Boston College Finance Conference 2000: The New Economy," also will serve as master of ceremonies at the March 6 event. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, is Markey's co-chairman.

    Said Markey, "In the tradition of excellence that is Boston College, and in tribute to the leadership of Father Leahy, this conference gathers the leaders of the new economy from government and industry alike. Their vision, ideas and unrelenting commitment to technological innovation will drive our economy well into the future."

    Other featured speakers at "The New Economy" will include Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt and William E. Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

    Two panel discussions will be moderated by C. Tyler Mathisen, co-anchor of CNBCís "Market Watch." Guest speakers on the panel "Investing in the Internet Revolution" are: Mario Gabelli, chairman, CEO and chief investment officer, Gabelli Asset Management, Inc.; Kay Koplovitz, principal, Koplovitz and Co.; David Wetherell, chairman, CEO and president, CMGI; and Frank G. Zarb, chairman and CEO, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.

    Guest speakers who will address "Communications and Commerce in the New Economy" are: Robert J. Davis, president and CEO, Lycos Inc.; Desh Deshpande, co-founder and chairman, Sycamore Networks; Bernard J. Ebbers, president and CEO, MCI WorldCom; and Jeff Taylor, founder and CEO, Monster.com.

    Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre, who is leading organizational efforts for the conference, worked for more than a year in conjunction with Markey to arrange appearances by the high-profile speakers and guests. "I like to tell people that Ed Markey was responsible for the speakers and I was responsible for the listeners," said McIntyre. "I am pleased that all of us have succeeded in making Boston College the financial epicenter of the nation on March 6."

    The conference also will be broadcast live on Boston College Cable Channel 50. For information and updates, check the World Wide Web site established for the event at /fc2000.
 

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