Center for Business and Public Policy Launches FedEx Distinguished Speaker Series

March 19, 2008

Washington, D.C. -- On Monday, February 25, the McDonough School's Center for Business and Public Policy hosted the inaugural lecture of the FedEx Distinguished Speaker Series. Speaking before an audience at the National Press Club, noted businessman James Barksdale delivered the inaugural lecture titled "Business and Public Policy in a Global Economy."

Barksdale is chairman of the board and president of the Barksdale Management Corporation, a philanthropic investment company, and he has previously served at the head of Netscape Communications and AT&T Wireless Services, and as a chief operating officer for the Federal Express Corporation. During his remarks, Barksdale focused on the three areas he considers central to America's continued prosperity and leadership -- ensuring innovative potential through education reforms and basic research; powering global access to goods and services, information and capital; and providing for our national security by advancing energy independence and green technologies.

Funding for the FedEx Distinguished Speaker Series was made possible through a generous gift from the Federal Express Corporation. The new series provides a forum for prominent members of the business and policy community to debate current policy issues that are relevant to the business community. The series seeks to further the Center for Business and Public Policy's mission by fostering an evening of dialogue and conversation with academics, policy makers, business people and students.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

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About Georgetown University

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