Distinguished Leaders Series to Feature Speakers from Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal

September 30, 2010

Georgetown McDonough School of Business Event to Feature Arianna Huffington, Eric Hippeau, and Kara Swisher, Oct. 4

WHAT:        
Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post; Eric Hippeau, CEO of the Huffington Post; and Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital will speak about digital news at the Distinguished Leaders Series at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The event is open to the public.
 
The Distinguished Leaders Series annually brings to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business accomplished leaders who share their unique experiences with the school’s undergraduate and graduate students.
 
WHEN:         
Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, 9:10 a.m.
 
WHERE:      
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
Salons G & H
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, D.C.
 
RSVP:          
Open to the public. RSVP online at http://huffington.eventbrite.com.
 
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.
 
BACKGROUND:
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 13 books. She also is co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly has become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the debating society, the Cambridge Union. 
 
Eric Hippeau is the chief executive officer of The Huffington Post, which he joined in June 2009. He previously was managing partner at Softbank Capital, a New York and Boston-based venture capital fund specializing in early stage investments in technology and digital media. Hippeau joined Softbank Capital in 2000 from Ziff-Davis, Inc., where he was chairman and CEO. Under his stewardship, ZDNet became one of the few successful examples of a strong online business model evolving from traditional magazine content, and he was instrumental in SoftBank’s first investment in Yahoo! in 1995. Hippeau also was responsible for founding ZDTV, a cable channel dedicated to technology and the Internet. Hippeau graduated from the Lycee Francais de Londres and attended the Sorbonne University.
 
Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her columns have included “BoomTown,” which originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section, and “Home Economics,” the Personal Journal’s coverage of home gadget issues. With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts “D: All Things Digital,” a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other leading players in the tech and media industries. She also is the author of aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web (Times Business Books, 1998) and There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future (Crown Business Books, 2003). She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.