DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES

 

A continuing tradition is the “Distinguished Speakers Series.” Throughout the year, St. Matthew's hosts leaders speaking on their field of expertise covering a variety of topics. Past speakers include Dana Reeve; Librarian of Congress James Billington; the CEOs of Lucent and Saks Fifth Avenue; former White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer; and Senior Fellow at Yale and economist Stephen Roach; executive search consultant Russell Reynolds; author Sally Bedell Smith; and former ambassador to Korea Donald Gregg.

The Series is presented as a community service and the public is welcome.  Refreshments are served in the Fellowship Room at 7:30, with the program beginning at 7:45.

For the year 2013-14, we were pleased to present four more outstanding speakers. 

  • In October, author Jeffrey Small, joined us to speak on "Understanding Islam."  At a time when turmoil in the Middle East dominates the headlines and confronts Americans and the world with wrenching policy choices, Jeffrey Small will help us understand Islam through its theological underpinnings as well looking at the origins of Islamic terrorism.  He has written two best-selling thrillers:  The Breath of God, which won the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Best Fiction and  and his recently released second novel: The Jericho Deception.  Holding degrees from Yale College, Harvard Law School and  a Masters in the Study of Religions from Oxford, Jeff is also a Trustee at General Theological Seminary.
  • In November, Joel Seligman, President and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital spoke on "The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: How Will This Affect Me?"  While the press has been focused on the controversies surrounding “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act, the bigger story may be the transformation already underway of the healthcare system.  What are the changes sweeping the country and what are the factors driving these changes.  What will our healthcare system look like in Westchester and the larger metropolitan area in the future?  What choices now face Northern Westchester Hospital in this new landscape? For us as the consumer of healthcare, what does this all mean?
  • In April, David Pakman, venture capitalist and internet entrepreneur, spoke on “The Connected World: Technology, Disruption and the Future.”  Through the eyes of a technology expert, we got an overview of the transformative impact of a networked world and how mega-trends in technology are impacting education, media, communication and brands. Mr. Pakman, now a Partner at Venrock, co-created Apple's music group, founded cloud music company Myplay, was CEO of eMusic and now invests in and partners with extraordinary founders building disruptive technology companies.
  • Capping off this year's series in May, we invited Carol Loomis.  Of her, Warren Buffet stated: “She’s the best business writer in the world, bar none. She’s so good she’s lapped the field.”  Carol Loomis charmed a full-house audience with her stories of Warren Buffett, her early years in journalism, the types of jobs available to women at that time, how she researches her work, and how financial reporting has changed over the years.  This year marks Loomis’s 60th anniversary as an award-winning journalist with Fortune.