William D. Cohan, a former senior Wall Street M&A investment banker at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan Chase, is the New York Times bestselling author of three nonfiction narratives about Wall Street: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World; House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street; and, The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co.. The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities, about the Duke lacrosse scandal, was published in April 2014 and was also a New York Times bestseller. His new book, Why Wall Street Matters, was published in February 2017.
Each event attendee will receive a free copy of William Cohan’s most recent book (2017) entitled, Why Wall Street Matters.
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Mr. Michael P. Daly, has been the CEO at Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. and with its subsidiary Berkshire Bank since October 2002. Mr. Daly also serves as CEO and President of Greater Berkshire Foundation. Prior his appointment, he served as an Executive Vice President of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. and Berkshire Bank from 2000 to October 2002 and Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending from 1997 to 2000. He served as the President and Managing Director at American Resource Corp., Ltd. Mr. Daly served as the Chairman at Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. and of its subsidiary, Berkshire Bank from January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. He has been a Director at Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary, Berkshire Bank since 2002.
Leslie Berlin is Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and served on the advisory committee to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Washington Post said that The Man Behind the Microchip, her definitive biography of microchip co-inventor and Intel co-founder Robert Noyce, “should be required reading for today’s entrepreneurs and executives.” She was a “Prototype” columnist for The New York Times and has commented on Silicon Valley for the Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, the BBC, The Atlantic and Wired.
She received her PhD in History from Stanford and her BA in American Studies from Yale. She has two college-age children and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, whom she has known since they were both twelve years old.
Each event attendee will receive a free copy of Leslie Berlin’s most recent book (2017) entitled, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age.
R. Nicholas Burns is currently is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Board of Directors of the school’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. At the Harvard Kennedy School, he is Director of The Future of Diplomacy Project. He is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc.. Previously, he was Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. As the highest-ranking member of the Foreign Service, and as a foreign relations expert who served under three presidents, and the former ambassador to NATO, R. Nicholas Burns is an authority on the US national security and foreign policy.
Marty Meehan is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. On July 1, 2015, he became the university’s 27th president after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and as chancellor of UMass Lowell. Meehan embraced a career in public service early in his life. He served as the deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations from 1986 to 1990. In 1991, he became first assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, managing a staff of more than 150, including 80 prosecutors, and establishing an innovative “priority prosecution” policy that targeted hardened criminals. Seeing an opportunity to expand his public service commitment and to serve his nation, Meehan ran for U.S. Congress and was elected to represent the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. After serving 14 years in Congress, Meehan was appointed chancellor of UMass Lowell in 2007. His extraordinary achievements at UMass Lowell led to his appointment as president of the five-campus UMass system in 2015. Meehan resides in Boston and in Seabrook, NH.