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From Silk to Silicon with Professor and Dean Emeritus Jeffrey E. Garten in Philadelphia

Friday, Mar 4 2016 at 7:30 - 9:00 am EST

1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for the second installment of its Business Series.  Jeffrey Garten, Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Management and former Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, will discuss the history of globalization through the lens of individuals and their transformative achievements.  Linking such figures as Genghis Khan, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Cyrus Field, and Margaret Thatcher, Garten will probe the questions: How much influence can one person have in fundamentally changing the world?  And how have past trends in globalization affected the present and how will they shape the future?

7:30am: Registration and continental breakfast

8:00am: Program

9:00am: Conclusion


  • Jeffrey E. Garten

    Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management

    Jeffrey. E. Garten is dean emeritus at the Yale School of Management, where he teaches courses on the global economy and crisis management. He was dean of the school from 1995 – 2005 and has been teaching at the school since he stepped down. Prior to serving as dean, he was undersecretary of commerce for international trade, 1993-1995, where he focused on trade and investment policy towards big emerging markets—particularly China, India, and Brazil. Before government service he spent 13 years on Wall Street. As a managing director of Lehman Brothers, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America, built up Lehman’s investment banking business in Asia, and restructured some of the world’s largest shipping companies in Hong Kong. Later he worked on mergers and acquisitions for the Blackstone Group. From 1997-2005 he wrote a monthly column for BusinessWeek on major challenges facing global business leaders. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Harvard Business Review. He is the author of A Cold Peace: America, Japan, Germany, and the Struggle for Supremacy; The Big Ten: Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives; The Mind of the CEO; The Politics of Fortune: A New Agenda for Business Leaders; and From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives (forthcoming March 2016.) A graduate of Dartmouth College (BA, 1968) and Johns Hopkins University (PhD, 1980), from 1968-1972 he served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne, aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the Special Forces, and advisor to the Royal Thai Army.