AOL CEO Armstrong to speak at SABEW’s D.C. conference April 4-6

Posted By Spring Eselgroth

Special to SABEW

PHOENIX – Tim Armstrong, chairman and CEO of AOL will be a keynote speaker at the SABEW 50th Anniversary Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., April 4-6.

He joins a strong cast of other speakers, including Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Fed, and economist David Stockman, along with a host of others.

Armstrong has served as chairman and CEO of AOL since 2009.  In December 2009, he took the company public on the New York Stock Exchange.  AOL serves over 200 million consumers a month and is one of the world’s biggest consumer brands.

Prior to joining AOL, Armstrong served as president of Google’s Americas Operations and served on the company’s operating committee.  Earlier, he served as an executive of multiple Internet and media companies, including Snowball, Disney’s ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures, and Paul Allen’s Starwave Corporation.

Yellen, the vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board, will be a keynote speaker.  The Federal Reserve has been in the news for its aggressive use of quantitative easing and other measures to stimulate the flagging economy following the so-called Great Recession. Yellen began a four-year term as vice chair of the Fed board in October 2010; her term as a Fed governor runs through 2024.

Prior to joining the Fed, Yellen was president and CEO of the 12th District Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. She also is former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Stockman was director of the OMB from January 1981 until August 1985. During his tenure he was a strong proponent of supply-side economics, a macroeconomic philosophy now more commonly referred to as “trickle-down economics.”

After his term as director of the OMB, Stockman went on to a career on Wall Street with the investment bank Salomon Brothers and Blackstone Group, the private equity company.

SABEW’s educational event will go over three days – April 4-6 – and feature keynote speakers from government and business, panel discussions and skills sessions.  It will culminate in a special gala program April 6 as SABEW commemorates 50 years as the largest and oldest fraternity of business and financial journalists in the world.

Register for the conference here.

Other speakers include:

·      Robert Tanenbaum, a principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team, the surprise success of the 2012 season.
·      Steve Landefeld, director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
·      Chris Hendricks, vice president of digital media, McClatchy Newspapers.
·      Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks, a provider of data on privately held companies.

More speakers and panelists will be announced soon, along with subjects for an extensive schedule of skills training.
Teaching sessions and social events will be held at GWU’s Marvin Center, in the Foggy Bottom area of the District of Columbia.

Other highlights of SABEW’s 50th weekend:

On Thursday, April 4, the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will conduct a morning-long program on collecting and managing data. The conference will open that afternoon with sessions and an opening reception.

Friday and Saturday will be packed with skills sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions on key issues in business journalism.

Friday evening will feature the Best in Business competition awards in the Marvin Grand Ballroom.

On Saturday night, SABEW will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an inaugural gala program at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.  The evening will include special programs related to SABEW’s storied history and tradition.

Local site coordinator Kevin Hall of McClatchy Newspapers, who will become SABEW president in 2013, and current SABEW President Jill Jorden Spitz are in charge of the program. Assisting is Diana Henriques of The New York Times, as well as past presidents Bernie Kohn, Gail DeGeorge and Jodi Schneider – all now at Bloomberg – as well as Bloomberg’s New York-based Joanna Ossinger.

Click here to register for the 50th annual SABEW conference.

(For more information about SABEW, please contact Warren Watson, executive director, at, or call (602) 496-5186.)

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