Wednesday March 28, 2007

Wall Street Arrives at UD

Some of the best and brightest in the financial world will be on the University of Dayton campus to share their wisdom and outlook on the markets, economy, corporate governance and public policy March 29 – 31 during UD's RISE VII Global Student Investment Forum. Keynote day from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the University of Dayton Arena is a virtual "who's who" in the industry.

Since RISE began seven years ago, it has become the world's largest student investment forum. College students and faculty, as well as professionals on the keynote day, from around the country will interact with some of the most influential and respected financial leaders in the world at the forum, which mimics the World Economic Forum held annually in Switzerland.

For the first time, the United Nations Global Compact is co-sponsoring the forum with UD. The Global Compact brings companies together with UN agencies, labor and civil society to advance universal social and environmental principles.

The Dubai Financial Market, Financial Services Forum and TIAA-CREF, are other new strategic partners for RISE VII. They join our returning partners — some of the most well-respected names in international finance — including The New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Singapore Stock Exchange, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Deutsche Asset Management and the CFA Institute.

During its seven years, RISE has grown 580 percent, from an initial 250 participants from 43 colleges and universities in 2001 to a record-breaking 1,700 participants, including 218 colleges and universities today. This year, RISE VII includes participants from every state in the U.S., every inhabited continent in the world.

The forum's international impact continues to grow. Romania, Portugal and Ukraine and others have joined the growing list of countries that are participating in RISE VII. More than 58 countries have sent representatives or keynote speakers -- or are connecting remotely. International participation has grown 867 percent over the past two years. In addition, portions of RISE VII will be broadcast to more than 900,000 professionals in 140 countries by the Dow Jones Newswire, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Bloomberg TV and the Associated Press.

During the three-day event, more than 100 professionals from 74 organizations will participate as keynote speakers, judges, moderators and panelists.

Keynote speakers include:

* Paul Atkins, commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

* Gary H. Stern, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

* Ralph Alvarez, president and COO, McDonald's Corp.

* Peter H. Coors, chairman, Molson Coors Brewing Co.

* Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

* Ginataras Steponavicius, deputy speaker of Parliament, Republic of Lithuania

* L'Ubomir Jahnatek, minister of the economy, Slovak Republic

* Pat Dorsey, director of stock analysis, Morningstar, Inc.

* Daniel Chiquiar, research manager, Banco de Mexico

* John E. Silvia, chief economist, Wachovia Bank

* Robert C. Doll, vice chairman, global CIO and a member of the board of directors, BlackRock

* Witold Jurek, president, Conference of Rectors of Universities of Economics in Poland

* Bob Froehlich, chair of the investor strategy committee, Deutsche Asset Management, Americas, and vice chair, Scudder Investments

* Liz Ann Sonders, chair of investment strategy council, Charles Schwab & Co.

* James Glassman, senior policy strategist, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

* Jan Hatzius, chief U.S. economist, Goldman Sachs

* Louis Navellier, chairman and CEO, Navellier & Associates Inc.

* Myron Scholes, chairman, Platinum Grove Asset Management and 1997 Nobel Laureate in economics

At RISE VII, the world market has become the classroom, as participants will be challenged to examine a range of pertinent issues facing investment professionals, while strengthening the bridge that connects theory and practice.

For more information, contact Linda Robertson at 937-229-3257.