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Event Details

Event Title:  Reception and Conversation with President Steven Knapp in New York City
Date:   Oct 22, 2009
Time:   6:30PM - 9:30PM ET
Location:   The Waldorf-Astoria
Hilton Room
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Description:   You are cordially invited to a very special evening in New York with The George Washington University, featuring President Steven Knapp, Peg Barratt, M.Phil., '78, Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, distinguished faculty, MBA students, and fellow Colonials, parents, and friends for a networking reception, conversation with the president, and panel discussion.

6:30 Cocktail Reception
7:30 Panel Discussion
8:30 Dessert Reception

The panel, "Are They Dead Yet: Newspapers, Information and an Informed Public," will explore media from the perspective of its changing landscape; discuss where people obtain their information and what the implications of this acquisition are, and debate how these factors have affected the media business.


William Halal, Professor Emeritus of Management, Technology, and Innovation
The George Washington University
William Halal is an authority on emerging technology, strategic planning, knowledge, and institutional change, and has worked with General Motors, AT&T, SAIC, MCI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, International Data Corporation, the DoD, the Asian Development Bank, foreign companies, and various government agencies. Halal is the founder of TechCast, a web-based system that pools the knowledge of experts to forecast breakthroughs in all technical fields. He also co-founded the Institute for Knowledge & Innovation as a collaborative effort between the GW School of Business and the School of Engineering. Halal studied engineering, economics, and the social sciences at Purdue and Berkeley. Previously, he was a major in the U.S. Air Force, an aerospace engineer on the Apollo Program, and a Silicon Valley business manager. He serves on advisory boards of the World Future Society, as well as several other organizations.

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs
Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs
The George Washington University

Frank Sesno is an Emmy-award winning journalist as well as host and creator of Planet Forward, a ground-breaking web-to-television show on PBS. Sesno has more than 30 years of experience, including 18 years at CNN where he served as White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington Bureau Chief. As a journalist, Sesno has interviewed business and government leaders including U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan and former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He covered stories ranging from the Iraq War, the disputed U.S. presidential election of 2000, and the historic series of superpower summits during the 1980s. Sesno holds a B.A. from Middlebury College.

Nikole Yinger, CCAS ’06
Producer, Bloomberg Television

Nikole Yinger has extensive production experience in many formats, including live news line production, field production, investigative reporting, pre-taped long format production, editing, writing, show development, and management. Yinger is currently a producer at Bloomberg Television in New York City. She is a co-producer of Bloomberg TV’s Venture, a show profiling major entrepreneurs and innovators. Past guests on the program have included Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy, designer and innovator Bruce Mau, and founder Tim Westergren. Yinger is also the line producer of the live 2 p.m. news hour. Yinger started her work at Video/Action, a socially responsible production house in Washington, D.C. Yinger has also held positions in network television, including the CBS News Political Unit and 60 Minutes. Nikole graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in philosophy from The George Washington University in 2006. She is currently pursuing M.A. in media studies from The New School in New York City.

The event is open to all members of the GW community. Please register your attendance in advance. For more information on directions and parking, please visit the Waldorf-Astoria website. We look forward to seeing you!

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