Presidential Speaker Series 2014

Thomas L. Friedman
Keynote Speaker

Internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist, the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat



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The event was sponsor by:

Fallon Health

The event was held on:
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608


tandg-logo“Is the hyperconnected, hypercompetitive world created by globalized economies and exploding information technology infrastructure a present-day miracle of innovation, creativity, and efficiency, or has it created a ruthless landscape that makes the average worker more expendable than ever?

“Whatever the answer is, it almost doesn't matter. Because according to the picture that New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman painted Tuesday night for a packed audience at Mechanics Hall, both scenarios are playing out right now, and it's important that we adjust to it before the global economy passes us by.” 

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Quotes from the attendees

“Very, very thought provoking. It is something we can incorporate into out classes.”

– Becker Faculty

“It was extremely motivating for my career and for the students. The part I related to most was related to the technology side of the job world and what students are going to have to work toward when they get out. I think that was the best part for the students – it really brought it to life for them”

– Janessa (Academic Advising, Accelerated Learning Program)

“I thought it was great. What he said about children was one of the big takeaways for me. Preparing children for the digital age is something we all have to consider. It was a little scary how he presented it. I’m still thinking about it!”

– Male attendee

“It was great. The advice was good. My main takeaway was what he said about the world we are living in. It’s accurate to say, ‘hold on, we’re in for a ride!’”

– Female attendee

“His passion regarding education and his shout-out about immigrants and how they just do it because they really don’t have many choices!”

– Gladys Rodriguez-Parker, Congressman Jim McGovern’s Office

“His comment about always being in the beta version of yourself —that stood out.”

– Becker staff

“To me, when he spoke about the technology space that wasn’t here eight years ago.  It has had such a huge impact for communities around the world. Eight years ago I didn’t know where my friends back home in Albania were—now with Facebook I know everything! It opens up my mind and I ask, what is the future?  First we had computers, then cell phones, but those aren’t the new things anymore. Where’s the future?”

-Erjon ’08, business owner

Learn more about Thomas L. Friedman

Bestselling author of The World is Flat and columnist for The New York Times, Tom Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the modern world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn't just report on events; he helps shape them.”

Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Vanity Fair called him “the country’s best newspaper columnist.”

His latest New York Times bestseller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, is That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.

Friedman's The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century sold over four million copies; Kirkus Reviews called it “simply the best book written on globalization.” The book won the inaugural Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2012 Friedman updated his National Book Award-winner, From Beirut to Jerusalem, adding a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and Arab/Israeli relations in a new preface and afterword.

His following book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Friedman's other bestsellers include Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree.

Ranked #2 on The Wall Street Journal's list of “influential business thinkers,” named to the 2011 Thinkers50, and considered one of “America's Best Leaders” by US News & World Report, Friedman is a frequent guest on programs such as Meet The Press, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose. His TV documentaries, Searching for the Roots of 9/11, The Other Side of Outsourcing, and Addicted to Oil, have aired on the Discovery Channel.

In awarding Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer Board cited his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.”

For a biography of Thomas L. Friedman, click here

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