Tallahassee Chamber Announces Keynote Speaker For Annual Conference

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News Release: Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

TALLAHASSEE – The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce announces the keynote speaker for its 2014 Annual Chamber Community Conference is nationally-renowned speaker Michael Rogers, a technology pioneer, novelist and journalist whose consultancy, Practical Futurist, helps businesses and organizations worldwide think about the future. Rogers will focus his presentation on how our community can prepare for and take advantage of local, statewide and national issues going forward. The Chamber Conference takes place August 8-10 and is presented by First Commerce Credit Union.

“There is so much for our community to be proud of and so many accomplishments we’ve achieved recently, and Michael’s presentation will encourage us to not stand on our laurels, but rather continue the momentum,” said Chamber and EDC President/CEO Sue Dick. “I look forward to another insightful and impactful Conference, as the attendees gather to help lay the foundation for our community’s future.”

In recent years Rogers has worked with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and Time-Life to Prudential, Dow Corning, GE and Genentech. He is completing a two-year tenure as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times and also writes the "Practical Futurist" column for MSNBC. For ten years he was vice president of Washington Post Company's new media division, guiding both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century, as well as serving as editor and general manager of Newsweek.com. After a decade as a writer for Rolling Stone, Rogers co-founded Outside magazine. He then joined Newsweek to create the magazine's technology section, earning numerous journalism awards for his work. Rogers is also a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology. His five books have been published worldwide, optioned for film and television and chosen by the Book of the Month club.

Rogers is a frequent guest on radio and television and regularly addresses audiences ranging from venture capitalists and corporate executives to educators, and the general public. Rogers studied physics and creative writing at Stanford University with additional training in finance management at Stanford Business School's Executive Program. He lives in New York and is at work on his next book.

The Annual Chamber Community Conference is the highlight of the business calendar each year and allows the Chamber to build on its strategic priorities and overall plan of work as well as those of its affiliate programs, including the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County (EDC), Leadership Tallahassee, Access Tallahassee and World Class Schools.

The entire Conference agenda can be found by visiting the Chamber’s website at talchamber.com or by clicking HERE.

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