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It was my original intention to interview Stephanie Flanders as part of a piece entitled Worst-Timed Maternity Leaves Ever, which never got off the ground because I couldnt find anybody else with such apparently career-endingly bad timing. Flanders became economics editor for the BBC in March 2008, having joined Newsnight in 2002. Even that first decision and Newsnight is considered the spoddy choice for an economics broadcast journalist was greeted with scepticism among her friends. They were amused and maybe a little bit intellectually snobby about it when I left the Financial Times for the BBC. And that was Newsnight, where you get six or even 12 minutes to talk about quite difficult subjects. The economics editors job is rather different, of course, because you have to cover complicated things in two minutes or one, and you have to do it from the minute John Humphrys gets up in the morning until the minute Jeremy Paxman goes to bed, making it both too easy and too hard.
But the main challenge of the job, when Flanders inherited it from Evan Davis, was to get economics stories on to the news at all. Then Flanders went on maternity leave in June. On 15 September, Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first astonishing casualty of the sub-prime crisis. Robert Peston was so ubiquitous across the BBC that people started talking like him for a laugh. Flanders, whom I meet in a funny glass office at the BBC, like a sort of prison-guard watchtower over the rest of the floor, describes this period with what I come to realise is a very typical, nil desperandum tone of voice: My daughter was about two months old, and I was saying to friends, Ive missed it, its never going to happen again. This was the financial crisis of a lifetime. Now, at this point, of course I didnt miss anything. That was the big explosion, but its gone on. The week I went back to work, in January, was the week that we officially went into recession. That was the point at which it felt like this financial event had moved to the real economy, and it became clear that it was a real economic issue.
Flanderss career in economics has such depth and range that, if you read her CV as a set of requirements for her current job indeed, any job youd think, well, thats just totally unreasonable. Nobody could have worked for the US Treasury department and written leaders for the Financial Times; nobody can have been trashing the admissions policy of Club Euro one minute, and taking calls at three in the morning to stop Korea defaulting the next. Especially when theyre not even 30 (well, now shes 43; but she was 29 when she became a speech writer for Tim Geithner, who was then under-secretary of the US Treasury for international affairs, and is now the 75th and current US secretary of the treasury). She knows everybody. Shes like the Elton John of finance.
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Posted on 24 February 2015 | 11:36 pm
American actor and writer Ben Stein is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the AmeriQuest Symposium later this month in Florida. This is the 12th annual event in which AmeriQuest has been involved in, and it is designed to be an opportunity for businesses to get together and discuss solutions to help their organizations grow and keep up with the modern economy. Stein will be at the...[Read More]
Posted on 24 February 2015 | 11:28 pm
The CEO and Lead Designer for the company SpaceX has been announced to be the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference at the Boston Marriott Copley Square from July 7-9. Elon Musk is expected to deliver a great speech with lots of insight given that he works in the aerospace field. The South African born Canadian-American business...[Read More]
Posted on 23 February 2015 | 4:30 pm
American celebrity chef and TV personality Carla Hall delivered a keynote speech about how to cook using smart choices for food to an audience over 350 people at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somersets annual heart health event at the Bridgewater Manor. The Top Chef star was a finalist on the show in seasons five and eight, and she is currently a co-host on ABCs food show...[Read More]
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