August 27, 2013 Last Updated 9:24 am

The New York Times Company announces first international New York Times Conferences in Hong Kong and Singapore in October

Want to hear Tom Friedman and Meg Whitman speak? Me neither, but the NYT seems to think they can make money offering them up at a conference, and I suppose they are right. Though I personally think this whole paid conference thing has become a ridiculous scam (witness the endless conferences, webinars and awards being created by the trade press that covers the media business).

Oh well, at least there will be plenty of cab driver stories to hear.

Press Release:

NEW YORK –The New York Times Company announces its first International New York Times conferences in Hong Kong and Singapore in October.

“Asia may have a greater influence over the financial future of the globe over the next 100 years than anywhere else on the planet. That’s why we chose Hong Kong to begin this global dialogue with the world’s top thought leaders.”
The conferences coincide with the Oct. 15 rebranding of the International Herald Tribune as the International New York Times and reflect The Times’s deepening commitment to Asia and global expansion. As part of the rebrand, the Times Company is integrating International Herald Tribune conferences into the New York Times brand and adding International New York Times conferences to the Company’s growing conference business.

DealBook founder Andrew Ross Sorkin will host dealmakers, business leaders, investors and policy makers for a day of live discussions and exclusive engagements to advance key business opportunities between the American and Chinese markets at the International New York Times’s DealBook: Global Outlook conference on Oct. 21 in Hong Kong. Wei Christianson, chief executive and managing director of Morgan Stanley in Asia, will be a featured speaker. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Op-Ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman will bring together influential thought leaders and technology executives to make sense of the world’s new digital infrastructure and what it means for global businesses at the International New York Times’s “Next New World” Global Forum on Oct. 25 in Singapore. Meg Whitman, president and chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, will be a featured speaker, with more speakers to be announced.

The Hong Kong DealBook conference is an extension of The Times’s DealBook franchise. The first DealBook conference took place Dec. 2012 at TheTimesCenter in New York. A second annual New York DealBook conference will be announced in the coming months.

“The centers of economic power are changing,” said New York Times financial columnist and DealBook founder Andrew Ross Sorkin. “Asia may have a greater influence over the financial future of the globe over the next 100 years than anywhere else on the planet. That’s why we chose Hong Kong to begin this global dialogue with the world’s top thought leaders.”

The Singapore Global Forum follows the success of the “Next New World” Global Forum that was hosted by Mr. Friedman in San Francisco this past June.

“Our world is going through a huge technologically induced inflection point today,” said New York Times Op-Ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman. “It is affecting everything — business, education, societal relations, politics and geopolitics. Our conference aims to explain this inflection and identify how companies, countries and individuals can thrive within it.”

To learn more about the Hong Kong DealBook conference, visit NYTDealBookConferenceAsia.com.

To learn more about the Singapore Global Forum, visit NYTFriedmanForumAsia.com.

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