Thomas L. Friedman, the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times and the author of seven bestselling books, including “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” and “The World Is Flat,” will be the featured keynote speaker at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 66th Annual Meeting: Moving Forward with Purpose, May 18.
“Thomas Friedman is a highly respected voice in journalism today and his insights into how cities and communities are being affected by fast changing global dynamics are valuable to anyone concerned about the future,” said Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC). “We are excited and honored to have him be part of our Annual Meeting.”
Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes: The 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.
Prior to starting his column in 1995, Friedman served as Beirut Bureau Chief, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, chief diplomatic correspondent, and international economics correspondent for the New York Times. Before joining the New York Times in 1981, he served as a Beirut reporter for UPI.
Friedman earned his B.A. from Brandeis University and was awarded a Marshall Scholarship by the British government. He earned an M.Phil in Modern Middle East Studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, England.
In addition to Friedman’s speech, the Annual Meeting will feature the election of Board members and an address by Calvin Butler, Chair of the GBC Board, and Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon and Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Utilities.
There will also be a presentation of the GBC Regional Visionary Award, which is bestowed to individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to improving the region.