PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The conference will be focused on training and education, befitting the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to the betterment of business journalism.
“And this is only the beginning of what will be a 50th anniversary program to remember.”
Media leaders, sports executives, government officials and business journalists will be among the speakers and panelists at the SABEW Spring Conference to be held at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Robert Tanenbaum, a principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team, headlines the early speaker lineup. Joining him will be David Callaway, editor-in-chief of USA Today, and Steve Landefeld, director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
“A terrific early lineup of speakers and panelists,” said Warren Watson, SABEW executive director. “And this is only the beginning of what will be a 50th anniversary program to remember.”
Others who will be on hand:
Chris Hendricks, vice president of digital media, McClatchy Newspapers. He will join Callaway for a panel discussion on the future of media.
Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks. Hamilton will be part of a discussion of private equity companies.
More speakers, panelists and details will be announced in the next two weeks.
Teaching sessions and social events will be held at GWU’s Marvin Center, located in the Foggy Bottom area of the District of Columbia.
Tanenbaum’s Washington Nationals had the best record in baseball (98-64) in 2012, and made the playoffs for the first time since relocating from Montreal in 2005. Their manager, Davey Johnson, was voted National League manager of the year, and general manager Mike Rizzo the executive of the year.
Washington’s success on the field, with exciting young players such as pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper, translated to the box office. The Nationals drew an average of 29,269 fans per game, up 5,000 over the 2011 season.
Here are other highlights of SABEW’s 50th weekend:
- On Thursday, April 4, the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will conduct a morning-long, preliminary program on collecting and managing data.
- Thursday will also feature a noon opening program and conclude with a opening reception, tentatively set for the Marvin Center Continental Ballroom.
- Friday and Saturday will be packed with skills sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions.
- Included will be the annual Klott Memorial Ethics Seminar, named in honor of late SABEW President Gary Klott.
- On Friday, the Best in Business competition will culminate in the annual awards presentation in the Marvin Grand Ballroom.
- On Saturday night, SABEW will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an inaugural gala program at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Special programs related to SABEW’s long history and tradition are being developed.
For more information, please contact Warren Watson, executive director, at (602) 496-5186 or email Watson@sabew.org.