Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CME Group Conference -- Our Davos

By Eric Jackson, Senior Contributor10/13/10 - 06:25 AM EDT

CME Group (CME) next week holds its third annual Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla. The conference is relatively new but it already has distinguished itself as one of the highest profile annual get-togethers of business and finance leaders in the United States. Think of it as our Davos.

Speakers next week include hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones, bank analyst Meredith Whitney, Portuguese Minister of State and Finance Fernando Teixeira dos Santos, author Michael Lewis, formerGoldman Sachs (GS) and Citigroup(C) alum Robert Rubin, and former President Bill Clinton.

I spoke with Anita Liskey, CME's managing director of corporate marketing communications, about the conference, how it came to be and the expected hot topics for discussion next week.

GFLC is now in its third year. Why did you start it and how have you been able to create such a prestigious conference in such a short time?

Liskey: It's our marquee customer event each year for the CME Group. It cuts across all our business segments and draws attendees from all over the world. We just decided that if we're going to do this kind of event we wanted it to be a one-of-a-kind top-tier experience. We are fortunate to have many contacts to thought leaders across business, finance, and government so that when we've asked them to speak, they've immediately said yes. We're happy that the response from attendees has been so positive.


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