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2017 Annual Dinner

Honoring Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.

NoneRoger W. Ferguson, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization.

Mr. Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was Head of Financial Services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Mr. Ferguson is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, General Mills, and International Flavors & Fragrances.

He is Chairman of The Conference Board and serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Group of Thirty.

Mr. Ferguson served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.

Transportation Information

5:45 PM or 6:45 PM sharp
Ferry boarding times to Ellis Island from Castle Clinton, Battery Park

9:15 PM or 10:15 PM sharp
Ferry boarding times from Ellis Island to Castle Clinton, Battery Park

Public transportation directions to the ferry:
Several subway stops are located near Battery Park. The 4 and 5 trains stop at Bowling Green; the R train stops at Whitehall street; and the 1 train stops at the South Ferry station. All of these stops are a five to seven minute walk to the erry departure site at Castle Clinton.

Driving directions to the ferry:
Take the FDR Drive south to Battery Park and State Street or the West Side Highway/West Street/Route 9A south to Battery Place. GPS Address: 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004.


—All ferry passengers will proceed through airport-style security before boarding.—
Ferry ride to Ellis Island is 15 minutes. Ferry ride from Ellis Island is 8 minutes.

Please contact Linda Reing with any questions regarding special transporation accessibility needs at or 212-961-3432.

For a printable PDF, please click here.

Past Dinners

  • 2016 Vincent Mai
  • 2015 Lynn Straus
  • 2014 Anthony K. Asnes
  • 2013 A talk with Dr. Stuart Firestein
  • 2012 Yolanda Ferrell-Brown with a salute to Charlotte K. Frank
  • 2011 Bettye Fletcher Comer & James P. Comer
  • 2010 Sharon Robinson
  • 2009 Jonathan F. Fanton
  • 2008 Arthur F. Ryan
  • 2007 Anne M. Mulcahy
  • 2006 Irma & Paul Milstein
  • 2005 Nancy Garvey & E. Stanley O’Neal, Jr.
  • 2004 Wendy Wasserstein, Bruce Wasserstein
  • 2003 John Thornton
  • 2002 Sandy & Joan Weill
  • 2001 Henry Schacht
  • 2000 Geraldine & Kit Laybourne
  • 1992 Richard I. Beattie
  • 1991 Arlene & Reuben Mark
  • 1999 Richard D. Parsons
  • 1998 Robert W. Pittman
  • 1997 Tom Brokaw, Gretchen Dykstra
  • 1996 Franklin Thomas, David Hamburg
  • 1995 Dennis Weatherstone
  • 1994 Henry Kravis
  • 1993 Elizabeth Rohatyn, Teresa Heinz