Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner

Prevailing Business Drivers: Digitization, Urbanization, Easternization

Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner

Nov. 13, 2014 – 6:00-9:30 p.m. – The Yale Club – 50 Vanderbilt Ave. – New York, NY

Richard Dobbs, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute (McKinsey’s business and economics research arm), delivered the 53rd Distinguished Lecture, “Prevailing Business Drivers: Digitization, Urbanization, Easternization.” Dobbs is also a director of McKinsey & Company. From 2004 to 2009, he co-led McKinsey’s Corporate Finance Practice and was also responsible for research and development. He now leads research on global economic trends with a focus on Asia. Other research has focused on performance management and measurement, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, capital markets strategy and utility regulation. Dobbs won the Metal Box and Lubbock Prizes at Oxford University. He was a Fulbright scholar at Stanford Business School, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar and won the Alexander A. Robichek Student Achievement Award in Finance.


Dobbs' article Management Intuition for the Next 50  Years is now available.

Dobbs' latest book "No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends," is now available for pre-order before its release in May 2015.


Ray Kotcher
, Chairman & Senior Partner, Ketchum, received the Alexander Hamilton Medal for lifetime contribution to the public relations profession. During his 30-year career at Ketchum, Kotcher guided the expansion of the firm’s global footprint. He led one of the largest mergers in the PR industry when Ketchum combined operations with Pleon, Europe’s largest strategic communications consultancy, in 2009. He increased the firm’s reach with major investments in the Middle East, Russia, China and India. Kotcher is a past trustee of the Institute for Public Relations and former chair of the Council of Public Relations Firms. He now serves on the executive committee and board of the Arthur W. Page Society and is a trustee of the PRSA Foundation.

Kotcher's speech is PR at the Speed of Light: Transformation, Opportunity, Responsibility is now available.

Past Distinguished Lectures