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Video, audio of Wake Forest's forum on global economy available online

April 12, 2007

Video and audio recordings of “Jumping the Sun:  Creating Competitive Business Advantage in an Increasingly Flat World,” a forum hosted by Wake Forest University on April 10 about the challenges and opportunities American businesses face in the global economy, are now available online at and

The event, which was moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose and featured four top executives and graduates of Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management, was recorded for broadcast by the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television (UNC-TV) and by National Public Radio member station WFDD (88.5 FM) located on the campus of Wake Forest. 

The panel featured Charlie Ergen, founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of EchoStar Communications/DISH Network; John Medica, former senior vice president of the consumer product group at Dell Inc.; Ken Thompson, president and CEO of Wachovia Corporation; and Eric Wiseman, president and chief operating officer of VF Corporation.  Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina introduced the event. 

UNC-TV will broadcast a 60-minute version of the program at 10 p.m. May 31.  The full 90-minute version will be broadcast on UNC-NC, UNC-TV’s digital multicast channel.  Check local listings for a complete list of broadcast dates.  In addition, UNC-TV’s nightly program “North Carolina Now” will feature individual interviews with Hatch and the four panelists on upcoming programs.  Broadcast dates are yet to be determined.

WFDD will broadcast the program at 7 p.m. April 15.  The audio is currently available online at  An interview between WFDD’s Denise Franklin, Ergen and Ajay Patel, dean of Wake Forest’s Babcock School, which aired on April 9, is also available online.

During the forum, Rose presented the panelists questions related to how businesses can succeed in the global marketplace.  Each panelist responded from their individual business perspectives:  satellite communications, computer technology, banking and branded apparel marketing.  They also addressed the significance of higher education in preparing future business leaders.

The event was part of Wake Forest’s “Voices of Our Time” guest speaker series initiated by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch.  The series brings renowned guests to campus to discuss local, national and global issues of the day and is designed to encourage meaningful dialogue about those issues.  For more details about the series, visit

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