AMES, Iowa -- Thousands of central Iowans participate in TIAA, one of the world's largest asset management companies. TIAA's president and CEO will speak at Iowa State University as part of the College of Business CEO Series and the university's Economic Forum Series.
Roger Ferguson will present "How to Build Financial Security in a Changing World" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. He will offer steps everyone can take to help ensure financial well-being — no matter what ups and downs occur in the economy and markets. Ferguson also will discuss his path as an African-American to reach the top of the financial world during "My Personal Journey with Diversity" at 4 p.m. in the Sun Room. Both events are free and open to the public.
Ferguson is the former vice chairman of the board of governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. 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 nation's financial system functioning, while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.
Prior to joining TIAA in 2008, Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re and chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corp. From 1984 to 1997, he was an associate and partner at McKinsey & Co., a worldwide management consulting firm.
Ferguson serves on the boards of Alphabet Inc., General Mills Inc., International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., as well as the Institute for Advanced Study and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is chairman of The Conference Board, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He served on former President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Ferguson holds a bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor and doctorate in economics from Harvard University.
Founded in 1918 to help ensure teachers could retire with dignity, TIAA has grown into a diversified Fortune 100 financial services organization for millions of people who work at nonprofits, including academic, research, and medical entities. Lipper named TIAA "Best Overall Large Fund Company" for five consecutive years. TIAA has top awards for inclusion, diversity and ethics. The company has offices in 40 countries and investments around the globe.
Ferguson's presentations at Iowa State are co-sponsored by the College of Business, economics department, University Human Resources, Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.
More information on ISU lectures is available online, or by calling 515-294-9935.