Sunday, March 2, 2008

Charles Fishman from Fast Company to kick off DIG

I am pleased to announce that Charles Fishman, Fast Company magazine writer and best selling author of "The Wal-mart Effect", will be a key note speaker at DIG 2008 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Charles will open the conference on day 1 and discuss what makes an organization a "Fast Company".

Mr. Fishman has written many investigative articles and publications on organizations ranging from NASA to Wal*mart. In his best selling book "The Wal-mart Effect", Charles uncovers the enormity of Wal-mart and the impact that it has on consumers, towns and cities where they open a store, and the businesses that manufacture the products that stock the shelves. Some interesting statistics from the book on the shear size of Wal-mart and the impact it has on the economy:
  • $23,212 per minute: profits at Wal-mart, every minute of every day
  • 127 million: number of Americans who shop at Wal-mart each week
  • 500: typical number of jobs created by a new Wal-mart Supercenter
  • 450: typical number of retail-related jobs eliminated in a community 5 years after a new Wal-mart opens a Supercenter

Charles has been recognized numerous times for his writing, including a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business journalism and best magazine story of 2004 from the New York Press Club. Charles received a BA from Harvard University and has written for the Washington Post, editor for Orlando Sentinel Sunday magazine, and assistant managing editor at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Welcome Charles and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

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