Conversation with the Author: Thomas W. Jones '69
Mr. Jones will discuss his memoir From Willard Straight to Wall Street, published by Cornell University Press in spring 2019. In stark and compelling prose, Jones’ memoir tells his story as a campus revolutionary who led an armed revolt at Cornell University in 1969 and then altered his course over the next fifty years to become a powerful leader in the financial industry including high-level positions at John Hancock, TIAA-CREF and Citigroup as Wall Street plunged into its darkest hour. From Willard Straight to Wall Street reveals one of the most interesting American stories of the last fifty years. Dean Smith, director of Cornell University Press, will be the interlocutor for this event.
Thomas W. Jones is founder and senior partner of venture capital investment firm TWJ Capital LLC. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Global Investment Management at Citigroup; Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer at TIAA-CREF; and Senior Vice President and Treasurer at John Hancock Insurance Company. Jones received masters degrees from Cornell University and Boston University, and holds honorary doctoral degrees from Howard University, Pepperdine University, and College of New Rochelle.
6:00pm reception; 6:30pm lecture, gratis. Members and one guest per member are invited to dine at The Club with Mr. Jones following the lecture. The cost is $45 per person, inclusive of tax, service charge, and one glass of wine with dinner. Dinner reservations are required 48 hours prior to the program.