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Ideas for Tomorrow

11.21.16 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bank of America Conference Center, InterContinental Hotel, 9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO, FedEx Corporation

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to attend the next program in the Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series featuring Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO, FedEx Corporation.

Born in 1944 in Marks, Mississippi, Smith is a 1966 graduate of Yale College. The original analyses about the logistic needs of a highly automated future society were done during his tenure as an undergraduate.

After four years of service in the Marines, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, he launched the original air-ground Federal Express network which began operations in 1973 to serve the rapidly growing high tech/high value added sectors of the economy Smith had predicted. The company has since grown into a $49 billion global enterprise.

Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx operating companies: FedEx Services (including FedEx Office), FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight.

FedEx serves more than 220 countries and territories with operations that include 634 aircraft and over 90,000 vehicles. More than 340,000 team members worldwide currently handle more than 11 million shipments each business day.

Since founding FedEx, Smith has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade and “open skies agreements” for aviation around the world. Most recently, he has advocated for vehicle energy-efficiency standards and a national energy policy.

Ideas for Tomorrow is an ongoing speaker series that provides a forum for the world’s most distinguished thinkers, speakers and personalities to engage in a dialogue with members of our community.

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A limited number of VIP seats are available for GCP members. To reserve your place, please email us at or call 216.592.2370.