In an unprecedented commitment to environmental causes, The New York Forum, to be held on June 22 and 23 in New York City, today announced that the global business gathering will be the first of its kind to go completely paperless. All participants will receive an iPad featuring the program, background information, schedule, and any other relevant materials. The New York Forum is a global business leader meeting aimed at addressing the future of the global economy, including focusing on strategies to spur job creation and develop new business models.

Vikram Pandit, CEO, Citigroup; David Neeleman, Former CEO, JetBlue; Robert Wolf, CEO, UBS Americas; and Cathie Black, President, Hearst Magazines; and Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times Company have been announced as speakers and more high-profile announcements will follow in the coming weeks.

“As some of the world’s foremost business, finance and academic leaders gather in New York City, we have recognized the need to set the standard and go completely paperless,” said Richard Attias, the founder of the New York Forum. “Traditionally, participants at such conferences are inundated with information, and all of it is on paper, in binders or books. We realize that the time has come to do away with all printed materials, and publish everything any participant needs to know on an iPad.”

The first annual New York Forum will bring together hundreds of international business leaders, entrepreneurs, sovereign fund managers, regulatory officials and academics for a series of results-oriented discussions, debates and dialogues, with a mission that is both bold and urgent: to reinvent business models, to stimulate job creation and restore faith in the international economy. The Forum’s distinguished Advisory Board includes Nobel Prize-winning economist and Director of The Center for Capitalism and Society, Edmund Phelps, Partnership for New York City CEO Kathy Wylde, Pacific Capital Founder and Chairman Gary Winnick and Scott-Heekin-Canedy, President and General Manager, The New York Times.

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The Forum will bring global business and political leaders to New York City to address some of the world’s greatest economic challenges. A report of the Forum’s recommendations will be presented to the members of the G20 meeting in Toronto this summer.

Gary Winnick chairman and founder of Pacific Capital Group, has been appointed to the advisory board of the New York Forum.

At the first session of this inaugural conference, scheduled for June 22-23, 2010, high-profile CEOs, investors, and policy makers will lead plenary sessions and will participate in smaller targeted task forces.

Topics to be addressed include the future of the global economy, reinvention of the New York economy, and rebuilding confidence and credibility within the business world.

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