‘Darien Neighbors, Global Players’ Speaker Series Returns to DCA, Starting April 28

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Darien Community Association’s “Darien Neighbors, Global Players” speaker series returns for a fourth year on April 28 with three online events, in partnership with DAF Media.

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Jad Finck

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Jad Finck

On Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m., Jad Finck, vice president of innovation and sustainability for Allbirds, will discuss “innovating Better Things in a Better Way” with Nate Checketts, co-founder and CEO of Rhone Apparel Inc.

Allbirds is well-known for its ultra-comfy merino wool runners.

Nate Checketts

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Nate Checketts

As one of their first employees, Jad Finck leads the development of the company’s major footwear and apparel innovations, including its eucalyptus fiber tree fabric and SweetFoam, a Time magaine Best Invention of the Year.

A graduate of Darien High School, Stanford University and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Jad is excited to “return home.”

Tickets for this event, or for the series, must be purchased by 3 p.m., April 28.

Chase Carey and Mark Waller

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Chase Carey

On Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m., Chase Carey, chairman of Formula 1, and Mark Waller, chief commercial officer of McLaren Racing, will talk with ESPN broadcaster Jay Alter. Their topic: “Inside the Business of Formula 1.”

Chase Carey is the chairman of Formula 1, the world’s premier motorsport competition. He served as chairman and CEO of Formula 1 from 2017-2020.

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Mark Waller

Prior to Formula 1, Chase was president and CEO of Fox and News Corp., one of the world’s leading media companies, where he continues to serve on its board. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School.

Mark Waller has had an international business career that spans more than 25 years.

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Jay Alter

He comes to McLaren from the NFL, where he served as a senior executive for 13 years, most recently responsible for driving the successful growth of the NFL outside the U.S.

Mark is a graduate of Durham University. Both Chase and Mark divide their time between Darien and other locations.

Tickets for this event must be purchased by 3 p.m., May 13.

Michael Mauboussin

On Tuesday, May 25, 7 p.m.,, Michael J. Mauboussin, head of consilient research as part of the the Counterpoint Global investment team at Morgan Stanley, will talk on the topic, “Methods to Improve Decisions.”

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Michael J. Mauboussin

Mauboussin has served as director of research at BlueMountain Capital, head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse, and chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, prior to his current position.

He is the author of three books: The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing; Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition; and More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places.

Mauboussin has been an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School since 1993. A graduate of Georgetown University, Michael lives in Darien.

Tickets for this event must be purchased by 3 p.m., May 25.

If You’re Attending …

Series tickets for all three speakers: $80 DCA members / $120 public Individual speaker tickets: $30 DCA members / $45 public

Ticket purchase deadlines, again, are by 3 p.m., the date of the event:
—For the series and/or Jad Finck talk— by April 28 at 3 p.m.
—For the  Chase Carey and Mark Waller discussion — by May 13 at 3 p.m.
—For the Michael J. Mauboussin talk — by May 25 at 3 p.m.

Buy online at DarienDCA.org or call the DCA office at 203-655-9050 extension 10.

About the DCA and DAF Media

The DCA is a privately-funded nonprofit that does not receive any financial support from the town of Darien. Since 1923, the DCA’s goal has been to make our community a nicer place to live by providing people of all ages a place to gather, give and learn.

DAF Media, a joint venture between The Darien Athletic Foundation and The Darien Foundation, is helmed by veteran sports anchor, Damian Andrew. DAF Media brings together student volunteers to livestream local sports, arts and community events.

John M. Glover Insurance Agency as the platinum sponsor of this year’s speaker series, Connecticut Community Bank is the Silver Sponsor, and PG Properties and Darien Police Association are the bronze sponsors.

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