Abby Joseph Cohen, one of Wall Street's most influential investment strategists, to deliver the annual Charles F. Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University


The Washington Post has called her "One of Wall Street's most respected stock analysts," while The New York Times has described her as a "star" and an "oracle."

They're talking about Abby Joseph Cohen, Goldman Sachs' chief United States investment strategist, who will deliver Fairfield University's annual Charles F. Dolan Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m., at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The talk, entitled, "The return of volatility to capital markets: How investors can survive and thrive," is presented by the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, and the event is helping to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of a School of Business at Fairfield.

Norm Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School, said, "Abby Joseph Cohen is an exceptionally talented person - she's someone the financial community looks to for direction. CEO's and analysts alike treat her opinions with reverence."

The Charles F. Dolan Lecture Series features distinguished speakers who are visionaries and internationally recognized business leaders. The lecture is complimentary. However, reservations are required and may be made by calling call 254-4000, ext. 4010.

Cohen is known for being a calm, optimistic, even bullish forecaster. Forbes noted, "Her words helped the market rally again after the September 11 terrorist attacks."

She likes data, details and research. It's been observed that she maintains a long-term focus of the market-often 12 months or more. As she once told Business Week, "I continue to sweat the details because I always want to give clients the right analysis for the right reasons." In the same Business Week cover story, it was noted: "In an era of wildly proliferating financial punditry, Cohen's opinions on America's latest national obsession - the stock market - now carry more weight than anyone's, with the exception, perhaps, of Warren Buffett's."

She serves on the Partnership Committee and the Investment Retirement Committee at Goldman Sachs, a firm she began working for in 1990.

While at the investment bank, she has offered her take on the market to PBS, CNN and CNBC. She's known for her accessible way of describing complex economic scenarios and for coining memorable terms, such as 'Silly Putty Economy' to explain an extended economic expansion.

Cohen began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., where she worked from 1973 to 1976. She then went onto become an economic analyst at T. Rowe Price Associates. She was an investment strategist at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1983 to 1990 before joining Goldman Sachs.

Outside of the financial industry, Cohen's life has focused on her family and on education. She serves as a presidential councilor at her alma mater, Cornell University, and is on the boards of the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Jewish Theological Seminary. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she's serves on the investment committees of Cornell University, the Museum of Modern Art, and Major League Baseball, and on the board of the Council for Excellence in Government.

Cohen's many honors include being inducted into the Wall Street Week Hall of Fame, and she has also been honored by the New York Stock Exchange and the Financial Women's Association. A graduate of Cornell University, where she received a bachelor's degree in economics and computer science, she earned a master's degree in economics from George Washington University.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 1, 2007

Vol. 40, No. 50