The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Bill Lane, author and former publicist for General Electric CEO Jack Welch, to the Thursday, October 2, Monthly Membership Luncheon. Lane is the author of “Jacked Up: The Inside Story of How Jack Welch Talked GE Into Becoming the World’s Greatest Company.”
The meeting will take place at the Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal, 100 College Road East, Princeton, beginning with a networking reception at 11:30 a.m. followed by a buffet luncheon and Lane’s presentation. It will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
Cost to attend is $35 for Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $45 for non-members and day of event registrations. Reservations in advance are required and can be made at www.princetonchamber.org or by calling 609-924-1776.
“The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Program Committee is dedicated to identifying notable business related speakers for our programs. We look forward to Bill Lane’s insightful presentation into the corporate world. People in the business community should not miss this powerful presentation,” said Karen Colimore, President and CEO, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Bill Lane was a speechwriter and consultant to one of the most enigmatic and influential CEOs in history. Jack Welch ran General Electric with an iron will and an iron fist. His dynamic leadership has been classified as eccentric as well as innovative. As one of Jack Welch’s closest advisors, Bill Lane helped craft his message.
Lane was born on September 11, l944 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Chaminade High School on Long Island, Niagara University (B.A., English), Northern Arizona University (M.A., American History), and American University (“A.B.D.”, American History). He failed his pre-dissertation “orals,” he notes, “but that’s another story.”
Lane has served as a First Lieutenant on a U.S. Army Special Forces “A” team in Vietnam; taught high school English and coached varsity baseball in Puerto Rico; and has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and Australia. From 1973 to 1980 he served as a civilian congressional liaison officer for the Army at the Pentagon.
In 1980 Lane joined GE as a speechwriter. Three years later he became Manager of Executive Communications and Jack Welch’s speechwriter. Until 2002 he served in those capacities with responsibility for the major company meetings and the GE annual report. After Welch retired, Lane left the company to begin a consulting, writing, and public speaking business.
Lane says he has a “much younger, first-and-only trophy wife,” and three children in college: Holy Cross, Georgetown, and Arizona State. His first book, “Jacked Up: How Jack Welch Talked GE Into Becoming the World’s Greatest Company” (McGraw-Hill), is on sale now.