The Spiros Voutsinas Memorial Lecture: Reflecting on the 2008 Financial Crisis with Joseph R. Ficalora


Event Details

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The Harvard Club
35 W 44th Street
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

The event has been rescheduled to be held on Wednesday, January 23rd.  Due to inclimate weather the original scheduled date (November 15th) had been postponed.   

Please join the Foreign Policy Assocation in welcoming Joseph R. Ficalora, President of the New York Community Bank. Mr. Ficalora will be reflecting on lessons from the 2008 financial crisis.

Registration for the lecutre will begin at 5:30 p.m., lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 7:00 p.m.
Please note that the Harvard Club requires jacket and tie for gentlemen and similar formal attire for women.


This lecture is part of the annual Spiros Voutsinas Memorial Lecture Series, established to commemorate Spiros Voutsinas, President of the Atlantic Bank and long time member of the Foreign Policy Association. This event will coincide with the Foreign Policy Association’s year-long Centennial Lecture Series, celebrating 100 years of commitment to fostering an educated public discourse on the most influential topics in U.S. foreign policy. The Foreign Policy Association’s Centennial Lecture Series features extraordinary speakers, who will take the long view and imagine the future in their respective disciplines. The importance of providing citizens with accessible, in-depth, non-partisan material is vital to future world peace and prosperity. In one of his final public addresses, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the Foreign Policy Association that “In a democracy the Government functions with the consent of the whole people. The latter must be guided by the facts.” Now more than ever, this message continues to have resonance, and will remain the guiding principle and goal of the Foreign Policy Association.


Event Speakers

    • Joseph R. Ficalora
      President of the New York Community Bank

      Joseph R. Ficalora, who joined New York Community Bancorp as a teller at the age of 18, was named president and chief executive officer in 1993. He is a member of numerous boards in Queens, including those of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Museum of the Moving Image, New York Presbyterian/Queens, the Flushing Cemetery and the New York Hall of Science. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Council of the Queens Museum of Art. Mr. Ficalora serves as a director for the New York Bankers Association, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Pentegra Services, Inc., the Foreign Policy Association, Pentegra Retirement Trust, Peter B. Cannell & Company, Inc., the New York Community Bank Foundation and the Richmond County Savings Foundation. Mr. Ficalora is a member of the American Bankers Association’s American Bankers Council and its Government Relations Council Administrative Committee. He is also a Vietnam veteran, having served for three years in the 1960s. His personal foundation, the Ficalora Family Foundation, primarily supports education and cultural initiatives. Ficalora attended Pace University's Lubin School of Business and is now on the school's Board of Trustees.

    • Joseph R. Ficalora

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