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Strategic Priorities and UPS’ Role as a Corporate Citizen of Atlanta
The Rotary Club of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

July 14, 2014 - The Rotary Club of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA: In his first speech in Atlanta since being named CEO-elect, UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney spoke about his strategic priorities and UPS’ role as a corporate citizen of Atlanta. His remarks as prepared for delivery follow.


Globalization and Trade
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS

April 4, 2014 - Delta State University - Cleveland, MS: UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney and an alumnus of Delta State University, spoke at the school’s annual International Business Symposium. David calls for today's graduates to consider a career in international trade. Globalization has slowed down in the last few years and the need for supporting global trade is important because easing trade restrictions can increase the global economy by $600 billion.


Clearing Barriers to Global Trade
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney spoke to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta about ways to increase global trade.


The UPS Journey: Lessons from 300 Million Green Miles
Alternative Clean Transportation Expo
Washington, DC

UPS Chief Operating Office David Abney spoke at North America's largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology show. Explaining that "The greenest miles are the ones you never run," referring to how advanced route planning can be used to avoid needless miles.


Free Trade Nation: Canada beyond and within North America
Economic Club of Canada

UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney discussed emerging trends in global trade June 19, 2012 at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto. "When it comes to global trade, Canada is leading the way. You’re getting it right."


UPS State of the Business & the Global Economy
UPS Healthcare Forum
Washington, DC

UPS COO David Abney talks about the state of the economy and the power of logistics to transform healthcare.


Busting the Myths of Global Trade
Joint meeting of the City Club of San Diego and the San Diego Rotary Club
San Diego, CA

UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney examined the myth that trade is bad for America. In his remarks, he applied scientific rigor to bust increasingly common notions that trade costs jobs, that U.S. businesses can't compete globally, and that the domestic market is big enough for future business growth.


Innovation: Anyone, Anytime, Any Where.
Spirit of Innovation Awards
Chattanooga, TN

David Abney, Chief Operating Officer, addressed a thousand plus area business leaders attending the annual Spirit of Innovation Awards sponsored by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Abney pointed out that innovation is more a state of mind than a state of place, and often springs from a clear vision, a nurturing environment, and a passion to excel.


We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Thunderbird Global School of Business, Global Issues Forum
Scottsdale, AZ

David Abney, Chief Operating Officer, addressed students, faculty, and area business leaders at the Thunderbird Global School of Business Global Issues Forum. In his remarks, Abney stressed five business lessons that have proved instrumental in UPS's worldwide expansion.


Global Economic Outlook: Implications for Business
Emory University Executive MBA Alumni Association Distinguished Lecture Series
Atlanta, GA

David Abney, COO addressed a group of Emory University Executive MBA alumni, discussing key challenges and opportunities ahead in a changing global economy. He also focused on the attributes successful leaders will need to realize those opportunities.


Winning in a World of Comparative Advantage
Mississippi Manufacturers Assn. Keynote Talk
Jackson, MS

David Abney, COO, delivered a keynote address to 200 Mississippi manufacturing owners and senior executives along with state economic development officials attending the Mississippi Manufacturers Association annual convention. Abney focused on three keys to the Mississippi manufacturing community's success ahead: open global trade, lifetime education, and fine-tuning strategies in an era of risk.


Shrink-Wrap Your Way to Greatness
Warehousing Education and Research Council
Atlanta, GA

David Abney, COO, addressed attendees of the Warehousing and Education Research Council's annual conference in Atlanta, GA. In his remarks, Abney stressed the three interconnected "R's" that have quietly but quickly moved to the top of the C-level priority list - reward, risk and resilience.


The Power of Giving
The Piney Woods School
Jackson, Mississippi

David Abney, chief operating officer of UPS, was the keynote speaker, May 14, at a ceremony honoring the first AmeriCorps' graduating high school class to participate in the AmeriCorps and UPS Foundation-sponored Community Service Partnership. High school students donated 450 hours each of community service and received college scholarship assistance in the innovative community service partnership. Abney's talk focused on the true sources of power for a lifetime, including the power of giving.


Preparing American Students to Succeed in a Global Era of Change
U.S. Department of Education International Education Forum
Washington, D.C.

David Abney, chief operating officer of UPS and president of UPS Airlines, delivered the keynote address at the U.S. Department of Education's Dialogue on Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C., to an audience of leaders from the business, government and academic sectors. In his talk, Abney detailed global era priorities for an expanded national commitment to worker retraining, along with the need for a public/private educational commitment to better prepare U.S. students for global business expectations in the areas of technology, cultural awareness and languages.