Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Diane Farrell, presidential appointee to the board of directors of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, will present a lecture at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 4. The presentation is part of the David T. Chase Free Enterprise Institute's Distinguished Lecture Series, and begins at 11 a.m. in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Farrell was appointed by former President George W. Bush as a member of the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which promotes the nation's export trade among smaller and medium sized businesses. As a member of the board of directors, Farrell is responsible for voting on Export-Import Bank transactions in excess of $10 million as well as on significant matters affecting bank policy. Farrell serves as chair of the bank's audit committee. She represents and promotes the interests of small-business exporters while making frequent presentations to national and regional groups.
Farrell helped develop and foster the Indian Financial Institution and is working to develop a similar facility with key member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Farrell has had more than 25 years of professional experience in the private and public sectors in financial management, maintaining fiscal integrity and managing budgets. Her work has included the political, not-for-profit, governmental, advertising, planning and educational arenas -- at the state, national and international levels.
Farrell, a graduate of Wheaton College with a B.A. in American Government, served as First Selectwoman in Westport from 1997 to 2005.