Economic Roundtable starts another season of speakers on Nov. 4

amity-shlaesAmity Shlaes, Director of the Economic Project at the Bush Center, is the first speaker in the 2013-14 Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley season.

Shlaes will speak about “Go to Jail, Don’t Pass Go: Why Business is Like a Monopoly Game, What the Great Depression Can Tell Us About Our Challenges Today,” starting around noon, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna, W.Va.

Shlaes is the author of Coolidge (2013) and The Forgotten Man (2007), a national bestseller that National Review called “the finest history of the Great Depression ever written.” She authored The Greedy Hand (1999), a U.S. national bestseller on America’s experience with its tax code. She is also the author of Germany: The Empire Within (1991), a book about German national identity.

For the past five years, Shlaes has taught the economics of the 1930s in the MBA program at New York University. Until 2000, Shlaes was member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, specializing in economics. Over the years she has published in the Bloomberg NewsNational ReviewForbes, the New RepublicForeign Affairs, the American Spectator, the Suddeutsche ZeitungDie Zeit and the New York Times.

Shlaes will also conduct a Leadership Q&A on the Marietta College campus at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. This event is free and open to the public in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

Three more speakers are scheduled for the season, including one more in 2013 — James P. Meil on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Marietta Country Club.

Meil is the Vice President and Chief Economist for the Eaton Corp., and he has been recognized as a leading economist in the industry for more then 25 years. He is responsible for forecasting economic conditions and primary markets for Eaton, a $16 billion global diversified power management company.

He is a contributor to Blue Chip Economic IndicatorsConsensus EconomicsUSA Today (recognized among their “Top 10 Forecasters”) and The Wall Street Journal (achieving first-place on a 50-forecaster panel). Meil served as a Director of the National Association of Business Economists.

Prior to Eaton, Meil was a consultant with Chase Econometrics and with Burroughs Corp. He holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago. 

On the schedule in 2014 are Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics at Boston University, on Feb. 6 at the Marietta Country Club, and Robert J. Tyler Jr., Director of Finance and CFO for the Pittsburgh Steelers, on March 6 at the Parkersburg Country Club.

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley is a non-partisan non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 as a result of collaboration between the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and a group of business, civic and educational leaders. The object of the Economic Roundtable is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. Since its inception, the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley has presented the Ohio Valley with more than 160 distinguished speakers who have enlightened and informed ERT members with their fascinating discussion on a broad scope of governmental, economic and social issues. 

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