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The Smartest Guys in the Room - Changing Perceptions

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February 1 | 9-10:30 am | Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis
Moderated by Liz Fedor, Trending Editor, Twin Cities Business

Join us to hear Bethany McLean speak on persistence, confidence and workplace culture as a female writer in the financial industry. Find out how McLean transformed her career, developed the skill-set for investigative journalism and overcame barriers in publishing her work. This open dialogue will feature student questions. Young women in all areas of study are strongly encouraged to attend including guests from outside of the University of Minnesota. 

Location details:
3M Auditorium (CSOM 1-115) 
Carlson School of Management​

Light refreshments will be offered at this free event. 

About the speaker:

Bethany McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Previously, she was an editor-at-large at Fortune magazine, where her 2001 piece, “Is Enron Overpriced?” was one of the first skeptical articles about Enron. After Enron collapsed into bankruptcy, she co-authored The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron with her Fortune colleague Peter Elkind.

In 2008, McLean joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor. In 2010, her book All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, which she co-authored with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, was published. In 2015, Columbia Global Reports published her mini book Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the US Mortgage Giants, and in the fall of 2018, CGR published Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World. 

She is also a columnist for Yahoo Finance and a contributor to CNBC. McLean graduated from Williams College in 1992 with a double major in math and English, and from 1992 to 1995 she worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.

About the moderator:


Liz Fedor is the Trending Editor of Twin Cities Business magazine. At TCB, she won two national journalism awards for her coverage of the career obstacles that face women in corporate America. Fedor worked for 11 years at the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper, where she reported on the airline industry and manufacturing, and supervised coverage of agriculture, consumer issues and the housing market. She was a political reporter and editorial page editor of the Grand Forks Herald, and part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper's coverage of the 1997 flood. Fedor has served as a program officer for two Minnesota-based foundations, and was the 2016 Public Policy Fellow at the McCarthy Center at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. Fedor holds a bachelor's degree from St. Catherine University and a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.​

Event Type

Society; Career; Social/Networking; Educational

Education Topic

Leadership, Management, and Communication Skills

Start Time

2/1/2019 9:00 AM

End Time

2/1/2019 10:30 AM





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United States

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3M Auditorium (CSOM 1-115)
Carlson School of Management​


Bethany McLean

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2019 CFA Minnesota Annual Dinner Student Event.pdf    
Content Type: MyCFA Calendar
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