UW-Stevens Point Business and Society Lecture: Bethany McLean, Business Author/Journalist

  • Presented By: UWSP School of Business and Economics
  • Dates: March 3, 2020
  • Location: Dreyfus University Center Theater
  • Address: 1015 Reserve St., Stevens Point, WI 54481
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Price: Free
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  • The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point School of Business and Economics presents its inaugural Business and Society Lecture featuring Bethany McLean, journalist at Vanity Fair and CNBC, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in the UW-Stevens Point Dreyfus University Center Theater.

    This campus-community event is FREE, but space is limited. Please register by Feb. 20 to guarantee your seat.

    The Business and Society Lecture is a signature event of the Smiley Professional Events series and counts as a two credits for student attendance.

    Bethany will present "Why Business Goes Bad: Lessons from 20 years of covering frauds, scams and other disasters." Across her career, Bethany has covered many of the most interesting stories in business and investing, including Enron, Valeant, Wells Fargo, SAC Capital, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the great financial crisis, and most recently, fracking and the energy revolution.

    Previously to Vanity Fair, Bethany was an editor-at-large at Fortune Magazine. She is the co-author of the 2003 book "The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron," which was the basis for the Academy Award nominated documentary of the same name. In 2010, she co-authored “All the Devils Are Here: the Hidden History of the Financial Crisis." She has also written two mini-books that were published by Columbia Global Reports: "Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the Mortgage Giants," which is about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and "Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It’s Changing the World," which is a skeptical look at the financial underpinnings of the fracking boom.

    McLean is also the host of the podcast Making a Killing. Her 2016 Vanity Fair piece on disgraced pharmaceutical company Valeant was used as the basis for Netflix’s "Dirty Money" episode about the drugmaker. She has also contributed to the Atlantic, the New Republic, and the New York Times oped page.

    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 before joining Fortune.

UW-Stevens Point Business and Society Lecture: Bethany McLean, Business Author/Journalist