- Bruce Weinstein
The Ethics Guy®
- March 7, 2013
- Michael Woodford
Former President and CEO, Olympus Corporation
- January 17, 2013
- Greg Ip
U.S. Economics Editor, The Economist
- October 3, 2012
Greg Ip is U.S. Economics Editor for The Economist, based in Washington D.C. He covers the economy, financial markets, monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy. He contributes to The Economist’s blog, Free Exchange. He has commented frequently on radio and television, including CNBC, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, and National Public Radio. He is the author of The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World (Wiley, 2010). He joined The Economist in July, 2008. Prior to his current job, Mr Ip was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, most recently as chief economics correspondent in Washington. He created Real Time Economics, the Wall Street Journal’s online blog of Fed and economic news. He joined the Journal in 1996 as a reporter covering financial markets in New York.
Mr. Ip began his journalism career as a reporter for the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun from May to December 1989. He joined the Financial Post in Toronto, Ontario, in January 1990 and was an economics and financial reporter in Canada and later transferred to Washington, D.C., as a correspondent for the paper. In September 1995, he became a business and economics reporter for the Globe and Mail in Toronto.
In 2008, Mr Ip with several colleagues won the William Brewster Styles Award in business and economics writing from the Scripps Howard Foundation for coverage of the mortgage and housing crisis. In March 2005, Mr. Ip won a Business Journalist of the Year award from the World Leadership Forum in the “Best Story on Economics” category for his two-part series on the legacy of Alan Greenspan. In 2002, The Wall Street Journal Staff was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news reporting category for articles from the September 12, 2001, Journal. Mr. Ip and a Journal colleague wrote “Attacks Raise Fears of a Recession,” one of the articles included in the prize-winning package. The Journal staff also received the Jesse Laventhol Prize for deadline news reporting from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and won a second place in the National Headliner Awards. In 1998, Mr. Ip as part of a team of Journal reporters received the Overseas Press Club’s Malcolm Forbes Award for business reporting for their coverage of the Asian financial crisis. He was also a member of a team of reporters receiving the 1998 Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award. The award in the spot news category was for coverage of the financial market drop of October 27, 1997.
A native of Canada, Mr. Ip received a bachelor’s degree in economics and journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He lives in Bethesda, Md.
- Amity Shlaes
Author and Economic Historian
- March 13, 2012
Amity Shlaes is a senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations, a syndicated columnist at Bloomberg, and the author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (named by Wall Street Journal as one of best books to read during a financial crisis). She has written for The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, where she was an editorial board member, as well as for the New Yorker, Fortune, National Review, The New Republic, and Foreign Affairs. A sought after keynote speaker, she has given a wide range of talks about the economy and the historical perspective of the Great Depression at corporations, financial institutions, universities, and historical societies.
Shlaes has appeared on PBS’s News Hours with Jim Lehrer, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Fox News’ Glenn Beck, ABC’s Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, CNBC’s Kudlow and Kramer, contributes to Public Radio International’s Marketplace, and appears frequently on Bloomberg radio. She is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Forgotten Man is part of a three-part history of the Twentieth Century, and has been widely praised by prominent figures such as George F. Will, Harold Evans, Newt Gingrich, Arthur Levitt, Mark Helprin, Peggy Noonan, Paul Volcker, and in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, and The National Review. Paul Johnson raved: “Amity Shlaes, who has established herself as a leading historian of 20th Century finance, has now produced her eagerly awaited analysis of the Great Depression. It shows how inept government intervention turned a necessary market correction into an economic catastrophe and prolonged it into a decade of misery.”
Shlaes is an award-winning journalist. In 2002, she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize, a new international prize for free-market journalism. In 2003, she served as the J.P. Morgan Fellow for economics and finance at the American Academy in Berlin. Shlaes has twice been a finalist for the Loeb, business journalism’s most prestigious prize.
Shlaes graduated magna cum laude from Yale and studied at the Free University in Berlin on a DAAD fellowship following college. Yale named her to its “Who’s Been Blue,” list of most distinguished alumni. She lives with her family in New York.
“Lessons Learned: Monetary Policy and its Role in Addressing the Financial Crisis of 2008 and the Recovery from the Great Recession”
- LaVaughn Henry, PhD
Vice President and Senior Regional Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Cincinnati Branch
- October 19, 2011
Dr. LaVaughn M Henry joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as vice president and senior regional officer for the Bank’s Cincinnati Branch Office, in August of 2009.
As the leader of the Cincinnati Branch Office, Dr. Henry is responsible for building and maintaining a strong presence and reputation for the Bank throughout the central and southern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky region. He works closely with key stakeholders, including the board of directors of the Cincinnati Branch, business advisory councils, depository institutions, business and civic leaders, and the public.
Dr. Henry has diverse experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the Fed, he served as senior director of market economics and risk analysis at PMI Group, one of the nation’s largest mortgage insurers. He previously held positions as director of regional communications at Fannie Mae and assistant regional manager for government affairs, at Ford Motor Company.
Dr. Henry served previously in senior economic positions with the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the FDIC’s Resolution Trust Corporation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led consulting engagements with the Federal Housing Administration.
Active in the Cincinnati and Kentucky communities, Dr. Henry is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Homeownership Center of Greater Cincinnati, and the Brighton Center Project of Northern Kentucky. He is also a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of Xavier University, the Regional Stewardship Council of Northern Kentucky, the Leadership Council of Kentucky State University, and the Harvard Club of Cincinnati.
His professional memberships include the National Association for Business Economics, the American Economic Association, and the International Association of Business Communicators.
Dr. Henry earned both a doctorate and master’s degrees in economics from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst University, located in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.
- Jack Cassidy
President and CEO, Cincinnati Bell
- February 16, 2011
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Cincinnati Bell Inc., Jack Cassidy leads the greater Cincinnati region's first choice for communications services. Cincinnati Bell provides wireless, wireline, long distance and broadband services and produces $1.3 billion in revenue.
He is responsible for developing, establishing and executing the company's strategic and operational plans for all Cincinnati Bell companies including Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Cincinnati Bell Telephone, Cincinnati Bell Entertainment, Cincinnati Bell Any Distance, and Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions.
Previously, Mr. Cassidy served as President and COO of the local Cincinnati Bell operations. As President of Cincinnati Bell Wireless, he led the company's launch into the wireless business, and later, the prepaid PCS business, branded i-wireless.
Cincinnati Bell and its employees have a long, proud history of giving back to the community. Mr. Cassidy has continued this tradition through his own personal involvement - along with more than 50 other Cincinnati Bell "tutors" - in spearheading a nationally-recognized partnership with Taft Information Technology High School in downtown Cincinnati. This innovative program gives inner-city youth the education and training they need to be productive, responsible citizens. Since the program's inception in 2001, the rates of parent involvement, student attendance, graduation, and passage of the state proficiency exam have all skyrocketed. Several months ago, Taft was recognized as one of America's Best High Schools by winning the Bronze Award from U.S. News and World Report magazine.
Mr. Cassidy actively serves on many boards that play key roles in the development and vitality of the community. Jack currently serves on the boards of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati Museum Center, 3CDC, and the Boomer Esiason Foundation, and he is a member and past chair of the Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator Program. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Anthony Munoz Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati, and the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.
In addition, he has been honored by multiple organizations including the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) Distinguished Corporate Citizen, the Boomer Esiason Foundation Man of the Year, and the Cincinnati Friars Club Man of the Year. He also has been awarded the NAACP Wright Overstreet Award for Education, the Cincinnati School Board "Making a Difference" award, and the 2007 Cincinnatus Association John E. Pepper Award. Jack was recipient of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission "Connecting Cultures & Communities" award.
Cincinnati Bell and Jack Cassidy were honored as JDRF 2008 Cincinnatians of the Year, as well as receiving the National MS Society 2009 Silver Hope Award at its Dinner of Champions. In 2009 Jack received "Friend of Education" award from the Southwest District, Ohio School Boards Association.
Most recently, Jack was honored to be given the Distinguished Service Award from the UC College of Business Alumni Board of Governors, for his contribution to the College, UC as a whole and the Cincinnati Community.
In 2008, Forbes Magazine hailed Mr. Cassidy as "the most honest man in Telecom." Mr. Cassidy was named the Clay Pigeon Magazine's Shooting Sportsman of the Year for 2003. He was awarded an Honorary PhD from Cleveland State University in 2006.
- Karen Wells
Vice President of Strategy and Menu, McDonald’s USA
- March 25, 2010
Karen Wells has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Fortune 50 companies. She is currently vice president of strategy and menu for McDonalds USA. She is responsible for developing and communicating fully integrated, cross-functional plans to drive long-term growth while overseeing a talented and innovative team that develops and helps shape the McDonald's menu for the more than 27 million U.S. customers served every day.
Beginning her career with McDonald's in 1992 as a marketing supervisor, Karen moved through the ranks to become regional marketing manager for the Raleigh region. In 1997, she was selected for the McDonald's Executive Training Program and continued her career in many roles such as vice president of operations, regional vice president and general manager.
Prior to her career at McDonald's, Karen was a leader in sales for the M&M Mars Co. and a buyer for the Drackett Co. Karen is also involved with a number of non-profit organizations including the Xavier University President's Advisory Council and Xavier University Women of Excellence.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science and Administration in Marketing from Xavier and a Master of Business Administration degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Karen lives with husband, Rundy, and two children, Donovan and Brittney in Naperville, Illinois.
- Bob McDonald
President and Chief Executive Officer, Procter & Gamble
- February 2, 2010
Bob McDonald is president, chairman and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble. He has nearly 30 years of brandbuilding, market development, global business unit and global operations leadership experience across the company and throughout the world.
In his previous role as Vice Chair of Global Operations, he was a member of the team that created the company's low-cost business model, which has helped drive developing markets to more than 30 percent of company sales and company-average margins. As P&G's chief operating officer, he played a pivotal role in the integration of Gillette and led P&G's "go-to-market" reinvention.
He serves on the board of Xerox Corp., is chairman of the international supply chain standards organization GS1, is vice chair of the U.S.-China Business Council, and is a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations as well as Singapore's International Advisory Council of the Economic Development Board.
- Janet Reid
Principal Partner and Co-Founder, Global Lead Management Consulting
- April 24, 2009
Before co-founding Global Lead, Janet B. Reid held a series of progressively more responsible positions during her 10 years at Procter & Gamble — from research chemist to brand manager. She taught chemistry at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., and earned a Ph.D. in BioInorganic Chemistry from Howard University. Reid has worked with Global Lead across the continents of Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia — with expertise in developing effective leadership strategies for American companies doing business in China. She is also an expert in shaping corporate strategy and developing quantitative and qualitative measures of bottom line benefits.
Reid's extensive board service includes being the first woman and first person of color to be Chair of the Board of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. She is a trustee of Xavier University and member of several Xavier committees.
- James Wainscott
President and CEO, AK Steel Corporation
- March 23, 2006
Jim Wainscott is chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. Under his leadership, the company has become globally competitive, prompting Fortune magazine to name AK Steel one of "America's Most Admired Companies."
Wainscott began his career with the former National Steel Corp., holding a number of positions at the plant and corporate levels. In 1995, he joined AK Steel as Vice President and Treasurer, advancing to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He was named President and CEO in 2003 and Chairman in 2006.
He also serves as vice chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute and vice chairman of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. He is a board member of the Specialty Steel Industry of North America, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and the Cincinnati Zoo. He is a member of the Washington, D.C.–based Business Roundtable, the Ohio Business Roundtable and the Cincinnati Business Committee. He and his wife, Darla, serve as co-chairs for the Children's Home of Cincinnati "Building on a Legacy of Excellence" campaign.
- Richard Farmer
Founder and Chairman, Board Cintas Corporation
- April 18, 2008
“The Role of Leadership in Driving Transformation”
- Sara Mathew
President and COO, Dun & Bradstreet
- March 12, 2008
“Kroger: What’s In Store For You”
- David Dillon
Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Company
- November 8, 2007
“The Adobe Story: Lessons Learned in Building a Software Company”
- Charles Geschke
Co-Founder, Adobe Systems
- February 15, 2007
“Confronting America’s Retirement Challenge”
- Ellyn A. McColgan
President, Fidelity Brokerage Company
- November 30, 2006
“Power to the Consumer: Media in the Digital Age”
- Kenneth W. Lowe
Preident and CEO, E.W. Scripps Company
- September 20, 2006
“The Business and Sports Dimensions of the Cincinnati Reds”
- Robert H. Castellino
CEO, Cincinnati Reds; Chairman, Castellini Company
- May 3, 2006
“Leadership in a Global Environment”
- A. G. Lafley
Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer, Procter & Gamble
- March 23, 2006