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Will Morgan | UT Austin Mccombs Chapter
Will Morgan is pursuing his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, focusing in strategy and operations. Will is currently the president of the Adam Smith Society at McCombs. Will also interns at the Texas Public Policy Foundation as a research associate where he writes on crony capitalism and fights for competitive markets. He spends most of his time outside of school and work with his family – his wife, 1 year old daughter, and his pup. Prior to business school, he was an engineer with Baker Hughes. After graduating, Will is headed to Chicago to work for Amazon in operations management.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
In high school, I was in a sing and dance show choir – number one in the nation!
How do you curate your intellectual diet? What blogs, publications, etc. do you ready daily?
I’m the middle of reading a few books – Can Japan Compete? and The Drunkard’s Walk. I read the WSJ and NYT religiously. I’m less consistent with podcasts though. I like to check out EconTalk and the Dave Ramsey Show, and I’m testing out a new one called Capitalisn’t.
Imagine you are given a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?
Non-alcoholic craft beer. Think about it. If it doesn’t sound good to you, you probably aren’t in my target market.
Name something you’ve gained from your membership in the Adam Smith Society that you feel like you could not have gotten elsewhere in your MBA program.
Smith Soc gives me a place to think, learn, and codify my own understanding of economic thought. It gives me exposure to great speakers on important issues and a network of intelligent individuals advocating for the common good by way of capitalism. For example, the trek to Montreal on the Future of Work and Welfare was an unforgettable experience that I could not have had elsewhere in any MBA program.
If you had to choose a theme song for the Adam Smith Society, what would it be?
I guess I’d say The Star-Spangled Banner. I’m thankful to live in the land of the free where we have the opportunity to have these discussions.
Who is your favorite founding father (or president) and why?
Benjamin Franklin. Not for his economic ideas but for his contributions to American society. A strong supporter of free speech, an abolitionist, and creator of the Junto – He was one of few to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Also, the engineer in me can relate to the inventor.