The Adam Smith Society opened its Smith Soc Treks series over the Columbus Day holiday weekend in Los Cabos, Mexico. The Treks, a biannual series of weekend-long destination-based seminars, are designed to connect Smith Soc student and professional members with experts and leaders in a particular field of study or policy area.
On Thursday evening in San Francisco's Financial District, The Adam Smith Society's professional chapters closed out a busy opening month to a fall season packed with events. The San Francisco Professional Chapter welcomed Katie Biber Chen, the general counsel of sharing economy rising star Thumbtack.
The Smith Soc Chapter at Southern Methodist University in Dallas got the Fall 2016 semester got off to a enthusiastic start. They welcomed Marilyn G. Fedak to campus for a talk, "Leading for a Free Market." Ms. Fedak, the Founder of the Marilyn G.
The Adam Smith Society is pleased to announce our two newest student chapters, both of which officially launched this week. Smith Soc now features chapters on the campuses of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Vanderbilt University. The chapter at the UCCS College of Business will be led in 2016-17 by Patrick Lazenby (President), Adrian Hope (Vice President), and Brandon Heinz (Treasurer).
Smith Soc welcomed leaders from all 25 student chapters, as well as representatives from a number of prospective chapters to New York City on Saturday July 30 for the annual Leadership Retreat. Meeting at a Midtown private club, the chapter leaders experienced a day-long program of training and information sessions, led by Smith Soc’s staff and several of the organization’s most successful alumni. The day culminated in a rooftop reception and talk by Adam Smith Society co-founder and Advisory Board member, Marilyn Fedak.
The New York City Professional Chapter of SmithSoc held its Summer Reception on the evening of Wednesday July 27 at a Midtown rooftop bar and lounge. The chapter was joined by Leon Cooperman, the founder of Omega Advisors and acknowledged to be one of the most successful hedge fund managers today. Mr. Cooperman was interviewed by Tom Keene of Bloomberg Radio. Their conversation touched on a variety of topics, including Mr. Cooperman's history in the field of finance, his advice for young professionals, and his personal philosophy of philanthropy.
The Smith Soc Chicago Professional Chapter held its Summer Reception on Thursday July 21. The chapter welcomed Samara Klar, PhD, a political science professor from the University of Arizona. Dr. Klar studies independent voters - why they think and vote the way they do. She held an informal conversation about the current election season. Given the historic nature of the 2016 election cycle, independent voters are primed to play a major role in the outcome.
The Boston Professional Chapter Summer Reception was held on Tuesday, July 12. The program featured a panel on Tech and Venture Capital - sectors that are undergoing growth and are also a part of the Boston-area business landscape.
The panelists included both established and rising leaders in both sectors: Robert White of Bain Capital and Harvard Business School; Christina Bechhold of Empire Angels; and John Ho of AnzuPartners. The panel was moderated by Josh Lerner, a Professor at Harvard Business School.
Adam Smith Society members from the Stanford Graduate School of Business had the pleasure of meeting with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Members shared lunch and a wide-ranging, off-the-record conversation with Dr. Rice, who is currently a professor at Stanford and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.